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Open Mic event coming to Beach LIbrary

April 1, 2015
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Week's Events

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, April 1, at 10:30 a.m. in Children's area.

Turtle Time, 10:30a.m. on Wednesday.

Road Scholar, Thursday, April 2, 10:30 a.m.

Writing Group, Friday, April 3, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Sing Sing Prison, Monday, April 6, 1:30 p.m.

Drawing, Tuesday, April 7, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.


Drawing class participants wanted more time to practice and share ideas. So two additional classes have been added: Tuesday, April 7 and April 14, both at 10:30 a.m.

Book Discussion

Mark Tuesday, April 14 at 10:00 a.m. for the next book discussion. The group will gather to discuss and share ideas from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. If you haven't participated because you want to observe first, that's OK--come and hear the discussion. The benefits to participating in a book discussion group are many. You get to socialize with people who share the same interest--books. Many find the group is a great way to make new friends. You will have the opportunity to express your thoughts and opinions on a book to the group. This is a great way to get practice with speaking in front of groups. I'm amazed how often a book that I think I've digested well becomes even more insightful after ideas and observations from others in the group. At times I wonder how I could have missed a particular aspect or how clever that someone noticed a different meaning of an event, word or development.

To make the reading easy and quick, consider picking up a copy of the book for $6 or $8 at the Staff Assistance Station on the first floor so that you can go back to the work multiple times before, during and after the discussion.

Bike Rack

We have a special bike rack in the second parking space to the left of the front entrance. This will allow some bikes to have a place near the front door. There are places for eight bikes, and the bike rack with flower is the creative work of artist, Rick Sanford. You'll probably notice that the bike stands, which are made of recycled material, are adorned by a flower made of stainless steel and painted to match exactly the native blanket flower (Gaillardia Pulchella). We have a few clusters of these blanket flowers on the grounds. They are drought-tolerant and are durable low maintenance. In addition, they bloom all summer.

Summer Volunteers for the Bookstore

The Friends of the Library bookstore has many bargains available. In recent weeks some titles have been removed and replacements put back in.

We need volunteers to assist in operating the bookstore. If you can help, please fill out a bookstore application (available either in the bookstore or on the first floor at the Staff Assistance Station). Summer is a good time to volunteer as traffic is of less concern, activity is slower on some days so you can also read, and you assist the Friends in keeping the store open full-time. This helps so no matter when users come in, the store is available for browsing.

Sing Sing

Local resident Penny Jarrett, who is also the Cultural Resources Education Coordinator at the Mound House, shares this part of her personal history. Her grandfather Alfred Conyes worked in Sing Sing Prison for most of his life. This Prison is probably better known than many because of its famed prisoners. Even the expression "up the river," to mean "in prison" or "to prison," derives from the practice of sentencing people to serve their terms in Sing Sing, which is literally "up the Hudson River" from the city.

Etiquette in Public Places

There are a lot of people using the library and on some days spaces are tight. We remind all to treat this public space with utmost consideration for others.

One golden guide is to not allow your behavior to disturb others. Keep your feet on the floor and not on the seats around you. When talking on the cell phone, go to the Library Commons on the third floor or outside. This is a consideration some seem to be oblivious about, drawing attention to themselves by talking loud on the phone or walking around constantly while talking.

If bringing in a drink, bring in only water in a bottle. Don't sneak another beverage in. If you want a snack, go to the Library Commons on the third floor and clean up your area before leaving and properly discard trash. If staff ask you to take beverages out of the first or second floor, do so promptly and use it as a gentle reminder to be prepared on your next visit by reading all guidelines.


Next Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. there's an Open Mic event as we celebrate recitations, readings and poetic performances. This is new in the schedule. Consider coming and feel free to participate by adding your own creation. This event is hosted by local author wrob, founder of Orpheus & Red Curtain Theatres, and author of plays and essays and poems.


A recorder gives the hours we are open if you call in at 765-8162 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.



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