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Beach Library offers many activites to choose from

February 19, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 10:30 a.m.

Pad/iPhone class for Beginners also on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., Com Room B, Pre-register.

Voyage to the South Seas on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., Com Room A

Writer's Group meets on Wednesday from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Movie Night, Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Apps for iPad/iPhone on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10:30 a.m. in Com Rm B.

More Adventures and Tales of Captain Bob on Thursday at 10:30 a.m., Com Rm A

Foods for Health, also on Thursday at 1:30 p.m..

Defining Dementia, Friday, Feb. 21, 10:30 a.m.

The Sanibel Sunset Detective, Friday, 1:30 p.m.

Basic Drawing on Monday, Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

iPad/iPhone class for Beginners, Monday at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Getting Started with e-Books, Monday, 1:30 p.m.

History of Fort Myers Beach, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Koreshan Unity Then & Now, Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.

Activity Details

Additional classes have been added for iPad/iPhone for Beginners. Pre-register for Feb. 19 or Feb 24. Same class each time.

Marianne and Kim Worden will share the adventure of their cruise to the South Seas on Feb. 19.

Movie night features "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" starting at 5 p.m. on Feb. 19.

Krystal Rose and Carol Kuskin introduce you to "foods" for health on Feb. 20.

Angel Duncan will discuss what dementia is on Feb. 21 along with how we can understand the various signs and symptoms of other types of dementia.

Ron Base will provide glimpses into the private dective Tree CCallister, a prominent figure in the Sanibel mystery novels.

Bring your eraser and paper for the Drawing class on Feb. 24.

Take in the Getting Started with eBooks on Feb. 24 to learning how to underload and read eBooks. Bring your e-reader to the session.

Historian and long-time resident A.J. Bassett showcases the many events, people and culture as she highlights the history of Fort Myers Beach on Feb. 25.

Stan Malecki returns on Feb. 25 and will share more fascinating notes on what life was like during Koreshan times.

Community Read

"America is divided. Need Super Glue." Everyone has something to say about America, but can you say it in just six words? We are challenging you to tell a story about America using only six words. It's part of an exciting new program, "America in Six," that combines storytelling with the reading of books about America. Participation is easy and fun.

First, read "The Longest Road," author Philip Caputo's account of his road trip from Florida to Alaska during which he encounters a diversity of Americans who share what America means to them. When you are finished reading, ask yourself, "What does America mean to me?" Then tell a story about America in six words. We think that if we collect enough six words stories, then all of the words together might say something profound about our country.

To get started, check out a copy of the "The Longest Road" which is available at the displays on the first and second floors of the library. When you are ready to "say it in six," submit your story in one of three ways: 1. A kiosk with self-guided activity on the second floor of the library (great if you need help or ideas); 2. Online at our web site:; 3. By filling out a submission form at the library. All stories are anonymous and will be shared on our web site and included in a video. A kids version of the program is also available for kids ages 8-12.

Busier Than Ever

America's network of public libraries is older than America itself. Libraries are founded on the belief that all of us be able to access information, art and literature.

Casual observers might think that because of the Digital Age or a diminished public commitment to shared services that today's public library is old-fashioned or dying. The facts note this is off base as more than 16,000 public libraries in the U.S. serve 96.4 percent of the population, circulating 2.46 billion titles last year, the greatest volume in 10 years. Over this same period, the circulation of children's books and materials increased by more than 28 percent with attendance at children's programs up to 60.5 million in 2013.

Nationwide public libraries hosted 3.75 million public programs and attendance for those events, too, is growing. Those of you who participate in the Community Room activities know that first hand. Public computers at libraries are also in high demand. We expanded the number of computers in our library construction and find that the addition is already many days at full usage.

Library Hours

When we are closed, the summer hours of operation are included in a recording when you call in. Stop by on Monday and Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; and on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. We look forward to seeing you.



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