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Kimberly Bell Hambor is Beach Library Artist of the Month

August 12, 2015
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, Aug. 12, Preschool Story Hour, 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 13, Facebook & Twitter, 10:30 a.m. Please pre-register.

Friday, Aug. 14, Wordstock, 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 18, Book Discussion Group meets, 10:00 a.m.

Artist of the Month

The new exhibit in the Library Commons on the third floor features the work of Kimberly Bell Hambor. Her love of art has always been an integral part of her life. That passion began already at age 11 when she made her first camera, took pictures and developed them in a portable darkroom she made from a cardboard box.

She moved to Naples in 1988 from Ohio where she had been working a product designer and photographer. While working as a graphic artist and participating in local fine art shows, she started Portfolio Photographics, a stock photo agency. Many of these images have appeared in magazines, on billboards and in coffee table books.

She is married to husband David and they have two sons and now live in Fort Myers where Kim works out of her studio gallery that is nestled behind their home.

She continues to explore the art of photography and the endless possibilities of digital imaging.

Her work draws the viewer in and immerses them in the peace and power of the natural world. It is Kim's sincerest hope that her work brings the viewer a sense of the awesomeness of this world and its Creator.

Murder Mysteries

This genre continues to grow in interest. While in real life around 35 percent of murders go unsolved in the United States, in fiction land the number solved hovers near 100 percent. While we can credit Edgar Allan Poe and C. Auguste Dupin for creating this modern mystery, there are many rivals today. Among them, check out the works of Mary Higgins Clark, Janet Evanovich, Tess Gerritsen, Louise Penny, Sue Grafton and Sara Paretsky.

Much to Explore

The shelves in fiction, mystery, children's, and some area of non-fiction may look different. Titles have been moved, new selections added, and some unused materials removed. Staff have been actively working in recent weeks to make this all possible. You will most likely discover some definite titles to read if you explore the results.


The fiction shelves and the children's area have expanded in Beachcomber's Books in recent days. Stop by and check out the titles. The Bookstore is open 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Broadway Books

Giants of twentieth century American theater have enabled many fascinating moments. Although the luster of Broadway has faded somewhat in recent years, the glory days come vibrantly alive in the following biographies and memoirs and offer a veritable feast of revealing anecdotes and insights about Broadway icons.


(1) Cole Porter by William Mc Brien (Biography--Bio Porter)--this is a revealing biography of the most urbane and sophisticated of tunesmiths, who ran in high society's most glittering circles.

(2) Dazzler: the life and times of Moss Hart by Stephen Bach (792.092 BAC). Although Hart's widow, Kitty Carlisle, refused to cooperate, Bach has nonetheless written an engrossing and scrupulously researched biography of the multi-talented Hart, the 1930s-era Broadway "Golden Boy" playwright/director.

(3) Eugene O'Neill: beyond mourning and tragedy by Stephen A. Black. Taking a psychoanalytic approach to the Novel Prize winning playwright, Black persuasively argues that O'Neill exorcised his family demons in such plays as Long Day's Journey Into Night and A Moon for the Misbegotten.

An Air of Reality

The police procedural series by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, featuring Detective Bill Slider of the Metro Police, is a traditional series focusing on the lives of the two major characters (Slider and his partner Atherton), in addition to crime investigations that feel realistic.

If you like your crime without the use of four-letters words, drunkenness and often unnecessary bad behavior, then try this series. The latest is Hard Going (M HAR).


Fans of Steve Alten and Michael Crichton and those drawn to the synopsis of fantastic, extinct creatures brought back to life, must check out Matthew Reilly's The Great Zoo of China (M REI). The parallels to Jurassic Park are obvious and Reilly's writing style offers an imaginative thriller that makes the reader feel like a kid again.


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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