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Beach Library explores the geocaching craze

September 10, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m.

Fractured Fairy Tales, Thursday, Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m.

Naked Meadow, Friday, Sept. 12, 1:30 p.m.

Basic Computers, Monday, Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Book Discussion, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 10:00 a.m.

Session Details

Mary Lou Williams will share an array of tales that will bring both smiles and delight, and some of the stories will likely tickle the imagination as they give an unusual or unthought-of twist to tales you may have heard before. Take in the reflection on Sept 11. On this day when many recall the events of Sept 11, 2001, the tales will provide a sense of taking life seriously and yet moving forward.

Local writer wrob will gather to share unique thoughts and a perspective that lends both reflection and humor. Join in the community room on Sept 12.

Learn the basics of Windows PCs in a question and answer format class. Pre-register for the class on Sept 15.

"Songs of the Humpback Whale" by Jodi Picoult is the subject for the group's discussion.


If you have yet to join the geocaching craze, now may be a good time. Our new cache ("Hiding in the Stacks", GC5BAJX) gives geocachers the opportunity to explore the library while searching for a unique hidden cache. One recent geocacher described their visit: "This was a really cool cache and a beautiful library. Gets a favorite point from me."

Geocaching is a global treasure hunt activity in which participants, aka "geocachers", use GPS coordinates to seek hidden caches. Nearly 2.5 million geocaches are hidden throughout the world. Most caches are physical containers that include a log book that geocachers sign when they find the cache. Some caches are "mystery" caches that require geocachers to solve a puzzle or find clues to reach the final cache.

To start looking for our cache, sign up for a free account on, search for our cache listing and description on the site, and then use a GPS receiver or GPS-capable smart phone to begin your hunt. The site includes a "Geocaching 101" introduction for those who need help getting started.

8 Days Old

Bodie Bellefeville, one of our youngest patrons, was in to accompany her brother Charlie for Preschool Story Hour. Bodie and her mother Jodi were surrounded by patrons enjoying this young spirit. We had fun with both the combo Bodie and Jodi, and were delighted to learn that their last name Bellefeville means "beautiful leaf."

Gift Paks

Paks of books at $5 or $10 per pak are available on the first floor of the library. Each pak has multiple titles of related works, either genre or subject-wise. Whenever a few paks are gone, they are replaced with new ones.

Ink Cartridges

We recycle ink cartridges. Please leave them in the basket on the first floor near the doll house on display. Some of the cartridges earn us some credit reducing our cost of new cartridges and others go to a green center where they contribute to the greening of our planet instead of adding to the landfill. We thank you for this courtesy and for remembering.

Stay Current

Please keep your e-mail on your library account current and updated. We can send out hold notices or notices of overdue materials, but for them to reach you, the email must be accurate.


In advertising on TV or radio, the practice of airing the same commercial twice, once at the beginning and once at the end of the commercial break, is called bookending. The idea behind using bookends is that doing so will help viewers recall the commercial and therefore often increases the likelihood that viewers will buy the product.

We have added a variety of many different bookends to many shelves throughout the library, especially in non-fiction and in Kid's Place. The reason for this is to increase the aesthetic enjoyment in the area and to hopefully also aid in readers noticing what appears between the bookends.

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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