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Check out the bargains at the Friends of the FMB Library bookstore

July 9, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Week's Events

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, July 9, at 10:30 a.m. in Children's area.

Active Aging also on Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m.

Getting Started with Your iPad/iPhone, Thursday, July 9, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Dog Day, Thursday from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Pre-register.

Summer Reading Program, Friday, 10 a.m. Pre-register, ages 5 to 12.

Book Discussion, Tuesday, July 15, 10 a.m.

Activity Details

Janna Clark and Lindsey Cooper share key elements of successful aging on July 9, focusing in cleaning up one's diet and getting ideas to evaluate one's eating habits--are they helpful or not? Nutrition and fitness for a lifetime is the overarching aim.

The Summer Reading Program offers the chance for children to appreciate reading and have fun. Activities are geared to ages 5 to 12 and pre-registration is a must.

The Book Discussion group meets on July 15 to discuss "Raven's Fire" by John Gubbins.

Upcoming Activities

A session on origami is scheduled for July 16, at 10:30 a.m. It's a perfect opportunity to give yourself a chance to learn origami and come away with some classic simple origami designs. A display on the second floor also gives a good picture of what may be possible. The session, facilitated by Rexann Hosafros, aims to give you a good start so you don't need to feel you'll be lost before you begin.

Salute to a Hero

We dedicated the statue at the base of the flagpole this spring, and find it's perfect for the Fourth of July too. If you haven't taken in this work yet, do stop. As said at the end of the dedication ceremony and fitting the Fourth, "May we all be enriched by our support of each other."


The Friends of the Library bookstore has many bargains available. The store is open during the summer from Monday to Friday.


Barnes & Noble, to help maintain a healthy bookselling environment, separated its e-books division from the print world. It had introduced the Nook e-reader and ever since has found the digital dragging on its profits. This separation will enable each format to better show what it can do.


Remember a loved one or give a gift in memory of by donating $25 minimum to add a title to the collection. A plaque is placed in each memorial gift. Gifts of $50 or $100 enable more titles to be placed into the collection.

Publishing Industry

Summer is the time of the year when we get glimpses as to how things are going in the publishing world. Trade book sales in non-fiction rose 5.4 percent from 2012 to 2013 while fiction declined 7.1 percent. e-Books make up 12.8 percent of non-fiction and 38 percent of fiction sales.


I returned from the American Library Association Convention this week. It was a stimulating and energizing time. 18,626 librarians and library workers were in attendance, including 5,607 exhibits. Besides spirited conversation, there were more than 2,700 scheduled programs and sessions. Temperatures in Las Vegas were the hottest so far since last year July (being 108 degrees the last day there) but there was no much activity at the convention, the weather didn't draw much attention.

In upcoming columns, I will share some of the discussions and insights that makes this such a worthwhile time.


You may notice some changes in non-fiction. We are starting to color-code the various collections a part of non-fiction. The objective is to make it easier to find materials and especially to aid in discovering titles you might not notice otherwise. Instead of having Dewey numbers on the spine, books will have the subject area and then sub-subjects under that. Each area will have its own color, e.g. all titles in the Classics will have a pastel buff color, or titles in Arts & Crafts will have a fluorescent pink color.


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



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