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Happy Memorial Day from the Beach Library

May 20, 2015
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, May 20, Preschool Story Hour, 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 21, 10:30 a.m. Apps for iPad/iPhone. Please pre-register.

We are closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 25.

Memorial Day

We honor those deceased Americans who have given their lives to preserve the freedom we enjoy today. The Day is also set aside to pray for permanent peace.

There's a special program on our webpage, Five buttons highlight various activities and one of them is called "Memorial Days Thoughts." Click on the picture and enjoy the inspirational program and photos.

Book Discussion

The book for discussion for June 16 is Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian.

Lingering Thoughts

Thank you for the comments received during our Celebration Day on May 11. It was wonderful having recent artists on premise to share part of their enthusiasm and talent in person with the works they have made possible for long-term inspiration at the library. The new miniature sand sculptures are being finished as I write this column and it's worth while viewing.

Longest Book

Recently Randall Munroe tackled the hypothetical question of how many pages the longest book in the world could be. The paper industry produces about 20 million tons of printable paper each year. If we used all that paper in our book, it would be about 12 trillion pages long, and a bookshelf wide enough to hold it would have to wrap around the earth 15 times.

If you started reading this book, and read for eight hours day every day, it would take you about 70 million years to finish.

Graphic Novels

According to Nielsen Bookscan's numbers, the graphic novel was up 10 percent in 2014 compared to 2013, and numbers continue in the same vein so far in 2015. This number matches recent figures from Diamond Comics Distributors.

While the increases are in part due to best sellers as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Batman or and The Walking Dead, graphic novels are growing in demand.

To see what is available in our library, go to the card catalog and type in graphic novels. This will bring you many titles to explore.

Calling Agatha Christie

Almost 40 years after Agatha Christie killed Hercule Poirot in Curtain (On Order), the Belgain detective returns in The Mongram Murders (New LP Mystery and On Order in regular print).

The Guinness Book of World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold around 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world's most widely published books. One might also make the case that she remains the most-translated individual author with over 103 languages to her credit.

e-Books and Print

Author Margaret Atwood maintains, "There are neurological reasons why e-books did not take over everything. There's an eye-brain thing that is related to why you can't read in-depth as easily on any form of screen," referring to some scientific studies. "In France e-reading is 3 percent."

Roughly 80 percent of books are still being sold in a physical format.

e-Book prices are up fairly right now so the price difference is not great enough to push many of us into buying e-books.

Volunteer During the Summer

Have a few hours available each week to volunteer? Stop at the Staff Assistance Station on the first floor and fill out an application.


One of the advantages of technologies is that it aids in freeing up space. More room means libraries can start offering a wider range of programming as learning is a lifelong pursuit and achievement. Some would look to this space and surmise that libraries will disappear to digitization but the entire history of libraries indicates anything but. The fact that shape will likely change over time is of no concern when it aids in expanding service.

Designated areas are a big hit with a many patrons, e.g. many really like that there is a place for reading magazines and newspapers and doing the analysis and reflection that tends to come with that. Others like that the Community Room offers regular classes, presentations or seminars on a wide range of topics, both for lifelong learning, sharing of resources and ideas among participants, and for stimulation.


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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