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Sign a construction beam at Beach Library

January 4, 2012
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour for children on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 10:30 a.m.

Knitting & Needlework group meets also on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Writer's Class with Corinne Thwing meets Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10:30 a.m. in the Large Print Alcove

Poetry Reading also on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10:30 a.m. meeting in the Conference Room.

Visiting France presentation on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 1:30 p.m.

Activity Details

Writers have a wonderful opportunity to explore a current project and get renewed motivation from others in a similar situation. Get helpful hints on Jan. 10.

Poet David Jaffin shares a timely reading of "A World Mapped Out" along with a careful critique that he has become known for on Jan. 10.

Visiting France will explore what the country and French are like, and what customs to be aware of when visiting this land. Presenter, Don Musto, is sure to aid in your making some discoveries in getting more informed about this nation.


On Jan. 9, 10 and 11, you are invited to sign the beam that will be hoisted into the highest place of our construction project. The beam will be in a reserved and monitored area near the Estero Blvd bay window of the current library. Hours available for signing are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This is a great opportunity. I've been humbled multiple times as many in the community affirmed their support and recognition of the value a public library adds to the community and why expansion fits with current and upcoming needs, so it's important that those who have been a part of this precious journey have an opportunity to sign the beam. It will become a living time capsule as it won't be put in concrete not to seen again until opened in some future decade but be in an open attic space so it's not permanently covered. Photos will be taken after the signature signing closed after Jan. 11, 5 p.m.

Upcoming Activities

There's a lot happening this month in the Conference Room.

On Jan. 12, learn about copyright, rights of publicity and privacy and explore the legal maze of publishing and contract traps. Facilitated by practicing attorney, Anne Dalton, Esquire, you can expect a powerful seminar as "Writers & the Law: protect your work and yourself" is highlighted.

Top Internet/E-mail scams will be covered on Jan. 13 and it focuses on being attentive to knowing what is going on regarding the Web, both evident and sometimes behind the scenes.

Those desiring glimpses into Australia are encouraged to participate in "Visiting Australia," part of "Getting to Know Our World" series on Jan. 13.


Contractors continue to make progress. You will soon see the roof beams and trusses being put into place. At the same time, a lot, not readily evident from the Boulevard, is going on inside the floors like venting, preparing for air circulation and cooling and insulation.

We are still hopeful that we will move into the expansion in April 2012.

Library Importance

A new study "Patron Profiles: understanding the behavior and preferences of U.S. public library users" (MediaSourceInc.) debunks the opinion that libraries "steal" sales from publishers. It reports that over 50 percent of all library users go on to buy books by an author they were first introduced to at the library. This figure holds true for infrequent library users as well as for those who go to the library often to borrow materials.

Hopefully, though one can use anecdotal evidence for saying something similar about displays in the library and presentations/seminars in the Conference Room, a future study will explore this.

It reinforces the importance of the public library in today's cultural landscape, and attests to the continued need for library as place in our print and digital and community interaction worlds.

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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