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Fred Bushnell is Beach Library Artist of the Month

December 12, 2012
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, December 12, at 10:30 a.m..

Getting Started with Your IPad on Thursday, Dec 13, at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Holiday Floral Arranging on Fri, Dec 14, at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register and $10 materials fee.

Book Discussion group on Tues, Dec 18 at 10:00 a.m.

Activity Details

The IPad session looks at general settings, organizing apps and multitasking on the IPad. Bring yours with you to the class.

Master gardener Lorrie Wolf will demo and offer ideas & ways to prepare holiday arrangements. Each participant goes home with an arrangement.

The Book Discussion group is discussing Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The regular members celebrate the 10th anniversary of the group with a festive gathering.

Artist of the Month

Fred Bushnell's paintings grace the walls of the Library Commons this month. He started painting in1990 after a 45-year successful career as a farmer. He loves buildings, landscapes and animals, particularly cows. It's a delight to see the joy with which he cherished farming reflected in his color and subject matter. "I paint the light with an emphasis on composition and color." One cannot really view his paintings at any length without having lingering thoughts that capture the boldness of his greens and the serenity of the brown hues he uses. What a joy to get lost in color for a spell.

The paintings are also in large format so you can view them from a distance and close-up. The perspective, as you might guess, with the interplay of colors and the green and brown hues brings its own discoveries.

New Second Floor Display

Resident Judy FitzSimons shares a variety of holiday treasures on display this month. One can find a variety of Santas with truly unique and varied stories. In addition, vintage jewelry and pins in holiday array add that special touch to this time of year.

One can find almost as much to savor in spirit as in vision.


While on the second floor, take in the display case near the elevator that highlights Tiguan folk art and particularly the art of Magdalena Tozquiza. The narrative accompanying the art explains her life and what she brings to these bright scenes.


Progress in the renovation is moving forward. We are optimistic that the completion date for the end of this month looks promising.

Watch for news too soon about the opening of the Cafe' in the Library Commons. We are working out the last details of the contract, hours and what will be served but, from my perspective, I am encouraged and believe we have carried out the vision shared by participants in the Focus Groups a few years ago.

It continues to be a joy to hear the evaluations of those who are viewing the building. The long and careful planning is being appreciated. Those who want to look into using the Community Room are encouraged to pick up a Reservation Form and Guidelines.

Common Sense & Courtesy

We thank smokers for not smoking on library grounds. In the event that smoking is imperative, please use the sidewalk and walk in the direction of traffic.

Bikers coming to the library, please use the bike rack. Avoid parking in the area of the front tower/entrance and at sign posts. This parking away from the bike rack sometimes results in unnecessary damage to property.

There are two large mats in front of the main entrance--one to enable sand to fall off of shoes and sandals, and another to provide an opportunity to wipe any missed sand off. Tracking sand into the library lengthens the cleaning process and makes it harder to keep the floors neat and clean.

When a community celebrates National Courtesy, Character & Citizenship month, this thought is often included: "As we're out and about, think of those we encounter every day. From the postman to the waitress, everyone likes to be spoken to with kindness. Today, introduce yourself to someone you see often, but haven't taken the time to meet. Your friendship value will improve by leaps and bounds! Character words: citizenship, caring." And that is what not subjecting non-smokers to the effects of smoking, putting bikes in the rack to avoid damage to property and inconvenience in walking, and keeping floors clean and safe is all about.

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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