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Construction continues yet Library remains open

June 5, 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, June 6.

Knitting and Crochet group meets Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Kids Summer Camp on Thursday, June 7

Titanic at 100! presentation on Friday, June 8, at 10:30 a.m. in Conference Room. Pre-register.

Structured Summer Reading session in the Children's Area also on Friday.

Getting Started with Your IPad on Tuesday, June 12. Pre-register.

Activity Details

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Titanic sinking, guest lecturer Chris McNear looks at the style, grandeur and tragedy of this legendary ship on June 8.


Providing a new dimension to the world of books is the debut of Playaways, which will be available for checkout beginning next week. Playaways come fully loaded with the book title, so there is no downloading required. Just plug your earphone into the universal jack, press play and enjoy! Playaways are easy to use. The press of a button allows one to navigate chapters, fast forward, rewind, pause, stop, and control the volume. Playaways are lightweight and can easily fit into your pocket, making them a portable option.

Whenever you press "pause," the player remembers your spot and will start back up right where you left off. Plus, it weighs less than what a half deck of cards would.

Playaways come in a protective case to make transit easy and so it's less easy to lose a title.

Listening to a variety of books may spark interest in new authors and styles of books.

Check out the beginning collection next week and continuing. We are starting with select titles and will add to these each month just like we do with our other collections. While the collection is building, up to two Playaways can be checked out and checkout period is two weeks.

Summer Reading Program

You may notice more children in the library at times in June and July while various activities for the Summer Reading Program are underway. We have an interesting collection of children's titles and are happy when they are being enjoyed especially during the summer months.

The Preschool Story Hour for those pre-K children continues through the summer too, meeting each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Florida Mysteries

It's a reasonable date to record the beginning of Florida crime writing to 1964, with the appearance of the first of John D. MacDonald's thrillers "The Deep Blue Good-by." Certainly mysteries with a setting in Florida appeared prior to the 60s but MacDonald's introduction of Travis McGee and his Ft. Lauderdale houseboat made him a literary icon and ushered in the golden age of Florida mysteries.

If you have not enjoyed this series, consider making it part of your summer reading. Start with the first one mentioned and then continue with "Nightmare in Pink," "A Purple Place for Dying," "The Quick Red Fox," "Bright Orange for the Shroud, "One Fearful Yellow Eye," "Pale Gray for Guilt," "The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper" and keep going until you come to the last of the series "The Lonely Silver Rain." We are missing one in the series and if you read the first two and three and are convinced you will continue, let one of the staff know and I'll make it a point to order the missing title so you'll have an uninterrupted journey in your reading.

MacDonald offers non-series novels too, such as "The Brass Cupcake," "A Key to the Suite", "A Flash of Green", "Condominium" and "Barrier Island."

What's the enduring appeal of this fictional Florida-based knight-for-hire? Well, combine the best qualities of Cannon, Rockford, Mannix, Bond and Robin Hood and then add some martial arts philosophizing.

The Future

I don't worry about whether print books or digital media will prevail. I have no concern that e-book sales have slowed among those who were the first to try it. I'm inclined to think neither of these will prove to be the issue. There is no end to the range of preferences, and in many ways the digital revolution has merely added to a repertoire that has existed since the practice of reading began. In the expanded library, both options will be available.


8,392 people used the library in person during the month. We have made every effort to remain open during construction and are encouraged that more are using the library. We notice that the catalog is searched and databases used from home too and, as with the sales of e-books, this digital usages goes up and down.

Library Hours

When we are closed, a recorder gives the hours of operation, either on 765-8162 or on 765-8163. Stop by on Monday and Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.; on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 to 5; and on Saturday between 9-1. We look forward to seeing you.



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