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Beach Library will be closed on Saturday

December 25, 2012
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

Hummels on Friday, Dec. 28, at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

We are closed on Saturday, Dec. 29 for construction.

Activity Details

Hummels on Dec 28 is a grand opportunity to explore the world of Hummels. These figurines have appealed to many in the past and they have experienced a resurgence in the past few years as the original factory was acquired by a German family with a perspective that brings renewal to these collectibles. A variety of issues will be covered in the session: trademarks, how to recognize a genuine Hummel, determining condition and price and future prospects. Pre-registration is necessary as handouts will be prepared for those signing up. There will also be a display of some special Hummels during the month of January. I say special because many will be ones that were produced in limited quantity or ones not as commonly available for a variety of reasons.

The library is closed Dec 29 as contractors remove the fire wall originally constructed between the expansion and renovation. This demolition makes quite a bit of noise so being closed enables the crew to work without interruption and enables them to have two consecutive days for the removal--Sat & Sun.

Upcoming Activities

There's a lot going in the Community Room during January. Pick up a schedule at the desk on the second floor of the Expansion or at the Annex. Or also check the library webpage ( for the calendar of events.

Basic Computers is scheduled for Friday, Jan 4. This is a good opportunity to better understand computer basics. Please pre-register for the class. See topics on the poster for more details too.

Clearing Energy for the new Year is set for Mon, Jan 14, 10:30 a.m., wherein Feng Shui certified consultant Nan Grover shares ideas to free positive energy for one's life.

Also on Jan 14, but at 1:30 p.m., is Yesterday & Today: history of slavery in the North where Eddie Foster, ranger with the National Park Service, will provide insights on slavery in the North as well as highlights of the Park's newest monument relating to this subject.


We are nearing the end. It is exciting to know that the years of planning are gradually coming to a point where we will be able to concentrate on enhancing the collection, scheduling more activities in the Community Room, being able to work with community groups on a variety of activities, and adding e-books and downable media as well as offering additional browsing options. Kid's Place will be a truly memorable place.

Constructors remain optimistic that the basics will be completed and ready by year's end. We plan to close Jan. 8 to Jan. 12 to enable us to move into the renovation. Those who volunteered to help with the move from the original library into the expansion, annex and storage know that we may have tried to do too much in a week. As we settle into the completed project, we will gradually bring back parts of the collection--in others words we'll take a month or two to return everything. The millworker is still working on some furniture and shelving too as it doesn't make sense to put more into storage with fees when it can be built and then put into place. This means the full collection will not be in place right away but every week more will be coming in place so that in itself can be exciting.

It's expected that the entire project will be open January 14. The Cafe' will open January 15. More details to follow.


We appreciate very much smokers not bringing any tobacco residue onto the property and if smoking is needed, to go to the sidewalk and walk in the direction of traffic. Bikers are to park their bikes not near the front entrance or at a sign post but in the bike rack at the corner of the library.

Library Development Fund

With the completion of construction, we have a state of the art facility in sync with the demands being directed to public libraries today. We have worked long and hard and ready to implement the services that will utilize and need the space so integral for a variety of purposes.

The Library Board has established a Library Development Fund that will funnel donations and gifts to the library to further quality service and options. These funds will be used to enhance the collection, offer increased offerings in the Community Room, sponsor author series, explore exhibitions and seek to make a wide range of activities at the library helpful to the community and users. Please consider a donation to this Fund. More details are available at the model of the library on the second floor or discuss with me.

Caring for Dogs and Cats

There is a container on the second floor of the expansion to welcome dog and cat food (both in bags and cans). This benefits the non-profit Find A Home Give A Home Pet Rescue. If you only visit the Annex, you may leave your gift there and staff will see it joins the items in the Expansion. Thank you for remembering these animals in need.


When we are closed a recorder gives the hours we are open. When open, we answer the phone in person. Hours for both the Annex and Expansion are Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday 9 to 5; and Saturday 9 to 2. Further hours will be added when construction is 100 percent complete.



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