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Lighthouse on display at the Beach Library

September 25, 2013
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m.

My Journey with Photography, Thursday, Sept. 26, 10:30 a.m.

Selling Your Crafts on Etsy, Friday, Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Upcoming Events

Soak in the photographs on display in the Library Commons on the third floor. Also come to the presentation where local resident and photographer John Bennett will share his photography centering on the nature, plants and wildlife of Lover's Key. He will include a documentary too.

If you're looking for an avenue to sell your crafts, consider the seminar on Sept. 27, which explores the ins and outs of Etsy, the e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage (at least 20 years old) items as well as art and craft supplies.

Friend's Bookstore

The Bookstore is closed on Saturday during September. Weekdays remain as usual. Additional treasures have been added to the area in the past two weeks to make your browsing sure to discover a treasure.


Stop at the special display of lighthouses on the second floor. These creations are careful reproductions of the original lighthouses that sit on various shores in our nation. The display is made available through the kindness and from the collection of Karen Haengel.


The name of Mitch Albom is probably one you recognize because of his "Tuesdays with Morrie," a breakthrough non-fiction book after a friend of his viewed Morrie Schwart's interview with Ted Koppel in which Schwartz spoke about living and dying with a terminal disease (Lou Gehrig's disease). After the success of this work, he veered into fiction with "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," which launched him onto the New York Times best-seller list. This latter work follows a war veteran who, on his 83rd birthday, is killed and awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a location but a place in which your life is explained to you by five people who were a part of your earthly life.

If you have not read either of these two books, try to do so over the next two months. You will then be ready for Albom's to-be-released in November title "The First Phone Call from Heaven," which we will order next month. Albom notes this new title has more characters than "Tuesdays with Morrie" and is more a mystery than the thriller "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" was.

Looking Ahead

n October, there's a fun presentation on the 4th that features the tales and history of lighthouses. The tales alone promise to make this a memorable time.

Those wanting to get started with e-books can come to the presentation on Oct. 8. Bring your eReader.

The next afternoon movie at the library is on October 9 with independent and foreign film "Clandestine Childhood."

Dog Day

This literacy program offers a special time for children to read to a dog. Since love of reading is a priceless quality that is needed and more valuable as one goes forward in life, this time is ideal to sign-up a child to read. Pre-register for October 10, from 3 to 4:15 p.m.

Libraries as Lifelines

When it comes to supplying support and resources for patrons, providing access to e-books, dealing with reference inquiries, staff tries to respond. We are experiencing a 50 percent increase in usage and with that some challenges are felt. Thank you for your understanding and also for noticing the ways staff are responding and how this response is done. We enjoy our library patrons and find that residents and users bring many unique traits together. I feel encouraged that usage continues to grow, that the number of new library cards is expanding and so glad we were able to reduce the budget by over 6 percent at a time when so much more is being done. If you are able to leave a gift in one of the donation boxes in the library that is appreciated too as these donations are used to add to our services.


We continue to fight the good fight with publishers to achieve more streamlined access to e-books. After yearlong negotiations, libraries and e-book publishers are trying to compromise on the question of accessibility. Please know that we can't offer everything. The publisher Penguin just removed the embargo on new releases that were licensed to libraries and is planning to offer new e-book titles instead of making libraries wait six months. It's a small step but helps.

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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