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Check out tissue paper art at Beach Library

May 23, 2012
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Upcoming Activities

Preschool Story Hour is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, at 10:30 a.m.

Tissue Paper Art class on Thursday, May 24, at 10:30 a.m.

We are closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 28.

Activity Details

No previous art experience or skill is necessary for the Tissue Paper Art class on May 24. In addition to having fun with a variety of art materials, music, watercolor, markers and design techniques will contribute to the relaxed atmosphere to play with color and texture. Pre-register and $2 materials fee.

Smoking

If you are still smoking and are thinking of quitting, count yourself among more and more people who are choosing to do just that. Within hours of stopping cigarettes, one's body starts to recover from the effects of nicotine and additives. Blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature -all elevated because of the nicotine in cigarettes- return to healthier levels. Another advantage is that one's lung capacity increases and the bronchial tubes relax, making breathing easier.

In the interest of the health and safety of patrons, volunteers and employees, the Library will be smoke-free and tobacco-free facility with the opening of the expansion. The less people that smoke the better -consider the cost of cigarettes, the cost of health down the line, and the damage to the environment.

In collaboration with Lee County Health Dept and the "Tobacco Free Lee" initiative, anyone needing to use tobacco products is to enter the pedestrian flow on public land. In practice, this means walking on the sidewalk, where one exists, or on the side of the street, if there is no sidewalk, in the direction that pedestrian traffic is going. Users of tobacco products must keep moving and not congregate in areas off campus.

As we are only a few months from moving into the expansion, we hope that this practice will assist in the health of all. If you are able to encourage a loved one, a co-worker or neighbor to not light up, it is all the better for the community.

Construction

From the regular comments we receive, you are aware of the progress being made during construction. The project is going well. The outside area in front of the library has more pavers in place, and walkways/sidewalks are underway. Humidity control is active for a month now on both of the floors of the expansion. The terrazzo floor on the upper floor is being installed and the artist is busy with creative touches in creating an underwater sea scene to be visible through the glass walls of the elevator.

Around a Long Time

Thomas Frey, executive director and "senior futurist" for the DaVinci Institute in Colorado, is renowned for being able to think and see beyond the current situation. He is quite vocal in that "Libraries are here to stay."

To quote him exactly, "Libraries have been around in various forms for nearly 4,000 years and have become the cornerstone of activities in communities where they exist." He says that the role and function of public libraries will change, but the library itself will remain an important part of our communities.

The Future

Continuing from last week when we looked at the1900s, 1920s, 1930s....

By the 1950s it was predicted that people would watch TV and not use public libraries. In reality it turned out that television partnered with libraries to promote reading and research in conjunction with TV. Between Jan 1 and May 15 of this year, 274 travel guides and specific place guides were checked out indicative of the need to have ready resources to plan trips and understand the uniqueness of different communities. These print titles compliment Discover channel, National Geographic programs and services of clubs such as American Automobile Association.

The children's book would not survive was a prediction in the 1970s because the cost of producing color plates would make it uneconomical to produce a children's book and thus people would stop using libraries. In the past year, we've added 612 new children's titles to the collection with demand as vibrant as ever.

The rapid growth of media formats in the 1980s and 1990s was a sign, some held, that public libraries would end, as it would be easier for people to buy their information. Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, started in 1995 selling its first book. It has sold more than 7.5 million titles to date, and would argue that it has just begun. It is encouraging that Amazon is giving some support to Project Gutenberg, begun in 1972, of sharing more resources. The master mind behind Project Gutenberg was Michael Hart who announced early on in the Project that the greatest value created by computers would not be computing, but would be the storage, retrieval, and searching of what was stored in our libraries.

And that is today's public library, more books and formats, just wrapped in different covers.

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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