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Events galore at the Beach Library

February 6, 2013
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Activities This Week

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m. Preschool Story Hour in Kid's Place multi-purpose area

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m. How to Shutterfly in Community Room

Also on Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Knitting & Needlework Group

Thursday, Feb. 7, 10:30 a.m. Getting Started with Your IPad/IPhone

Thursday, Feb. 7, 1:30 p.m. The Ins and Outs of Belly Dancing

Friday, Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m. Introduction to Bonsai

Friday, Feb.. 8, 1:30 p.m. Bipolar Chronicle

Monday, Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m. Palm Frond Weaving

Mon, Feb. 11, 7:00 p.m. Estero Island Historic Society, Growth and Change

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 10:30 a.m. A Brief Look at Native American Ceremonies and Traditions, Community Room A

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 10:30 a.m. Writer's Group, Community Room B

Tueday, Feb. 12, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friends of Matanzas Pass

Event Details

Many events are scheduled in the Community Room throughout the month .A listing of the entire month is available at the Staff workstation on the First and Second Floors. Large screens on the Second and Third Floors also note upcoming events and provide added details. There are also posters for each event on the bulletin board on the Third Floor. The calendar for the month appears on the library webpage too.

Community Room

On Feb. 6, How to Shutterfly finds Krystal Rose talking about the use of Shutterfly in creating prints and other fun things. She covers a gamut of what can be done via this resource and her own use of it.

Knitters and needlecrafters join together on Feb. 6 to share details about projects, get pointers and enjoy pleasant conversation.

A fun activity takes place on Feb. 7 with the ins and outs of belly dancing. Why would someone get involved and what does it really entail. Get the inside scoop.

Jim Bremer and Jim Gehring on Feb. 8 will demo shaping of a bonsai tree and offer an overview of methods, principles and history as it relates to bonsai.

Getting a better understanding of bipolar is the reason for attending Dottie Pacharis' session on Feb. 8.

Weave palms for floral designs on Feb. 11. Pre-register and $4.00 materials fee. Bring your own scissors. You'll find Terry Pinck makes the hands-on time an enjoyable time.

Last month the Estero Island Historic Society continued its tradition of stimulating talks and presentations. Participate again on Feb. 11 as I've been asked to share an overview of what is happening in public libraries today and specifically what to expect at the Beach Library in upcoming years.

Joining David Hamera on Feb 12 will likely mean you'll see native American ceremonies in a different light. With active use of the Community Room at this 10:30 a.m. slot, this activity meets in Community Room A.

The Writer's Group meeting twice a month meets in Community Room B and welcome new or aspiring writers too.

The Friends of Matanzas Pass have their annual meeting on Feb. 12 and are open to prospective members. This is a good time to get an overview of activities that the group has been involved in during the past year as well as possibilities ahead.

Cup & Saucer

It's a constant delight seeing the many people who look forward to and enjoy the variety of displays. In the low case on the Second Floor near the checkout station is a Cup and Saucer Collection. These were collected by Marjorie Blakeman Southard Trostel and are provided to us through the kindness of M. Layfield. If you like figuring out the history of particular collectibles, there is much to explore as the cups are not only diverse but powerful in individual depictions.


We have heard from many in the community about the important place of libraries today and that certainly was a contributing factor in the development of the construction project now in completion.

Even though more people than ever are using public libraries, some people think that we don't need libraries when we have the Internet. Some would bluntly ask, why spend tax dollars, in tough economic times, on a library when readers can get much of what they need and want from the Internet? Many, in visiting the latest renovation and expansion at the Beach Library, can see how exciting libraries can be today. The important of place continues to be something that is frequently mentioned. Earlier last month, a patron was concerned that the Living Room, devoted to the reading of magazines and newspapers, was noisier than he desired. While there is an entire floor where computers are welcome and in active demand, this particular area was intended to be a place where quieter reflection is possible. The blending of activity and quiet remains important, just as it's vital to have places for both of these activities. While the argument that libraries are obsolete in a digital era is faulty, it is essential to articulate the ways libraries are finding to support education, help people to learn. We have tried in our construction to recreate the sense of wonder and importance of libraries, as a public space, a research lab, a maker-space and as a core democratic institution for our digital age.


A recorder gives the hours we are open if you call in when we are closed. Open hours are Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 to 5; and Saturday 9 to 4. We look forward to seeing you.



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