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The Dansbys are Beach Library's Artists of the Month

November 12, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 10:30 a.m.

Quilting Group meets on Wednesday too from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Going Further with Your iPad/iPhone, Thursday, Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Dog Day also on Thursday from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Pre-register.

Windows 8 on Monday, Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Book Discussion, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m.

Library Board Meeting also on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Dog Day

If you have a student who needs reading encouragement, consider having them participate in this reading program. Sign up for a 15 minute slot for your child to read to a dog with the session overseen by the dog handler. We have often been encouraged by children who love coming to read to a dog and are able to improve their own reading skills without realizing it.

Book Discussion

For active discussion by the group will be Rosie Project by John Boyne. One of the exciting things is that this group gives you the opportunity to approach and to meet different people who like to read books just like you.

Upcoming Activities

An afternoon movie on Nov.19 focuses on new, award-winning independent and foreign films.

Enjoy a basic introduction to local birds on Nov. 21. This presentation highlights 20 of the most common birds seen in southwest Florida.

Writers Group meets again on Nov. 21.

Artist of the Month

Artist of the Month for November features the art of Horace P. Dansby and Sondra Mitchell Dansby. Dr. Dansby, painting since 1988, is recently retired after 40 years as an internal medicine and cardiology practitioner and Sondra has studied yoga, painting since 2010. Their works are on display in the Library Commons.

Horace was introduced early to acrylic painting while Sondra's art grew out of her own background in needlepoint design and bead work. Note particularly the range of subjects from landscapes to Florida to florals to abstracts presented in bright, bold colors as well as intricate grills that yield a discovery of art.


Last week I made reference to the growth in sales of vinyl records. On Nov. 6 the News-Press included a boxed insert of where to buy vinyl in southwest Florida, including a downtown Fort Myers store that opened Sept 5. The owner comments: "I like the package. I like holding the cover in my hands and reading the liner notes and looking at the art. And I like the sound. It just sounds warmer. It just sounds more human."

The article notes that Record Trader 1 in Fort Myers opened in 1987 and has observed increased sales as 20- and 30-somethings look for a more tangible, better-sounding alternative to digital downloads and YouTube streaming.

According to a mid-year report from music tracker Nielsen SoundScan, 4 million vinyl albums were purchased between January and July of this year.

How much things change to stay the same :)

Booksales A-Coming

If I had a minute for every time staff or volunteers or Friends of the Library are asked when the next booksale is going to be, I could take at least one day off each month. Watch for the third Saturday of January, February, March and April. If you want to highlight specific booksale dates, note Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 21 and April 18.

There will be tables and tables of books laid out as well as adjoining boxes providing much to pursue. I suspect is will be almost impossible to not find a few titles that are calling for your home.


"Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul. Joyce Carol Oates.

Finding Non-Fiction

This summer staff have been working on the non-fiction collection, color coding each section of the collection and replacing the numbers with subjects. The aim is to make it easier to browse and locate treasures you would not otherwise find.

Non-fiction is divided into subjects, and each subject will be marked with a specific color. When you browse non-fiction, the colors will help you identify subjects and find them easily.

For example, look for health books to be coded with a brilliant blue, science with a fluorescent green, and history with pastel blue.

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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