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Sallie Rich is Beach Library Artist of Month

January 8, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 10:30 a.m.

What Gives Meaning to Our Lives also on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Beach Gardening on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

Quilting Group meets in Community Room B on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Visiting Tibet/Mount Everest on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 10:30 a.m. in Community Rm A.

Getting Started with your iPad,iPhone, Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in Community Rm B.

Poetry Reading on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

The Edisons of Fort Myers on Friday, 10:30 a.m.

I Survived "Survivor China" on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

The Monaco Don reading and input on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Basic Drawing on Monday, Jan. 13 at 10:30 a.m.

The Fountain of Youth in Florida's History on Monday at 7:00 p.m.

Healing Your Aches & Pains on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 10:30 a.m.

Historic Sanibel on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Activity Details

I don't have space to point out the many details on the above presentations and activities so please check posters on the bulletin board in the Library Commons or brief summary under Upcoming Events on our homepage.

Viktor Frankl's philosophy has been discussed by many in the past few decades and therefore the presentation on Jan. 8 on "What Gives Meaning..." is important to digest for understanding.

The Poetry Reading gives a chance to appreciate Dr. Jaffin's recent efforts and insights into the lines that comes so easily to him.

Native and lifelong resident Tom Smoot gives a stimulating overview of Thomas Edison and his influence in our area.

Special Event

The Estero Island Historic Society meets on Jan. 13 at 7:00 p.m. Featured speaker Dr. Mallory O'Connor, Professor Emerita of Art History at Santa Fe College, explores the connection between the fabled Fountain of Youth and the development of Florida as a land where people can reinvent themselves. Her remarks are accompanied by a visual presentation of popular and traditional art that provides an intriguing look in the heart of Florida.

Upcoming Activities

Those desiring to deepen their appreciation for Florida history can take in the session by Henry "Bill" Hoffman on Jan. 15. He is an active writer who includes many details of Florida events and, as a longtime resident, can provide that perspective which helps both newcomers and those here for many years.

Further insights into the history of Florida are possible via the presentation by native and attorney Hank Hendry on Jan. 15 who puts a personal spin on Florida's role in the Civil War.

Improved health is a goal many included in resolutions for the New Year. On Jan. 16, Angel Duncan looks at achieving mindfulness by calming the mind and the body. Different methods and techniques will be explored.

Artist of the Month

Gracing the Library Commons on the third floor this month are photographs of Sallie Rich. Her exhibit "Great Blue Herons in Love" is unique in two ways: first of all, Sallie positioned herself in the wild for three weeks to capture the mating habits of these herons, and second, the photographs are hung in the order of the mating sequence. When talking with Sallie about this venture, it is quickly evident that she not only is ecstatic about the experience but truly cares about wildlife. As you view the photographs, you'll likely notice her attention to detail evident in the color and texture that exudes from her attention to detail.

New Feature

A new feature that the Library Catalog now has is that one can write a review and rate a title. Look up an item you want to write a review on and click on the title. On the left side of the item info is usually a cover photo and listed under that are reviews. Click on Add a New Review. You can also rate the item. The Library will then review the commentary and it will show up on the catalog.

Check out "Storyteller," by Jodi Picoult, for an example.

Book Discussion

January offers a double opportunity: two book discussion sessions. The first, on Jan. 21, looks at "The Light Between Oceans" by ML. Stedman and the second, on Jan. 28, exploring "Defending Jacob" by William Landay. Many find that the discussions are not only insightful but provide many aspects that one overlooks or doesn't notice when reading the novel the first time.

Library Hours

When we are closed, the summer hours of operation are included in a recording when you call in. Stop by on Monday and Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.: on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9 and 5; and on Saturday between 9 and 1. We look forward to seeing you.



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