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SMART Start

2018-02-14 10:30:00 2018-02-14 11:30:00 America/New_York SMART Start Join us for hands-on early learning adventures observing science, math and art in a sensory-rich environment. Southwest Branch

Wednesday, February 14
10:30am - 11:30am

Add to Calendar 2018-02-14 10:30:00 2018-02-14 11:30:00 America/New_York SMART Start Join us for hands-on early learning adventures observing science, math and art in a sensory-rich environment. Southwest Branch

Join us for hands-on early learning adventures observing science, math and art in a sensory-rich environment.

Any person requiring special accommodations to participate in any class or event due to a dsiability may arrange for accommodations by contacting the location at which the event is held at least seven days prior to the event.

Southwest Branch

Phone: 407-835-7323

Hours
Mon, Feb 19 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Feb 20 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Feb 21 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Feb 22 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Feb 23 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat, Feb 24 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Feb 25 Closed

About the branch

The Southwest Branch opened on March 21, 1989 in a beautiful Mediterranean style building designed by Schweizer and Associates Architecture Firm, who also designed the Orlando Public Library. Serving the Dr. Phillips and Metrowest communities, Southwest is near International Drive and the attractions. Southwest is a popular place for local adults, children, students and tourists.

Read the Southwest blog often for more information on upcoming programs for children and adults, book news and book club discussions, technology classes, art exhibits, new library materials, and more. Email us your suggestions or questions; or post a comment. Let us hear from you!

Upcoming events

Thu, Feb 22, 10:15am - 10:45am
Designed especially for preschoolers ages 3-5, Storybook Fun lasts approximately 25 minutes. The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage children to read, talk, sing, write and play.

Thu, Feb 22, 10:45am - 11:05am
Designed especially for toddlers 18 months - 3 years, Toddler Time lasts approximately 20 minutes. The use of picture books, finger plays, songs and flannel board stories will encourage the development of verbal and listening skills for this active group.

Thu, Feb 22, 11:15am - 11:35am
Designed especially for toddlers 18 months - 3 years, Toddler Time lasts approximately 20 minutes. The use of picture books, finger plays, songs and flannel board stories will encourage the development of verbal and listening skills for this active group.

Thu, Feb 22, 11:45am - 12:05pm
Designed especially for infants from birth - 18 months, Tiny Tales lasts approximately 15 minutes. The rhythm and repetition of nursery rhymes are used to introduce very young children to literature. Hold your child in your lap and enjoy this special time together.

Southwest - Ask at Desk
Thu, Feb 22, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Start using Excel today. Input, format and save data in spreadsheets. Calculate data with basic formulas. Recommended Audience: Adult

Thu, Feb 22, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Improve your English conversational skills, vocabulary, pronunciation, and comprehension by reading a book. Enjoy learning and meeting new people in a supportive environment.

Thu, Feb 22, 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Calculate data with basic functions SUM and AVERAGE. Use auto features including auto and flash fill to streamline your workflow. Recommended Audience: Adult

Thu, Feb 22, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Analyze data with COUNT functions and recommended charts. Use absolute and relative references to ensure your data is calculated accurately. Recommended Audience: Adult

Thu, Feb 22, 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Format workbooks with frozen panes, headers and themes. Customize worksheets with sheet names, color coding and hidden sheets. Print your data for perfect reports and presentations.

Fri, Feb 23, 10:30am - 11:30am
Bring your baby to our fun series where we will sing, play and work on developing motor skills. Ages 0-2.

Fri, Feb 23, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Add to your project possibilities by crocheting in the round! Crocheting in the round allows you to easily crochet circular objects such as coasters, hats, decorative bowls and ornaments.

Sat, Feb 24, 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Learn about planning and designing your web site. Learn about web tools, hosting, web standards and technologies to help you reach your target audience. Recommended Audience: Adult

Sat, Feb 24, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Unleash your inner artist by deconstructing and rebuilding a used/discarded book to create a memory book or art journal.

Sat, Feb 24, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Learn how to build your own website. Start with WordPress, which offers lots of options for skinning your site the way you want it.

Mon, Feb 26, 10:30am - 11:15am
Follow the shiny and slimy snail trail to stories, activities and crafts. Ages 2-4.

Mon, Feb 26, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Are you stuck on a software-related project or simply need constructive ideas to get you started? Let us help! A technology trainer will be available to assist you in this open lab.

Mon, Feb 26, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Learn how to apply data subtotals, outlines, data consolidation and conditional formatting to organize your data. Recommended Audience: Adult

Tue, Feb 27, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Stuck on a project or skill you learned in class? Let us help! Our experienced instructors will be available to get you started on your next project and answer questions.

Tue, Feb 27, 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Learn how to insert slide transitions, add animations and hyperlinks. Create a customized photo album with simple to use tools. Recommended Audience: Adult

Tue, Feb 27, 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Organize information in your documents. Insert and format tables to display and calculate data.

Tue, Feb 27, 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Join the Southwest Book Club to discuss this month's selection, The Leavers by Lisa Ko.

Tue, Feb 27, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Create professional reports. Unify formatting with Themes and shading, organize topics with titles and headers, and distribute the finished document through printing and sharing options.

Wed, Feb 28, 10:30am - 11:15am
Help your child explore their world with stories and activities that encourage mathematical thinking. Ages 2-4.

Wed, Feb 28, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Learn how to apply common image editing techniques used to retouch and restore photographs.

Wed, Feb 28, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
ESOL- Conversational English Workshop at Southwest Library.

Wed, Feb 28, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Applying blending modes to image layers to quickly fix problems with exposure, shadows and highlights. Learn to use blending modes to generate artistic and creative effects on photos.

Wed, Feb 28, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Read and interact with popular children's story books, such as Jack and the Beanstalk and The Paper Bag Princess. Play story-related games and puzzles.

Wed, Feb 28, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Customize your Web pages using CSS. Learn how to add functionality such as Google Maps CSS Hovers and Transitions into Web pages. Recommended Audience: Adult

Thu, Mar 01, 10:15am - 10:45am
Designed especially for preschoolers ages 3-5, Storybook Fun lasts approximately 25 minutes. The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage children to read, talk, sing, write and play.

Thu, Mar 01, 10:30am - 11:30am
Drop-in before and after storytime to create a make-and-take craft. Ages 2-4.

Thu, Mar 01, 10:45am - 11:05am
Designed especially for toddlers 18 months - 3 years, Toddler Time lasts approximately 20 minutes. The use of picture books, finger plays, songs and flannel board stories will encourage the development of verbal and listening skills for this active group.

Thu, Mar 01, 11:15am - 11:35am
Designed especially for toddlers 18 months - 3 years, Toddler Time lasts approximately 20 minutes. The use of picture books, finger plays, songs and flannel board stories will encourage the development of verbal and listening skills for this active group.

Thu, Mar 01, 11:45am - 12:05pm
Designed especially for infants from birth - 18 months, Tiny Tales lasts approximately 15 minutes. The rhythm and repetition of nursery rhymes are used to introduce very young children to literature. Hold your child in your lap and enjoy this special time together.

Thu, Mar 01, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Improve your English conversational skills, vocabulary, pronunciation, and comprehension by reading a book. Enjoy learning and meeting new people in a supportive environment.

Thu, Mar 01, 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Learn presentation concepts and terminology. Learn how to create a basic presentation by using templates, text, and picture files.

Thu, Mar 01, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Learn how to insert and customize SmartArt graphics, tables, charts and video. Recommended Audience: Adult

Thu, Mar 01, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Start crocheting today! Create a unique coaster in your choice of color. Learn to chain, single crochet and how to fasten off your work. No experience necessary.

Fri, Mar 02, 10:30am - 11:15am
Celebrate the world of Dr. Seuss with carnival-style fun filled with whimsical stories, activities and more! Ages 2-4.

Fri, Mar 02, 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Take your first steps into the world of computing. Discover the essential parts of and types of computers, as well as the basics of using a computer for the first time.

Fri, Mar 02, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Learn basic tips on how to maintain your computer system using various system tools and how to secure your system from viruses and spyware. Recommended Audience: Adult

Sat, Mar 03, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Start using Excel today. Input, format and save data in spreadsheets. Calculate data with basic formulas. Recommended Audience: Adult

Sat, Mar 03, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Learn the basic features of QuickBooks Pro and how it can be used to organize your business or personal finances. Explore the environment and master the basic concepts of balance sheet.

Mon, Mar 05, 10:30am - 11:15am
Paint, paste, glue, stamp and create! Young children will enjoy stories, songs and exploring age-appropriate art experiences. Ages 1-3.

Mon, Mar 05, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Use your math skills to solve puzzles, games and trivia. Age 6-12.

Southwest - Ask at Desk
Mon, Mar 05, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Start using Excel today. Input, format and save data in spreadsheets. Calculate data with basic formulas. Recommended Audience: Adult

Mon, Mar 05, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Test your knowledge of the award winning show in honor of its 50th anniversary.

Southwest - Ask at Desk
Mon, Mar 05, 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Calculate data with basic functions SUM and AVERAGE. Use auto features including auto and flash fill to streamline your workflow. Recommended Audience: Adult

Tue, Mar 06, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Start knitting today! Learn how to read patterns, basic techniques and terminology to knit your first project.

Southwest - Ask at Desk
Tue, Mar 06, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Move your documents to the cloud! Learn how to collaborate, share, and access your files from anywhere with free online applications from Microsoft and Google.

Tue, Mar 06, 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Learn publication concepts and terminology. Become familiar with the environment and explore pre-defined templates, formatting options and adding business information. Recommended Audience: Adult

Tue, Mar 06, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn how to work with master pages, headers and footers, and how to customize your publications. Recommended Audience: Adult

Canceled
Wed, Mar 07, 10:15am - 11:30am
Go beyond simple coloring by learning colored pencil techniques.

Wed, Mar 07, 10:15am - 11:30am
Coloring for adults.

Wed, Mar 07, 10:30am - 11:30am
Are you stuck on a software-related project or simply need constructive ideas to get you started? Let us help! A technology trainer will be available to assist you in this open lab.

Wed, Mar 07, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
ESOL- Conversational English Workshop at Southwest Library.

Wed, Mar 07, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Learn about the functionality of Photoshop and explore the environment. Become familiar with using selection and editing tools.

Wed, Mar 07, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Would you like to further explore a topic or idea covered in a class? Come hangout with other kids and dig a little deeper.

Wed, Mar 07, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Get up and running with computers. Learn how to navigate the computer desktop and how to perform various techniques in manipulating windows using basic mouse and keyboard techniques.

Thu, Mar 08, 10:15am - 10:45am
Designed especially for preschoolers ages 3-5, Storybook Fun lasts approximately 25 minutes. The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage children to read, talk, sing, write and play.

Thu, Mar 08, 10:30am - 11:30am
Drop-in before and after storytime to create a make-and-take craft. Ages 2-4.

Thu, Mar 08, 10:45am - 11:05am
Designed especially for toddlers 18 months - 3 years, Toddler Time lasts approximately 20 minutes. The use of picture books, finger plays, songs and flannel board stories will encourage the development of verbal and listening skills for this active group.

Thu, Mar 08, 11:15am - 11:35am
Designed especially for toddlers 18 months - 3 years, Toddler Time lasts approximately 20 minutes. The use of picture books, finger plays, songs and flannel board stories will encourage the development of verbal and listening skills for this active group.

Thu, Mar 08, 11:45am - 12:05pm
Designed especially for infants from birth - 18 months, Tiny Tales lasts approximately 15 minutes. The rhythm and repetition of nursery rhymes are used to introduce very young children to literature. Hold your child in your lap and enjoy this special time together.

Thu, Mar 08, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Improve your English conversational skills, vocabulary, pronunciation, and comprehension by reading a book. Enjoy learning and meeting new people in a supportive environment.

Thu, Mar 08, 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Learn how to insert slide transitions, add animations and hyperlinks. Create a customized photo album with simple to use tools. Recommended Audience: Adult

Thu, Mar 08, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Learn how to customize a theme and to format slides through the slide master. (tec101)

Thu, Mar 08, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Add new stitches to your repertoire! The double and half double crochet stitches are great for blankets, hats, scarves and sweaters. Create a mug rug using these two new stitches.

Fri, Mar 09, 10:30am - 11:15am
Toddlers use unstructured play to advance their physical and cognitive development and to have FUN! Ages 1-3.

Fri, Mar 09, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Create polished documents in Microsoft Word.

Fri, Mar 09, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Learn database concepts and terminology. Learn flat and relational database concepts and create a simple database with multiple tables. Recommended Audience: Adult

Sat, Mar 10, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Calculate data with basic functions SUM and AVERAGE. Use auto features including auto and flash fill to streamline your workflow. Recommended Audience: Adult

Sat, Mar 10, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Learn how to setup a new company profile including the Vendor Center, Customer Center and adding Items. Recommended Audience: Adult

Mon, Mar 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Calling all little yogis and wiggleworms! Join us for a special movement storytime focusing on motor development that is filled with stories, songs and fun! Ages 2-5.

Southwest - Ask at Desk
Mon, Mar 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Analyze data with COUNT functions and recommended charts. Use absolute and relative references to ensure your data is calculated accurately. Recommended Audience: Adult

Southwest - Ask at Desk
Mon, Mar 12, 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Format workbooks with frozen panes, headers and themes. Customize worksheets with sheet names, color coding and hidden sheets. Print your data for perfect reports and presentations.

Tue, Mar 13, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Bring the whole family and drop-in for crafts with a literary twist featuring one of our favorite books.

Wed, Mar 14, 10:30am - 11:15am
Join us for hands-on early learning adventures observing science, math and art in a sensory-rich environment. Dress for a mess. Ages 2-4.

Wed, Mar 14, 10:30am - 11:30am
Learn how to create an easy to use website where you can publish your thoughts, comments or pictures so you can share with family and friends.

Wed, Mar 14, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
ESOL- Conversational English Workshop at Southwest Library.

Wed, Mar 14, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Learn how to use layers, layer masks, free transform tools, and text tools. Become familiar with adding basic effects to images.

Wed, Mar 14, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Solve problems for our heroes with code! Join the Foos on an adventure to walk, jump and build your way to the finish.

Wed, Mar 14, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Get your computer skills racing. Learn how to create, rename, delete, and organize files and folders on your computer.

Thu, Mar 15, 10:15am - 10:45am
Designed especially for preschoolers ages 3-5, Storybook Fun lasts approximately 25 minutes. The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage children to read, talk, sing, write and play.

Thu, Mar 15, 10:30am - 11:30am
Drop-in before and after storytime to create a make-and-take craft. Ages 2-4.

Thu, Mar 15, 10:45am - 11:05am
Designed especially for toddlers 18 months - 3 years, Toddler Time lasts approximately 20 minutes. The use of picture books, finger plays, songs and flannel board stories will encourage the development of verbal and listening skills for this active group.

Thu, Mar 15, 11:15am - 11:35am
Designed especially for toddlers 18 months - 3 years, Toddler Time lasts approximately 20 minutes. The use of picture books, finger plays, songs and flannel board stories will encourage the development of verbal and listening skills for this active group.

Thu, Mar 15, 11:45am - 12:05pm
Designed especially for infants from birth - 18 months, Tiny Tales lasts approximately 15 minutes. The rhythm and repetition of nursery rhymes are used to introduce very young children to literature. Hold your child in your lap and enjoy this special time together.

Thu, Mar 15, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Improve your English conversational skills, vocabulary, pronunciation, and comprehension by reading a book. Enjoy learning and meeting new people in a supportive environment.

Thu, Mar 15, 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Turn scanned drawings into sleek vector graphics. Apply several design techniques and use common editing tools to trace and color artwork as well as manage objects and layers.

Thu, Mar 15, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Design professional-looking stationery using Adobe Illustrator. Create and arrange text and image assets and use masks, transparency, and blending modes to create eye-catching designs.

Thu, Mar 15, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Make lace work a cinch! The triple and double triple crochet stitches are great for lace scarves, shawls and sweaters. Create a lace bookmark using these two new stitches.

Fri, Mar 16, 10:30am - 11:15am
Help your child with their motor development skills in this interactive bubble class. Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers.

Fri, Mar 16, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Add style to your documents. Impact your readers with images, text boxes and Smart Art. Ensure readability with basic review tools.

Fri, Mar 16, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Learn how to create relationship among tables and manipulate data with queries in a database. Recommended Audience: Adult

Sat, Mar 17, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Analyze data with COUNT functions and recommended charts. Use absolute and relative references to ensure your data is calculated accurately. Recommended Audience: Adult

Sat, Mar 17, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Learn how to record different types of business transactions such as posting accounts payable and accounts receivable. Also, generate financial reports for your company. Recommended Audience: Adult

Mon, Mar 19, 10:30am - 11:15am
Help your child learn by playing as we weave early literacy practices into fun interactive stories, songs, rhythm and dance.

Southwest - Ask at Desk
Mon, Mar 19, 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Explore the basics of electronics while you build exciting projects with Snap Circuits. Learn the basic science of electronics and how they impact our everyday lives. (tic101)

Southwest - Ask at Desk
Mon, Mar 19, 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Automate everyday tasks with macros. Record data entry and formatting .Insert and modify objects to run macros without coding. Recommended Audience: Adult

Tue, Mar 20, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Spend your break on an adventure with an exciting movie screening! Ages 6-12.

Tue, Mar 20, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Increase your knitting skills. Shape your work with basic increase and decrease stitches.

Tue, Mar 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hangout with us and learn the basics of coding and computer programming using a miniature Ozobot® robot. No prior coding knowledge needed. Registration Required. Ages 6–12

Tue, Mar 20, 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Learn presentation concepts and terminology. Learn how to create a basic presentation by using templates, text, and picture files.

Tue, Mar 20, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn how to insert and customize SmartArt graphics, tables, charts and video. Recommended Audience: Adult

Southwest - Ask at Desk
Wed, Mar 21, 10:30am - 11:30am
Why should kids have all the fun? Come to the library and enjoy a story or activity as our talented library storytellers entertain ages 18 and up! Each branch will have a unique storytime.

Wed, Mar 21, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Start knitting today! Family Focus class for parents and children (Ages 9 and up). Learn how to read patterns, basic techniques and terminology to knit your first project.

Wed, Mar 21, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
ESOL- Conversational English Workshop at Southwest Library.

Wed, Mar 21, 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Applying blending modes to image layers to quickly fix problems with exposure, shadows and highlights. Learn to use blending modes to generate artistic and creative effects on photos.

Wed, Mar 21, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Celebrate with local artists as they lead workshops that foster creativity and empower children to use art as a way to make positive changes! Ages 6-12.

Wed, Mar 21, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Write real code. Explore the JavaScript programming language with characters from Star Wars.

Wed, Mar 21, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Learn Internet concepts and terminology. Become familiar with Web browsers while surfing the Web.

Thu, Mar 22, 10:15am - 10:45am
Designed especially for preschoolers ages 3-5, Storybook Fun lasts approximately 25 minutes. The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage children to read, talk, sing, write and play.

Thu, Mar 22, 10:30am - 11:30am
Drop-in before and after storytime to create a make-and-take craft. Ages 2-4.

Thu, Mar 22, 10:45am - 11:05am
Designed especially for toddlers 18 months - 3 years, Toddler Time lasts approximately 20 minutes. The use of picture books, finger plays, songs and flannel board stories will encourage the development of verbal and listening skills for this active group.

Thu, Mar 22, 11:15am - 11:35am
Designed especially for toddlers 18 months - 3 years, Toddler Time lasts approximately 20 minutes. The use of picture books, finger plays, songs and flannel board stories will encourage the development of verbal and listening skills for this active group.

Thu, Mar 22, 11:45am - 12:05pm
Designed especially for infants from birth - 18 months, Tiny Tales lasts approximately 15 minutes. The rhythm and repetition of nursery rhymes are used to introduce very young children to literature. Hold your child in your lap and enjoy this special time together.

Thu, Mar 22, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Improve your English conversational skills, vocabulary, pronunciation, and comprehension by reading a book. Enjoy learning and meeting new people in a supportive environment.

Thu, Mar 22, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Add to your project possibilities by crocheting in the round! Crocheting in the round allows you to easily crochet circular objects such as coasters, hats, decorative bowls and ornaments.

Fri, Mar 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Bring your baby to our fun series where we will sing, play and work on developing motor skills. Ages 0-2.

Fri, Mar 23, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Organize information in your documents. Insert and format tables to display and calculate data.

Fri, Mar 23, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Learn how to create and customize forms and reports using data from tables and queries! You will also add a navigation menu using the Switchboard Manager. Recommended Audience: Adult

Sat, Mar 24, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Format workbooks with frozen panes, headers and themes. Customize worksheets with sheet names, color coding and hidden sheets. Print your data for perfect reports and presentations.

Sat, Mar 24, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Get creative with us in the children's area of the library as we make some spring crafts! Ages 3-12.

Sat, Mar 24, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Learn how to add new employees, enter timesheets, setup employee benefits, setup payroll items, pay employees, process payroll forms, and process payroll reports in QuickBooks.