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Veterans Day honored Friday at Beach Library

November 6, 2013
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Week's Events

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 10:30 a.m. in Children's area.

Adventures of Capt. Bob on Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m. in Community Room.

Geocaching on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 1:30 p.m.

Getting Started with eBooks, Friday, Nov. 8, at 10:30 a.m. Bring your e-reader.

Veterans Remembrance Day, Friday, Nov. 8, 1:30 p.m.

Veterans Day, Mon, Nov 11. We are closed.

History Probed: The escape of the Confederate Government through southwest Florida, presentation at Historic Society, Monday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.

Going Further with Your iPad/iPhone on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Veterans Day

Enjoy the presentation of taps and music program with trumpet facilitated by Alice Mack and in honor of our veterans on Friday, Nov. 8.

Though the Library is closed for Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the Library Commons on the third floor is open for the presentation by Robert Macomber and gathering of the Estero Island Historic Society. Gates and doors open at 6:30 p.m. with access to the Library Commons Community Room.

Have You Read this One?

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers or There are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz or Into the Beautiful North by Luis Urrea: each show how resilient we can be as human beings. There is likely much you can relate to in these works. The titles are available for check-out and are part of our Storytelling Project. Read a title and then share what you found inspiration or moving in the book. Call the library and set up a time for your comments to be recorded so they can be included in our digital storytelling.

Options are available for children too: read The Secret River by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings or Piper Reed, Navy Brat by Kimberly Holt or When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest.

All those who share comments will have a chance to win prizes, including a Kindle Fire HD tablet.


Quilting group meets again on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jewelry Making

This session has been in demand and we are delighted that jewelry making is once again available. Barbara Ellis will offer hands-on directions enabling each participant to create a piece of wearable jewelry. Pre-register and $10 materials fee. Meets in Community Room B.


A bottle of water in an enclosed bottle is OK in the Library Proper (floor 1 and 2). Please don't bring anything else in terms of soda or drinks. Spills happen however careful and the stain and extra work adds an unwelcome task that is unnecessary. Those who would like to drink and eat are asked to use the Library Commons on the third floor. It's an inviting atmosphere and is cleaned for food crumbs, and avoids pests gathering elsewhere in the library.

Please silence cellphones when entering the library. Conversations are welcome in the Library Commons but please avoid them on the first and second floors. Cellphones have invaded most of our spaces today so cellphone etiquette is most welcome. Cell phones seem to make people ruder and louder but it can work: Talk quieter when taking a call in public, and in the library go to the Library Commons.


We enjoy children using the library and are delighted that over 640 titles were checked out last month. We readily make room for children to have access to the Internet and to children's activities on the computer in Kid's Place.

We also have parents who do not supervise their children. We have some children who come to the library but the parents are home or at work and have no idea what their children are doing. Not only does this sometimes require library staff to be substitute parents or babysitters but there is unnecessary behavior when not supervised. Last week a boy of 11 years old decided it was fun to run on the top of tables in the Library Commons--the safety concern and damage to property initiated a warning to the boy. It takes a community to raise a child!

Mark Your Calendar for Nov. 16

A plant and seed exchange will be available in the library parking garage area on Saturday, November 16. Bring a plant you'd like to trade for another or if you have seeds left from a planting--exchange.

There will also be tables of books at minimal prices. This is an opportunity to pick up beach reads, readings for the season, and unexpected treasures.

The Exchange/Book Sale will go from 9 a.m. to noon that Saturday and is sponsored by the Estero Island Garden Club and The Friends of the Fort Myers Beach Library.


One of our cleaners needs a few weeks for recovery after surgery. If you are able to spend a few hours one day a week assisting in needed maintenance tasks, please get in touch with me. The day of week can be entirely what fits in your schedule. While we have paid back-up if needed, it will help a lot if we're able to continue cleaning via the support and volunteer mode.


A recorder gives the summertime hours we are open if you call in at 765-8162 when we are closed. Open hours are Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 to 5; and Saturday 9 to 1.



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