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Play Mah Jongg at the Beach Library

March 5, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, March 5, 10:30 a.m.

Also on Wednesday, tour of the library at 10:30 a.m. beginning in the foyer.

Mah Jongg players gather at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Com Room B.

Further Adventures of Capt. Bob, Thursday, March 6, 10:30 a.m.

Beach Gardening on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.. Pre-register.

Learn How to Take Great Pictures with Your Digital Camera, Friday, March 7, 10:30 a.m.

Basic Computers, March 7, 1:30 p.m. Pre-register

We are closed Saturday, March 8, for the Shrimp Festival.

Drawing class on Monday, March 10, 10:30 a.m., Com Rm B, Pre-register.

Astronomy: the winter night sky, Monday, 6 to 7:05 p.m. Opens in the Library Commons on the third floor.

Florida Cattle Ranching, Monday, 7 p.m.

What's It Like to Live in Italy? Tuesday, March 11, 10:30 a.m.

My Journey with Yoga, March 11, 1:30 p.m.

Activity Details

So much is going on that I hope you review the listing in the monthly calendar, and then the further details on the posters on the third floor bulletin board.

If you play Mah Jongg or what to learn it, then get yourself to the fun on Wednesday, March 5. Bring your cards and sets. Beginners, feel free to ask for instructions.

Join Bob Stone as he discusses five centuries of cattle ranching in Florida. Sponsored by the Estero Island Historic Society. Community Room is open for this event even though Library Proper is closed at 7:30 p.m..

Upcoming to Note

Android device users may want to review the Android for Beginners class on March 13. Pre-register.

Floral Arranging with Terry Pinck, on March 13, will offer a demo that is full of practical and useful ideas in making arrangements. Pre-register and $5 fee. Demo arrangements made will be available to participants through a drawing.

Jewelry Making, on March 15, enables each person to make their own necklace. Give yourself 2-3 hours to complete your necklace. Pre-register and $10 materials fee.

Reading Helps Attention Span

Do you notice that TV programs are often broken into eight-minutes so commercial segments can follow? For some children's programs like Sesame Street, it's even shorter. The disadvantage of this approach for children, and I'd suggest also for many adults, is that it fosters a short attention span.

Reading, on the other hand, requires and encourages longer attention spans in children (and adults). Well written children's books seek to hold children's attention, not interrupt it. Because of the need to hold viewers until the next commercial message, the content of TV shows is often action and more action. Reading also offers action but often fills the considerable space between action scenes with subtle character development.


We appreciate the bathroom users who leave the toilet, stall and room in a condition similar to what it was when entering. It is discouraging to the cleaners when the bathroom is immaculate and in perfect order and one or two people leave a mess that somehow conveys they don't care about others. It only takes one or two to leave a mess. The fact that I'm mentioning this is that these one or two seem to be regular users.

We've tried to include savvy, eco-friendly features like the dryers and soft lighting but recognize it still gets back to commonsense and some care for others to leave the bathroom in a condition that the next person will feel it's clean and usable.

Suggestion and Comments

There's a comment and donation box on the first and second floor, and also one in the foyer near the entrance/exit. We welcome comments. We especially like ideas and comments with a name and contact info attached. Comments like "The 2nd floor men's bathroom was dirty at 10 a.m. today" are very helpful as they pinpoint the situation and allow us to review the area better. Comments like "There's never any place to park" are not helpful. These generic, general remarks seem to say the person writing was cranky but not that sensitive to others nor recognizing how much it varies from activity to activity, even part of the day to another part of the day. Plus such general comments "never any place" are not true. Of course, I recognize the person may not have taken their meds that day and so is more subject to making extreme remarks. When comments are written on a bookmark that is intended for another purpose, it seems to say little thought has gone into the remark. I often find that comments may not be understood as written and therefore the opportunity to chat with someone regarding the situation is very welcome. Those who comment in person with recognition that there is room for improvement are also welcome. I find that people appreciate knowing what was done in response to their concern and without communication that doesn't happen.

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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