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Magazine Drive sponsored at the Beach Library

May 21, 2013
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, May 22, at 10:30 a.m.

Creating Digital Stories, Friday, May 24, 10:30 a.m.

Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, library closed.

Library Board Meeting, Tuesday, May 28, 6:30 p.m.


Friends of the Library are sponsoring a Magazine Drive inviting donations of subscriptions, with range of donations $10 to $80. Please see list of magazines on bulletin board on the second floor or send email to and a list can be sent.

Digital Stories

With the rise of free video sharing sites like YouTube and the availability of inexpensive digital video cameras, digital storytelling has become more popular among those interested in sharing their stories online. On Friday, May 24, at 10:30 a.m., the library will present "Creating Digital Stories."

Digital stories are short three to five minute videos or narrated picture slideshows in which you tell your own real-life story to share over the web. The class will continue through the summer leading up to special digital storytelling program for all ages. This presentation will include a discussion of the equipment that you need to create digital stories, as well as a demonstration on how to use the popular and easy-to-use Windows Movie Maker program to create and edit digital stories for the web.

Upcoming Special

Have you ever read a great book and just had to tell someone about it? Traditionally, you would join a book discussion group to share your reading experience. As much as this option remains a worthwhile and interesting one, another option is added. What if you created a short digital video story to tell others what the book meant to you? What if you shared this video over the web and watched digital stories from others who read the same book?

In the fall, the library will begin a combination digital storytelling and reading program that will provide this opportunity. The theme-based program will give you a choice of books to read and share. Continue to watch for the classes on "Creating Digital Stories" in the coming months and get comfortable with learning how to make your own digital stories. Even if you lack the equipment or all the technical skills to do this, the library will assist. So, why not read a book, share your story, and see how it fits in with the stories of others? More details will be given in the upcoming weeks.

Settling In

While the construction project officially ends next month, we still have many plans for the interior. While all books are now on the shelves, plans for additions and making all easier to locate will continue. There are also reading areas and walls for paintings that will be laid out in full array over the upcoming months. Thank you for your patience--we want to use the same careful approach that was done in designing and building. Thank you also for your excitement in noticing and appreciating the many little touches that come together to make this the special library you deserve.

Library Development Fund

Gifts to the Library are welcome. Donations to the Library Development Fund 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.


The gallery on the third floor as one steps from the elevator, will feature miniature sand sculptures placed in an array of summer flowers. If you have pots of blooming flowers that you'd be willing to loan the library for three months and would deliver and pick up as needed, we'd be happy to entertain the offer. The flowers will lend a bright colorful atmosphere to the gallery and also offer a fragrance that can uplift body and soul. Flowers must be in safe and attractive pots so that watering can be done as needed and also keep the area as clean as possible. Talk with me about possibilities or send a photo.


We are looking forward to rainy season. The rain that falls on the roof of the library will be collected and stored in the 10,000 gallon tank under the chiller yard. This water then is used for flushing of toilets and irrigation. The tank has been steadily going down and we look forward to having an abundance of water to use.


It's appreciated that users wipe their feet on the mats in front of the main entrance so that as little sand is dragged onto the library stairs and carpeting.

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 and 5, and on Saturday between 9 and 4. We look forward to seeing you.



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