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Merry Christmas from the Beach Library

December 24, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Activities This Week

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 10:30 a.m. Preschool Story Hour in Kid's Place multi-purpose area

We close at 4 p.m. for Christmas eve.

Thursday, Dec. 25, closed for Christmas Day.

Friday, Dec. 26, reopen regular hours.

Monday, Dec. 29, 10:30 a.m. Getting Started with eBooks

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 10:30 a.m. Tour of the Library

Activity Details

Preschool Story Hour provides the stories just right for Christmas eve.

If you receive an e-reader or have one not being used and want to get moving with eBooks, then participate in the presentation on Dec. 29. Bring your eReader to the class.

Interested in the details of library construction, with an explanation of the many features incorporated into the last construction project? Then participate in the tour that starts on Dec. 30 in the foyer.


We have many events scheduled in the community room, and many are using the library for a variety of needs and interests. We remind everyone that parking is for Library use only. Gates are also closed once the library closes so don't expect someone to be around if you disregard parking parameters and then expect to leave.


The legacy of Hummel figurines can be enjoyed through a display of old and new figurines in the display area on the second floor. A Hummel factory in Germany still produces the treasured earthenware figurines, though in lower quantity than in earlier decades. Since 2009, there has been an effort to produce less in quantity but with as much quality as earlier. While the collections continue to evolve, basics remain, e.g. all Hummel products are trademarked with the M.I. Hummel signature, and are still developed and designed by talented artisans, most of whom come from families who have been devoted to Hummel since the 1930s. All Hummel works of art continue to be grounded in the simple lives of children, and their innocent joys.


It is the one season of the year when we can lay aside all gnawing worry, indulge in sentiment without censure, assume the carefree faith of childhood, and just plain "have fun." Whether they call it Yuletide, Noel, Weinachten, or Christmas, people around the earth thirst for its refreshment as the desert traveller for the oasis. ~D.D. Monroe


If you can assist for 4 hours a week in the Friend's bookstore, please fill out an application available on the first floor of the library or in Beachcombers Books.

If you like people, consider being a greeter in the foyer of the library. As a greeter you become attuned to where things are, what is desired and searched for by users of the library, and also engage in pleasant chats with many delightful souls entering or leaving. Fill out an application to assist for four hours one day during the week during January, February and March.

Courtesy Is Where It's At

Staff receive and hear many satisfied comments about the library on a daily basis. Thank you for sharing your good-will.

If you're a smoker, please honor the "no smoking" in the library and on the entire grounds. If you must smoke while at the library, please walk to the nearest sidewalk and walk in the direction of traffic and smoke. Do not throw cigarette butts on the pavers or in the landscape--this is a discredit to smokers and also means someone else has to pick up this debris.

Bikers, please use the bike rack near the front entrance--the one with the bright blanket flower--or the one at the corner of the library near the School Street entrance or the racks in the parking garage.

If you're hungry and must eat or drink something other than water in an enclosed bottle, then go to the Library Commons on the third floor. We appreciate too that there be no drinking or eating in the foyer or elevator.

Community Room

A schedule of activities for January is available at the Staff Assistance Station on the first or second floor, and in Beachcombers Books on the third floor of the library.

There's a lot scheduled the first week of January. Writing class meets on Jan. 2; and on Jan. 5, the Garden Club. Drawing class meets on January 6 as also a presentation by Rosemary Jaffin on Viktor Frankl.

Kindle Sharing

If you have ever wanted to share your Kindle books with a spouse, partner, or family member who also has a Kindle, you will be happy to know that the new "Family Library" feature from Amazon makes this possible. As long as two Amazon accounts have the same billing address, the Kindles can be linked together to share their libraries. This includes eBooks downloaded from our library! Note that this feature does not support some older Kindles and is limited to two Amazon accounts. Go to this link for more details:


A recorder at 765-8162 gives the hours we are open if you call in when we are closed. Open hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 9 to 7 (though this week on Christmas eve til 4); and Saturday 9 to 1. We look forward to seeing you.



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