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Beach Library awaits permits for temporary stairs

May 25, 2011
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding
Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23.

Windows 7 class, Thursday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m.

We are closed Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.


You may have noticed that life is a bit different as the days move forward at the library. Workmen and construction crews are involved in a variety of activities. This week we transferred the data lines over from the old access lines to the new ones. In addition, crews have been adding the conduits for the new underground utilities. We are not scheduling some of the usual summer events to avoid activity that may need to be changed at the last moment. We are still waiting for the permit for the temporary stairs and ramp.

Large Print

You could call this “the age of Large Print,” since, according to the Census Bureau, 7,918 people celebrate their sixtieth birthday every day. The number of visually impaired people, whether by age or infirmity, is growing. It’s projected that Large Print is destined to be a larger and larger percentage of the publishing world.

We have followed this development for many years, and have increased our large print and audio collections, and it’s being used more. The original Large Print books were 8” x 10” photographic enlargements of regular print books with black and white covers. They were ugly. Today we are blessed with 16-point type, full-color dust jackets and layout as inviting as most regular print works. We are also noticing that younger readers, using reading glasses, enjoy the large print because they don’t need to use their glasses.

Catch up Title

Many things, including everyday life, often keeps us from staying up to date on important titles, and worthwhile stories. Summer is good time. Catching up can be difficult, but it isn’t impossible.

“The Last Undercover,” by Bob Hammer (364.153 HAM), comes from an FBI agent who spent most of 24 years as an undercover FBI agent in a variety of roles. Hammer uses a bland of cynicism, humor and brutal honesty to get into the history of a multi-year sting. True crime readers will particularly be satisfied with the criminal activities immersion. The subject tells of his six-year undercover operation as an aging pedophile, a world we’d prefer doesn’t exist but the journey does clarify many aspects of police work.


We do a lot with electronic references and will be aggressively offering classes in the expanded library in this regard. The need was exemplified this week as we worked with two patrons, one a student doing a report and another an agent completing a company report, and while both were using references found in Wikipedia, we found enough inaccuracies in the information to share some additional resources to correct and fill in some of the accurate details.

Library Hours

Library hours? Call for information. When we are closed, a recorder gives the hours of operation, either on 765-8162 or on 765-8163. Except for holidays, which would be mentioned on the recorder, we are open Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 to 5; and Saturday 9-1. We look forward to seeing you.



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