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Volunteers honored at Beach Library banquet

April 2, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Activities This Week

Wednesday, April 2, 10:30 a.m. Preschool Story Hour in Kid's Place multi-purpose area

Also on April 2, 10:30 a.m. More Tales of Captain Bob

And at 1:30 p.m. Mound Key: Where the New & Old Worlds Collided

And finally on Wednesday, at 6 p.m. Astronomy: the winter night sky

Thursday, 10:30 a.m. Getting Started with Your iPad, Com Room B, Pre-register

Also at 10:30 a.m. Tarpon Fishing, Com Room A

Thursday, April 3, 1:30 p.m. What Turtles Tell Us

Friday, April 4, 10:30 a.m. Acupuncture

Friday, April 4, 1:30 p.m. Jewelry Making, Pre-register and $10 materials fee

Monday, April 7, 10:30 a.m. Basic Computers, Com Room A, Pre-register

Tuesday, April 8, 10:30 a.m. Prevent Identity Theft

Activity Details

Archaeologist Theresa Schober has done careful research on the settlement and use of the Estero Bay estuarine system on Florida's Gulf coast by the Calusa Indians. Mound Key, the Calusa capital, will be her focus on April 2.

Venture into astronomy and the fun of the sky with Bruce Dissett as he provides a guided tour of the winter skies in the Community Room on Apr 2 at 6 p.m. The caravan from one constellation to another is interesting and marvel at the delights available in knowing what happening in the sky.


When a presentation or class in the Community Room says to "Pre-register," please be sure to make every effort to be in attendance. Limited class size is done for practical and educational reasons. Signing up without a show means someone else who would participate has not signed up. The presenter cannot address individual concerns in some classes when attendance is over 20. It is discourteous to show up for a class when pre-registration has not been done.

We have two or three classes that are in exceptionally heavy demand and that fill up quickly. While we are trying to locate additional instructors, that is not always easily or quickly possible. We appreciate your recognition and consideration in not getting angry because registration is full.

Tarpon Fishing

Gary Danis will be the person to see on April 3 on how to fish for tarpon in our area. He will go over tackle and baits used and also talk about where to fish. He knows what's he talking about, having been a Lee County resident for more than four decades. He's still under retirement age having enjoyed fishing since just a child. His family would fish most weekends in the summer for snapper and grouper. Gary has been an active member of the Beach Tarpon Hunters Club for the past eight years, serving as the weigh master, vice-president and last (and current year) the president. Suffice it to say he loves fishing for tarpon and also going off shore to catch grouper and snapper.


A banquet this past Thursday evening honored those volunteers who have served the Beach Library during the past year. The 52 gathered enjoyed a catered meal in the Community Room and best of all, a chance to meet and hear what other volunteers are doing. With the variety of activities that volunteers are involved in, it is easy to not be aware of the diversity and talent we are blessed with.

When you are in the library, the volunteers wear a name tag that simply reads "Volunteer." If you're used to coming to the library at a particular time each week, you'll probably get to know a volunteer. Others work behind the scenes. Volunteerism runs throughout the library structure. The Board of Directors, though elected, are volunteers contributing their time and talent for the welfare of the library. The Friends of the Library bookstore is manned by volunteers and many of the titles returned to the shelves are put in place by volunteers. During this past year, volunteers served more than 5,300 hours.

Is there a place for you in our volunteer needs? Yes. The increased usage of the library, along with expanded services, makes volunteers even more essential. An application to get started is available at the staff assistance station on the first floor.


Note the display in the lower case near the elevator on the second floor that features birds in different settings. This collection is made available through the kindness of Alice Mack.

Identify Theft

There seem to be regular efforts to steal one's identity, and encouragingly, strategies one can follow to help avoid the common forms of ID theft and what to do in the event that one's identity is compromised. Beth Schell, Crime Prevention Specialist of the Lee County Sheriff's Office, will seek to offer insight and assistance on Apr 8.


A large collection of seashells are on display on the second floor. Many of these shells are arranged in families with examples of how they look when small, and then when they've grown. There is also one closed display that highlights and names each individual shell to make it easier to identify.


A recorder at 765-8162 gives the hours we are open if you call in when we are closed. Open hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 9 to 7; and Saturday 9 to 1. We look forward to seeing you.



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