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Beach Library is looking for café operator

June 26, 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 27

Summer Reading Program Library Time on Friday, June 29, 10 to 11 a.m.

Seeking Proposals

For those who didn't see my previous note regarding this subject, this is still available. One of the features the community thought would be valuable in the expanded library is a place where people could get coffee and other light refreshments. The Library Commons, on the third floor of the addition, will open with a fully equipped caf suitable for serving a variety of drinks, breakfast and lunch items, such as sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts. The intention is to have an existing local business, or one or more interested Beach residents, handle all aspects of the caf, from menu items to food preparation and service. This is a good business opportunity, in a location that will draw library patrons and beach goers alike, with ample parking and easy access. An additional revenue opportunity exists through the catering of functions held in the Community Room, which is also located in the Library Commons. All aspects of the business, including hours of operation, are flexible and will be worked out by mutual agreement.

We are now seeking proposals from anyone interested in this opportunity. We hope to have the caf up and running by the library's Grand Opening. Proposals are due by Oct. 1. If you, or someone you know, has an interest in starting up this new business venture, please contact me at the library as soon as possible to learn more.


John Banville is an Irish novelist and enjoys being a screenwriter. He has received a variety of awards, which have given me greater exposure and recognition. As a novelist, try "The Sea" or "Shroud" (BAN). He was awarded the Franz Kafka prize last year and is a strong candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

What is intriguing about him is that he also writes under a pen name, Benjamin Black. As Black, try "Christine Falls", "A Death in Summer," "Elegy for April," and "The Silver Swan" (BLA).

This unique duo even has a separate desk in his office where he creates the Black mysteries and in this mode he writes on a computer; the other desk is used only for writing as Banville and at this location he uses pen and paper.

He started writing as Black in 2006. To quote him, "When I write as Banville I almost always write in the first person, but as Black I write very much outside the character. Most of the time I don't know what Black is doing. I make it up as I go along."


Our Beach artist J.D. Burdge finished the creation of the underwater sea scene in the elevator shaft. It is breathtaking! Windows were installed in the shaft and scaffolding has been removed. We are now ready for the elevator company to construct the elevator cab.

We received word that some of the ceiling materials for the expansion that we have been waiting for are in transport to us and some will be two weeks out. This means the contractors can proceed with some details and plans to bring the expansion close to completion and a few areas will need to wait a few weeks longer.

We begin the process of thinking about exact details moving from the current library into the expansion. The Friends begin their planning for moving into the bookstore in their new location. If you can devote some time during July or August to help us pack boxes, carry items into a locker, or help in organizing, please leave your name with one of the staff at the front desk. Along with your name, include your phone number or email address so we can contact you with needs about a week before specific tasks start. Your assistance in this project can be from a one-time activity to helping out a few times a week depending on your schedule and energy Many hands make this a lighter job.


The opening collection of Playaways, the audio that contains an entire title and can be carried in your pocket, is available for check out. Another shipment of titles is arriving and this will be added to the collection in about two weeks. We will add titles to this collection just as we do with fiction and mystery and other collections. Explore this option. Early reactions have been encouraging.


I am participating in the American Library Association annual convention. It is anticipated that more than 20,000 librarians will be in attendance from throughout the 50 states and is a time that brings together a lot of expertise. I find the time stimulating. It provides a quick glimpse of what is happening in public libraries across our fine land. I'm looking forward to a presentation co-sponsored by the Association for Library Collection and Technical Services and Reference and User Services Association that addresses what's relevant and effective for users and making effective decisions for our future e-book collection. Also, the Director of Research at Sesame Workshop will share results from a survey of more than 800 parents of children ages 3 through 10 and explains how parents nationwide successfully raise children in a digital age.

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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