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Beach Library to be closed Nov. 11-14

November 9, 2011
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour starts at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Flu shots are available on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

We are closed Friday, November 11 for Veterans Day.

Because of safety concerns, we are also closed Saturday, Nov. 12 and Monday, Nov. 14. See construction note below.

Book Discussion group meets Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m.

Activities Details

Come anytime during the scheduled hours for flu shots. These shots are administered by a certified CVS pharmacist.

Book Discussion group will be exploring "Remarkable Creatures" by Tracy Chevalier.

Artist of the Month

Available for enjoyment this month are photographs from Tom & Linda Hicks. They have an eye for picking out the unique aspects of a sunset, of a bird flying, of a nature scene, of scenes we pass by on a daily basis. One is drawn into the photograph and ends up seeing much more than was visible upon first glance.


You've probably seen the steel beams and posts that are going in place for the elevator and tower in the expansion/renovation. A number of contractor firms need a few days to place additional beams in place. Since we were closed Friday for the holiday, it made sense to also be closed on Saturday, Nov 12, so contractors can work consecutive days on this project. Plans were to try and complete this work in the Fri-Sat-Sun sequence but the five firms working on this project determined in the end that four days were needed, so the library is also closed on Monday, Nov 14. The beams are long and heavy and we don't want to risk any possibility of staff or patrons being injured, should something not quite go as planned.

It is exciting to note the continued progress. We also are receiving comments of pleasure from returning snowbirds. One sometimes appreciates even more what is being done after being away for awhile.

A Picture Book

A picture book is a perfect partnership between illustration and text, where every word, every line moves the story forward and makes it complete.

One of the biggest challenges is choosing which picture books to add to our collection, as the selection available is both wide and deep.

Last year a NY Times article sounded the death knell for picture books but the article got lambasted for being out of touch with reality. The reporter didn't talk with librarians or teachers for the story, much less children.

Allyn Johnston put it well in saying picture books will be around for many, many decades. Allyn asks "Is love over? Is love over between a parent and a child? Is love over during story time? The same is true for picture books. They will absolutely be around." One has only to observe the weekly Story Hour to see how picture books remain central.

Picture books represent a healthy 43 percent of all materials checked out in our children's collection during the past three years and circulate consistently. It's easy to relate to Allyn's view that love for picture books remains.

Enjoy a few picture delights with young children like "Twas the Day Before Zoo Day" (JE IPC), "Chicken and Cat Clean Up" (JE VAR), "Before You Came" (JE MAC), "Hip & Flop, Don't Stop" (JE CZE) and "In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb" (JE BAU). Search also in the catalog by setting limits for the collection by choosing Juvenile Easy. There are many to discover!


In the display case near the DVD collection one can find miniature crches from across the world. There is such variety that one can linger in checking out the different settings and expressions. These sets are made possible from the collections of Dave & Mary Wilcox and Steve & Jackie Schwinn.

In the upstairs display at the top of the stairs are custom greeting cards made by Angie Frantz and Carole Vasterling. While having just the right card for the occasion is so very welcome, seeing the wide assortment on display also brings appreciation for the minds and hearts that make these sentiments possible and articulated.

Library Hours

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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