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Bay Road not a flood issue at Beach Library

August 24, 2011
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24


We are pleased with the fact that the storm system is working so well, with Bay Road no longer flooding. While it took extra time to put in the quality system in the opening months of construction, it really is worth the quality and results achieved.

This week we installed the reservoir tank in the back of the library, a tank you won't see in the future but one that will service us for a long time. This cistern will catch all of the rainwater on the completed building and hold this water so that it can be used for irrigation and for the flushing of toilets.

Teen Collection

Just a few years ago, it would have been easy to say that titles to be found in the TEEN Collection would be in lockers and backpacks of the teens who use the library and their friends. More recently though it's fair to say that a fair number of these titles are on bedside stands and in the hands of a more aged crowd.

Sales for teen books are reaching amazing heights. One might say this is because of growth in teen numbers. It's also because a growing number of authors and titles are attracting a wide readership. For example, in TEEN you can find Suzanne Collins's titles "Catching Fire" and "The Hunger Games" (we have some of her titles in J too), or ones by Stephenie Meyer such as "Breaking Dawn", "Eclipse" and "New Moon."

We will stay in touch with the interest in this collection.


A larger number of homeless have been around the library recently. Part of the crowd is new and adjusting. We welcome all as long as they follow the guidelines all of us follow. We are working with a few to understand better the decorum expected in public places. There is no loitering on or under the ramp. If you notice behavior that is unacceptable, mention it to a staff member. On the other hand, if all is going well, mention that too.


John Sanford, the pseudonym of Pulitizer prize winning John Camp, continues to offer detective crime and mystery readers a gem to discover. His latest, the 21st title that follows the career of Lucan Davenport, "Buried Prey" (M SAN) is available in regular and large print, and the audio is on order. Feel free to start with earlier titles in the series. In the catalog, using keywords as a start to search, type in Lucas Davenport and you'll get the titles in this series.

If you read about a chapter into the book, you'll likely be convinced to keep going. After that, the gripping plot and entertaining dialogue will keep you eager to look forward to the next in the series. If you haven't discovered Sandford at all, you have a treat ahead.

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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