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Beach Library still in need of volunteers

January 23, 2013
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 10:30 a.m.

Quilting Group meets on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Art Appreciation, Thursday, Jan. 24, at 10:30 a.m.

Cruise of a Lifetime on Friday, Jan. 25, at 10:30 a.m.

Visiting Ireland, Friday, Jan. 25, at 1:30 p.m.

Utopia? The Koreshan Unity Then & Now, Tuesday, Jan 29, at 1:30 p.m.

Upcoming Details

Preschool Story Hour meets in the children's multi-purpose area on the first floor in Kid's Place.

Join with others on Jan. 23 to share and enjoy quilting and conversation. This group meets in the Community Room the first and third Wednesday of each month. $2 setup fee. Group is for beginners to advanced. Those who ever thought about trying quilting are also invited to stop by.

Art Appreciation on Jan. 24 is a visual program highlighting the elements used by artists and what this contributes to our understanding of the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dr. David Jaffin has studied art history and been a regular guide through the art museums of Europe.

Cruise of a Lifetime, on Jan. 25, is not only an interesting title but also offers highlights of an around-the-world voyage on Holland American, presented by travel agent Mary Wilcox and travel writer/novelist Dave Wilcox.

Sheila O'Neill talks about visiting Ireland, on Jan. 25, the land along with a description of what she enjoys about the customs and people of Ireland.

Who of us has not thought of having a world being more perfect? Stan Malecki will look at the community that started in Estero, Fla., that made an all-out effort to reach utopia, and also what the State Park has to offer today.


Two volunteer positions invite this call for assistance. There are times available in the schedule to have someone greet and give instructional help in the lobby front door entrance and also acknowledge those leaving. The task is truly a fun one as you get to meet the nicest people and also make the transition to a new setting a welcoming one. There are also tasks where a variety of maintenance tasks need to be done during the day to keep us totally clean and organized. This task involves having two hours one day a week in your schedule and no hesitation about cleaning.


The end of construction is here. There remain odds and ends to complete and getting everything operating in optimal state. I look forward to having more time to spend on the floor.


You'll probably notice that each week more materials are appearing on the shelves. Starting this week, we will be having materials returned that has been in humidity controlled storage while we were in the Annex.

Returning Materials?

If you bring back titles as you enter the library, stop at the Materials Return in the Lobby, putting titles in one at a time. At that point they are checked in. If you want a receipt of what you've returned, press the blinking receipt button while titles are being put in the slot. If you wait until the blinking button stops, you won't get a receipt but items are still checked in.

If you're returning items after hours, drive in from Bay Road and the Materials Return is available from your vehicle. Same procedure as the Lobby Materials Return.

Toddler's Area

Special thanks to the Kiwanis of Fort Myers Beach for their investment and continuing interest in the children of our community. Kiwanis kindness and donation is making possible the Seaworld Cube currently available for children in the Toddler's area.

Library Development Fund

We welcome donations to this Fund as all proceeds are used to purchase resources that our operating budget doesn't cover. Of particular interest are items for the Children's Courtyard, for Kid's Place, for The Classics Collection and for Audio Avenue expansion. I have a donor who will match dollar per dollar any contribution for The Classics Collection so if you're able and interested in that option, your gift will be immediately doubled.

We would like also to add more subscriptions to those available in the Living Room.

Checks may be made payable to the Beach Library or cash is accepted at the staff workstation on the first or second floor. Or feel free to discuss any items with me.

Library Hours

When we are closed, the hours of operation are included in a recording when you call in. Stop by on Monday and Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; and on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. We look forward to seeing you.



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