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Register to vote Monday at Beach Library

July 30, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

This Week's Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, July 30, at 10:30 a.m. in Kid's Place

Summer Reading Program, Friday, Aug. 1, 10 to 11 a.m. Pre-register.

Register to Vote, Monday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Getting Started with e Books, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 10:30 a.m.

Event Details

Elections staff are on site on Aug. 4 to assist in making changes to your registration, or in processing applications.

If you're aiming to understand eBooks better and how to use them, consider participating in the seminar on Aug 5. Bring your eReader to the class as you can practice in using it.


A session on Aug. 8 will concentrate on crime prevention. Your own questions are welcome and Jerry McNulty, Crime Prevention Practitioner, will offer ideas in terms of how we can better protect ourselves.

Learn the basics of Windows PCs on Aug 11 in a question and answer format class. Pre-register.

Shell Crafts

Those seeking to learn how to use shells found or to get ideas in terms of what to do, consider signing up for Having Fun with Shell Crafts on Aug. 14. Jeanie London offers a hands-on demo on how to create using shells, and you can also create your own version. $4 materials fee and pre-register.

Finding Titles

There are frequent additions to shelves and various collections throughout the library. If you find that things change from time to time, it's because there is constant activity. Not only are items checked out every day but new ones are added too. For example, during June we added 129 new titles. We know that there is regular searching for titles as the catalog was accessed 1,202 times during the month of June.

Returning Titles

We thank you for returning titles inside the library when you come to spend time. The Materials Return is in the lobby just to the left of the front entrance. Lay the title on the opening belt and you'll likely an oral message that says "lay item on belt." You can just lay it at the start of the belt. Preferably do not push it in far as the machine likes to take the title itself. When the machine does the work, it also checks it in perfectly.

If you return titles after hours, then use the exterior Materials Return. It works exactly like the indoor one.


What eBook readers think of the titles they buy or read is still a largely unknown entity. One of the discussions at the American Library Association convention last month was that we need to find a way that readers can talk about what they're reading and make their opinions known.

Teens and young adults were an early audience for eBooks but libraries and we think bookstores (though the retail picture is spotty) demand for eBooks is leveling off. Whether this will continue is unknown but for now it's a trend worth noting.

The biggest demands among eBooks are for mysteries and thrillers. This is also an area that is our highest offering in our collection.

In the world of eBooks, content remains a top priority. There are a lot of eBooks on the market with attractive titles but poorly developed content. These, of course, will not survive long term. Readers to gravitate toward content by well-known, traditionally published authors and self-publishers authors who make a real effort to stay in touch with their readers are saying. The what trumps over who. Even avid readers pay little attention to who published a book. What concerns them is the topic and the quality of the books themselves.


Your gifts of books and DVDs continue to be welcome. Thank you for sharing your titles.

Gifts of cash are also welcome. Memorials in the amount of $25, $50, $75, $100, etc. can be made in honor of a loved one or to commemorate a special event. Acknowledgements are sent to donor and can also be sent to the person/family remembered or honored.


Fiction readers, look at "Beneath the Blue Mountain" (New Large Print Fiction, WHE). Mystery readers, see "The Lincoln Myth" (New Large Print M BER). Non-fiction enthusiasts, consider "One Nation: what we can all do to save America's future" (New adult nonfiction, 306.097 CAR).

On Display

Many art, craft, and photo exhibits are located throughout the library, most of which feature the work or collections of local residents and visitors. The exhibits include paintings, historic photographs, antiques, dolls, sand sculptures, and more. To see a list of what is currently on display, visit our web site at . Select "Events & Classes" at the top of the page, and then click on "Current Exhibits." Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter to receive updates when new exhibits are added.

Library Hours

When you call 765-8162 or 765-8163 during closed hours, a message gives the open hours. Open hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 9 to 7; and Saturday 9 to 1.



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