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Volunteers still sought at Beach Library

May 27, 2015
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Activities This Week

Wednesday, May 27, 10:30 a.m. Preschool Story Hour in Kid's Place multi-purpose area

Thursday, May 28, 1:30 p.m. Open Podium

Tuesday, June 2, 10:30 a.m. Meet Animal & Wildlife Photographer Jack Kenner

Activity Details

Open Podium on May 28 is an open mic (sans mic) event for community members to come and read, listen and celebrate local and personal writings. The event is hosted by local author wrob.

Jack Kenner on June 3 will talk about his journey in enjoying, loving and getting to know dogs as well as what doors the photos in his The Rescue and Dogs I've Nosed From Here to Naples have opened. He will share some of his photographs as well as stories about the place of dogs in our lives today.

Special Family Time

Author James Dworkin will share his The Dog and the Dolphin on June 10 at 10:30 a.m. It's a perfect time for families to enjoy this heartwarming story as well as participate in craft activities devoted to the story theme.

North Atlantic Books

Another independent publisher is North Atlantic Books. It started as a literature journal for college undergrads and now is a full-sized publishing company that has put out several thousand books in its 40 year history. What is interesting is that the publishing house operates as a non-profit with its mission centered on nurturing spiritual and ecological disciplines and disseminating ancient wisdom.

Explore some of the North Atlantic titles in our collection: 12 Steps to Raw Foods (Health Diet Boutenko), Fighting Cancer (Health Cancer Gorter), Freedom from Anxiety (616.852 SHA), Maximum Healing (Health Silverstein) and Relearning to See (Health Eyes Quackenbush).


After Diana Gabaldon wrote the time-travel romance, Outlander, it turned into a series that now comprises eight novels: Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow & Ashes, An Echo in the Bone and Written in My Heart's Own Blood.

The Series had its debut on cable in August of 2014 and that has contributed to renewed interest in Gabaldon's stories.


If you can assist for four 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.

Summer Reading

Libraries in the U.S. have been offering summer reading programs for more than 100 years, and such programs have been adopted by 95 percent of public American libraries, according to the U.S. Dept of Education. Such programs are important as they keep kids engaged with reading in the gap between school years, helping them develop literacy and language skills. Continued reading keeps children mentally active and curious about the world during their time out of class. And, as an added benefit, summer reading also helps relieve the stress of parents, whose kids have more free time on their hands in the summer than during the school year.

We have in recent years encouraged kids to read where the emphasis is on having the kids choose the subject and title rather than in having a set list of titles. That seems to have worked out very well. The goal is to have kids read for at least 20 minutes every day.


The sale of non-book items rose at Books A Million's 196 superstores and 60 traditional stores. It's interesting to see this development. Toys, technology and gifts accounted for a respectable 15 percent of their revenue. They did experience fewer magazine sales.

The Brain

In Hippocrates' On the Sacred Disease, this description is given regarding the brain: "from nothing else but the brain come joys, delights, laughter, and sports," but also goes on to say "by the same organ we become mad and delirious, and fears and terrors assail us." The brain's composition and functions occupy more and more attention in our discussion and probing today as evidenced by the almost 400 titles that come under the search "brain" in our catalog.

Titles include The Brain Diet (Health Health Brain Logan), Brain Wars (Religion Philosophy Beuregard), Train Your Brain to Get Happy (Health Health Brain Aubele), Physics in Mind (Health Health Diet Loewenstein) and Who Switched Off My Brain? (153 LEA).


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; and Saturday 9 to 1. We look forward to seeing you.



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