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Volunteers needed on Mondays at Beach Library

April 25, 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, April 25.

Tarpon Fishing on Thursday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m.

Activity Details

Ray Lister, president of the Beach Tarpon Hunters Club will share tips and pointers regarding this sport on April 25.


We move shortly into summer mode when there is less scheduled in the Conference Room. If you have suggestions in terms of what you wish we would work toward scheduling during the upcoming months, please leave a suggestion with a staff member. Your input is welcome and often instrumental in seeing that particular classes or presentations are sought out and made available.


We are in need of a volunteer to return items to the shelves on Monday evenings between 5 and 8 p.m. It's a perfect time of year, without tension, to learn where each item is housed and have a non-rushed time to empty the carts as items are returned. First time will include training. Please complete a volunteer application if your schedule and good will allow. Thanks.


The Library Commons on the top floor of the expansion contains a Community Room that is intended for use an extension of the civic, cultural, and educational services provided by the public library. It is a rare public library today that does not have such a Room. Having heard many comments from the classes, presentations and seminars that have been scheduled in the current Conference Room, I feel very confident that this Community Room will be used and appreciated. I am currently waiting for the Fire Dept to indicate the occupancy limits and then guidelines will be issued to move toward scheduling activities in this Community Room.

It is no wonder that Wi-Fi access is in demand. The area outside the Community Room will be Wi-Fi accessible and tables and chairs will enable comfortable use of one's laptop. The area will also be a welcome spot to visit with friends and be an inviting area for those waiting for a Community Room event. Since the area will likely be in active use, two other pluses will be available too: one, a Cafe' that will offer beverages and a light snack. We anticipate that a Beach business will delight us with their offerings. The second plus is that the Friends of the Library bookstore will be adjoining this area. The Friends will give many who pass by a chance to discover a treasure and do so at minimal cost.

The Community Room, the Wi-Fi access, the cafe', and the Friends bookstore will offer much. Many of the titles that are checked out in the library are discovered through browsing of the shelves and displays. Many patrons like to survey the wealth of our contents and wander through the aisles in anticipation of finding something out of the ordinary. With the Library Commons, you can chat on the cell phone, have a quick bite to eat, and give a try in the bookstore. While online searching offers some benefits it also has its limits as a patron recently complained that the sites were tracking what he had examined or bought previously and just because he bought one particular author it didn't now mean he wanted to read similar stories by lesser authors. The bookstore will enable a quick scanning of the shelves that have reached us via donation or ones seeking a second home. And when you're ready for more, you have two more floors to explore for those titles to add to your reading pleasure.


Construction moves ahead and we're excited about that. We think you are too based on the number of encouraging remarks that staff has received in the past six months alone. We are ready to embrace tomorrow and so are looking forward to having construction completely finished in 2012.

As we planned the library expansion over the years, we've kept a clear eye for what will contribute to your growing usage. Some among us are becoming more adept with e-readers, smartphones and tablets. Classes on the iPod have often been full in the last few months. The next classes on the IPod are May 11 for those just getting started, and on May 22 for those ready to go even further after having some experience.

In the five years since the introduction of the first iPhone and Kindle, there have been five generations of each device. This may be the course of events for the near future. I'm excited that construction is moving ahead as Audio Avenue on the first floor of the completed library will enable more mobile-friendly access and instruction on how to use the devices and apps. We are in dialogue with other librarians, technologists and information professionals to learn about and seek to adopt the best practices that will be a plus in our new library.

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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