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Edward W. Scott is Beach Library artist of month

August 7, 2013
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 10:30 a.m.

Going Further with Your iPad/iPhone, Thursday, Aug. 8, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Getting Started with eBooks, Friday, Aug. 9, 10:30 a.m. Bring your eReader.

I Survived 'Survivor China' on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Book Discussion on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 10:00 a.m..

Afternoon Movie at the Library, Aug. 13, 1:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Survivor and reality shows offer an attraction. Meet with Jaime Huffman, contestant on CBS Survivor China, to look at the full process on Aug 9.

Movie at the Library begins with showing of "A Bottle in the Gaza Sea" (100 minutes) on Aug. 13.

Interested in growing orchids? Come and pick up pointers from Janice Kadet, Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance, on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Friend's Bookstore

The Bookstore will be closed on Saturday during the months of August and September. Weekdays remain as usual.

Artist of the Month

Our artist of the month is Edward W. Scott, Beach resident and a painter who can complete a painting in one day. We are astonished at the rapid pace with which he creates.

On display is a wide array of subjects, many of which are local sites here on the Beach or of Gulf life, along with close-ups of flowers, trees and settings. When I look at Ed's paintings it is clear that painting is a performance. Ed is much too modest to accept this description. Every day he enters his place or site of painting with canvas, brush in hand, ready to paint. He is alone, like an actor on a stage. No one can help him. I suspect Ed is the better for the performance and we get to enjoy the 36 paintings on display in the Library Commons.

A theatrical metaphor about paintings may initially appear somewhat forced because while musicians and actors perform in public, the artist is alone in the studio. But I suggest his paintings reflect his inner thinking and being and somewhat identifies with the canvas. Anyway, enjoy your tour of the works as you interpret the art.


The Library Board at its meeting last week looked at the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The Board lowered the proposed millage rate which, at .4599, is a 6.65% reduction in revenue coming to the library from taxes. I am proud of this reduction. While residents of our district have benefitted for many years from how the district operates and plans, it is noteworthy that the County Library System is proposing a millage increase, a millage of .5450 to cover operating costs. The county system is also proposing a higher millage of .6578 to have funds to build an expanded library in Bonita and North Fort Myers. While I am not evaluating the County Library System proposed millage, you may be happy that Beach Library taxes are at least16% lower than the County Library System (and if one includes the County Library proposed construction millage, then Beach Library is at least 40 percent lower).


As our history has shown for the past decades, and particularly over the past 13 years, long term planning is a constant. In that light, the budget for next year includes a project called Total Solar, which aims to fund solar electric production that would enable the Beach Library to generate all of the electricity it needs and uses. The project has a huge advantage in addition to the long term savings and that is walkways and parking areas would be covered so when you drive by car, bike, moped or cycle to the library you will be parking in shade and return to a vehicle reasonably cool. It also means you won't need an umbrella as you can enter and exit the library with protection from rain and intense sun. Many have commented to me how much they appreciate the energy features part of our current library and this Total Solar will be a natural continuation of environmental and people friendliness. The Library Board, as usual, is forward thinking and looking down the road to assure lower millage in upcoming years as the solar is anticipated to pay for itself in 12 years.


Gifts to the Library are welcome. Those who have brought in materials to the staff workstation on the first floor--thank you. We appreciate the books, magazines and DVDs that are a part of almost every day we are open. Thanks to those who have left a donation at one of the various donation boxes in the lobby, first or second floors. The funds are well used and with usage of the library up over 50% during the month of July, needed.

Library Hours

When we are closed, the hours of operation are included in a recording when you call in. Stop by on Monday & Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.; on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9 and 5, and on Saturday between 9 and 1. We look forward to seeing you.



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