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Photographer West is Library Artist of Month

March 7, 2012
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6

Knitting & Crochet Group meets Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Making Cards with Photos on Thursday, March 8, at 10:30 a.m.

Photography/Journalism on Friday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m.

We are closed on Saturday, March 10, to celebrate Shrimp Fest.

Getting Started with Your iPad2, Tuesday, March 13, 10:30 a.m.

Activity Details

Want to make a special custom greeting card and utilize your own photo? Bring a 4"x6" or smaller photo on March 8. Gail Drohan offers guidance and inspiration. Pre-register and $4.00 materials fee.

Artist and photographer Andrew West is here on March 9 to share insights into his news and documentary assignments while at The News-Press and will share photographs he's captured over the years.

There's another chance to become familiar with the basics of using your iPad2. Pre-register for the session on March 13. Bring your iPad2 to class.

Upcoming Activities

Park Ranger Eddie Foster will discuss the fascinating horseshoe crab and its value to us on Thursday, March 15, at 10:30 a.m. Children are welcome as this is an ideal time for families and students to explore the crab and its influence.

The delights of visiting Kenya and other parts of Africa will be the focus on Friday, March 16, at 10:30 a.m. Miffy Evans has no hesitation in sharing her travel discoveries.

Jewelry-making class on Friday, March 16, at 1:30 p.m. Pre-register and $10.00 materials fee.

Learn and do palm weaving. This is truly a special opportunity made possible through two talented artists, Terry Pinck and Kathryn Patterson. Check poster for more details. Pre-register and $4.00 materials fee.


The end of February meant saying good-bye to the Valentine tree available at the entrance this month. We enjoyed the comments shared by people via the hearts almost on a daily basis.

Among the hearts were these recent messages:

(1) We have been coming to the FMB Library for several years now. It's great. Glad to see the expansion.

(2) There are many reasons to look forward to coming to Fort Myers Beach and one of our top few is your library. We appreciate the services with our visitors' card and your friendly, helpful service.

(3) The Library is the best $10's worth in town.

(4) We so enjoy the library and the people working here are great.

(5) A great place to visit and spend a little time; books to travel the world or solve a crime. Read a book, take a rest; tell your friends, FMB Library is the best.

Artist of the Month

We are pleased to exhibit the photographs of Andrew West in the Conference Room during March. Andrew has been a photographer/journalist at the News-Press for 15 years, covering general news and documentary assignments for the paper.

In addition to photographing local news and events, he has documented events throughout the country and parts of the world. Notice some highlights in the photographs on display: hurricanes that hit Florida, a climbing trip to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, traveling to Haiti multiple times and chronicling the working cowboys at the Babcock Ranch. Andrew has a sense of humor as in the photograph of spring breakers and visiting firemen.

Notice particularly the quality of light, color, atmosphere as well as dramatic moving subject matter. It's a special treat to not only take in this exhibition but also have the opportunity to meet with him during his presentation on March 9. He lives on Fort Myers Beach with his wife and two children, the oldest of whom attends Beach Elementary.

Books at Home

It was a treat to chat with patrons this past week about the occasions when we've pulled books off the shelves at home, one by one, row and row, and either reorganized or packed them for a move, only to unpack and organize them again at a new location.

The fun part comes, of course, when opening the boxes and putting them back on the shelves. Each time, it's discovering the books anew.

Is it any wonder books are so precious?

Library Hours

Call for information on 765-8163. Except for holidays, which would be mentioned on the recorder, 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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