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Beach Library has gift paks for sale

August 6, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 10:30 a.m.

Q & A on Crime Prevention, Friday, Aug. 8, 10:30 a.m.

Basic Computers, Monday, Aug. 11, 10:30 a.m.

Personality and Communication Styles, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 10:30 a.m.

Session Details

Jerry McNulty, Crime Prevention Practitioner, will offers ideas and respond to questions. What can we do about crime and what specifically can be done to protect ourselves better?

Learn the basics of Windows PCs in a question and answer format class on Aug 8. Pre-register.

Personality and Communication Styles on Aug. 12 looks at the different personality and communication styles, along with advantages and challenges of each. It helps one to be aware of these styles both for personal communication and to understand why communication at times is successful or not. Pre-register.


Author, actor and stand-up comedian J. J. Novak traced his journey from a boyhood deeply influenced with libraries to his emergence as an author at the American Library Association convention last month.

Novak is probably best known for his role as Ryan on the Sitcom "The Office." He charmed the thousands of librarians at the General Session. He noted he was extremely lucky to grow up in a home that was filled with the written word. His father, William Novak, was an author and the ghostwriter of the autobiography of Chrysler executive lee Iacocca (921 IAC).

He said, "There is no more meaningful, important, or exciting rule to introduce to children, than the power of the written word. That the written word is something that can give them joy and power. That the written word is their ally in wanting to make the world a more exciting, fun, and funny place."

McCall Smith

Another author who was at the American Library Association convention was Alexander McCall Smith, who has penned more than 100 books, including the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

Weaving humor throughout his presentation, Smith spoke about the nature of readership, complaints from book groups, and adoration for his characters. He urged us as librarians to manage book groups as a serious issue like intellectual freedom, not to encourage authors to write books by offering prestigious awards, and compared librarians to wine tasters, who classify and describe books with expertise.

Gift Paks

Paks of books at $5 or $10 per pak are available on the first floor of the library. Each pak has multiple titles of related works, either genre or subject-wise. Whenever a few paks are gone, they are replaced with new ones.

Libraries Essential

There are those who predict that the digital age will make libraries less important. For many in the community this will not be true. There are many reasons why.

The first is that while there is a helpful amount of useful information on the Internet, not everything can be found there. Google, which has spent millions in developing its search engines and support tools, recognizes this and this is why they are digitizing millions of books from the world's largest libraries. But even with this vast amount of titles, there remain many that are not part of the collection.

A second reason is that many online library collections are digitized, stored and indexed through a limited-access database. While one can use a search engine to find the databases, they often require registration or payment to utilize.


"Anyone who says they have only one life to live, must not know how to read a book." Author Unknown


If you are an e-mail user on a regular basis, please keep your e-mail on your library account current and updated. We can send out hold notices or notices of overdue materials but for them to reach you the email must be accurate.

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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