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Beach Library to hold Topping ceremony Thursday

January 11, 2012
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Special program in Preschool Story Hour at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

Writers & the Law session on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 1:30 p.m.

Top Internet/Email Scams on Friday, Jan. 13, at 10:30 a.m.

Also on Friday, Visiting Australia presentation at 1:30 p.m.

Book Discussion group meets Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m.

Feng Shui session also on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Special Children's Program

In this week's Preschool Story Hour, children will explore Florida dairy farms. There is much that escapes the attention of many: the fact that agriculture is our state's second biggest industry with dairy farming playing a key role. We have 123,000 dairy cows in Florida that produce 253 million gallons of fresh milk each year. In addition, farmers are in many ways the first environmentalists. Caring for the land, water and air remains a daily commitment by dairy farmers.

Children will explore whether chocolate milk comes from brown cows and to understand and appreciate how milk gets from the cows to us. An interesting note: one cow can make more than 90 glasses of milk a day! Children will get a treat that fits with the subject.


Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is the last day to sign the construction beam that will be hoisted, becoming a living time capsule. Stop by anytime during this 9 to 5 and sign the beam. Photos of the beam with signatures will be taken after 5 p.m. Give yourself a chance to celebrate this occasion when we rejoice in the years of planning that are making today's construction a reality.


Topping Ceremony will start at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12 when we celebrate the progress of library construction. Join in the raising of the highest beam. The Library will be closed 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. so staff can participate too.

Activities Details

At 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 the session "Writers & the Law: protect your work and yourself" will explore copyright, rights of publicity and privacy and explore the legal maze of publishing and contract traps. Facilitated by Anne Dalton, Esquire, practicing attorney.

On Jan. 13, there's a double treat: at 10:30 a.m. discuss and look at ways that Internet users and e-mailers get unsuspecting offers as there seems to regularly be another effort to scam us; at 1:30 p.m. the delights and joys of visiting Australia will be shared, and it will likely contribute to greater appreciation of this continent and land. Pre-register for the morning session.

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the Book Discussion Group concentrates on "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese. The active discussion is not only refreshing but also often enlightening. One rarely looks at a book the same way afterwards.

The afternoon of this Tuesday is also a chance to join Feng Shui certified consultant, Nan Grover, as she shares ideas that aids in freeing positive energy for one's life at the start of the new year.

Artist of the Month

Don Musto returns this month with an exhibition of works recently painted and which convey part of his progression as an emerging artist, having been painting about two years. For some viewers, the modern/abstract paintings will be a bit challenging to comprehend. But when one listens to Don, one quickly learns there is no abstract art. He always starts with something. He uses color and creates energy with ease.

Don is not afraid to experiment with media and color. His excitement about creating art comes through energetic brush strokes, lot of high color tucked in and texture as he incorporates more than one medium into some of his works. Lively and fun!

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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