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Beach Library plans a statue unveiling April 25

April 16, 2014
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, April 16, 10:30 a.m. in Children's Multipurpose area of Kid's Place

Bubble Room on Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. in Com Room

Going Further with Your iPad/iPhone, Thursday, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Estero Island Garden Club, Monday, April 21, 9 to 11 a.m.

Library Board Meeting, Tuesday, April 22, 6:30 p.m.

Event Details

Author and artist Katie Gardenia will talk about her experience at Bubble Room restaurant in Captiva on Wednesday.

The Garden Club welcomes new members and encourages interested parties to visit the meeting for the discussion of garden topics.

Upcoming Special Ceremony

Join in the unveiling and dedication of "Salute to a Hero" being installed near the front entrance/flag pole of the library on Friday, April 25, at 10:30 a.m. The new sculpture will be unveiled in a patriotic ceremony. Those who have served in the military and family members who have lost a loved one in this service will be invited to receive a flower of gratitude during the ceremony.

Volunteers Needed

We are in need of a volunteer to return materials to the shelves on Tuesday afternoon or Saturday morning. If you can assist, please complete a volunteer application available on the first floor.

Also need a volunteer to pick up yard debris once a week two times during April, and two times in May. If you're able and willing, fill out a volunteer-landscaping application on the first floor.

Thank you

Those who have brought in books and DVDs in recent weeks as donations--a hearty thank you! A note of gratitude too for those who left notes of praise and donations in the boxes in the library. Your thoughtfulness and kindness are appreciated.

We appreciate too when books/DVD donations are brought into the library and left directly with a staffmember. If they are put into the materials return or left outside the library, they often add extra work for staff.

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.

First, we encourage you to read "The Longest Road," author Philip Caputo's account of his road trip from Florida to Alaska. 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 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.


We appreciate that most bike riders are using the bike rack at the corner of the library or in the parking garage. Using the racks keeps the walkways and fire paths clear and open and does not do damage to landscaping and poles.

Special thanks to those thoughtful users of mopeds or single engine bikes who lock their bikes together and save a parking space. Some days we do not need parking and others it's a blessing to have another parking space available.


Near the front entrance there's a large mat that is intended to allow most sand to be removed from sandals and shoes if the footware is rubbed over the mat. This reduces the amount of sand that ends up being dragged onto the stairs, carpeting and floor. Sand is abrasive and does damage so the less that comes into the building, the lower our cleaning/repair bills are. The lower bills are, the more funds there are for library resources and services.


There is a special collection that gathers many of the classic titles called Classics Collection. This collection is growing slowly and has seen close to 700 titles checked out during each of the past two years. If you're able to donate $25 or more, we can add more titles to this collection.

One reader who read George Orwell's Nineteen Eight-Four learned it was originally titled The Last Man in Europe. Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises was originally titled Fiesta, and Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace was originally titled All's Well That Ends Well.

Library Hours

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

By Dr. Leroy Hommerding



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