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Beach Library announces Special Family Gathering

December 21, 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, Dec. 21.

Christmas Day falls on Sunday this year so we are closed on Monday, December 26.

Special Family Gathering

Clifford the Red Dog is visiting us on Dec. 21, during Preschool Story Hour. Reading and crafts will accompany. Children and families are invited.

Upcoming Activities

Writers class will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 10:30 a.m. This is a perfect time for aspiring and those with projects underway to get ideas, review progress or get feedback and be inspired by the work of others.

Those seeking ideas for searching the Internet and having little or no experience can make time to participate in Basics of Internet Searching on Thursday, December 29 at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register please.

Want to be updated with what is happening in the world of Hummel? Or have a few Hummels or had a few and interested in the ins and outs of this collection? Join two avid collectors who will share their pleasure in these figurines and some of the discoveries they've made through the years. One of the latest Hummels just released will be on display during the session on Friday, December 30 at 10:30 a.m.

Holiday Gifts

Gifts packs, which consist of a variety of titles, continue to be available for the rock bottom price of $5. These packs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

A new canvas tote bag with the new library image on it is has arrived.

A cookbook filled with local culinary treasures is also here.

Remember, too, your year-end gift to the Library. Thanks.

Reaching us via Phone

Over the next few weeks, when calling the library, call in on 765-8163. The extension 8162 has been giving busy signals in recent weeks, and at times it's been hard to get through. Calling in on 8163 has worked well.

We will be updating our phone service in a few weeks so anticipate the remedy is in sight and just need to be a little patient while new lines are being laid in place.

Best Translated

The 2011 Best Translated Book Awards have been released. We often hear that only three percent of the fiction available every year in the English-speaking world has been translated from any other language. In most European countries, it's around 30 percent.

Enjoy these selections to get started: "Visitation" by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated from the German (ERP), "To the End of the Land" by David Grossman (GRO), translated from the Hebrew, and "I Curse the River of Time" by Per Petterson (PET & LP PET), translated from the Norwegian.


The second floor is going into place. We continue to be pleased with the progress. Judging from the many viewing the model and the regular comments being received regarding your observations, it's a huge win situation.

My thanks to the Library Board members who have worked so many years making this possible and in taking the community comments and dream and making it happen.

The Owner/Contractors/Architects meeting this week was evidence that we are seeing the end in sight. We dealt with details like the ceiling tiles going into Kid's Place, the windows that are visible from the elevator, and the architectural panels appearing on various walls in the new library.

A Day in the Life

On Nov. 2, 2011, a variety of libraries from all over the state of Florida collected stories of the happenings in their library for Library Snapshot Day. This Snapshot Day is a nationwide effort sponsored by the American Library Association to raise awareness regarding how libraries contribute to their communities. This year, over a quarter of a million Floridians visited their libraries.

For us, it was a day as usual, one filled with interesting activities and the opportunity to enjoy the people who utilize library resources. That day we saw 404 people in person and 414 titles were checked out. Thirty people used library resources online. Of the 414 titles checked out, 107 were fiction, 27 non-fiction, 27 audio books, 22 music CDs and 74 audiovisual (DVD/video). 96 large print books were checked out, and 32 children's books and 24 children's DVDs. Five magazines were loaned.

Fity-one people reserved time on the Internet and 16 used the express station. Four people expressed a note of delight or support with the construction underway.

Library Hours

Don't remember library hours? When we are closed, a recorder gives the hours 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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