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Mural near completion at Beach Library

November 2, 2011
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour for children on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 10:30 a.m.

Knitting and Crochet group meets Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Writing Class on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon.


Writing classes resume Nov. 8, under the capable and insightful hand of Corinne Thwing. Two classes each month enable one to not only get a lot of pointers but also receive encouragement and insight to improve one's writing. For beginners, taking on a project with success will be a special achievement.


Flu shots can be gotten Thursday, Nov. 19, between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

A registered CVS pharmacist will be on hand.

Both a jewelry making and a card making class are scheduled later this month. Check the schedule for details.

Thank You

I am humbled with the hundreds of comments and support we have received in the just completed request for oversight. One of the strongest experiences I've had in my years here has been the wide community support for the library and the real ways residents invest in this central community resource.

As you have likely noted from the article in last week's Observer, the Lee County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved "no action." We appreciate the time this matter took in the Commissioners busy schedule and their action certainly fits with the numerous remarks and evaluations we heard in recent weeks. Commissioner Judah said what many of you have affirmed again during this past month: that the Beach library has an "incredible track record as an asset" and is a "centerpiece" in the Beach community. Thank you again for your good will. We will continue in the spirit of our dedicated founders who made this library possible beginning in 1955.


Mural in the Children's area is 98 percent completed. It adds to our temporary area as we make adjustments in this section. Thanks to Marsha for lending the creative and artistic touches needed, and to Cletus for doing some of the background strokes. Most of it was done on their free "donated" time.


Work crews continue busy this week and we remain on schedule. The recent few days of rain slowed down the activity a bit but as you can observe from Estero, walls continue to go forward. What you may not see are the stairs and supports also going in place from foundation up.

From the Front Lines

Books about war and warfare are growing in number. WWII and the Civil War are perennially popular topics that show no signs of waning. Readers of war and military books are often demanding and when this readership is knowledgeable, has high standards and is widely read, titles being published need to say something new.

One can find much in non-fiction, e.g. "Graphic War" (623.746 NIJ), "Shifty's War (940.548 BRO), "What It's Like to Go to War" (On Order), "Cry Havoc" (940.531 MAI), "Dean Acheson: a life in the Cold War" (973.918), "Great War and Modern Memory (On Order) and "Lincoln on War" (973.7 LIN). Fiction readers can also share in the writing by considering "The Final Storm" (SHA) and "Coalition's End" (TRA).

21st Century

One could argue that shifts are underway in the global economy. While this has been building for decades, Thomas Friedman attributed rapid global interconnection with the advent of ubiquitous telecommunication (check out his "The World is Flat"-303.483 FRI). Then this was brought home to the US scene with "Selling Out a Superpower" (303.973 POL), and finally a current update in "Thank You Economy" (On Order). Much comes down to how we learn. Enter the library with this mission and develop the skills to address the challenge head on.

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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