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Happy Thanksgiving from the Beach Library

November 26, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Activities This Week

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 10:30 a.m. Preschool Story Hour in Kid's Place multi-purpose area

Thursday, Nov. 27, Thanksgiving Day. We are closed.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, Getting Started with eBooks, 1:30 p.m.


Thanksgiving Day is a communal celebration marked as a sense of gratitude people feel for all the good things and people in life. This is done by offering prayers, gifting your near and dear ones, and sharing meals. The library closes Thanksgiving eve at 4 p.m. and is closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Book Discussion

This month we celebrate the 12th anniversary of the book discussion group. Meeting on the third Tuesday of each month, the group has discussed many titles through the years. In addition, many participants have come to appreciate other readers and what they notice and bring to their own reading. A high compliment is when a reader who has pretty much dismissed a novel comes to grasp previously unseen value in a particular author or work. Each month's title is included on the monthly calendar both in print and on-line.

Libraries are places where people can continue their education. However, for a person studying alone, it is often easy to lose momentum. Participating in book discussion can be an excellent way to read challenging material within a supportive learning environment, and it can become an integral part of continued growth. Studies show that people who exercise together reach their goals more readily than those who exercise alone. Exercising our minds is much the same.

Using the Library Commons

Use of cell phones, Wi-Fi access, eating, and general visiting brings a variety of activity to the Library Commons on the third floor. The area allows and facilitates these activities well but does require and invite that no one speak loud on a headset so that all in the area hear it.


Writing Session is scheduled for Dec. 3, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Learn the basics of Windows PCs in a Q & A format class on Dec 9. Pre-register.

Quilters meet on Dec 10 from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. $2 setup fee.

Using the Library

Please look for ways to leave the area you're using in the library as clean as when you arrived, and as inviting. Robert Fulghum in his All I Really Need to Know I learned In Kindergarten notes: "Think what a better world it would be if we all always put things back where we found them and cleaned up our own mess. And it is still true, no matter how old you are--when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together."

This past week we needed to discard two cushions on chairs in the adult courtyard because users moved chairs to the edge but then didn't have the courtesy to return them to their original location. The rain damaging the cushions could have been avoided with forethought and care.

New Feature

A new feature that the library catalog now has is that you can write a review and rate a title. After locating a title, click on the title. On the left side of the title information is usually a cover photo and listed under that is Reviews. Click on Add New Review, log in and write your review. You can also rate the item. The library will then review the comments, and it will likely appear in the catalog.

Movies and DVDs

When you use and view a movie and/or DVD you've checked out, please handle it with clean hands and touch only at the edge. The number of discs that are returned with dirt or food grime indicates that greater care is needed. The more funds that need to be devoted to cleaning and replacement, the less is available for adding new titles.

Library e-Book Usage

At this point, most public libraries offer ebooks to patrons. However, money remains the biggest impediment for libraries looking to expand collections as the cost is high. We appreciate when ebook readers return the e-book as soon as possible because it makes the title available for another reader.

In the past four years, Library Journal's fifth annual E-book Usage in U.S. Public Libraries report reports that growth for e-books has cooled. It attributes part of the reason to e-books becoming less of a novelty.

In terms of collections, 74 percent are fiction and 26 percent are non-fiction.

Cost of e-books generally cover a range of $23.01 to $29.66 per e-book with many bestsellers coming in at $80 to $100.


We enjoy users who bring in books and DVDs and donate them to the library. We evaluate every title, usually discovering some treasures not part of the current collection, or giving us a chance to replace a title that has seen a lot of wear and tear.

Thank you also for the cash left in the donation boxes at the Reference desk on the second floor, in the donation box at the top of the chairs on the second floor, or in the suggestion/donation box in the foyer. We also welcome memorial gifts of $25 per title that allow us to extra title(s) to the collection in memory of a loved one or to commemorate a special occasion.


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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