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Community room is available at the Beach Library

October 10, 2012
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

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

Computers Q & A on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Dog Day, Thursday, Oct. 11, at 3 to 4:15 p.m. Pre-register.

Shell crafting Critters on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10:30 a.m.

Garden Club meets Monday, Oct. 15, 9 to 11 a.m.

Book Discussion Group on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.

Activity Details

Have particular concerns regarding the computer? Wondering how to resolve an issue relating to your computer? Consider participating in the Q & A on Basic Computers on October 11. When pre-registering, include the question or issue you'd like to see addressed during this time.

Dog Day provides the opportunity for a child to read to a dog in a non-threatening environment and with the encouragement/assistance of the dog handler. Pre-register for a 15-minute slot on Oct. 11.

Donna Rizzo and Donald Holman will offer hands-on instructions for making animals from shells. Check out the display on the second floor of the expansion that shows many of the creations Donna has made, with specific examples of cats, owls and dogs on the top shelf. Pre-register and $2 materials fee. This Saturday time is scheduled to enable families, students and those who work, a chance to enjoy crafts and particularly in coming to appreciate more the shells so close to us.

The Estero Island Garden Club meets on Oct. 15 discussing a variety of subjects and projects. New members of the club are welcome.

Book Discussion participants concentrate on The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy on October 16.

Community Room

This Room in the Library Commons is available for cultural, civic and educational purposes. Check out the Guidelines and pick up a reservation form to reserve a time and date. Pick up a copy from a staff member.


If you enjoy working in the yard or outdoors and would be available an hour one day a week, consider volunteering to assist in landscape maintenance on library grounds. It's starting to get a bit more tolerable in morning hours so if you want to get some exercise and also contribute to the beauty of the library grounds, please discuss possibilities with me.


If you're looking for mystery, fiction, DVDs or non-fiction titles, stop in at the Annex in Seagrape Center. If you're seeking magazines & newspapers, large print, music CDs or the classics collection visit the Expansion second floor. If you're looking for the Friend's Bookstore, go to the third floor of the Expansion.


If you have your own laptop with Internet connectivity, you're welcome to use Wi-Fi in the Library Commons on the third floor of the Expansion. Cell phone conversations are also OK in this area.

Community Hub

Americans are capitalizing on free access to books, magazines, DVDs, the internet, and professional assistance. More than ever, libraries are community hubs, and the staff works to maintain a safe harbor for all users. As a public space, an occasional user gets so focused on themselves that they now and then forget the need and value to respect others or honor the environment so that all can benefit. Now and then, we may remind users of expected behavior, e.g. make a copy of a crossword puzzle instead of writing directly on a library copy of the newspaper, a copier is readily available and staff will assist in making a copy instead of defacing or tearing out a page from a publication or book.

An Old Friend

This week I watched an 83-yea- old patron spend time in one aisle of the large print collection. What called my attention to her was that she seemed to be in the same row for several days. In talking with her one day I came to realize that she chose this particular aisle because it meant it was close to the elevator, didn't require her to walk the full length of the library. Someone had left one of those round-scooting stools in that aisle while looking for something on an upper shelf, but for her it provided a place to sit while she browsed. While I'm happy this was possible it makes me look even more to the completion of construction. When all is done, there will be a table and chairs in the circular niche collection, chairs near many of the browsing areas, and catalog stations interspersed throughout the collection. One doesn't recognize the value of space until one sees the many creative ways users make of it.

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 and 5; and on Saturday between 9 and 2. We look forward to seeing you.



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