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Beach Library usage increases in year’s time

April 18, 2012
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Upcoming Activities

Preschool Story Hour is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, at 10:30 a.m.

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

Memoir Writing on Thursday, April 19, at 10:30 a.m.

Going Further with Your IPad2 on Friday, April 20, 10:30 a.m.

Healthy Eating on Tuesday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m.

Activity Details

Knitting and Crochet group continues to meet twice each month. It's a regular activity.

Anna Withrow will discuss the joys and challenges of writing memoirs and telling shorter life stories. With her background as an instructor in English composition and MA in professional writing, there is a lot covered in this short session. Pre-register.

Learn how to become even more versatile in using the iPad2 on April 20. The range of apps will be covered by instructor Betsy Mangan too. Pre-register.

Explore a host of topics relating to eating healthy in the session on April 24. Highlighted with will be titles in the local collection that offer a range of insights.

Upcoming Activities

Tarpon fishing is the focus on April 26. Ray Lister, president of the Beach Tarpon Hunter Club, will share the delights of tarpons, and offer pointers helpful for anglers.

After Easter

With traffic less of a concern, it's a pleasure to see some regulars back again, as each season some residents will come less often and try to check out more at a time so they can avoid sitting on Estero Blvd.

During March, 11,844 people used the library in person. This was 3.5 percent higher than the same month last year.

People enjoy asking questions and that seems to be a consistent practice. Reference responded to 160 of those questions during the month--we calculate a question as one that requires one or more resources to be used in order to answer the question. We do not count directional inquiries such as where the bathroom is, where a particular business is located, what hours the Driver's License Bureau is open or the nearest vet.


The Friends of the Library have placed a tree near the interior of the library entrance. That tree has ornaments laying nearby on which one can share important points of discovery in your reading and research: jot down either a favorite author or a treasured book or both. Many enjoy knowing what others are finding interesting or stimulating and like to give new authors or titles a try. Check out the tree! Add to it too with your favorite author or title.


Construction activity continues forward. We are waiting for some ceiling material in the expansion still to arrive. A practice in recent years has been for some companies to not keep material in stock, and then fabricate it only after confirmed orders have arrived. This means that we are still waiting for some ceiling material. This extends our move into the expansion by a month. Instead of late May, contractors note it is likely we will move into the area by late June.

Frequently Checked Out

Mystery fiction titles continue to be among the most checked out categories during March in the collection. At the top of the list is "Lethal" by Sandra Brown (M BRO), followed by "Half-Past Dawn" by Richard Doetsch (M DOE), "The Look of Love" by Mary Jane Clark (M CLA) and "Private Games" by James Patterson (M PAT).

Non Fiction is topped by "The End of Wall Street" by Roger Lowenstein (332.642 LOW).

DVDs are popular and topping this category during March was "Jessie Stone. Death in Paradise" (M JES).


When we celebrate grand opening with the completion of construction near the end of this year, you will notice that we will continue to develop our print collection and expand options in audio. The addition of e-books and downable media will also a part of Audio Avenue. One hears that in some markets e-book reading is growing. While printed books still dominate the world of book readers, we are well aware of the diversity of approaches that readers utilize. The important thing is that we are reading--hopefully we'll explore with you both print and digital opportunities.

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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