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Happy New Year from Beach Library

December 31, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Activities This Week

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m. Preschool Story Hour in Kid's Place multi-purpose area

We are closing at 4 p.m. on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31

Thursday, Jan. 1, New Year's Day. We are closed.

Friday, Jan. 2, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Writing Class.

Monday, Jan. 5, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Garden Club

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 10:30 a.m. Drawing

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1:30 p.m. What Gives Meaning to Our Lives?

Happy New Year's

The library will be closed on Jan. 1 in observance of New Years Day. No items are due and no fines will be assessed. The library will reopen with regularly scheduled hours on Jan. 2.

Activity Details

Writing Class meets on Jan. 2 and is open beginners, as well as experienced, to enjoy the process of writing. Facilitator Corinne Thwing provides exercises for all genres and levels.

Members of the Garden Club meet Jan. 5 to discuss ideas and activities. Consider joining this group to be involved in their community projects.

Drawing on Jan. 6 is a relaxing hour of basis drawing. Instructor Jeanette Swensen works with beginners as well as those refining skills. Bring eraser and paper. Pre-register.

What Gives Meaning to Our Lives? by Rosemarie Jaffin, presents an overview of what enabled Viktor Frankl, founder of Logotherapy, to survive the Holocaust camps. This is an hour well spent as your introduction to this therapy offers both personal and community dimensions.

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.

Upcoming

Preventing Falls is the discussion on Jan. 7, 10:30 a.m. Mark Tesoro will suggest helpful ideas to lessen the possibility of falling in one's home, or when about doing errands in the community.

Feng Shui: clearing energy for the new year welcomes Nan Grover on Jan. 7, 1:30 p.m. as she shares ideas about freeing energy and arranging one's environs.

Poetry Reading on Jan. 7, 10:30 a.m. finds Dr. Jaffin reading, discussing and sharing his insights into the language of poetry.

Local Birds

Get familiar with the shorebirds and seabirds of Southwest Florida. This topic, facilitated by Penny Jarrett on Jan. 12, 10:30 a.m. will look at the habitat, nesting, preservation, and how to identify these local birds.

Macomber

Author Robert Macomber is here on Jan. 12, at 7 p.m., courtesy of The Estero Island Historic Society. He will explore the connection between Cuba and Southwest Florida, along with his experience/observations of Cuba. The Library closed at 5 p.m. but will reopen at 6:30 p.m. for this special visit and presentation.

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.

American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, sharing resources and facilitating communication to enable libraries to do an active job for members, librarians, and library news.

As our volunteers frequently comment, "I didn't realize there is so much that goes into making resources available," we as a library find it helpful to share and receive insights from others in the profession.

The audit for 2014 showed that last year, which ended on Aug. 31, revenue exceeded expenses by $1.9 million. This positive outcome has come about because of strong exhibits and the midwinter and annual conference and creative management in the public unit.

While $1.9 million is not a huge amount for a national organization, it is nonetheless encouraging. There is also much that remains to be done.

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 (except this week on New Year's Eve when library closed at 4 p.m. and is also closed on Thursday for New Year's Day); and Saturday 9 to 1. We look forward to seeing you.

 
 

 

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