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Programs are picking up at Beach Library

January 16, 2013
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Knitting & Needlework Group meets Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Optimism is Possible on Thursday, Jan. 17, 10:30 a.m.

Creating Your Groove (Legally Speaking) on Thursday, Jan. 17, 1:30 p.m.

Preventing Repetitive Strain Injury, Friday, Jan. 18, 10:30 a.m.

Poetry Reading, Friday, Jan. 18, 1:30 p.m.

Having Fun with Shell Crafts, Saturday, Jan. 19, 10:30 a.m.

Writer's Group with Corinne Thwing, Tuesday, Jan. 22,10:30 a.m. to noon. (meets in Display area by living room on second floor).

Activity Details

Knitting & Needlework group is an opportunity for fellow knitters and needle crafters to share ideas and conversation. The group meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Optimism is Possible will be the discussion on Thursday, Jan. 17. This presentation looks at what enabled Viktor Frankl to survive the Holocaust camps. It also deals directly with what gives meaning to life. Both of these areas are ones each person can gain from. Rosemary Jaffin will suggest ways to turn suffering into achievement, derive an opportunity to change for the better when experiencing guilt, and how to use the ups and downs of life to spur us to action.

Creating Your Groove (Legally Speaking) meets on Jan. 17. Facilitated by attorney Anne Dalton, it explores legalities when creating or using fictional characters and memoirs in one's personal writing. Many aspects are covered, including rules helpful to utilize when developing a website, how to deal with an agent and issues of privacy and publicity. This is perfect for writers and coordinators putting out newsletters and mailings.

Preventing repetitive strain injury is something all of us desire and Alice Mack, RN will share what to expect from repetitive strains including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, on Jan. 18

Dr. David Jaffin returns on Jan. 18 to read poetry and explore how we can engage more intimately with words. It is likely participants will view poetry as something more practical after this time than before.

Upcoming Activities

Saturday, Jan. 19, is a time to enjoy shell crafts. Donna Rizzo will provide a demo and provide a variety of shells to create animals. If you want to decorate a personal article such as a canvas or mirror, bring these to the class. Pre-register and $4 materials fee.

Quilters are invited to participate the first and third Wednesday of each month between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to enjoy quilting and conversation. $2 setup fee.

Construction Update

The Expansion and Annex have been open during the past few months while renovation of the original library facility was underway. That renovation is now completed. Staff and volunteers moved into the library during the past week. On Friday the Certificate of Occupancy was issued.

You can find resources in these areas:

n Audio Avenue (DVDs, audio books, music CDs, Playaways, downloadable media) on First Floor

n Kid's Place (Toddler's Area, Kid's Place for K to Gr 6, multi-purpose children's area) on First Floor

n Magazine & newspapers will be in the Living Room of the Expansion on the Second Floor

n Large Print will be to the left of the elevator on the Second Floor

n Internet and Computer workstations for reservation will be in the center of the floor on the Second Floor

n Non Fiction and Fiction print titles can be found to the right of the elevator on the Second Floor.

n Wi-Fi, the Friend's of the Library bookstore, the Community Room and the Caf can be found on the Third Floor.


Last month we had a presentation on the history and background of Hummels. These figurines have been popular in earlier decades and in the past three years a resurgence of activity and interest has been evident in the production and distribution of additions to the Hummels available over the years.

A display on the second floor this month focuses on recent Hummels as well as some not as readily familiar as the ones available in the 1930 and 40s.

After Construction

While we are again under one roof, we will be in adjustment mode for the next two months. There is still furniture to arrive and some equipment to be put into place. E-book collection will start at the end of February, and each week more titles now in storage will return. Additional Internet computers and catalog stations throughout the entire collection on the first and second floors remain to be installed.


When we are closed a recorder gives the hours we are open. When open, we answer the phone in person. Hours are Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 to 5; and Saturday 9 to 4. All gates close when the library closes.



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