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John Brady is Beach Library's Artist of the Month

April 9, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, April 9, Preschool Story Hour, 10:30 a.m.

Also on Wednesday, Quilting Group meets in the Com Room B from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., $2 set-up

Wednesday, Robert Frost: America's Poet, 10:30 a.m., Com Room A

Thursday, April 10, 10:30am Photographing Florida's Hidden Places

Dog Day is on Thursday, 3 to 4:15 p.m. Pre-register.

Friday, April 11, Getting Started with eBooks, 10:30 a.m.

Also on Friday, Local Reading & Charles Bukowski at 1:30 p.m.

Monday, April 14, 10:30 a.m. Windows 8, Pre-register.

Tuesday, April 15 Book Discussion Group at 10:00 a.m. in Com Room B

Also on Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Raw: one woman's journey through love, loss & cancer

On Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Reptiles

Activity Details

Enjoy the Road Scholar approach of Robert Frost on April 9 where Jo List shares personal favorites and enables one to appreciate the life and times of Frost.

John Brady, on April 10, is sure to entice with his dedication as a nature photographer and passion for the wild side of Florida. His photographs are on display in the Library Commons and should be an obvious clue that participation in this seminar is worth the time.

Need more exposure and understanding of electronics? Consider the basics of e-Books on Apr 11, and the live demo of Windows 8 on Apr 14. Bring your e-reader to the e-Books class, and pre-register for the computer April 14 class.

Local Talent

wrob returns and presents a reading offering his own poetry and poems of Charles Bukowski, celebrated American author. If you haven't gotten a chance to meet wrob yet, come on April 11 and let yourself be immersed in his approach and passion.

Is it possible to deal with loss and cancer at the same time and still survive? Fiona Finn, on April 15, will offer much to think about as she shares how she was able to find meaning in spite of the end of the life she was accustomed to.

Artist of the Month

Displayed in the Library Commons on the third floor are this month's Artist of the Month, John Brady's photographs of Florida. John is a man who has always been curious about photography. Already at age 10 he was taking Civil War memory photos with a Kodak instamatic that his grandmother gave him. At age 12, his father helped him set up a darkroom at home and he had access to film and the school darkroom while in Junior High. While the demands of life and his job took much of his time, a motorcycle accident in his 40s prompted him to reevaluate his life and what was really important. Photography took central stage and that enabled him to progress in photography technique and results while also finding it therapeutic.

Photographing the Florida wilderness allows John to experience this wonderland in an intimate way, as his photographs show. The large scale ones on display gives you a glimpse of the beauty and the inspiration that can be found in the wet jungles and swamps.


Cafe is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Beachcombers bookstore is open Monday to Saturday on the Third Floor.

Undiscovered e-Books

Do you know that you can download thousands of e-Books that never expire and do not count against your normal checkout limit? These titles, which include classics such as Pride and Prejudice, Moby Dick, and the Scarlet Letter, along with numerous non-fiction works, are available through Project Gutenberg, an initiative dedicated to digitizing classic works. Extensive efforts have been made to focus on high quality e-Books. All were previously published by bona fide publishers and were digitized/proofread with the help of thousands of volunteers.

To access these e-Books, visit our e-Book catalog at Scroll down the page and select the link that says "Additional e-Books Always Available." If you normally read your e-Books in Overdrive Media Console, you can download and read these titles directly in OverDrive. If you use a standard Kindle (with black and white display), we suggest that you download the Kindle versions of the books directly from Project Gutenberg's web site:

"Triumph trumps tragedy in our America"

Our "America in Six" program continues this month and we are very excited about the responses we are receiving. To see what people have shared so far, visit for a video montage of submissions. If you haven't participated yet, you still have time.

To start, check out a copy of Philip Caputo's bestselling book, "The Longest Road," which chronicles the author's adventurous and often humorous road trip from Key West to Alaska as he asks people what America means to them. When you have finished reading the book, ask yourself the question: "What does America mean to me?" Then answer it using only six words. "Triumph trumps tragedy in our America" is how one participant recently answered that question. Copies of the book along with submission forms are available at the displays on the first and second floors of the library. You can also submit your six words at a kiosk on the second floor, or at our web site: We look forward to hearing from you!

Cellphone Etiquette

Intrusions from cell phones, whether texts or calls, should never be taken in front of another person when you are in conversation. If you forget to turn off your phone and it rings, immediately silence it and keep talking. If it is an emergency, the best cell phone etiquette is to make excuses and head to the outside or Third Floor to take the call. Never text while in a gathering or in the middle of a conversation.


We need a shelver for Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Can you help? Please complete a volunteer application.

I need a volunteer to assist in landscaping for 3 or 4 times in the next 5 weeks with about an hour each time. If you can assist, please complete a landscape application.


When we are closed a recorder gives the hours we are open. When open, we answer the phone in person. Hours are Monday,Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 to 5, Wednesday 9 to 7, and Saturday 9 to 1. All gates close when the library closes. We look forward to seeing you.



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