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Check out the special bike rack at the Beach Library

September 17, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Week's Events

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 10:30 a.m. in Children's area.

Afternoon Movie, Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.

Windows 8, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 10:30 a.m.

Library Board Meeting and Final Budget Hearing, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Activity Details

The movie, on Sept. 17, is the independent film "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" 106 minutes, Mandarin with English subtitles.

If you want to understand Windows 8 features better or have computer questions regarding this system, pre-register for the class on Sept 23.

Upcoming Feature

Having a pristine environment and achieving this without heavy burdens to citizens is an aim of many. Nick Penniman, author of Nature's Steward, will look at issues relating to environmental science and what we can work toward in a realistic way, in a presentation on Sept 25, at 1:30 p.m. Try to participate in this overview and discussion to be aware of more of the issues.

If you want to learn chess or would like a chance to play, bring your chess board and someone can play with you. Session is facilitated by Alice Mack.

Special Bike Rack

We have a special bike rack in the second parking space to the left of the front entrance. This will allow some bikes to have a place near the front door. There are places for eight bikes, and the bike rack with flower is the creative work of artist, Rick Sanford. You'll probably notice that the bike racks, which are made of recycled material, will be adorned by a flower made of stainless steel and painted to match exactly the native blanket flower (Gaillardia Pulchella). We have a few clusters of these blanket flowers on the grounds. They are drought-tolerant and are durable low maintenance. In addition, they bloom all summer.


The Friends of the Library bookstore has many bargains available. In recent weeks some titles have been removed and replacements put back in. The store is open during the summer from Monday to Friday.


On the second floor to the left of the bay window overlooking Bay Road are an assortment of bird photos. We hope that you browse this area and particularly enjoy the photography of Lana Petersen.


The generation often referred to as millennials (ages 16 to 29) have lives full of technology. According to a just released Pew Research study, they are more likely than elders to say that important information is not available on the Internet. What is interesting is that they appear to be doing more reading than older adults.


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.

Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal was named for 18th century bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. On display in Kid's Place (to the left as one nears the gumbo limbo tree in the multipurpose area) is an illustrated listing of each of the books so awarded from 1922 to the present.

Etiquette in Public Places

It concerns staff when library patrons are annoyed or bothered by the mannerisms or lack of decorum by people in public places. It is true that in a place frequented by so many as in the library that one's manners are always on display. Being courteous and respectful toward others is essential.

One golden guide is to not allow your behavior to disturb others. Keep your feet on the floor and not on the seats around you. When talking on the cellphone, go to the Library Commons on the third floor or outside. This is an area many seem to be oblivious about, drawing attention to themselves by talking loud on the phone or walking around constantly while talking.

If bringing in a drink, bring in only water in a bottle. Don't sneak another beverage in. If you want a snack, go to the Library Commons on the third floor and clean up your area before leaving and properly discard trash.

Check Out

All materials check out for a two week period. You can bring them earlier but have a full two weeks to enjoy.


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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