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Holiday floral arrangements at Beach Library

December 14, 2011
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Upcoming Activities

Preschool Story Hour is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 10:30 a.m.

Jewelry Making class on Wednesday is at 1:00 p.m.

Holiday Floral Arrangements session on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 1:30 p.m.

Activity Details

Hands-on directions for making a custom piece is the focus in the Jewelry Making class. Pre-register and $10 materials fee.

Master gardener Lorrie Wolf will demonstrate and offer ideas as each participant creates a holiday floral arrangement. Pre-register and $15 materials fee.

For Families

Clifford the Red Dog will be visiting on Wed, Dec 21 at 10:30 a.m. Children and families are cordially invited to participate in the festivities.


On display in the case near the Catalog Station on the first floor are Hummel figurines. These remain on display til the end of this month, and each week a few more are added to the arrangement.

Many are familiar with the Hummels from 1930 to 1950 as these reached many service families and growing numbers of avid collectors. A new family took over the original factory in Rodental, Germany in late 2009 and with it there seems to have been a resurgence. A new Hummel museum opened in Rosemount, IL this year on March 13, purporting to be the largest collection of Hummel figurines in the world. In 2010 and 2011 there were 50 plus new figurines produced, some of meticuloust detail. We are trying to include recent ones that relate to the general holiday theme.


Many are keeping up with the progress of the expansion. I continue to be in awe at the affirming comments received on almost a daily basis. Today a patron said "Our hearts and spirits are there. We are with you 200%." Thank you for your goodness. I have felt from day one that the purpose has been to respond to the recommendations, comments and critiques offered over the years. Your comments reinforce the direction of the years of planning. We look forward to the increased opportunities and services that will be soon possible.

Please remember to include the Library Construction Fund in your year-end and holiday gift-giving.


Remembering the Beach Library and giving a gift to keep serving the community is a priceless way to remember a loved one. It's also a way to honor a person on a particular occasion. We can send an acknowledgment to the family or honored one.


We add health titles to the collection on a regular basis because helpful information is published & available, and because it is in high demand. See the Display Health Collection or the 600s. Another resource can be found on our homepage at, or if it helps you remember it easier, the homepage can also be found at

Once on the homepage, go to the bottom of the page and click on Florida Electronic Library. This is a fully updated medical reference! Under the column titled 'Available Resources', click on 'Health.' Then click on 'Health & Wellness Resource Center.' This is a database with so many entries that one could spend 20 years exploring and still only touched about a quarter of what is contained. On the right side of the screen, there's a search box. You can type in what you are looking for. Searching will be by keyword (which is the default) and most of the time this works fine instead of choosing subject or entire document. Under this is an important section: search can be done by ' full-text article' (always check this), 'consumer health' (if you want something explained like Reader's Digest or Prevention Magazine would, then check--if you have done little research, then I'd suggest leaving this blank so you get both the simple and the more complex), and 'refereed publication' (click on this option if you want an academic medical journal that would be ideal for professional in the health field). My recommendation would be to just mark 'full-text article.'

At this point, you can type in what you're seeking and then get a listing of reference and magazine material devoted to the particular topic.

This is an expensive database so use it often and explore its well-developed resources. The information is from diverse authoritative sources (so important when it comes to our own well-being) and all content is reviewed by experts in the respective medical fields.

Library Hours

When we are closed, a recorder gives the hours of operation, either on 765-8162 or on 765-8163. Except for holidays, 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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