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Ukrainian eggs on display at Beach Library

March 21, 2012
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Upcoming Activities

Preschool Story Hour is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, at 10:30 a.m.

Knitting & Needlework class also on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Bipolar Chronicle on Thursday, Mar 22, at 10:30 a.m.

Hasn't That Happened Before on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Going Further with Your IPad2 on Friday, Mar 23, 10:30 a.m.

Healthy Backs also on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Activity Details

Active group the last time Knitting & Needlework met. New crafters are most welcome. No need to sign up. Just come.

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, causes serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking and behavior, with cycles lasting for days, weeks or months. Dotty Pacharis shares her experience in dealing with her son's battle with bipolar on March 22, and suggests how families can be more involved in decisions about treatment.

Who of us has not questioned whether a place, person or event has not previously occurred in our life? Georgia Shakti-Hill will take a light-hearted approach to those times on March 22, using the psychologist Carl Jung's observations on the subject.

Learn how to keep your contacts, reminders, calendars and photos up-to-date and organized on your iPad2. Pre-register for the class on Mar 23.

Healthy Backs looks at the many causes of back pain and how to use a safe and natural method of eliminating this pain. Dr. Bennett will share ideas on Mar 23.

Upcoming Activities

Visiting Chile on Tuesday, March 27, at 10:30 a.m. Wilda Gastelu, native of Chile, looks at the customs and people.

Declutter, also on the 27th, at 1:30 p.m. Learn about the Chinese practice of placement and arrangement of space to achieve harmony with the environment and declutter. Nan Grover, Feng Shui certified consultant, will share ideas.

Computer Q & A on Wed, Mar 28 at 1:30 p.m. Pre-register and include topic or question you have relating to computers.

Featured Resources

Let yourself become familiar with resources on our homepage. There is more information available there than you can reasonably ever digest but the trick is to locate those sections that will be of repeated aid in your search.

At the bottom of the homepage, look for the link that says "Florida Electronic Library." There's a section that says Featured Resources. I will cover two of them this week.

Under Featured Resources, click on Florida History. Three options become available--choose "Florida Memory Project" and then "Photographs." Available there are 170,000 digitalized photographs comprising the most complete such collection in the state. Even if you don't linger long, you'll have the chance to come back and appreciate unique aspects of Florida from these photos.

Also under Featured Resources, click on "Newspapers & Magazines." Choose "a-z publications" and a search box will appear where the option "documents with full view" is already checked by default. Leave the default as is. Publications are then tabbed from A to Z. If you know a particular publication you want to read and explore, then click that tab, e.g. if you want Handball, then choose the tab H. You may also type in the name of the publication and go to it. However, by choosing the list you may discover many other publications you're either aware of or ones you may discover.

Writer's Sessions

The writer's sessions have gone so well that the group wanted to schedule a few extra ones. These are posted on the bulletin board. There's another session scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, at 9:30 a.m. (come a little early, the facilitator advises). Those participating find the input, encouragement and laughs well worth the time, including the time waiting in traffic.

This session is open to new and aspiring writers too.


Crews continue to move forward. Plans are to move into the expansion in late May. I've really appreciated the many comments shared in recent weeks. It is a tribute to be moving in this direction as we are ready for the many ways that libraries are being used and needed today. As one who hears many of your observations, do know that we will continue to offer the access to resources, whether print or digital. In addition, there will be more opportunities in the Community Room so groups and classes can really highlight the talents present in our year-around and in-season communities.


A few more comments from last month's Valentine tree:

(1) Service is the best and variety could not be better.

(2) I love, love, love this library. Great selection of books and DVDs.

(3) I love the "Beach" Library--it is like home away from home!

(4) Hi, I'm Aaron. I'm 9 years old. I am very grateful for you doing so much so people can read.

(5) I love FMB Library. Nothing but nothing can take the place of a book's page against a freshly licked finger turning it to the "finished" side.

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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