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Terry Lynn Spry is Beach Library Artist of the Month

June 11, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Week's Events

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, June 11, at 10:30 a.m. in Children's area.

Going Further with Your iPad, iPhone on Thursday, June 12, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Dog Day on June 12, 3-4:15 p.m. Pre-register.

Vegetables for Summer Gardening in SW FL, Friday, June 13, 10:30 a.m.

Chaos & Comedy, Friday, 1:30 p.m.

Tai Chi, Moving for Better Balance, Monday, June 16, 1:30 p.m.

Book Discussion, Tuesday, June 17, 10 a.m. Com Rm B

Facebook and Twitter, Tues, 10:30 a.m. Com Rm A

Activity Details

Plenty of activities in the Community Room this week. See posters in the Library Commons for more details.

The Florida Summer Gardening session on June 13 is perfect to focus on growing what fits very well in the climate and atmosphere of Southwest Florida. Martin Price will cover a wide range of ideas-- he and his wife Bonnie arrived in Florida in 1981 and intended to grow flowers and vegetables year-round in the Garden of Eden. He has learned a lot! His illustrated talk will cover many vegetables that we can grow here in the summer, including some special perennial vegetables that live year round. He wrote a helpful guide on this subject which will be available for $4 for those who do not wish to take notes.

Chaos & Comedy at 1:30 p m. on June 13 is a fun time to soak in the thoughts and writings of local author/poet wrob. You'll quickly come to see his sense of humor and how he enjoys bringing together both the reverent and irreverent.

There are many physical and mental benefits of Tai Chi and Joan Bishop on June 16 will talk about the program of Tai Chi and movement. She will also demonstrate the movements to give you a chance to determine if you can and will move further in adopting these movements for better health.

So much seems to be happening in social media today, and the session on June 17 is a good chance to grasp what Facebook and Twitter are and how they can be utilized and enjoyed.

Book discussion will concentrate on "The Girl You Left Behind" by JoJo Moyes. It's almost a given that you will see even more after the discussion than you did while reading on your own, and may be inspired to try some other works that intersect with Moyes' writing.

Artist of the Month

Painting in oils on canvas, Terry Lynn Spry, our Artist of the Month, loves to create paintings that tell stories. On display are 24 of her creations and it's easy to wonder about the story that some of the paintings engender. Exhibited in juried art shows, it's easy to imagine the wide range of comments that these exhibitions generate. She won honorable mention in Artist Magazine, Dec 2012 issue where a painting is on view. Her training at the Phoenix Institute of Technology with a degree in production art fine tuned her ability to bring a variety of experiences to the painting.

The range of paintings on display offer an experience in color, texture and theme, and at times, the viewer can be prompted to ask, I must figure out what the artist is thinking or conveying here--why is that zipper included? Does the boy on a turtle flying over a bed of flowers say something beyond what can be seen?

Tea Pots

It's easy to describe in saying a tea pot is a pot that is used for making and serving tea and that has a spout and a handle. Tea has a long and historic past with its use as a beverage dating back to the beginnings of civilization. This brings us to the fascination that the display on glass tea pots brings to mind.

Available from the collection of and through the courtesy of Alice Mack, one can find on the second floor lots of different tea pots--by theme, by color, by setting, by mood. Few would preclude taking time to really appreciate the essence they are hinting at. It may be a bit profound to say a tea pot can hint at the heart of life, but drinking a cup of tea has its benefits. Okakura Kakuzo reminds us that tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage. And then there's the Chinese proverb: "Water is the mother of tea, a teapot its father, and fire the teacher."

After you've observed some of the tea pots, then linger in this thought--

The first bowl washed the cobwebs from my mind -

The whole world seemed to sparkle.

A second cleansed my spirit

Like purifying showers of rain,

A third and I was one of the Immortals -

What need now for austerities

To purge our human sorrows?

Worldly people, by going in for wine,

Sadly deceive themselves.

For now I know the Way of Tea is real.

~Chio Jen


If you enjoy chess and are willing to assist others in how to also play this game, please consider volunteering to do a few sessions so that others can come to enjoy chess or spend time with others fine-tuning their skills. You'll have the chance to just start out with a few people in the next two months.

Big Library Read

Our "Big Library Read" continues through June 18. During this time, our eBook collection features Laurien Berenson's "A Pedigree to Die For", a murder mystery that investigates the suspicious death of dog breeder Max Turnbull. This eBook title can be downloaded and read simultaneously by all of our patrons without counting against the normal checkout limit. By reading this eBook, you join a global movement of eBook readers who are voicing their support for eBooks in local libraries.

To participate, simply download "A Pedigree to Die For" from our eBook catalog ( and finish reading by Wednesday, June 18. We then invite you to share your comments in the online book discussion on our web site at Look for the link on our main page.

What does America mean to us?

We thank all those who participated in the "America in Six" program over the past few months and shared with us in six words what America meant to them. The six word stories have been compiled into a short video that can be viewed at , or simply follow the link on our web site.

Library Hours

When we are closed, the hours of operation are included in a recording when you call in. Stop by Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; on Wednesday between 9 and 7; and on Saturday between 9 and 1. We look forward to seeing you.



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