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Beach Library seeks children's books donations

April 29, 2015
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

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The booksale was well attended last Saturday. I appreciated the many affirming comments. We will prepare for the next sale but anticipate there will not be another booksale until the fall. The bookstore on the third floor will be open Monday to Friday from 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. If you can lend a shift each week for the next few months, then we can expand hours.

Digital Versus Print

In 2013, e-books seemed to be major threat to printed books, leading to predictions that at least 50 percent of books would be read in digital format. Books would become artifacts much like we look at 8-track tapes today.

Those predictions have not proven true. After rising from 17 percent of all tradebooks sales in 2011 to 23 percent in 2012, digital sales have plateaued. Printed books are not disappearing after all. In the first quarter of this year, publishers sold 3 percent more printed books than the year before.

This does not come as news to the library. While we see an interest in e-books, for at least one segment of travelers and readers, we are watching closely to see if enduring, long-lasting interest can justify increasing e-books dramatically. At focus groups with young readers, even teens have been willing to put down their devices.

We notice a divergence in terms of user's likes and dislikes. For example, when we did a survey at the time of check-out from the end of November 2014 to early March 2015, we had 29 percent who would use e-books a little (meaning they would check out 1 or 2 titles each month), 32 percent who would use e-books a lot (meaning they would check out at least 5 titles a month) and 39 percent who felt there was no need to add e-books because they would not use them or don't like them.

Bottomline, print is appreciated and clearly here to stay.

Children's Books

If you have children's books or DVDs that you're no longer using or that can be shared so that many others enjoy them too, consider bringing them to the library. We will first evaluate if it can be added to our collection, or then it goes to the bookstore where children's titles are usually in short supply. Bring them to the first floor Staff Assistance Station. Thank you.


If you find yourself liking titles by best-selling authors Baldacci, Box, Brown, Child, Christie, Clark, Coben, Connelly, Coulter, Crais, Cussler, Deaver, Evanovich, Flynn, Grafton, Grisham, Jance, Johnansen, Kellerman, Macomber, Michaels, Parker, Patterson, Picoult, Robb, Roberts, Sandford, Sparks, Steel, White or Woods, your wait may be less from today forward. We are now adding an extra print copy of each title by any of these authors to make the hold list quicker moving and shorter.

Print Gains by Subject

In the first three months of 2015, graphic novels and classics had gains of 18 percent and 10 percent, respectively. Non-fiction increased 3 percent in general with big gains in biography and house & home/gardening categories. Computers and humor were two categories with big declines in 2014 and they both continued to decline so far in 2015.


David Baldacci's first novel, Absolute Power, was released in 1996 (M BAL) with a motion picture following with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. To date, David has published 20 novels, all reaching national bestseller status. His works have been translated into more than 45 languages and over 110 million copies are in print worldwide.

David and his wife, Michelle, have been very involved with the Wish You Well Foundation, which seeks to reduce illiteracy in the United States. The foundation is built on the premise that the ability to read is the foundation for everyday life, and that the major issues we face as a nation today can be handled if we eradicate illiteracy.

Independent Publishing

One of the pluses in publishing books today is the variety of works, authors and publishers. One of these publishers, celebrated its 40th anniversary last year: North Atlantic Books. Prior to the publishing book venture, they began in 1964 by publishing a journal that featured such authors as Stephen King.

If you do a search in the catalog by publisher and type in North Atlantic Books, you'll get a listing of the titles in the collection. Titles include 12 Steps to Raw Foods (Health Diet Boutenko), The Earth Has a Soul (150.195 JUN), Fighting Cancer (Health Cancer Gorter), Healing Hip, Joint and Knee Pain (Health Oshea) and There is a Cure for Diabetes (Health Diabetes Cousens).

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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