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Library entrance temporarily on Bay Road

August 10, 2011
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Entrance Change

The entrance to the library has been moved from Estero Blvd to the temporary entrance on Bay Road. Parking is also on our new pavers on Bay and Estero, and bike racks are near the temporary entrance. This new entrance will be the one we will use over the months that the expansion is completed. Enjoy the new stairs and ramp-a lot of work has gone into this set-up. We are a-movin'.

Upcoming Activities

Preschool Story Hour is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 10:30 a.m.

Fall Gardening presentation also on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

Book Discussion group meets Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m.

Upcoming Activity

On Thursday, Aug. 18, Russ Luther will present ideas on native gardening. As he has access to various experiments done to increase yields and develop crops for one's environment, this should be an ideal time to discuss promising ideas along with specific ideas to enable one to achieve a perfect South Florida garden.

Reference

Readers seem to be growing more aware that not everything online is reliable. This has contributed to publishers being sensitive to the value of how information is being presented. Smith of the Perseus Book Group puts it into perspective when he says "Certainly, consumers are increasingly reliant on the Web for their quick search needs. Yet in many ways the proliferation of unaccredited consumer reference content on the Internet has led readers to seek out more traditional and authoritative reference works-both in digital and print editions."

Piper/Scalzi

In 1962, when bestsellers "The Agony and Ecstasy" by Irving Stone, "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee (CL LEE) and "The Carpetbaggers" by Harold Robbins were in vogue, there was a science fiction saga "Little Fuzzy" by Henry Beam Piper that seemed to attract growing number of readers, even those not so inclined to science fiction. The story revolves around a tiny creature who becomes named Little Fuzzy and as it turns out a corporation who was taking over the planet actually belonged to these Fuzzies. A crackerjack circus ensues and the reader is drawn into the mix.

"Little Fuzzy" went out of copyright this year and author John Scalzi in "Fuzzy Nation" (On Order) rewrote the characters and situations in Piper's "Little Fuzzy" and gave them a contemporary spin. Scalzi found it fun to write. What makes his books, according to Scalzi, is not necessarily the subject matter but how the language is used.

Give yourself a try at Scalzi's "Old Man's War", "The Last Colony", "The Ghost Brigades" and "The Android's Dream" (SCA). Then you'll be eager for "Fuzzy Nation."

Libraries

Scalzi, whose recent title I shared above, has this to say about public libraries. "I'm very pro-library because I think that every city, every town, every village, every place where there's people needs to have a repository of knowledge and people who can help those in that area use it.

That's not just a question of, well, it makes good economic sense to have libraries. No-it's for the intellectual, moral, philosophical health of our nation. You need these things. One point is not how libraries work for me but basically how they work for my culture."

Library Hours

When we are closed, a recorder gives the hours of operation, either on 765-8162 or on 765-8163. Except for holidays, we are open Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 to 5; and Saturday 9-1. We look forward to seeing you.

 
 

 

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