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Library remains open during construction work

August 31, 2011
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour for children on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 10:30 a.m.

We are closed Monday for Labor Day

First Budget Hearing is on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Good Week

It's been a good week. It was a relief that we didn't need to think about Hurricane Irene. Thank you for the many encouraging comments you are sharing about what you observe during construction. Staff and I have heard so many upbeat remarks in the past months that it's been wonderful, and in recent weeks it's a special joy to hear from those usually silent but sharing your perspective and excitement.


The cistern tank that will collect the rain from the expanded facility is in place and it went very well. Next week work will begin on preparing the pit for the new elevator as well as continuing with the piles so necessary for solid construction footing. Work will also start to lay out the chiller building (for cooling the entire facility) foundations.

I noticed one man diligently researching at the table near the magazine area and in full earshot of construction noise. It was a day when the construction noise was quiet. I remarked to him that he could work today without extra noise, and he remarked that he kind of missed the noise as he had gotten used to it. What a great attitude!

New titles

During July we added 138 new books to the collection, and 153 new audiovisual titles. That means it may be worthwhile to plan some time to browse through the collections a bit.

Read Aloud

"Rrralph" (JE EHL)'s conversational tone and large illustrations make this an ideal book to share with children as a read aloud adventure. Perfect for those aged 2 to 5, In the same pattern, look also at "Charlie the Ranch Dog" (JE DRU).

Straightforward and Not So

Andrew Taylor, a British author deserves more attention from us. The mystery "The Anatomy of Ghosts" (M TAY) centers on John Holdsworth, a haunted man. Having lost his wife, son and business, he is floundering. At that point he has an offer of employment and to carry out that assignment, he comes to terms with little secrets and theories that begin to bring clarity to his own life.

Monster Or?

National Frankenstein Day is Aug. 30, a day to recall the misunderstood monster that terrorized the countryside. "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley (CL SHE) is worth picking up. It's a story most of us think we know but would be surprised upon reading how much has been overlooked. You can also fill in more details by including in your reading "Readings of Frankenstein" (823.7 REA).

There's a display devoted to Frankenstein so let yourself browse through the many related titles.

Author Peter Ackroyd describes "Frankenstein" as a wonderful story-a myth and a history, an allegory and a nightmare. He tried to maintain all of these elements in a re-interpretation of the original text. The result can be found in his "The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein" (ACK).

Library Hours

Don't remember library hours? Call for information. When we are closed, a recorder gives the hours of operation, either on 765-8162 or on 765-8163. We look forward to seeing you.



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