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Don Musto is Beach Library Artist of the Month

May 13, 2015
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Week's Events

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, May 13, at 10:30 a.m. in Children's area.

Going Further with Your iPad/iPhone, Thursday, May 14, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Local Author wrob & Original Stories, Friday, May 15, 1:30 p.m.

Book Discussion, Tuesday, May 19, 10:00 a.m.

Artist of the Month

Don Musto, Artist of the Month for May, has an array of paintings on exhibit in the Library Commons. He has devoted time to painting large size works and three of these, in addition to others, adorn the space.

Don likes abstract paintings. When you listen to him, it easy to gather that he sees in abstract painting the purest and truest interface between visual arts and human consciousness. He invites the viewer to envision the interactive nature of visual input in the form of matrices of colors and shapes, with the brain. It isn't what the painting "represents" that is important, but how interpreted and why. Have fun with your viewing!

Foyer/First Stairs Painting

Many commented as artist Kim Goins Kosek completed the nautical scene on the wall in the foyer and first stairs last Wednesday. One can enjoy the wide selection of sea creatures from the sand dollars near the bottom to the dolphins on the top.


We had the opportunity to celebrate the completion of the painting in the foyer this week, as well as enjoying the creation of new miniature sand sculptures in the Sand Gallery on the third floor. These two events were the impetus to celebrate with food and music this past Monday.

The touches of recent artists were highlighted: the foyer painting by Kim Goins Kosek, the creative blanket flower bike rack near the front entrance made possible through the talent of Rick Sanford, the miniature sand sculptures by Bill and Marianne Knight, and the works of Don Musto, our Artist of the Month. This enhancement adds so much to the atmosphere and environment in the library.

Bookstore Volunteers

The Friends of the Library bookstore has many bargains available. In recent weeks some titles have been removed and replaced with newer titles. Several areas in non-fiction, particularly gardening, have added appealing titles. In the coming weeks a large selection of fiction titles will be added.

We need volunteers to assist in operating the bookstore. If you can help, please fill out a bookstore application (available either in the bookstore or on the first floor at the Staff Assistance Station). Summer is a good time to volunteer as traffic is of less concern, activity is slower on some days so you can also read, and you assist the Friends in keeping the store open full-time. This helps so no matter when users come in, the store is available for browsing.

Surprises About Libraries

Each year, The Pew Research Center studies libraries and where they fit in the lives of their communities and patrons. In the latest study they uncovered some surprising facts about what Americans think of libraries and the way they use them.

(1) When Pew asked about library use, they found that those ages 65 and older are less likely to have visited a library in the past 12 months than those under that age. Equally as interesting is the fact that young Americans (those ages 16-29) are just as likely to be library users as those who are older. The Pew Research Center asks the question in terms of number of people physically going into the library and does not include remote usage.

(2) Although 10 percent of Americans have never used a library, they think libraries are good for their communities. About two-thirds of them or more say libraries are important because they promote literacy and reading, that they play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed and they improve the quality of life in a community.

(3) E-book reading is rising but just 4 percent of Americans are "e-book only" readers. The vast majority of e-book readers also enjoy printed books.

(4) Many librarians are trying different ways of expanding and presenting their book collections in the digital age. he responses to the survey were the most divided verdict that Pew Research ever has gotten in the range of changes in the library world. Twenty percent of respondents said libraries should definitely make changes with the ways they arrange their books, e.g. freeing up space for tech centers, reading rooms and cultural events. However 36 percent said libraries should definitely not make those changes and 39 percent said libraries should maybe consider moving some books.

Summer Hours

The cafe' is open during May on Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Beachcomber's Books is open Monday to Friday, 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.


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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