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Gift Paks for holiday shopping available at Beach Library

November 18, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Activities This Week

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 10:30 a.m. Preschool Story Hour in Kid's Place multi-purpose area

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

Thursday, Nov. 20, 10:30 a.m. Apps for iPad/iPhone, Pre-register

Friday, Nov. 21, 10:30 a.m. ABC of Birding for Beginners

Also on Friday, 1:30 p.m. Writers Group

Monday, Nov. 24, 10:30 a.m. Facebook & Twitter, Pre-register.

Activity Details

Movie this week on Wednesday is "Watchtower," 100 minutes Turkish with English subtitles.

Apps class on Thursday looks at many favorite apps; share your discoveries with the group too. Pre-register.

ABC of Birding for Beginners on Friday will provide a basic introduction to local birds, highlighting 20 of the most common birds seen in SW Florida.

Writers Group meets to share strategies and ideas, coordinated by Don this week.

Monday's class seeks to make social networking more knowledgeable and usable. Get ideas on both Facebook & Twitter. Pre-register.

Gift Paks

The Gift Paks on the first floor are a regular treat for many readers. We have added more Paks with both fiction and non-fiction titles.

e-Books

We now have all our e-books listed in the online catalog alongside our print titles. If it's an e-book it has the word "downloadable" and nearby is a link that you can click on to download the book onto your e-reader. If this is new to you and you're unsure how to proceed, watch for the "Getting Started with e-Books" class which is offered each month, or come in on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday and ask for Ronn who can offer hands-on instruction.

Quote

"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." Lemony Snicket

Mysteries Everyone Should Read

It's easy to understand why mystery novels continue to garner interest and enthusiasm. Mysteries are an area in which authors can explore a wide range of issues such as class, sexuality, social and even cultural topics that may be of current interest or have a perpetual draw.

A number of mysteries are ones that readers seem to return to again and again, and, in that sense, have earned a status of classic. Among these consider "A Study in Scarlet" (Classics Doyle) the print copy of which is checked out as I write but e-book is available, and you can put yourself on hold for the print copy. One might argue that almost all detective fiction comes from the American Edgar Allan Poe and while Poe's tales can be uneven, the style was perfected by Conan Doyle, who in Sherlock Holmes solidifies the ideal of the brilliant, eccentric detective. Look also at "Strangers on a Train" by Patricia Highsmith whose writing is greatly concerned with the reasons someone would commit a crime. Her "Strangers on a Train" can be found in "Patricia Highsmith: Selected Novels and Stories" (M HIG).

In Appreciation

Staff receive and hear many satisfied comments about the library on a daily basis. Thank you for sharing your good-will. We encourage all to exercise the greatest care when using the library grounds and library as it's in the little things that enables so much more to be done.

If you're a smoker, please honor the "no smoking" in the library and on the entire grounds. If you must smoke while here, please walk to the nearest sidewalk and walk in the direction of traffic and smoke. Do not throw cigarette butts on the pavers or in the landscape--this is a discredit to smokers and also means someone else has to pick up this debris. Bikers, please use the bike rack near the front entrance--the one with the bright blanket flower--or the one at the corner of the library near the School Street entrance or the racks in the parking garage.

If you're hungry and must eat or drink something other than water in an enclosed bottle, then go to the Library Commons on the third floor. We appreciate too that there be no drinking or eating in the foyer or elevator.

Community Room

Many events are scheduled in this area. No presenter is paid for their time and travel. Do remember to share thanks with the presenter as the area they are highlighted is often a passion of theirs and one in which both preparation and anxiety have gone. A monthly schedule is available at the Staff Assistance Station on the first and second floors, and in Beachcombers Books on the third floor. The third floor bulletin board has posters giving more details on each event.

Book Discussion

The Group meets the third Tuesday of each month. Titles are usually chosen a few months in advance so you can even plan on participating on select titles. There is something to be said for participating in the discussion or hearing the discussion as there is no mandatory contributing, because readers and many are avid readers, notice many aspects about the words used, situations shared or parallels with other works.

Hours

A recorder at 765-8162 gives the hours we are open if you call in 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. We look forward to seeing you.

 
 

 

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