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Beach Library seeks volunteers for vaccuuming

May 7, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, May 7, 10:30 a.m.

Going Further with Your iPad/iPhone, Thursday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

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

Memory Screenings, May 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-register

Getting Started with e-Books on Tuesday, May 13, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Activity Details

Sign up for a screening of your brain. It takes approximately 15-20 minutes and The Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida can provide an exercise to help. Screenings take place in the Quiet Room, 2nd floor. Be present at the reserved time--late arrival means no screening.

Want some assistance in understanding your e-reader and how to download e-Books? Participate in the session on May 13. I've noticed that those taking the past classes have contributed to their using e-Books more or in two cases, making the decision not to use them. Either e-Book or print is fine but utilize this session to be informed of another option.

Eight Minutes

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. Books also offer action but often fill the considerable space between action scenes with subtle character development.


Recently the book discussion group had an active discussion of "The End of Your Life Book Club" by Will Schwalbe. Many powerful comments were shared and among them ones relating to the value of books. Schwalbe includes many thoughts that books help us communicate and talk to one another or to use Will's words "That's one of the things books do. They help us talk. But they also give us something we all can talk about when we don't want to talk about ourselves." Page 58, paperback edition.

Later the point is made that books guide us. Will says, "Wherever you go, there you are, which is more of a guide to meditation and mindfulness, of being present in your life, not just to reduce stress and aid in healing but to live more fully every minute." Page 182. Who could argue with that?

Follow-up to 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 parking spaces near the outside materials return had debris 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. Generic, vague remarks do not recognize 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. 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 so the contact info becomes important.

Community Room Events

We will continue to schedule some events through the summer. It's a good opportunity to concentrate on some areas in more depth, and likely there is often a smaller group, and some residents like this atmosphere. Check out the schedule of activities and prompt yourself to take advantage of the skills and insights offered in these activities.

We recognize that some residents avoid the heavy season traffic so now becomes a welcome time to participate and enjoy.


The library is blessed with volunteers who do some of the regular cleaning on some of our busy days. One regular cleaner is away for the month of July and she concentrated on doing vacuuming on each floor. If you'd be able to work a few hours in your schedule for this vacuuming each week in July, please see me for details. Thank you.

Our terrazzo floors will be thoroughly cleaned later this month. If you notice some furniture and displays moved for a few days, that is the reason. Once the floors are professionally cleaned and polished, all items will be returned to their regular place.

Library Hours

When we are closed, the hours of operation are included in a recording when you call in. Stop by on 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.



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