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Chester Rogers is Beach Library Artist of the Month

August 13, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Week's Events

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Aug, 13, at 10:30 a.m. in Children's area.

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

Having Fun with Shell Crafts, Thursday, Aug. 14, 1:30 p.m. $4 materials fee. Pre-register.

Naked Meadow, Friday, Aug. 15, 1:30 p.m

Book Discussion, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m.

Activity Details

The movie, on Aug 13, is the independent film "Key of Life" 128 minutes, Japanese with English subtitles. Some say comedy does not translate across cultures, but this film breaks the rules, and even with subtitles, you'll find yourself smiling.

The presentation by wrob on Aug. 15 blends an inviting selection of prose and poetry. Take in this stimulating time.

Book Discussion group on Aug 19 is exploring "The Moth" edited by Catherine Burns. Have you ever listened to The Moth Hour on NPR? This book presents true stories told by individuals who tell it in their own unique way. There are over 50 stories in this collection so the group will have much to discuss. New book discussion attendees are welcome.

Shell Crafts

We've had many enjoyable shell crafts sessions and are delighted that Jeanie London will offer a hands-on demo on how to create using shells. Come and try your hand in creating a seashell critter. $4 materials fee and pre-register.

Artist of the Month

Tour Fort Myers Beach through the eyes of Chester Rogers, our Artist of the Month and a fourth generation Southwest Floridian. You may well have met him as he lives and works on Estero Island, painting and drawing in Times Square or under the olive tree near the Surf Club.

There are many prints on exhibition in the Library Commons and one quickly picks up his style of realism and abstract surrealism. One sees that he loves the Beach as prints highlight the landscape of the island as well as its people. He likes to draw caricatures of children, and the children help Chester forget about his health problems when drawing.

All prints sold that are on display will benefit the children's activities of the Beach Library.


The Friends of the Library bookstore has many bargains available. The store is open during the summer from Monday to Friday. More than 300 titles are no longer on the shelves during July so new titles are arriving.


The high-wire artist Philippe Petit spoke to us at the American Library Association Convention exploring the concept of creativity. You may recognize his name as the man who gained fame for his high-wire walk walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974 when he rigged a 450 pound cable and used a 26 foot, 55 pound balancing pole for his 45 minute walk between the Towers. He was arrested for the feat but the charge was dismissed in exchange for his doing a performance in Central Park for children. The feat is celebrated in "The Man Who Walked Between the Towers" (J791.34 GER).

White speaking to us he also did magic tricks. He explained that creativity comes through seeing ordinary objects in extraordinary ways. While we were waiting in line for his talk, we received plastic forms and during his presentation he asked us to suggest new ways of using the utensil. He then presented some of the 27 uses he had conceptualized, including tongue depressor, sundial, burglar alarm, bottle opener and catapult.

His talk ended around 9:00 a.m. and I figured it was going to be a good day when you could be stimulated and creative so early in the morning. Petit concluded by encouraging us to create through play. "We take ourselves way too seriously" he said, noting that some of his best ideas have come by finding his own ways of expressing himself creatively, and to be sure to do so daily.


Remember a loved one or give a gift in memory of by donating $250 minimum to add a title to the collection. A plaque is placed in each memorial gift. Gifts of $50 or $100 enable more titles to be placed into the collection.

Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor the English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. On display in Kid's Place (to the left as one nears the gumbo limbo tree in the multipurpose area) is an illustrated listing of each of the books so awarded since 1938 to the present.


We have added additional works by artist William Hancock to his clown illustrations already on view on the second floor near the Information desk. Enjoy.


A recorder gives the hours we are open if you call in at 765-8162 when we are closed. Open hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday 9 to 7; and Saturday 9 to 1.



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