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Photographer Andrew West is Beach Library Artist of Month

October 10, 2013
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Afternoon Movie on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1:30 p.m.

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

Dog Day, Thursday, Oct. 10, 3-4:15 p.m. Pre-register.

Book Discussion group meets on Tuesday, Oct 15, 10:00 a.m., Community Room B

Windows 8, Tues, Oct. 15, 10:30 a.m., Community Room A

Activity Details

Afternoon Movie on Oct. 9 features "Clandestine Childhood", 110 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles.

Having fun reading is a central purpose of Dog Day. Pre-register children to participate.

Book Discussion looks at "The Round House" by Louise Erdrich. The group is expected to be smaller this month so a perfect time for those to explore what the discussion offers.

Upcoming Events

Special program on Oct. 18 highlights Astronomy and Music. Explore the cosmic symphony in the blend of astronomy and music. Presenter Alice Mack is sure to offer so many interesting aspects you'll be glad you came.

Garden Club meets Oct. 21. New residents are encouraged to attend to see what this Club does and how it makes living in south Florida even more pleasurable.


Cafe is open again. Stop by Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


We open promptly and close promptly. In order to make the most of your visit, give yourself time to locate materials or use the computer or browse or view exhibits, and plan to leave five minutes before closing so that staff can close the library safely.

Read, Share, and Create!

Participate today in the library's reading program with a twist, "Human Resilience: A Community Story". Participation is easy and all participants are entered into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire HD. To get started, choose a book to read from the program's reading list. Then share your thoughts in a short video or audio interview (your choice) at the library and reflect on your own resilience in tough circumstances. Your story will be joined together with other stories into a community movie presentation at the end of the program.

Visit the library's web site or come to the library to pick up a program guide and reading list. Kids ages 5-12 are encouraged to participate in the kid's version of the program, "Kids of Courage." By reading a book and sharing a few words with us, you will help us create a community story that celebrates the resilience of our community.

Artist of the Month

Featured in the Library Commons on the third floor for October is the photography of Andrew West. The photographs include wildlife, local scenes, from a trip to Haiti and beach related settings. Andrew's photographs often appear in The News-Press, accompanying a wide spectrum of articles.

If you've never met Andrew, you'd quickly come to like him. He's down-to-earth and shares his talent in a way that doesn't need to have attention called to himself. The photographs cover a blending of subjects and at times focus in on one aspect with everything else in the photograph being periphery--a fact often not noticed on first viewing.

Thanks to The Friends

The Friends of the Library, whose focus to support the library and encourage volunteerism, have given a gift of $10,470 to the Library. These funds enable us to develop projects and add further depth in areas where the regular operating budget doesn't reach. The funds cover a wide spectrum of areas, among them adding exterior environmental benches, updating editions of the classics to make them more appealing and easier to read, adding magazine subscriptions of new publications, expanding some of the signage throughout the facility to make it easier for snowbirds and others to locate areas in the library and to upgrade and add to the Health, Art, Travel and Painting collections.

Each of these projects will be in progress over the upcoming months. The gift enables the library to stretch resources further. Instead of just buying updated/revised classics at one time, they can be added a few at a time to enable us to participate in special offers and to let staff gradually add a few instead of a large number that await attention sometime in the future.

We have invited The Friends to develop a specific area in the library that offers a timeline or notes projects they might be working on or what has already been achieved. Ideas are abundant. If you have time in your schedule, talk with one of the officers to participate in this venture or one of the other projects. The Friends oversee the bookstore in the Library Commons and if you can work a shift there that would be a huge help to the Manager and support all the volunteers who keep the store open and growing.


When we are closed a recorder gives the hours we are open. When open, we answer the phone in person. Hours are Monday & Wednesday 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 to 5, and Saturday 9 to 1. All gates close when the library closes. We look forward to seeing you.



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