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Volunteers much appreciated at Beach Library

July 18, 2012
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Upcoming Activities

Preschool Story Hour is scheduled for Wednesday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m.

Going Further with Your IPad on Thursday, July 19, at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Summer Reading Program session on Friday, July 20, from 10 to 11:00 a.m.

Library Board monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m.

Upcoming

Demo on Word Processing on Thursday, July 26, at 10:30 a.m. Offers hints and tips in creating basic documents, using table tools, formatting documents and, in general, getting more familiar with Microsoft Word 2007.

Children's Reading Program

In the past two months the Summer Reading Program has been underway for children. It's a wonderful time and a treasured time for children to continue reading and for some and most important, to develop a joy for reading.

Last week's session centered around the book "Trouper--The True Adventurers of a Blind Raccoon" and accompanied by the real life raccoon that is the heart of this story. The children loved it!

Friends

Do keep in mind the Friends of the Library, a non-profit group that seeks to support the Beach Library. Membership forms are available in the library or request one from the membership chair at beachfriends@comcast.net. The quarterly newsletter gives you a chance to be informed and involved.

Volunteers

We continue to welcome volunteers to help in packing books for our move into the expansion. The days are going quickly. Now that the ceiling materials are here, contractors are focused on finishing the ceilings, following by carpeting and the finishing touches. If you have time on a particular day or number of days that can you assist, leave your name and contact info at 765-8162 or at the front desk. We'll call you and arrange a time.

Also seeking a person to do maintenance tasks for two hours one or two times a week. If this is something you'd enjoy, it would help us a lot. Please see me to discuss details.

How Much Value?

How much value do you receive from using the library? Go to the library homepage at www.fmb.lib.fl.us and on the bottom of the page, click on the Calculator. Then fill in what you use and this translates into dollar value.

First Librarian

As we recall the death in 1951 of the first librarian of Florida, we are reminded of the good that can be done and often continues for a long, long time.

The state's first librarian, William Thomas Cash, was first a teacher and school superintendent. He also spent time in the Florida House of Representatives and in the State Senate. Cash was appointed state librarian in 1927 and held this post until his death. During his service time, he built the library from a small collection of 1,500 uncatalogued titles to over 50,000 volumes.

Convention

The time I spent at the American Library Association Convention at the end of June was well worth the effort. One of the obvious factors was the quality of the presenters, many of them librarians active in the field on a daily basis.

It was clear that most librarians find fulfillment in their work because they provide essential services for patrons. In the more than 16,000 public libraries across the United States, librarians offer a lifeline to people trying to adapt to challenging economic circumstances by providing technology training and assistance as needed. There are more than 135,000 librarians working in schools, public libraries and colleges and universities, plus thousands more in hospitals, law firms, government agencies, corporations and nonprofit organizations.

More than ever, libraries are community hubs. The Convention offered multiple stories during various presentations where the library was the hangout for teens and the librarian works to maintain a safe harbor. What was particularly interesting is that teens came to the library not for the technology but for the programs being offered.

Playaways

Keep in mind that our new collection of Playaways is available. We are beginning to get comments from early users and it appears to be positive. New titles are arriving each week and the collection will be expanded.

Playaways are self-playing, pre-loaded digital media players. It has five narration speeds so you can listen at your own pace. It is pocket-sized and weighs only two ounces!

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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