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Happy Thanksgiving from the Beach Library

November 27, 2013
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 10:30 a.m.

Quilting Group meets in Community Room A on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We are closed for Thanksgiving Day.

Utopia and the Koreshans on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m.

Getting Started with eBooks on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Activity Details

Stan Malecki, Koreshan State Historic Site, will share fascinating stories about the Koreshans on Dec 3. Stan brings life, vibrancy and interest to the presentation so it's likely you'll be glad you made time to attend.

Those wanting to get started with e-books or having questions regarding e-book readers, come to the demo and presentation on Dec. 3. Pre-register and bring your eReader to the class.

Upcoming Activities

The FDRs: A Most Extraordinary Couple is a treat offered on Dec. 4 by Jeri Diehl Cusack as she introduces this duo and the roles they played during their long tenure in presidential politics. Her love for this part of history makes the couple come alive.

A trip to Italy, on Dec. 6, offers a human interest story and a glimpse into the culture and people of Italy. Carol Ann Landry shares her return trip to her grandfather's village in Presenzano, Italy.

Writers, both active and aspiring, think about joining with the Writer's Group on Dec. 6, facilitated by Corinne Thwing. Discussion is open to beginners as well as experienced and exercises include all genres and levels of writing.


We are ready and geared for both print and e-book readers, recognizing that there is interest in both formats. To what extent e-book will succeed in the future is still to be determined. Libraries have no fear of either--aware that many find print of great value in both fiction and non-fiction and that a fair amount that is published and available is only in print, and aware that some enjoy and look forward to electronic reading. Bottom-line, the fact that one reads and reads much is as The Little Prince would put it, "what is essential."


e-books are becoming more well-known. With the growing popularity of the Kindle and other competing electronic media readers, the number of titles available in e-format is increasing. They are, however, far from perfect.

e-books offer instant-gratification reading material. It's usually easy to download a title.

e-books cover a variety of subjects. Sometimes it seems like a title is available as an e-book but not in print. At times, this is great. At other times, the title may be great but the content leaves a lot to be desired as many of these titles are ones put into electronic format by for-profit groups or self-published authors that have received little, if any, editing.

e-books do not take up much space. If storage devices fail, however, the e-book is lost.

Some find it harder to read on a computer screen. Those who prefer to read physical books sometimes mention it is harder to curl up in bed with an e-book.

e-books readers often use formats that must be paid for by someone, meaning in practice that one cannot transfer a book from one reader to another. Readers can break and they require power to work.

What I wrote in the previous section "Read" applies again here.


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. No cigarette butts on library grounds, or in planters or in the parking garage.

Upcoming Special Presentation

There's a week left to still participate in the Human Resiliency theme program. Read one of the books on the reader's list and then share your comments evaluating the work or how you find it relates to resiliency.

The culmination of this program arrives in December and, on Dec. 9 at 3:30 p.m..,a special movie presentation will highlight many of those who participated in the project as they tell their story/reaction to the select works read as a community.

Adult and kid stories will be shown.

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 7:30 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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