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Beach Library usage reported to have increased

June 19, 2013
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Activities This Week

Wednesday, June 19, 10:30 a.m. Preschool Story Hour in Kid's Place multi-purpose area

Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Knitting & Needlecraft group in Community Room

Thur,sday June 20, 10:30 a.m. Going Further with Your iPad, Pre-register

Friday, June 21, Summer Reading Program

-Ages 6 to 9, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Pre-register

-Ages 10 to 13, 11:15 a.m. to noon. Pre-register

Tuesday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. Creating Digital Stories

Also on Tuesday, Library Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m.


The Digital Stories demo on June 25 is a perfect time for getting practical ideas in sharing your own real-life stories, along with video and audio editing program applications.

Next week on Wednesday, June 26, come and meet Judy Seeger, fused glass artist whose work is on display on the second floor, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A reception in the community work will enable both discussion of various works as well as the techniques utilized, and best of all, Judy's approach.

Library Usage

The number of people using the library during May was up 50 percent over usage last year. We are delighted with the discoveries that some residents and users are making.

The number of people eating at the Cafe' is less as summer sets in. To enable the managers to continue the quality so essential and still cover expenses, the Cafe' will be closed for three months and reopen in the fall. The managers will still be available for events in the Community Room that are serving food or for special events that we sponsor that invite food.


There's been a survey since January on the check-out stations regarding a variety of issues. One of the questions was, "Do you rely on staff to help your experience at the library be more useful?" 83 percent said yes; 14 percent said no; and 3 percent gave other. Another question was, "What is your main reason for visiting the library?" to which 72 percent indicated to check out books.

Large Print

You have probably heard that snowbirds have been quick to notice and appreciate the expansive Large Print collection. This is a collection we started to develop and expand in 2001 and continues to the present. One of the values of a public library is that resources are shared instead of gathering dust in individual homes or abodes. Sixty percent of the large print collection has been checked out in the last two years alone. In terms of overall usage, 95 percent of the large print collection has been checked out and enjoyed.

Not only is large print of value to those with decreasing sight but it's enjoyed also by those who can read without using reading glasses. Most of the time the layout and printing of these books are as attractive as regular print.

Gift Paks

Back by demand are Gift Paks, a collection of titles bound together and offered at minimal cost. These paks cover popular fiction authors and titles, non-fiction, audios, and children's titles. Look over the selection located on the first floor. As Paks are purchased, they are replaced with new additions.


If you're a person who likes doing a variety of tasks, I'd welcome chatting with you. I'd describe this volunteer opening as one seeking a general handy person. Tasks do not require technical, electrical or mechanical knowledge but do need a heart and mind that opens to responding to what needs to be done whether that is watering specific shrubs, vacuuming an area that needs extra cleaning out of the regular maintenance timeframe, gathering data for a report, or putting together a wall shelf unit. The needs change as does the list of tasks need. What is helpful is knowing that this handyperson is available for a set day for a number of weeks. The volunteer position can be one for a few months.

Returning Materials

When you bring them during the day, please put them in the Return Slot in the Lobby. If you bring back titles during hours the library is closed, then put them in the Return Slot in the sorter found at the side of the building as you enter library grounds from the Bay Road entrance.

Essential at both locations is to place the title in the opening when the top blue light is lit. When the second blue light goes on, then put in the second title. Waiting for these lights means the sorter has the opportunity to work perfectly. If you are impatient or force titles in quicker, they will go to a separate bin. Also, any titles that aren't recognized, do not appear on your receipt.


Our dog handler will be spending some time with his children in Michigan. Therefore, Dog Day will be on hold for July and August. We'll resume in September.

Forty-one percent of the books in Toddler's Place and Kid's Place have been checked out in the past two years. Seventy-two percent of the audiovisual titles in these areas have circulated.


A recorder at 765-8162 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.

By Dr. Leroy Hommerding



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