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Special tribute to Estero Island at Beach Library next Wednesday

June 18, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m.

Apps for iPad/iPhone on Thursday, June 19, at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Windows 8 on Friday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Basic Computers on Tuesday, June 24, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Library Board Meeting on June 24, at 6:30 p.m.

Special Presentation--Tribute to Estero Island

Stop by on Wednesday, June 25, at 4:30 p.m. for a Tribute to Estero Island in Photography and Verse. Presented by Krystal Rose, she shares some of the many, many photos she's taken over the years focusing on the Island and its people. In addition, these stimulated her at times to generate thoughts and feelings that she put to verse. This one-hour tribute will be time worthwhile to enjoy the sights and life that makes this a truly special place.

eBook Readers

Do you read eBooks on more than one device using OverDrive Media Console? If so, you can now sync your reading progress and bookmarks across all devices that use the OverDrive Media Console app. To do this, you need to create an OverDrive Account. This is different from your library account and your Adobe ID. To set up an OverDrive account, find the "Account" or "OverDrive One" link (depending on your version) from the main menu within the OverDrive app. This will prompt you to sign in or create a new account. Once you create a new account, sign in the same way on your other devices. You still need to download the same eBook on each device you wish to read it, but your reading progress will be synced, saving you from finding where you left off when switching devices.

Gift Paks

We've put together additional gift paks in response to requests. These paks are available on the first floor. Each pak is only $5 or $10 and consists of titles for reading or listening pleasure. Review the selection as titles are added every week.


"A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert." This quote by Andrew Carnegie has been affirmed many times by users and residents/visitors. More than 13,000 people used the library in person during May and the library catalog and homepage were consulted on-site and remotely just shy of 6,000 times.

I appreciate the many comments of praise and encouragement and notes of gratitude. I thank you also for your care in keeping the grounds litter-free and the library with as little tracking in of sand as possible.

Using the Catalog

What can you tell about an item from the catalog?

(1) How popular it is. On the left-hand side of the page, the item's popularity- based on the number of times it has been checked out, and how many pending holds there are- is displayed.

(2) What others think. If a library user has decided to share feelings about the item, it is also on the left-hand side of the page. Users can give a quick star rating (1/2 to 5 stars) of an item- displayed under the picture of the item- or they can log in with their library account information and write a review of the item. If a user does not feel the subjects go far enough in explaining what an item is about, they can add tags to the page (again, by logging into their library account), by clicking on the add new tag link toward the bottom of the page.

(3) What else is like it. By clicking on the author's name in the middle of the page, the user is taken to a list of all items by that same author. By clicking on a subject heading listed under Subjects in the middle of the page, the user can find other items that share the same themes.

Of these points, the last one "What else is like it," many readers find is of invaluable help in locating other treasures, particularly when searching for particular themes or similar writing styles.

Public Libraries, Patrons & Publishers

It's hard to ignore just how important libraries have become to the potential success of a book. Some publishers worry that a library sale is a lost sale because possible buyers will borrow it from the library instead of buying a copy. Their concern is shortsighted as studies prove that active library users are also active buyers of books and media. The number that buy books or books by authors they first discovered at the library should have publishers rushing to sell or give a copy to the library. I also suspect that people talking about what they are reading or listening to with people who may not go the library adds another level of involvement.

There are some 16,400 public library buildings in the United States and they branch out into almost every community. Libraries are perhaps the single best place to get up close and personal with books and other materials, to find new reads to borrow and perhaps to buy. For patrons, libraries are places of endless discovery. For publishers, libraries are an unmatched outlet for marketing, word of mouth, and sales.

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.



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