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Check out the Friends of the Beach Library tree

May 2, 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, May 2

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

Upcoming Activities

How to sell your handmade creations online will be covered on May 3. Those interested in selling handmade or vintage items as well as art and craft supplies can gather to learn details of how Etsy is organized and can be well used to assist in this enterprise. Pre-register.

Basic Computers is offered May 10. Pre-register.

Getting Started with your iPod is scheduled May 11. Get the basics along with ideas for organizing your apps and multitasking. Pre-register.

Tissue Paper Art class will meet on May 24. No previous art experience or skill necessary. Music, watercolor, markers and design techniques will be a part of the relaxed atmosphere. Pre-register and $2 materials fee.

Dog Day

We are happy to share the news that Dog Day will resume in May. We have been in hiatus for a short time due to the sudden death of the dog handler's husband, which demanded some adjustment time. Although we have a new team on board, one can expect that the same quality and opportunities as before will be available.

Time can be reserved so that your child or grandchild can read to a dog. This literacy program enables children to enjoy reading with a unique and non-threatening audience. Dog Day is scheduled for Thursday, May 10, from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Pre-register.


The Friends of the Library have placed a tree near the interior of the library entrance. That tree has ornaments lying 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.

We celebrated National Library Week during April so this tree was intended to call attention to one of the essential resources of a public library: having access to the world's thoughts, both for research and entertainment, via print and media.

Many patrons enjoy knowing what others find important enough to share and have even remembered or found useful long after the reading. Make it a point to linger among the ornaments.

A Changing Scene

Barnes & Noble, as a major bookstore in many communities, turned in an interesting sales history for the holiday quarter, which ended January 28. The number of people in the store and the in-store sales were the highest in five years. Profits, because of higher digital costs, were lower. The growth rate of digital devices and accessories sold slowed too. This is likely a sign of things to come: there will be a back and forth between print and digital until readers settle into a routine that becomes more the usual pattern.

Libraries sense this flux too. There are new readers who are energetic and excited about digital options. Then there are readers who have tried an e-reader and found it not to their liking. Some don't want to try a Kindle or Nook at all. Others like the devices while traveling but not at home. While this back and forth makes planning a challenge, it illustrates that we must be ready to adapt and present options.

Book Discussion over the Summer

Consider participating in the Book Discussion Group that meets the third Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. It is a refreshing experience: one gets to appreciate the wide range of insights that readers bring to a work and, often, one sees aspects that were overlooking in one's own reading.

May's discussion will revolve around "The Moonflower Vine" by Jetta Carleton.


More curbs went in this past week and some of the walkways/sidewalks are in place. The elevator company is getting the basic foundation and supports in place and many areas throughout the library are showing that we are moving toward an end that is in sight, e.g. tile in the bathrooms, painting on the walls.

We are waiting for some ceiling materials to arrive, which will take about a month longer than we hoped in our schedule. To accommodate this need, we will move into the expansion near the end of June.

Thank you for your continued gifts to the Library Construction Fund. As you know from your own projects, no major project is without a few unanticipated costs or latter permitting requirements that change some aspect.

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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