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Check out a movie this afternoon at Beach Library

July 23, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, July 23, at 10:30 a.m.

Afternoon Movie on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

Apps for iPad/iPhone on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Windows 8 on Tuesday, July 29, at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.


The movie on July 23 is The Iran Job (English, 92 minutes). The story revolves around an American basketball player who accepts a job to play in Iran. He expects the worst because of what he has heard about Iran. His day-to-day encounters bring him into contact with everyday life and there he finds a country with more acceptance than one would would anticipate. The film also includes the uprising and subsequent suppression of Iran's reformist Green Movement. This offers a chance to get a glimpse into the changes unfolding across in the Middle East.

Windows 8

If you feel confused about Windows 8, join the crowd. The fact that there's no Start button and no straightforward way to shut it down calls out for an instruction manual, of which there also isn't one. This class aims to make both of these frustrations non-issues and to have a Q & A so that you feel comfortable in using Windows 8. Please pre-register for the class.

Gift Paks

We've put together additional gift paks in response to requests. These paks are available on the first floor. Each pak is only $5 or $10 and consists of titles for reading or listening pleasure. Review the selection as titles are added every week.


Independent People (Classics Halldor) is one of the those books that Annie Prouix calls "one of my top favorite books of all time." It has satire, humor and pathos and is a work worthwhile to reread. It won the 1955 Nobel prize in Literature. On a simple level, it deals with the lives of poor sheep grazers in Iceland in the early 20th century. On another level, one can get into discussions of poetry and literature, of war and politics, and of philosophy and religion.

Cat's Cradle (Classics Vonnegut) blends a novel of love and self-destruction while setting it in a fantasy that stretches the imagination.

Long Day's Journey into Night (Classics ONeill), regarded as Eugene O'Neill's his finest work, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957. For many readers, the story development is so powerful that it enthralls them. Most of Eugene O'Neill's work was done between 1914-1933, a timeframe that earned him Pulitzer Prizes for Beyond The Horizon, Annie Christie, The Hairy Ape, Emperor Jones and Mourning Becomes Electra, among others. Then he fell silent for 10 years during which time there was speculation that he was dealing with sickness, alcoholism or personal demons. However, it later turned out that he was still writing during which time this play Long Day's Journey into Night was written, though not performed and published til after his death.

Each of these three Classics makes for good summer reading.


With your library card, you can access current and past issues of many popular newspapers and magazines online for free through the Florida Electronic Library database. Read complete editions of the New York Times from 1985 to the present, or peruse popular magazines such as Newsweek, Motor Trend, Prevention, and many more. To learn how to access these resources, go to our website at . Navigate to "E-Resources" in the menu near the top of the page, and then click "Magazines & Newspapers."


Had the opportunity to hear author Azar Nafisi speak at the American Library Association Convention. She focused on her forthcoming book, The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books and the important meanings in literature.

She mentioned that "the great things about books is that we can be so promiscuous" and, after a grin, added "we can love them, leave them, and then return to them whenever we want."

Check the library shelves for her "Reading Lolita in Tehran" (820.9 NAF) and "Things I've Been Silent About" (BIOGRAPHY BIO NAFISI). Her forthcoming book contains her thoughts on three American writers: Mark Twain, Sinclair Lewis and Carson McCullers.

She repeated again the importance of reading and what happens when individuals and countries as a whole do not read.

Library Hours

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



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