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Popular jewelry making class at Beach Library

February 26, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m. in Children's Multipurpose

iPad/iPhone Class for Beginners, Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. in Com. Room A, Pre-register

Jewelry Making, Thursday, Feb. 27,10:30 a.m. Pre-register & $10 Materials fee.

Taking Great Picture with Your Digital Camera, Feb. 27, 1:30 p.m.

Shorebirds and Seabirds of FMB, Friday, Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m.

Afternoon Movie, Friday, 1:30 p.m.

Garden Club, Monday, March 3, 9-11a.m.

Register to Vote, Monday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the library foyer

Drawing, Monday, March 3, 10:30 a.m., Com Room B

Mah Jongg Players, Monday, March 3, 1:30 p.m.

What is Music Therapy? Tuesday, March 4, 10:30 a.m.

Car Info for the Clueless, Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.

Event Details

Please check posters and schedule of events in the library for more details on the weekly activities.

Mah Jongg Players

Bring your cards and sets for fun and friendship on March 3 & 5, 1:30 p.m. both dates. Beginners are welcome--instruction will be provided.


The Elections Office will be in the foyer to assist in your registering to vote or updating your registration, and will also be available for questions.


If you are an active chess player and would be open to teaching others how to play chess, please talk with Marsha at the library, 765-8162.

Share Six Words

"Definition of America: Freedom from definition." Do you agree? If not, how would you define America? We want to hear your answer, but here's the challenge: Can you say it in just six words?

The six words that you read before represent what is known as a "six word story", a form of ultra-short story writing that employs only six words to tell a story. As part of our exciting new program, "America in Six," we want you to tell a six word story about America. Participation is easy and fun.

First, we encourage you to 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 their definitions of America. Copies of the books are available to check out at the displays on the first and second floors of the library. When you are finished reading, ask yourself, "How would I define America?"

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 website at ; 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.


San Antonio is opening a digital library that has only e-readers and 10,000 e-books. To what degree it will succeed remains to be seen. In 2002 a branch in Tucson, Arizona launched a digital-only facility, and one was proposed for Newport Beach, California last year, but both projects were not successful because residents still kept asking for print books.

Surveys indicate that those who are avid readers in digital format are also regular users of print titles.

We make both formats--print and digital available--though we find that digital is used much less than anticipated.

Book Industry

The book industry is thriving. It's easy to think that with Borders having hit the dust and bookstores not as numerous as they once were that things are not well. However that is a short-sighted view. Book sales have risen strongly since 2008. U.S. publishers had revenues of $15 billion in 2012, the most recent figure available from the Association of American Publishers. The $15 billion figure is up 14 percent from 2008.

There are those that criticize Amazon for contributing to the decline of the book market. One could make a strong case that Amazon is contributing to the range of titles available. Amazon provides both digital and print. It's too early to assess the impact of e-Books and we don't know if the self-published e-Book will add or detract to the long term impact on the market. What I find encouraging in spite of attacks between publishers and Amazon, and publishers trying to control the distribution of e-books, is that for the reading public, the number and range of titles keeps getting better.

Returning Materials?

If you are coming into the library and have materials to return, please put them in the Materials Return in the lobby, just to the left of the front door as you enter. Put items in one at a time. If you're returning materials and the library is closed, come in the entrance on Bay Road and drive straight ahead to the Materials Return on the outside of the building. You can put items in the Return from your car window or from your bike. Same procedure as when returning inside. Please be patient--put in one book at a time. The issues we see are usually due to titles being pushed in too fast or two titles being put in at the same time.

Library Hours

When we are closed, the 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 and 5; and on Saturday between 9 and 1. We look forward to seeing you.



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