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Check out the pumpkin lantern at Beach Library

October 26, 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, Oct. 26

Word Processing class on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Internet Scams on Friday, Oct. 28, 1:30 p.m.

Computer Class

If you're seeking to understand word processing, particularly Microsoft Word 2007, pre-register for the class on Oct. 27.

Be more aware of Internet and e-mail scams by pre-registering for the class on Oct. 28.


Trees are a plus in our barrier island environment. Not only does a canopy of trees provide interesting foliage and beauty, but also their shade provides a welcome temperature for human and wildlife. Pick up a booklet that provides guidance in appropriate tree and palm choices, courtesy of the Town Streetscape Program. These booklets can be picked up free of charge on the shelves also housing local free newspapers. If you don't readily see one, feel free to ask at the front desk and we'll see that you get one within minutes.


Flu shots can be obtained at the library on Nov. 10 between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. See posting on Bulletin Board or call for details.


While we encourage all to adopt the healthy habit of no smoking, smokers are asked to please not smoke near the front entrance or on the ramps. Anyone using the library needs to be able to enter and leave without encountering smoke. Thank you smokers for exercising this courtesy.


It pays to do long range planning. We are so pleased with the fact that it no longer floods on Bay Road. We are equally pleased that water is reaching nature in ways that enlivens wildlife and contributes to a healthier environment for all of us. The pavers in the parking lot not only add beauty but also allow rainwater to seep into the ground and are instrumental in recharging groundwater and reducing storm water runoff.


This group of volunteers is made up of individuals who have foresight and energy in terms of moving library plans forward. They look to setting up events that enable more in the community to get involved in making gifts to the library possible. These gifts enhance the collection, enable us to explore equipment options and provide special services and programs. If you'd like to join with this group, which will begin meeting in about a month, drop an email with your contact info to or leave your name and phone # at the front desk.


The rainy weather this past week seemed to be an invitation for children to notice the giant pumpkin in the lobby. It fits very much with the festivals of Halloween, All Saints' Day, and All Souls' Day that brings mystery and hope to the beginning of season. Consider sharing "All Saints, All Souls, and Halloween" (J 394.26 CHA) with children.

It certainly makes sense that the Irish, when they came to America, found that pumpkins made even better lanterns than turnips. The pumpkin lanterns add something to one's home even today. The large one in the lobby helps us appreciate that we have a reason to celebrate.

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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