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Buy one, get one at Beach Library Book Store

July 11, 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, July 11.

Getting Started with Your IPad, Thursday, July 12, at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Summer Reading Program, Friday, July 13, at 10 a.m.

Book Discussion group meets on Tuesday, July 17, at 10 a.m.

Activity Details

If you're new in the use of the IPad or want to understand it better, consider the session on July 12. Participants will look at general settings, organizing apps and multitasking. Pre-register.

"Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier is the selection chosen by the Book Discussion group. This timeless story has mystery, secrets and romance. This is a perfect time of year to get a feel for the gist of the discussion without feeling any hesitation in participating.

Book Sale

Visit the Friends Bookstore on July 12, 13, or 14 for special bargains in the Big BOGO Bonanza Sale. Buy one item and get another FREE for everything in the store except new merchandise on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. There are books, of course, and videos, magazines, CDs, and even some DVDs. Buy any item at the usual low prices and take home another item of the same or lower price in addition. This is a great opportunity to find some great bargains for yourself or for gifts. Mark your calendar for the Big BOGO Bonanza! Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 9 to 1 on Saturday.

Moving Soon!

Many residents and visitors have shared comments about the progress of construction and also possibilities they envisioned or that they heard about. We have been very encouraged by the upbeat direction of these remarks.

Having more space for Community Room activities, and having more browsing/display areas is clearly the direction public libraries are moving. I returned from the American Library Association Convention having heard many examples that indicates we are in tune with the current direction and a little bit ahead in a few respects.

That being said, the expansion is moving toward completion. The last ceiling materials are on their way to us and the contractors have begun scheduling installation. Once that is completed, then it will be adding the final touches (of which in a project this size, there are many) to assure move-in readiness.

If you're able to assist in packing books, moving boxes, helping us organize, then leave your name at the front desk either via the phone at 765-8162 or in person and we'll contact you a week ahead of time to invite your participation. There is much to be done the rest of this month. The first preparations start this week. When calling in or stopping at the front desk, leave your phone # and/or e-mail and we'll contact you soon.

Using Readers

One of the anecdotal observations during the American Library Association were comments from patrons who had been excited with their purchase or gift of a Kindle or Nook. Some were exhilarated that soon after seeing a review or reference to a title in a book review section they could get it within moments on their device.

Some of these library users even wondered if they needed the library anymore. And then there is the thought that as e-readers get cheaper and more ubiquitous, the public library would not be needed.

When one looks at history, the public library's demise (and often, imminent demise) was tolled at the introduction of LP records, radio, cheap paperbacks, television, cassettes, the DVD, the personal computer, electronic bulletin boards, and the Internet. What history has shown is that these resources simply move into our library collections and services. Each in its own way resulted in increased use of the public library, most assuredly not demise.

A segment of library users bought an iPod which some found more user friendly than the Kindle. Though this approach worked for a time, libraries are finding that some of the patrons who used the devices are back, spending about as much time in the library as they ever had. Why? The evidence seems to show that those who are using these devices read more. Some find it easier to scan a newspaper than a screen, and for some, the feel of paper was necessary. More seemed to find that even though they had a comfortable budget, they couldn't afford to buy everything they wanted to read.

A rude awakening for many has been that with the electronic readers, the buyer does not in fact own any of the books. There is no option to give them away. Reading with the devices for some readers returning to the library is that the experience had been privatized, no longer a social asset, unavailable to be shared. It was interesting how many returning users found it very important to browse in the company of others in a beautiful public setting.


If you'd have two hours a week for maintenance tasks, please see me about the possibility to assist in the next two months as we prepare for the move into the expansion and then get settled in. We can work out a schedule that works in your activities and will also help us much.

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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