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Volunteers needed in move at Beach Library

July 4, 2012
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

There is no Preschool Story Hour this week as we are closed July 4th for the celebration of our nation's birthday.

Let's Play with Watercolor class on Tuesday, July 10, at 10:30 a.m.

Activity Details

The class dealing with Watercolor on July 10 offers the chance to learn some basics and some watercolor techniques. Have fun and no fear. Pre-register and $2 materials fee.

Upcoming Activity

Getting Started with Your IPad is a look at general settings, organizing apps and multitasking on the IPad. The class has been popular and we've heard many affirming comments. The class on Thursday, July 12 is at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.


We are moving toward the day when the expansion is finished. If you're able to assist us in preparing for this move between July 5 and August 6, please call a Circ staff member at 765-8162 or sign-up at the front desk by leaving your name and contact info (phone and/or e-mail address). We will call you about a week ahead of time to indicate what is needed.

We need volunteers to pack books into boxes, to carry boxes into a storage bin, to organize materials and to help move select items.


I spent Friday through Monday at the American Library Association annual conference. There were more than 20,000 in attendance and the mood and activity was vibrant and stimulating.

These four days enabled attendees to explore a wide variety of topics and enabled newer and younger members to engage and network with more senior colleagues.

Not without surprise, we spent a fair amount of time on the shifting digital environment as e-reading, tablets and e-book readers are used. On the other hand, there are 66 million Americans who do not use the Internet, so we still have work to do, particularly in expanding training opportunities.

The keynote speaker warned about the lack of privacy we all face in this age of the Internet. The examples were so many that it almost made one leery of using this resource. For librarians though, this just means we need to continue to work to address the lack of privacy and the ways information is gathered about us without our knowledge or consent.

Living Room

One of the new areas in the expanded library will be called the Living Room. In this area in the Library Proper magazines and newspapers can be enjoyed, and the ambience will encourage reading. In participating in the American Library Association convention, I had the opportunity to hear what many libraries across the 50 states are doing. The prospective layout and planned activities prompting the expansion were affirmed many times over in terms of what other public libraries are experiencing and the direction many are moving.

What was interesting is that many libraries are the place teens love to hang out. Even though libraries have computers, the reason many of these teens are flocking to the library is the programming. A few against library expansion have made a big deal that the Beach Library is more a community center than a library. However, that view of libraries as a storage place for books is looking at libraries as they might have been in the 1950s, not how they are responding to user needs in the past decade.

In addition to the Living Room, we will be increasing the number of programs in the Community Room in the expanded library. More activities will be available both in structured classes and in presentations. There were countless examples at the Convention of how much this is welcomed in public libraries across the United States. I'm sure that the ambiance of the communal spaces will be very much welcomed in the expansion and that the growth of scheduled activities will be a plus in our community.

There is no doubt, when hearing what is working in other libraries, that this expansion is totally in tune with the times.


6336 people used the library in person during the month, an increase of 11 percent over that of last year. We have observed that usage of the library has been up in recent construction months--we anticipated that with changes and construction challenges that usage would be lower but that has not been the case. This too is in line with public library usage across the USA where libraries are in demand.

Usage of library catalog and databases from home or office has stayed in line with usage from last year.

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 & Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. We look forward to seeing you.



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