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Check out an activity or two at the Beach Library

January 22, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

This Week's Activities

Quilting Group meets Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

The Ins and Outs of Belly Dancing on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

Movie Night at the Library Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Drawing on Thursday, Jan. 23, 10:30 a.m. in Community Room B, Pre-register.

Apps for iPad/iPhone, Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in Community Room A, Pre-register.

Geocaching on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Boating Safety Class on Thursday, 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. $45 registration fee. Call 466-4040 to register.

Visiting the Eastern Mediterranean, Friday, Jan. 24 at 1:30 p.m.

Friends of the Library Annual Mtg, Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

The End Times via the art of the Old Masters, Part I, Monday, Jan. 27, 10:30 a.m.

Getting Started with eBooks, Monday, Jan. 27, 1:30 p.m.

Astronomy, Monday, Jan. 27, 6:00 p.m.

Book Discussion, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 10:00 a.m., Community Room B

How to Use Shutterfly, Part II, Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in Community Room A.

Activity Details

There's a lot happening presenation/seminar/class-wise this week. I do not have room to include all details so please check the posters posted for each event in the Library Commons on the third floor.

Tales and adventures relating to belly dancing will be shared by Jeanette Swenson, who can offer an inside view of this entertainment and experience.

The Movie Night will feature "The Lives of Others," written and directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmark. German with English subtitles, 138 minutes.

Drawing class offers another hour to either get started or refine skills. Bring eraser and paper and pre-register.

Michael Memoli will share a short history of geocaching, explain the rules and illustrated "how to" for this growing fun adventure and sport.

Miffie Greer will talk about her trips to the Eastern Mediterrean, particularly the Greek Isles, Istabul, Athens and Ephesus.

The Friend's annual meeting keynotes A J Bassett, who will talk about her experience in growing up on the Beach and changes throughout the years.

Dr. Rudiger Holinski will offer a visual presentation and lead discussion on what the Old Art Masters tell us about the end times.

Enjoy a tour of the winter night sky with the Astronomy presentation. The sky offers many treasures during January.

More pointers on using Shutterfly will be offered by Krystal Rose.

Book Discussion

Discussion participants have a double treat this month. The Book Discussion Group met on their regular third Tuesday of the month but is meeting again in January on the 28th to discuss "Defending Jacob" by William Landay.


Electronic directories are being installed on each floor and in the foyer to make it easier to locate where particular collections or items are, and also what is on display currently. You can see scheduled activities in the Community Room on these touch screens too.

Five Minutes

Fifteen minutes before closing, an announcement comes over the speaker system advising to bring activities to closure within the next 10 minutes. We encourage you to have all check-outs completed by five minutes before closing, as well as computer usage or other activities completed. We appreciate your assistance as this enables staff to concentrate on closing activities and permit safe exit and closure.


Use of the library is up dramatically. We are delighted and will continue to develop resources. We thank you for your courtesy in usage of and care for the buildiing and resources. The more all of us clean up after ourselves, the more we show courtesy for each other, the more funds there are for continued electronic and print development.

Courtesy for Others

Everyone finds it discouraging when cleaners have the bathrooms in perfect order after a careful tidying up and disinfecting and then someone early in the day does the discourtesy of leaving a messy sink, dirty mirror or toilet paper scattered on the floor or counter. We recognize that there is a mental issue now and then but more courtesy would leave the restroom in a condition as found and inviting for the next person to use.

Bike riders are asked to use the bike racks at all times. Recently we've had a few riders who seem to think only of their own immediate convenience without regard for fire lanes and damage to landscaping and building. It seems ironic that if riding a bike is a healthy endeavor that it would also not be seen to be healthy to take a few extra steps and park the bike in the available racks.

Library Hours

When you call 765-8162 or 765-8163 during closed hours, a message gives the open hours. Open hours are Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 to 5; and Saturday 9 to 1.



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