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Reserve the Community Room at the Beach Library

September 11, 2013
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 10:30 a.m.

Afternoon Movie at the Library at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday

Healthy Natural Living, Thursday, Sept. 12, at 10:30 a. m.

Performance & Reading, Friday, Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m.

Book Discussion, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 10:00 a.m.

Afternoon Flick

The Afternoon Movie on Sept 11 continues the focus on new, award-winning independent and foreign films. Featured is "Broken," a film by Rufus Norris. 91 minutes in English.

Upcoming Activities

On Sept 12, in the Healthy Natural Living presentation/discussion, Natasha Jamison, MPH, CHES, certified health education specialist will explore natural, nontoxic personal and household products and natural organic/raw foods and recipes.

On Sept 13, wrob, local artist and resident, will share short pieces of original literature. Pick up a menu to choose titles when you arrive for the performance and reading.


Summer can be a time to discover an author previously unknown. One worth some consideration is P.G. Wodehouse. During the middle 60 years of the 20th century he was one of the finest writers of comic fiction in English. His novels and stories, often about those in Blandings Castle or about the duo of Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves, are worthy of reading for they include intricate plots and precise timing, packed with action, slang, literary and scriptural quotation, and similes to bring a smile.

In his 93 earthly years, he published close to 100 books, most of which are now being republished as new editions. In our collection, you can find "In Inimitable Jeeves," "My Man Jeeves," "Carry On, Jeeves," "A Damsel in Distress" and "Something New." If you enjoy insights that another has discovered in Wodehouse, look up the essay on Woodhouse to be found in "Arguably: essays by Christopher Hitchens" (814.54 HIT).

Wodehouse regarded "Mike" as his best novel. Because of its length, it has been published in two semi-independent works, "Mike at Mrykyn" and "Mike and Psmith" (both On Order). Being added to the collection in October is "P.G. Wodehouse: a life in Letters" and "The Best of Wodehouse: an anthology" (On Order).


We are pleased that more are browsing the shelves and discovering added titles for reading pleasure and research. We devote time each week to be aware of what is being published, what is being requested and checked out, and how we might better share awareness of the treasures often available. Last month the number of titles checked out saw an increase of 12 percent and I'm hopeful that this is the start of a trend. I'm excited when readers talk about how the books they checked out enabled them to explore a new thing, new information, new ways to solve a problem or a new way to achieve. Exploration starts from reading and leads to greater understanding and interest.


If you notice a smoker on library grounds, please ask them to move out to the sidewalk and walk in the direction of traffic and smoke there as in accord with Lee County policy.

Reserve in Advance

We make the Community Room available for non-profit, library or other use as much as possible. If in need of a meeting space, please try to reserve the room in advance so there is time to plan and an opportunity for you to use the area. A copy of the reservation form and the guidelines can be emailed if desired. You can also check ahead of time to see if a particular date and time are available.

Returning Materials

When you place items (books, DVDs, audios or magazines) in the automatic return, please put in one time at a time. Also, give each title the time to be checked in and sorted in the correct bin. We find the sorters are working well with the exception that some users put items too quickly into the return. sorters where materials are placed into when returning materials are working well. The system accepts them but they get put in a "needs attention" bin which requires staff to check them. If you put in an item and wait with the next title until the second blue light is lit (which reads item recognized), then you can proceed with putting in the next title. It gives a correct record and saves staff time.

Library Hours

When we are closed, the summer hours of operation are included in a recording when you call in. Stop by on Monday and 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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