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John Bennett is the Beach Library Artist of the Month

September 18, 2013
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m.

Apps for iPad/iPhone, Thursday, Sept. 19, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Afternoon Movie at the Library, Friday, Sept. 20, 1:30 p.m.

Creating Digital Stories on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m..

Final Budget Hearing/Regular Monthly Board meeting, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Artist of the Month

Beach resident and photographer John Bennett is our featured artist this month in the Library Commons on the third floor. He received extensive training in photographic techniques while in the U.S. Navy. A multiple award winner of All Navy and All Military photography competitions likely contributed to his being an instructor at the Naval Schools of Photography.

His work concentrates on nature, scenic and fine art subjects and is displayed in both color and black & white selections. He will share his photography, as well as eye when in Lover's Key, on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 10:30 a.m.

This session also includes a documentary.


Two new displays on the second floor feature the creations of Joel Loeper. Seeing things differently is what Joel is all about. After serving in the US Navy, Joel graduated from the University of South Florida with a fine arts degree. Working several jobs and painting on the side, he slowly built up a large portfolio of diverse works.

You'll likely notice that his art, and Joel would say also his heart, is inspired by wildlife and nature. He describes himself as a "silent animal activist" and chooses to use his work to inspire concern and respect for wildlife creatures. He enjoys kayaking up rivers and streams in south Florida and snorkeling in the waters, encountering all types of wildlife along the way.

Enjoy his creations to be found in the low case near the elevator and also the center display on the way to the Large Print collection. Notice particularly that he is focusing more on glazing and using many colors.

Human Resilience: A Community Story

Read a book. Share your story. Create something special. The library's new program, "Human Resilience: A Community Story", officially kicks off this week and continues through early December. To participate, readers first choose a book to read from the program's reading list. These titles have been selected because they portray characters that are resilient in tough circumstances. Once finished reading, readers share their thoughts about the book they read as well as their own stories of resilience in brief audio or video interviews at the library. At the end of the program, all of the stories will be combined into a movie presentation that celebrates the resilience of our community.

All participants in the program are entered into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire HD.

Kids 12 and under are encouraged to participate in the children's version of this program, "Kids of Courage."

This initiative seeks to revitalize the role of literature in American society and to bring the community together to read, discuss, and share insights through a collective reading of titles. It also incorporates an increasingly popular activity known as digital storytelling. Although not required for participation, those desiring to gain skills in digital story creation are invited to participate in one of the library's "Creating Digital Stories" classes. These classes will give people the opportunity to participate in the editing and creation of their part of the final movie presentation. To get started, pick up a program guide and reading list at the library, or visit the library's web site: .


If you are an experienced Android tablet or phone user and would enjoy sharing your appreciation and what you've learned about the Android with others, talk to Marsha on staff or call her at 765-8162. We offer monthly classes that offer insights into using the iPad/iPhone more actively and with ease, and would like to compliment that with separate sessions devoted to the Android.


One of the biggest things in public places is to clean as you go. Put all papers and debris in waste baskets, empty bottles before putting them in recycling, and wipe sand off at the entrance before dragging it onto the stairs, elevator and floors. The cleaning keeps away pests and cross contamination, not to mention air borne bacteria. We have a very healthy building with constant air circulation but it's essential that each user takes care for him/herself and others.

We Appreciate

Gifts to the Library are welcome. We appreciate the books, magazines and DVDs that are a part of almost every day we are open. If you bring these to the staff workstation on the first floor, we evaluate what can be added to the collection, and if not needed, is sent to the Friend's bookstore. Thanks also 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 percent during the month of August, needed.

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 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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