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Deacon Kiesel to speak Friday at Beach Library

January 24, 2012
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, Jan. 25.

Computer Q & A session on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 10:30 a.m.

At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday is an Income Tax Q & A.

Beach History: Shrimping Now & Then on Friday, Jan. 27, at 10:30 a.m.

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting Sat, Jan. 28, at 1:30 p.m.

Getting Started with your IPod on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 10:30 a.m.

History of FMB

Local history has been of great interest. Upcoming are three presentations/discussions that we often hear the comment, after the fact, "Oh, I wish I knew it had been scheduled."

This week on Friday at 10:30 a.m., 60-year resident of the Beach, Charles "Scoop" Kiesel will share glimpses into the island's history, particularly Back Bay changes, the evolution of boats & technique and what he appreciates about the Beach. Many already appreciate Scoop's approach so this will be a priceless opportunity.

On Monday, Feb. 6, at 1:30 p.m., the history of Fort Myers Beach will be highlighted. Facilitated by author Mary Kaye Stevens, who just completed a work in cooperation with the Estero Island Historic Island, will be a look at what makes this island and area a delight. She interviewed more than 100 local old-timers and that perspective alone will make this time a pleasure. In addition, she has perused through old photo albums--some 1,000 photos--and chosen vintage ones priceless and providing glimpses into our community. Pre-register and please sign-up only if you are definitely coming. We prefer to turn away as few people as possible.

On Thursday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m., a further view of the area with particular emphasis on Ding Darling will be shared via Charles LeBuff. This wildlife refuge is a jewel among the National Wildlife Refuge System and cherished for its seashells and place to watch birds.

The combo of the three events will lend both appreciation and insight into the treasures that make this Paradise.


We recalled the birthday of Edgar Allan Poe on Jan. 19. As an American author and poet, and often called a Romantic, he is credited with initiating modern detective fiction and an early contributor to science fiction. His poem, The Raven, is among the best-known poems in literature.

He is buried in Baltimore and, ever since the 1940s, an anonymous visitor to his grave left 3 roses and 3 half-empty bottles of cognac on his birthday. Last year and this year, the roses and bottles were missing with the thought that the person visiting may have died.

Our collection has many Poe treasures, among them "Collected Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe" (818.309 POE), "The Complete Tales & Poems" (CL M POE), "Essays and Reviews" (CL 809 POE) and "Poetry and Tales" (CL 818.309 POE). There's even a treasure for children, "Nevermore: a photobiography of Edgar Allan Poe" (J 921 POE).

For those interested in exploring more dimensions of Poe's life and contribution, consider "The Beautiful Cigar Girl" (813.3 STA) and "Edgar Allan Poe, Wallace Stevens & The Poetics of American Privacy" (811.3 REN).

Friends of the Library

This non-profit group publishes a quarterly newsletter that keeps members informed of current activities and hopes. The Board of The Friends meets most months and is often looking for ways to enable the library to be even better. Consider becoming a member of this group. Membership is only $15 per year with other levels and lifetime membership also available. That membership, while a small thing in itself, when united with others really makes a difference. Hopefully, you'll consider getting involved. Membership applications are available at the front desk or one can be sent to you via email by requesting it from

The Friends have their annual meeting on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 1:30 p.m. The library is closed at that time, but entrance is available for the meeting in the Conference Room. I will be sharing with the Friends a progress report and details regarding what to expect from current and upcoming construction. The Friends will be gearing up for 2012 as well as review of the past year.


The Topping Ceremony and signing of the beam was a wonderful experience and it was a delight to see so many participate. Thank you also for the many affirming comments received during this week. We shall continue onward with the progress underway.

If you look closely you can see the activity of construction, e.g. window frames going in, and more and more lights. A lot of activity is underway inside as the crews are doing electrical, mechanical, and plumbing.

One immediate change is that the Magazine Collection and Reading area has been moved to the other side of the library on the second floor near the bay window. A wall will be constructed by the end of this month reducing the part of the floor area that made up the earlier Magazine Area. The area will be used to get the elevator and stair entries for the floor in the expansion ready. We are hoping to move into the expansion at the end of April so a lot has to transpire in the coming months.

A Day in the Life

This past Tuesday we received a few comments about not enough parking and we regret this inconvenience. Your patience is welcome and needed.

To give you a glimpse, we had 865 people who used the library in person that day and 73 who used library databases via remote connection. Items checked out included 99 non-fiction books, 19 magazines, 81 fiction books, 155 mystery books, 2 classic books, 26 music CDs, 30 audio books, 268 DVDs, 10 Florida books, 22 children's books, 7 teen books, 168 large print titles and 17 gentle fiction books.

Library Hours

Don't remember library hours? When we are closed, a recorder gives the hours on 765-8162 (circulation) or 765-8163 (reference/Internet). Except for holidays, we are open Monday and Wednesday from 9-8; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9-5; and Saturday 9-1. We look forward to seeing you.



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