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Learn the IPad2 Friday at Beach Library

February 29, 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, Feb. 29.

Healthy Eating also on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

Ghostly Story on Thursday, March 1, at 1:30 p.m.

Getting Started with Your IPad2 on Friday, March 2, at 1:30 p.m.

Activity Details

There are endless articles and books about what to eat! We are what we eat and yet, do we eat healthy? Join in this presentation on important and central titles in our collection that offer helpful ideas to zero in on this subject. Pre-register.

Freelance reporter and singer/songwriter Joani Lacy will be here March 1. She delights in story telling about the Banyan Tree that gets into the mystical American South. She has written novels in this vein and will likely share glimpses into this world.

Discover the basics of using the iPad2. Pre-register for this hands-on seminar on March 2.


News was confirmed this past week that described ambitions rekindled at the New York Public Library. Plans with budget of $1 billion were announced to engage architects to proceed with a new circulating library for the New York area. The plan will make the main branch the largest circulating library in the United States.

I mention this not because of the size but that its plans are indicative as to what is happening at many public libraries. One is that educational programming is expanding, and another that books are being more readily available for reading and research. The Beach Library Board deserves much praise for being forward looking and situating us ready for this century-- a community room will be available to support greater educational programming-- classes, seminars, presentations, community interaction--and enable the collection to expand so that more is available for browsing and check-out. We have in recent years needed to withdraw titles just to make room for new ones and now will be able to expand making more available. Who of us would not prefer having eight different titles of a fiction writer available instead of five, or four different titles on a non-fiction subject that covers a wide range of approaches instead of two? The New York plan account puts it this way: All should be able to enjoy the serendipity of what they find on the shelf.


We are aware that a fair number of library users spend a good deal of time at the library, making it necessary from time to time to have a light snack. In addition, when coming for an activity in the Conference Room, sometimes it would be a special treat to have a bite to eat or something to drink either before or after.

The top floor of the library expansion will be the Library Commons. In this area, we'll have a Community Room that will offer a range of classes, presentations and seminars. Just outside this Room will be a congregating area where people can access Wi-Fi, have a bite to eat, or rest a little and socialize too. A small Cafe' is planned so that light snacks and drinks can be available. If you're a Beach business and would like to consider this Cafe' as an option in your enjoying the Beach and expanding business, please talk with us so we can explore possibilities together. Our intention is not to compete with any other business as we serve a growing clientele in the library that is geared to the increasing uses that public libraries are of value in today's environment.


It is evident that progress on the expansion continues. I have really enjoyed the regular comments shared by snowbirds, visitors and residents as to your excitement at the progress and vision for tomorrow.

We anticipate that we will be moving into the expansion in late May.

One of the blessings in our community is the many talents that residents and snowbirds bring to our island and district. Along with that often comes an appreciation for what the planning of the Library District has yielded in the past decade. Much of it has been influenced by the comments that you have shared. We continue to welcome that.0.

Valentine Thoughts

These hearts were included on our library Valentine's tree:

1. Love your library and find many good books! We come from Michigan.

2. I grew up in libraries, and I hope I've learned never to take them for granted. A thriving library is the heart of its community, providing access to information and educational opportunities, bringing people together, leveling the playing field and achieving our history.

3. The library is a nice quiet place to do my homework. I love (used a heart) the library!!

4. Wish I used the library at home as much as here. Love it and the staff.

Thank you for your thoughts and your good will.

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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