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Get a laugh from clown display at Beach Library

February 22, 2012
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Upcoming Activities

Preschool Story Hour is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 10:30 a.m.

Conversational Spanish class on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 10:30 a.m.

Lessons From a Former Washington Lobbyist also on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

History of Slavery in the North on Friday, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m.

Acupuncture session also on Friday at 1 p.m.

Writer's Class session on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Basic Drawing II also on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Library Board has regular monthly meeting in the Conference Room on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Activity Details

Conversational Spanish class meets on Feb. 23 as Wilda Gastelu provides guidance in using common Spanish phrases for meeting and greeting. The group has had a worthwhile time in recent weeks. All are welcome. Pre-register.

Neil Volz, former lobbyist, will offer ideas on Feb. 23 why our government works as it does. The turmoil that seems to accompany this subject, based on events in Washington, makes one yearn to make sense of it. Neil is in a position to shed some light.

Eddie Foster, ranger with the National Park Service, will provide insights on slavery in the North as well as highlight aspects of the Park's newest monument. The presentation has the potential to lend insight on how slavery thrived as it did.

Facilitated by Corinne Thwing, the writer's group meets on Feb. 28 for the last time with her. Ideas and tips will be shared for improving one's writing style.

Let yourself enjoy drawing. The basics will be covered along with the opportunity to try your hand in drawing in a non-threatening atmosphere. Instructor Jeanette Swensen will offer ideas on Feb. 28.


The earliest clowns were called Fools. They were not, however, foolish. They even influenced kings with some of their wise and clever sayings and actions. When one looks at Roman and Greek history these fools performed in shows much like today's circus.

Public fairs have in history attracted the fool/jester. The Comedy of Arts opened in the 1500s where the fun-maker used gestures and silly faces called pantomime. This evolved into today's clown.

The display in the Senior Zone focuses on clown memorabilia. The display, courtesy of our own Sally "Turkleberry" Scanlon, offers a packed case with many aspects of being a clown today. As it has usually been true, people of all languages understand and laugh.


We finished celebrating Valentine's Day and quickly that of Presidents' Day. In between these two is Random Acts of Kindness Week. During this week we are encouraged to keep kindness to each other in mind every day of the year.

Library expansion continues on schedule and with the finished expansion will be additional opportunities to converse, browse, and discover the limitless resources that exist in our print and digital world. During Valentine's we think of those close to us, particularly those we love: parents, children, grandparents and friends. During Random Acts of Kindness the focus it to reach out to someone who may often be forgotten. As we expand the library, I invite you to consider not just what you are going to get out of this addition in terms of resources, important as that it, but also how you can be part of this project to truly reach more people in the community. Join the Friends of the Library. There are applications available throughout the library. Join to gradually come to understand better the scope and care that go into the many activities, and how we are taking a dollar and making it stretch much further. The Friends provide a quarterly newsletter and there are projects so that concrete steps can be taken to further more resources in the hands of those who are older, or who are very busy with young children or jobs. On the application for The Friends, there's a line that says "contact me about getting involved in a project." You'll get a call from a Friend with details.


We continue to make progress. You see the scaffolding around the building. Electrical work and data wiring is next. Soffits will be framed. Climate control and the chiller unit are being finished and readied for operation.

Library Clerk

This is the last week to apply for the part-time opening. A full description is posted on the bulletin board.


There is a list of available magazines on the Friend's Bulletin Board near the model on the first floor that are seeking a sponsor. If you're able, we invite you to consider sponsoring a magazine. We find that magazines are in great demand, and are definitely a library value that gives a great return. The sponsorship can include a business card to spread awareness of your business or be in honor of particular person or event.

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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