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Beach Library features both the expansion and annex

September 5, 2012
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Sept 5, at 10:30 a.m.

Getting Started with Your IPad, Thursday, Sept 6, at 10:30 a.m.

Upcoming Activities

Make Your Own Market Bags, Sept 11, at 1:30 p.m.


Both the Expansion and the Annex are open. We are delighted with the reactions and comments shared so far when residents, users and others when seeing the newly completed expansion. The construction crews are busy with the start of renovation and it seems promising from their pace of activity that we can celebrate grand-opening this December. We are confident that the spirit of what you see so far will continue throughout the entire project.

I am deeply grateful to those who make such an effort to share your note of satisfaction and pleasure. The last few weeks in moving have been tiring, taxing and eating lots of energy. Your good-will and appreciation makes every moment of it worthwhile.

One absolutely wonderful letter received last week Thursday reads in part: "The amazing thing that struck me right away is from the time you enter the building with the Dolphins pointing the way, then, as one steps into that exquisite Underwater Elevator excitement builds. There is a sense of adventure, the same as when you open a book that you are excited to read. What could be better for a library to make you feel like that?

The beauty of the wave ceilings which have the same theme on some of the floors, the glass living room, and even the bathroom with their most unusual plumbing specifications show the care and in-depth research that was done for this building." The letter continued on with more 'Wows' as the description went on but this is enough to share why so many in this community make this the wonderful place it is.

Where to Go

If you're seeking to browse and check out DVDs, fiction, mystery and non-fiction titles, go to the Annex, where the Friends of the Library Bookstore had been located. You can park at Seagrape Plaza while browsing there.

If you're seeking large print titles, reference, the classics collection, magazines and newspapers, and Internet workstations, then go to the Expansion. You can park in the parking area entering from School Street.

Construction Zone

A lot of work is going on in the original library facility. You'll notice that the parking lot we've been using for the past few months is now closed and part of the construction zone. We encourage all to stay away from this construction area so there are no injuries and that the construction crew can move forward as efficiently as possible.

Childrens/Community Room

Activities are beginning to be scheduled for this room. During the interim, childrens activities will meet in the Community Room until grand opening at which time the new Kid's Place and Toddler's area will be available. Meanwhile plans for the renovated Children's area are moving along well.

If your group is interested in scheduling the Community Room, please pick up a Reservation and Liability Application, along with the Guidelines for use of this room. Feel free to discuss any questions you have as you read through them with me. Upon receipt of the completed application with any fees due, confirmation will be given when the event is added to the calendar.


The digital format is a wonderful addition to available resources and one we will be developing upon grand opening. In recent months some have noticed that the price of e-books seems to be going higher. This is as frustrating to libraries as it is to the average consumer.

Early users of e-books have noticed that e-books often contain typos and odd symbols in place of characters (from scanning, I imagine). It's helpful having this resource and publishers will need more work to do proof reading word for word and that electronic formatting needs consistency just as a physical book does.

Some people think that electronic books should be of minimal cost as there are no physical manufacturing and distribution expenses. But publishers are quick to point out that together they account for only 12 percent of a print book's retail price. Publishers still need to pay for acquisitions, royalties, editorial development, copyediting, cover and interior design, page composition, cataloging, sales, marketing, publicity, merchandising, accounting, legal, tax and the usual costs associated with being a publisher.

A few added costs are providing some headaches for publishers. Digital preparation is a key one as publishers must format the books (if they aren't already digitalized then they have to be scanned or manually keyed in) so that they work on all the various eReaders. This latter is quite time consuming as it has to go through a quality assurance process (called Q & Aing the book) to make sure each of the major eReaders see the pages correctly. Finally, the digital format has to be distributed. You might think this would be easy since Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Apple are the major ones but in reality there are over twenty such entities.

It's an interesting world!

Library Hours

When we are closed, the hours of operation are included in a recording when you call in.Stop by on Monday to Thursday between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., on Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. We look forward to seeing you.



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