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Beach Library “Friends” to announce naming winners Friday

April 30, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Week's Events

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m. in Children's area.

I Never Met a Boat I Didn't Love on Thursday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m.

Voter Registration, Friday, May 2, in the foyer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Getting Started with Your iPad/iPhone, Friday, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Declutter on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Garden Club on Monday, May 5, 9 to 11 a.m.

Facebook and Twitter, Tuesday, May 6, 10:30 a.m.

Archaeoastronomy on Tuesday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m.

Activity Details

Gustav Bahruth will share his journey of 40 years of commercial fishing on May 1.

Staff from the Elections Office are in the foyer on May 2 to assist in any details regarding voter registration.

On May 6, get the scoop and details on what Facebook and Twitter are and how to use these social networking tools.

Earlier cultures and civilizations did a lot with astronomy, some of which is not only insightful but as advanced as we seem to be today. Check out details in the archaeoastronomy class by Denise Sabatini in May 6.

Children's Activities

Marsha was busy with the 30 some participating in this week's Preschool Story Hour. We're delighted that young families are enjoying both the Toddler's area and Kid's Place. And who does not like hearing a story? The Preschool Story Hour takes place every week Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Salute to a Hero

We unveiled and dedicated the statue at the base of the flagpole this past Friday. It was a wonderful time. There were many aspects but all of it centered on the purpose for which the statue of a boy saluting the flag was created--namely to recognize the gift of service of those who have served our nation in the past and continue to do so today, along with remembering those who have given their own life to assure that our secure way of life remains. The statue of the boy saluting the flag and holding a flag in his other hand indicative of someone who has died in that service and with a tear from his eye, says what is important. There is a soft-shelled turtle not far from the boy that is looking up at him to also noting that the boy's actions are what is important.

The ceremony went quickly and was touching to many and, as usual, it was the contributions of those involved who made the time priceless. The closing note, "May we all be enriched by our support of each other," said it well.


The Friends of the Library sponsored a naming contest for the bookstore in the Library Commons on the third floor. You may notice that the bookstore now has a name. On Friday, May 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. the Friends will host an announcement party for the winners of the naming contest, in which there were over one hundred entries. Light refreshments will be served and you're invited to participate.

In conjunction with the party, there will be a Friends booksale in the bookstore all of that Friday too. So many look forward to these special sales so mark your calendar now -May 2, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.


What are your feelings about the surge in independent publishing? The ease and, for some, relatively low cost of digital publishing has created a tsunami of material for reader consumption. We find too that some of these authors publish first in a digital format then end up publishing their works, particularly earlier ones, in print. The challenge for us as a library is in scanning the ocean to find the hidden treasures, those gems that need to have a day for sailing at sea.


If you're looking for an e-Book that has no due date, consider going to the Additional eBooks link on our homepage. This database has thousands of e-Books that can be checked out without any concern for when they are returned. Many of these are timeless classics which offers another way of sampling works that have met the test of time.

Stay Tuned

Participate in a digital sharing of your reaction to reading a book by many in the community. A library kiosk enables you to share your story/reaction in six words. The project "America in Six" is moving ahead. Copies of the book "The Longest Road" by Philip Caput


Remember a loved one or give a gift in memory of by donating $25 minimum to add a title to the collection. A plaque is placed in each memorial gift. Gifts of $50 or $100 enable more titles to be placed into the collection.


A recorder gives the hours we are open if you call in at 765-8162 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.



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