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Louise Michaud is Beach Library Artist of the Month

February 11, 2015
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Quilting Group meets Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Community Rm B.

Also on Wednesday, Sharks at 10:30 a.m. in Community Rm A.

Price of Paradise on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Community Rm A.

Thursday, Feb. 12, Local Author, Highfield, 10:30 a.m.

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

Friday, Feb. 13, iPad for Beginners, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register. Community Rm A.

Also on Friday, Mah Jongg, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Community Rm B.

On Friday, 1:30 p.m., Native American Culture & Ceremonies, Community Rm B

Also Friday, 1:30 p.m. The Moth--more stories, Community Rm A.

Monday, Feb. 16, President's Day, closed

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 10:00 a.m. Book Discussion.

Also on Tuesday, Take an African Safari with photographer Jack Kenner, 1:30 p.m.


Katie Moses follows the life of sharks on Feb 11.

Nick Penniman looks at growth management on Feb 11.

Local author W. C. Highfield will share stories and his delight in writing, particularly his latest Sanibel's Secret Bank.

Dog Day on Feb. 12 has a few slots open for children to spend time with a therapy dog and handler improving literacy skills. Pre-register.

An extra class for iPad is added and scheduled for Feb. 13. Pre-register.

David Hamera will look at traditional Native American ceremonies and tales with a special focus on pipe celebrations and sweat lodges.

Enjoy more stories in audio or visual format that have delighted many porch neighbors on Feb. 13.

Book Discussion, on Feb. 17, will explore Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates.

Jack Kenner will share an interesting tour of photographs from Frogs to Dogs to Rhinos on Feb. 17.

Artist of the Month

Exhibition P is on display featuring our February Artist of the Month in the Library Commons, Louise Michaud. The P stands for People, Parade and Paradise. She notes that portraits and people are her favorite subjects, and one sees the energy she elicits in this adventure through the many watercolors of people on display. She watched last season's Shrimp Fest Parade with pleasure and, out of that experience, painted persons of all ages who walked or were part of the parade.

It's fair to say that Louise has painted her entire life, starting already in childhood. The viewer is richer for her sharing of talent. People, Parade and Paradise will be on display til the end of the month.

More History of Fort Myers Beach

Better understanding of the Beach will be available through viewing of the documentary, "The History and Biology of Pink Gold, Our shrimping Industry and its Impact," on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Are independent shrimpers and a working waterfront fading into the pages of history? Is the "Pink Gold Rush"coming to an end? Or is the $55 million industry just adapting to 21st century challenges? Barbara Linstrom will share the ins and outs.

Queen of Swing

Many of us probably know her better as the Queen of Swing but Norma Miller is an author, choreographer, dancer, comedian and actor whose career spans over seven decades. Discovered at the age of 12, she has been in show business ever since.

She was honored with a National Heritage Foundation Fellowship for her role in creating and continuing to preserve "the acrobatic style swing dance, known as the Lindy Hop."

Now in her 90s, her energy continues to amaze. Florida filmmaker John Biffar completed a 72 minute documentary "Queen of Swing." It is narrated by Bill Cobbs and takes an inside look at Norma Miller's influence in the globalization of America's jazz culture. Meet John Biffar and enjoy a personal showing of The Queen of Swing on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 1:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Meet and chat with Ron Base who will share glimpses into private detective Tree Callister of the Sanibel mystery novels, including the most recent, The Sanibel Sunset Detective, on Feb. 18.

Book sale is scheduled in the parking garage by The Friends of the Library on Saturday, Feb. 21, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

150th Anniversary

2015 commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

The Gilder Lehrer Institute of American History has put out a colorful, meaningful calendar that provides important dates in the history of the Civil War and Lincoln's life as we celebrate this 150th anniversary. If you'd like a copy of this calendar, mention that you saw this in the column at the first floor Staff Assistance Station. In exchange, you'll get the calendar.

Library Hours

When we are closed, the hours of operation are included in a recording when you call in. Stop by on 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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