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Check out artists of the month at Beach Library

May 8, 2013
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

This Week's Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, May 8, at 10:30 a.m. in the Children's area

Over A Cuppa, also on Wednesday but at 10:30 a.m.

Steeped on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Going Further with Your iPad, Thursday, May 9, 10:30 a.m.

Dog Day, Thursday, 3-4:15 p.m. Pre-register.

Having Fun with Shell Crafts, Saturday, May 11, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Drawing, Tuesday, May 14, 10:30 a.m.

Activity Details

Tuesday features Over A Cuppa, a chance to enjoy tea and just relax. Tea will be served by Laurie Nienhaus.

Dog Day is in regular session. This literacy program is a perfect opportunity for children, who get support in pronunciation and reading skills from the dog handler, to read to the dog in a non-threatening atmosphere. We encourage parents to not attend the session but stay in Kid's Place so that the child concentrates totally on the dog and reading.

Special Show

If you have not heard about or attended Steeped, you must consider it. Scheduled for Wednesday evening, May 8, it promises to be a time of laughter and culinary delights in the debut of a new book, Steeped. I attended an earlier show and wish all titles could get such a delightful, fun introduction. The show, for which there is no charge, starts at 5:30 p.m. on May 8. Bring friends.


Knitters and needlecrafters are encouraged to attend the Knitting & Needlecraft group that meets Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. It's a time to share camaraderie and current projects and just enjoy knitting and needlecraft.


Fused Class Exhibit

Opening this month is a display on the second floor highlighting fused glass works. Artist Judy Seeger offers an array of creations that include bowls, jewelry, reflective art stands and hangings. Living on Fort Myers Beach, she is constantly experiencing the changing beaches and daily exposure to the foliage, gulf birds, birds and sea creatures that inspire her. In addition, in viewing her art, one is struck by the passion that Judy has for contrast.

One of the beauties of this art is that when glass is fused the pieces will shatter as the different types of glass cool, causing stress fractures to appear between the pieces fused together. The grouping and combining colors makes them stand out in creative and dramatic ways. Linger in the display and let it excite you.

Smart Phones

We have completed a mobile version of our web site for smart phones that offers quick access to the latest news, scheduled events, and other library information. If you contact our web site at from your smart phone, you'll automatically get the mobile site. This is a less graphical version of our site that loads quicker and displays better on phones. Thanks to our electronic librarian Ronn for adding this refinement.


On the second floor near the Courtyard is a low display case that this month features vintage and antique wood planes. Wood crafters will find a plane that highlights wonderful history in the making of planes and their use. These planes, from the collection of Ted Cebulski, include wood molding, trim and wood base block planes, also complex wood molding and plough planes. It's amazing the treasure that is on display with this assortment.

Artists of the Month

This month's Artist of the Month is appropriately Artists, as the array of 31 paintings on display in the Library Commons on the Third Floor have been created by Beach painters, most of whom we have come to already appreciate. See works by Lee Ackert, Bunche Beach, Susanne Brown, Tracy Cullimore, Randon Eddy, Penny Fox, Lisa Grinter, Pauline Healey, Gretchen Johnson, Kathy Ross, Terry Shattuck and Joan Stobart. On exhibit all of this month, you can find a wide variety including daisy chain, lobster traps, big sail boat, beach sea grapes, palm island, white egret, crotons, Biltmore cc, mirage and backwater anchor.


As summer approaches it's a pleasure to see more residents stopping by multiple times during the week. We are also pleased with your serving as a tour guide when you invite family and friends and visitors to enjoy the added features of the library. It has happened many times where people stop because of positive comments heard from others.

Library Hours

When you call 765-8162 or 765-8163 during closed hours, a message gives the open hours. 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.



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