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Award-winning author to present at Beach Library

January 7, 2015
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 10:30 a.m.

Also on Wednesday, Preventing Falls, 10:30 a.m.

Still on Wednesday, Feng Shui: clearing energy for the new year, 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8, Getting Started with Your iPad/iPhone, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Also on Thursday, Dog Day, 3-4:15 p.m. Pre-register.

Friday, Jan 9, Poetry Reading, 10:30 a.m.

Also on Friday, Meet Dan Walsh, 1:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12, Shorebirds and Seabirds of SW FL, 10:30 a.m.

Also on Monday, Robert Macomber, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13, Basic Drawing, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Also on Tuesday, Lifestyles of a Better Brain, 10:30 a.m.

Still on Tuesday, Basic Computers, 1:30 p.m. Pre-register.

Tuesday, Jan. 13, Friends of the Preserve annual meeting, 5-6:30 p.m.


Getting pointers to fall less and avoid injuries is the key on Jan. 7 in Preventing Falls.

Join Nan Grover as she shares ideas on Jan. 7 about freeing energy and arranging one's environs.

Poetry reading on Jan. 9 features Dr. Jaffin reading and discussing his insights into poetry that relates to the heart of many issues.

Getting familiar with the shorebirds and seabirds of SW Fl is the focus by Penny Jarrett as she looks at their habitat, nesting, preservation, and how to identify them on Jan. 12.

Drawers will have a unique opportunity to have guidance and encouragement as they try their hand in drawing.

Normal memory versus signs and symptoms of dementia will be the focus by Angel Duncan on Jan. 13.

Historic Special Event

Robert Macomber will explore the connection between Cuba and Southwest Florida and his experiences of Cuba on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. This author talk is sponsored by the Estero Island Historic Society. Though the library is closed, the Community Room is open for this special event.

Return e-Books

If you have finished reading an eBook before the 14 day lending period expires, please return it early so that it can become available for others to download. While eBooks are automatically returned after 14 days, returning them when finished reading helps to reduce waiting list times and improves the availability of titles in our collection.

To return an eBook from the OverDrive app on a tablet, go to the "Bookshelf" and hold your finger down on the cover of the book for a couple of seconds. A menu will appear and provide an option to "Return" the book. DO NOT use the "Delete" button! To return a Kindle eBook, go to the "Your Account" menu on Amazon's web site and select "Manage Your Content and Devices." Use the "Actions" button next to the book to return it.

For more information on returning eBooks, visit

Upcoming Events

Booksale is scheduled in the parking garage by The Friends of the Library on Saturday, Jan. 17, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Memory Screenings are available on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Made possible through the Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida, it's a good opportunity to get a check on how one's memory is doing. Sign-up for screening which takes 15-20 minutes. Pre-register fee is $3 which is returned at time of screening.

150th Anniversary

We commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Mind boggling are the number of new titles that have been published in recent years giving us greater insight into this integral part of American history. At times it seems as if there is not an inch of battleground, a day or a minute between 1861 and 1865 that is left unexamined by a historian. The library of books about the Civil War that now exists--and is sure to swell during the war's sesquicentennial is worth it. The Civil War was not just the bloodiest American conflict but also the war that settled who we are as a nation, a war whose outcome and rhetoric have defined us as a people.

Those who would like a visual history can consult "The Civil War" (DVD 973.7 CIV). It's five discs.

For the best Civil War books, consider (1) Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. After Lincoln and Jefferson, Grant, of all people, was probably the finest prose stylist ever to inhabit the White House. He has the ability to balance the big picture with dozens of details. His descriptions of battles proceed almost minute by minute in some cases, but he never becomes mired in minutiae, and the story proceeds with an almost martial tempo. (2) This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust. Many new ways of thinking about death came out of the war, but none more sweeping than how the military handled death--its responsibility to identify, preserve, and honor the dead. (3) Team of Rivals: the political genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin. She portrays Lincoln by portraying the men who competed with him for the presidency, men whom he thereafter drew into his cabinet. All three titles can be found in the History collection.

The Gilder Lehrer Institute of American History has put out a colorful, meaningful calendar that provides important dates in the history of the Civil War and Lincoln's life as we celebrate this 150th anniversary. If you'd like a copy of this calendar, bring a copy of this column to the first floor Staff Assistance Station. In exchange, you'll get the calendar.

Library Hours

When we are closed, the hours of operation are included in a recording when you call in. Stop by on 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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