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Ed Scott is Beach Library's Artist of the Month

January 14, 2015
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 10:30 a.m.

Also on Wednesday, Quilting, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Setup fee $2.

Still on Wednesday, Jumping Jellyfish, 10:30 a.m.

and Afternoon Movie at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 18, Going Further with Your iPad/iPhone, 10:30 a.m. Community Room B. Pre-register.

Also on Thursday, General Medicare 101, 10:30 a.m. Community Room A.

Also scheduled on Thursday, Easter Island at 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16, The Moth, 10:30 a.m.

Also on Friday, Writer's Class, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17, Booksale from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 18, The Library is closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Tuesday, Jan. 20, book discussion group meets at 10:00 a.m. in Community Room B.

Also on Tuesday, Come Sightsee in Paris with Becky at 10:30 a.m. in Community Room A.

Event Details

I hope that you review the activities scheduled this week with a close eye. There is much to soak in.

The Moth

Available on our shelves is The Moth (791.44 MOT) containing fifty enticing and soul-bearing stories. These stories were selected from an extensive archive of over 10,000 stories over a 15 year period. These stories had their beginning on a porch in small-town Georgia where friends gathered and told stories. It rose to fame through a weekly public radio show. A selection of these stories are part of the audio/visual program on Jan 16. The time may open the door to explore further more of these treasures. If there is enough interest, we will schedule another Moth--More Stories presentation.


Saturday, Jan. 22 is the occasion of The Friends of the Library booksale. Prices are minimal and there is much to look over. The sale takes place in the Library garage starting at 9:30a.m and going 'til 12:30 p.m. Give yourself time to browse.

Artist of the Month

Hanging in the Library Commons on the third floor this month are the paintings of resident and artist Ed Scott. Those who have had the privilege of observing and enjoying his art over the last few years notice his refinement and ability. The diverse subject matter allows the viewer to enjoy the representations of people and nature as easily identifiable in the painting. One can easily go farther by probing Ed's subject matter in the sense of theme or underlying ideas.

Upcoming Events

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 the screening which takes 15-20 minutes. Pre-register fee is $3 which is returned at time of screening.

Civil War Calendar

Last week I mentioned the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

For more titles in the best Civil War books, consider (1) The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. Historian Eric Foner argues that "the hallmark of Lincoln's greatness was his capacity for growth." Lincoln did not just appear as the Great Emancipator. His philosophy matured as he aged, and because he saw politics in terms of what was possible, as opposed to what was desirable or preferable, he often was influenced by events and people. (2) Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory by David W. Blight. The North may have won the war, but the South dictated the terms of the peace for almost a century. Both 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


If you would like to eat or drink coffee or beverages, please go the Library Commons on the third floor. The Bookmark Cafe' is open on that floor on Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you must drink in the library proper on the first or second floor, use water in an enclosed bottle. No eating on these two floors please. These commonsense manners enable staff to concentrate on their tasks, avoid stains on the furniture or floor, reduce cleaning expense, and lessen the possibility of pests.

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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