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National Library Week observed April 8-14

April 4, 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, April 4

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

Memoir Writing on Thursday, April 5, at 10:30 a.m.

Happy Easter

Basic Drawing on Tuesday, April 10, at 1:30 p.m.

Music in the Afternoon, Wednesday, April 11, 3 to 5 p.m.

Activity Details

Knitters and crocheters gather for ideas and fun conversation on April 4.

Join Anna Winthrow as she offers ideas and inspiration for creating personal narratives on April 5.

Basic Drawing class on April 10 offers an hour's experience to get more used to drawing. Jeanette Swensen offers support and ideas to refine an aspect or two.

Bring along favorite reading, or some research to be done and soak in the soft acoustic guitar music playing near the entryway on April 11. Another session is also on April 12.


Progress continues. It has been a challenge to remain open and still move forward on a speedy basis. The contractors have done a fine job in being sensitive to library user needs and yet keeping the project on schedule. From the progress you're observing, it's evident that we are moving.

While I am happy with the way construction is advancing, I will be even happier when we get finished and can get started on expanded usage and service. Many of your comments indicate that you're ready and we are excited. This week the downtown Fort Myers library broke ground on its expansion, and Bonita Springs is waiting with anxiety for expansion. There is a reason that this growth is happening and the Library Board deserves credit for being so in touch with community needs. A few disagree with that assessment. That happens also with new developments, roads and stadiums. Life goes on. Service is first.

You belong at your library this National Library Week, April 8-14

During this week when we celebrate National Library Week, we quietly share that the strength of libraries is the diversity of our collection and our unwavering commitment to serve all people. Whether library users have a preference for e-books or traditional hard covers or paperbacks, we want you to know that You belong @ your library. We provide you the space needed for research and sometimes just to chill out.

Today we help level the playing field by making both print and digital information affordable, available and accessible. Libraries provide cultural heritage and presentations to appreciate the many talents available in our community.

Digital and Print

In the expanded library we will have digital media with particular assistance for e-books. Print will remain too. Many professionals have begun to scale back earlier broad assessments that e-books would become the only format in the future. While we don't argue at all with the value of digital media, being on the service end we also need to stay real world oriented as to what tomorrow holds as well as today's usage.

There are no manufacturing or printing costs with e-books. However, publishers still have to buy the rights to a book--paying advances against royalties. There is still the need to edit, design and produce the content. In fact, a growing number are pointing out that there are greater development costs for e-books as electronic media opens the work to connections to the world of the web and a challenging amount of related and enhancing content--all of which needs to be managed and edited.

To promote e-books, titles still have to be sold and marketed, just in different ways. Some of these new expenses for publishers, who traditionally thought of marketing as publicity and display advertising for new books, must now factor in ongoing support and marketing for long-term sales.

The content and metadata of e-books also need to be warehoused electronically, which requires investment in technology and staff to manage the technology. Bottomline, e-books are perhaps as expensive or in some cases more expensive than print, and often do not create large, short-term cash to cover their costs.

A recent Wall Street Journal article "E-book Readers Face Sticker Shock" stated that even with the lower e-book reader prices, the rise in e-book prices is enough to give pause to readers as to whether they want to purchase. For some best sellers, the price of e-books and the price of the print book are within a few dollars of each other. Bottomline, e-books need libraries.

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 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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