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Jeff Mudgett is Beach Library Artist of the Month

October 22, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Week's Events

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 10:30 a.m. in Children's area.

Painting on the Beach, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Quilting on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Community Room B. $2 setup fee.

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

Going Further with Your iPad/iPhone, Thursday, Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m.

Visiting the Yucatan Peninsula, Friday, Oct. 24, 1:30 p.m.

Windows 8, Monday, Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

The Moth--more Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m.

Activity Details

There a lot happening this week. Enjoy and participate. On Wednesday, children and parents are in for Preschool Story Hour, during which time artists will be painting on the library grounds, and quilters will be busy in the Community Room in moving on their quilts and conversation. In the afternoon enjoy the movie, "For a Woman," and independent film that is 110 minutes in French with English subtitles.

Also This Week

On Friday, the Yucatan is front and center as Tony and Maureen Scopel share their experience of the Yucatan Peninsula. You'll gain an understanding of the states and regions of the Peninsula, miscellaneous traveling information about the region, an itinerary of their travels, and personal experiences and pictures of the trip.

The Moth--more Stories on Tuesday is sure to delight as video and audio stories once shared in the environment of a porch are told by tellers who know how to tell a good story, and give the ordinary that special touch.

Trying e-Books

If you haven't participated in our Big Library Read yet, you still have time. The Big Read continues until Oct. 28, after which our featured eBook will no longer be available. To participate, download Andrea Portes' "Anatomy of a Misfit" by Tuesday, Oct. 28 to enjoy a full two week loan that does not count against your normal checkout limit for eBooks.

Why participate? Think of the Big Library Read as a "global eBook club" that exists to support the availability of eBooks in local libraries. When you participate, you voice your support for eBooks in local libraries. You also join readers from libraries around the world in reading the same eBook at the same time.

To download the featured title, visit our eBook catalog at or within the OverDrive app on your tablet or smart phone. "Anatomy of a Misfit" is featured on the front page. If you need help downloading, visit our web site ( and check out the tutorial "Getting Started with eBooks," or stop by the library for assistance.


On Oct. 29, wrob will share Spooky Tales: Boogety, Boogety Boo! with the children. Good literature, as always, has a way of enlisting the heart as well as provide stimulation for the mind, and this is a Halloween treat indeed.

Non Fiction

The Non-Fiction collection has a fresh look. The titles have been divided into subjects and then labels colored that each subject has its own color. Take a walk down in the Non-Fiction section and notice Health, Arts & Crafts, Biography, Education, Graphics, History, Religion, Science, Travel and True Crime. More is to come but these subjects are finished.


We can tell by the numbers in the library that more snowbirds are coming and getting settled in. We welcome our part year residents and visitors. Give yourself a little time to get adjusted to the Beach pace and additions/changes since your last time here.


We know that a bookend is an object designed to buttress or support an upright row of books. Bookends are both utilitarian (to prevent books from falling over) and decorative. It is absolutely fascinating the many styles and materials that bookends have incorporated in their use over the centuries. As you browse the childrens and non-fiction collections, you may notice a variety of bookends that have been added for your pleasure and appreciation. Each week we add another set. If you have a bookend that deserves to be appreciated, consider giving it to the library as a gift/donation. We'll add it to our inventory and then it'll grace a particular shelf.


More are coming to use and appreciate the Cafe' on the third floor. The manager Tara is a pleasant person, and her treats are sure to expand eating pleasure. She has just recently added smoothies--all natural ingredients, no sugar.

The Cafe' is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


There is a new, creatively designed bike rack in the third space from the front entrance. There are also parking racks on the corner of the library near the School St. entrance, and racks in the parking garage. Please always park in one of these areas.

Do not damage landscape or walls by being in such a rush that you avoid care for the environment and people.

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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