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Check out holidays decorations at the Beach Library

December 10, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, Dec. 10, Preschool Story Hour, 10:30 a.m.

Also on Wednesday, Quilting group meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 11, Memoir/Process of Writing, 10:30 a.m.

Also on Thursday, Dog Day from 3-4:15 p.m. Pre-register.

Friday, Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m. Going Further with Your iPad/iPhone. Pre-register.

Also on Fri,day, 1:30 p.m. Mah Jongg Players

Monday, Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m. Windows 8. Pre-register.

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. Book Discussion.

Also on Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. Original Stories from Local Author.

Activity Details

Quilters gather on Dec. 10 to concentrate on their current project and share conversation with kindred souls while moving ahead on their own quilt. $2 setup fee.

Artis Heanderson will speak about her journey to becoming a writer on Dec. 11 and include the memoir about her husband's death in Iraq.

Join for fun and friendship in the community room for Mah Jongg. Bring your cards and sets. Beginners are welcome--instruction will be provided by Leslie Marcus.

Windows 8 class on Dec. 15 is a demo of the features of Windows 8 and helpful apps one might consider. Pre-register.

Wrob presents an array of original stories and poems on Dec 16. While he calls the entire collection Naked Meadow, expect some surprises along the way.

Holiday Decorations

Last week I alerted you to watch for the holiday trees a-coming and for the decorations anticipated with joy. Well, a lot has happened. The members of the Estero Island Garden Club were in and extended their usual festive touch to the holiday tree in the Library Commons. One just has to soak in the hanging tinsel, carefully done and with gentleness. I had the privilege of seeing the Club members in action and it was a pleasure seeing the way the decorations came together. Do stop and see the tree in the Commons on the third floor. In addition to the Commons tree, the Garden Club also added decorated touches throughout the first and second floors. We appreciate also the poinsettias that play a prominent part in the Sand Gallery on the third floor, as well as the welcome one in its own festive pot at the Staff Assistance Station on the first floor, all of these courtesy of the Estero Island Garden Club members.

As you might imagine, projects such as the decorating by the Garden Club takes planning and time and funds earned for the poinsettias. Consider joining the Estero Island Garden Club and there will likely be a garden or planting project that will encourage you to savor the delights of the garden.

I like this verse by Alexander Roussel:

"The garden, the garden is not a place for stopping

And smelling the roses.

This patch of green, overrun with debauched airheads

Is the sort of place where you want to escape.

The type of verdant field in which once you've arrived

You can't remember just how long you've spent

Among the natives.

A paradise where every yearning and burning

And begging and desire one might have

'neath the skin can come true"

Even if just half of this verse is true, it'd be an auspicious reason to be part of the Garden Club and be as Russell so aptly says, "among the natives."

This column is written before the decorating of the tree on the second floor so I'll comment on that adventure next week.


The publicity that Ferguson, Missouri has received in recent weeks has been a challenge for its local residents. The public library in town, just a few blocks from the town's police station has remained open. The library director stayed at the library late, watching a security monitor and grabbing a fire extinguisher when he heard a couple of attempts to kick in the building's glass doors after the grand jury decision was announced. The library survived without damage.


An afternoon movie on Dec. 17, 1:30 p.m. presents the independent film "The Auction", 111 minutes. Look for a film once a month.


Cafe' is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tara, the cafe' manager keeps adding sumptuous treats.

The Beachcombers bookstore in the Library Commons is open 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Note the revamped layout of the store and browse many of the titles arriving every few days.

Stories on the Porch

Those who participated in one or both of The Moth presentations in the Community Room in recent months gave high praise to the experience. Stay tuned. More Moth stories will be forthcoming on Jan. 16, Feb. 6 and March 16. Try to make all three if you can and if not, try definitely to take in the one for the time you are here.


On display in the coming days will be M. I. Hummel figurines. The first ones were created in 1935 and introduced into the market place at the 1935 Leipzig Spring Fair. Hummels are based on Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel. Unfortunately she died at the age of 37 but her vision and inspiration created in these drawings have over the decades been translated into figurines. The Convent of Siessen and the porcelain manufacturer Goebel work together to insure that the authenticity and decoration that Sister Hummel insisted on is still a part of every Hummel figurine. The figurines on display include ones part of the original debut in 1935 as well as ones first made, created and produced in 2014.


When we are closed a recorder gives the hours we are open. When open, we answer the phone in person. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 9 to 7; and Saturday 9 to 1. All gates close when the library closes. We look forward to seeing you.



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