To the editor:
Thanks to the Fort Myers Beach Observer for this opportunity to announce my candidacy for reelection to the board of the Fort Myers Beach Library District.
My late husband, Bill, and I came to live full-time in Fort Myers Beach from the Philadelphia area in 1995. As a widow, mother, grandmother, retired educator and business owner, I feel a deep commitment to the community and a need to give back as I have been well blessed. I have volunteered for Lee County park service as a master gardener, volunteer director of the fragrance garden, member of Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation and Town of Fort Myers Beach CELCAB Advisory Board and board member of the following: Lee County Fragrance Garden Advisory Board, Pilot Club of Fort Myers Beach, Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce and Fort Myers Beach Civic Association.
I was appointed to the Board of the Fort Myers Beach Library District on Feb. 26, 2001, by Gov. Jeb Bush and elected to the library board in 2004 and 2008. I have been the owner of two businesses here on the beach for the last 11 years. As an entrepreneur I am very knowledgeable about budgeting, profit-and-loss analysis, and balancing a budget. So, I know that the library district budget has been managed well and efficiently.
I got my first library card in Philadelphia when I was 6 years old, and my Fort Myers Beach library card when I moved here in 1995, as did my husband, and he read every historical novel on WWII that the library had. Since that time, I have visited the library at least twice a week on virtually a continuous basis. My aim in running for reelection to the board is to continue the long-range work that the current board began over 10 years ago.
Today's libraries are more than just a repository for books. These days, libraries provide a number of functions: computer access; reference materials; classes on a wide range of subject; arts and crafts; cultural exposures including displays and events; learning opportunities of many types; and much more. Many of our patrons would not otherwise have access to these materials, computers and experiences, especially in a tourist community such as ours and especially in the recent downturn of the economy.
The FMB Library District board has - carefully and steadily - taken this library into a new facility for the new century and the new technology.
Candidate for Reelection
Fort Myers Beach Library District Board