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Mimi Little is Beach Library Artist of the Month

April 8, 2015
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Activities This Week

Wednesday, April 8, 10:30 a.m. Preschool Story Hour in Kid's Place multi-purpose area

Art Therapy, April 8, 10:30 a.m.

Open Podium Poetry, April 8, 1:30 p.m.

Meet the Artist, April 9, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Getting Started with your iPad,iPhone, April 9, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Dog Day, April 9, 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. Pre-register.

Fun with Shell Crafts, Apr 10, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register and $5 materials fee

Writing Group, April 10, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Drawing, April 14, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Book Discussion, April 14, 10:00 a.m.

Activity Details

Art therapist Angel Duncan will share what art therapy is, how it is used in treatment settings and in community programs.

Open mic (sans mic) event for community members to come and read, listen and celebrate poetry. Today is National Poetry Day. Event is hosted by local author wrob.

Late Addition

The writing group is going so well that they have added another time to meet in the schedule. That is Friday, April 10, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Shell Crafts

The Sea Shell class on April 10 has had many satisfied participants in the past few months. If I had a dollar for every time someone has after the fact remarked "oh, I wish I had known about the class," I could spend a weekend in Tampa. Join Jeanie London as she offers assistance on how to create using shells. You'll have the option to create a candle votive, flower vase or wind chime. If you have a glue gun, bring that along as it makes your project go quicker. Pre-register & $5 material fee.

Artist of the Month

Our artist, Mimi Little, has her paintings on display in the Library Commons for April. You'll notice that her paintings are large in size and distinctive in color with bold strokes depicting landscapes and figures. The clear light of Southwest Florida influences her use of color. She attributes influence from artists Winslow Homer and Richard Diebenkorn. Working on several paintings at a time enables her to keep the ideas and colors of the painting sharp and clear. She applies color and brush strokes quickly and then collage, texture and text accentuate a feeling or idea.

A "meet the artist" reception will be held on Thursday, April 9 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Library Commons. Feel most free to meet her and discuss some of her works. Her time is spent here on the Beach and also in Maryland by the Chesapeake Bay.


If you can assist for four hours a week in the Friend's bookstore, please fill out an application available on the first floor of the library or in Beachcombers Books.

entering or leaving. Fill out an application to assist for 4 hours one day each week during the summer.

A short-term need is to have someone who can vacuum in the library for one or two hours a week. The regular cleaners need to take off for a few weeks and if you have the energy and dedication, we can arrange a time/day for the vacuuming.

Courtesy Is Where It's At

If you're a smoker, please honor the "no smoking" in the library and on the entire grounds. If you must smoke while at the library, please walk to the nearest sidewalk on Estero Blvd and walk in the direction of traffic and smoke. Do not throw cigarette butts on the pavers or in the landscape--this is a discredit to smokers and also means someone else has to pick up this debris.

Bikers, please use the bike rack near the front entrance--the one with the bright blanket flower--or the one at the corner of the library near the School Street entrance or the racks in the parking garage. Parking with a bike against the planters or near the handicapped spaces means someone has to walk around or deal with your bike. Those left in these areas will be removed as security as time.

Special Thanks

Our gratitude is extended to Ali Abbasi, MD. Ali takes many photos and then displays these on inviting mediums. He is a retired physician in endocrinology. Over the years, the art of medicine has transformed into the art of photography.

Most of us are aware that medical photographers document patients at various stages of an illness, injury, and before & after surgical procedures. They record the work of professionals assisting in the planning of treatment and education of the public. Doing this art invites the photographer and healthcare physician to have a respect for and sensitivity to people, an awareness of sterile procedures, and honoring privacy policies.

Ali has donated a number of photographs to the Library, and these are displayed in various places throughout the library. Dr. Ali would note that, like music, art has no boundaries, crossing cultural and ethnic differences to provide enjoyment and imagination. The natural images that we see around us depict the marvels of creation. You'll notice that some of Ali's photos focus on nature, others on Beach scenes, and others offer a blending of color and subject.


On hanging display on the second floor near the Dolls of the World collection are two planes modeled after the Lockheed P-38 Lightning and Consolidated PBY Catalina. These models were crafted/assembled and donated by Dan Samyn and give understanding to their use in the history of our nation.


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 (though this week on Christmas eve til 4); and Saturday 9 to 1. We look forward to seeing you.



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