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Join the Book Discussion Group at Beach Library

June 24, 2015
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Week's Events

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m. in Children's area.

Windows 8 on Friday, June 26, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Wordstock, Tuesday, June 30, 1:30 p.m.

Activity Details

Participate in the live demo of Windows 8 and have the opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have regarding productive use of this system. Pre-register for the class on June 26.

Come and read, listen and celebrate original works in the Wordstock hosted by local author wrob on June 30.

Cellphones

Are welcome to be used in the Library Commons on the third floor. Please place your cellphone on quiet or vibrator so that it does not disturb anyone in the library on the first or second floors. Then take your call outside the library or on the third floor. Few realize how loud they talk on the cellphone when it rings unexpectedly, and often are oblivious to the needs of others when talking on the phone. This advance planning of placing your cellphone on silence helps all have better courtesy for others.

Fiction Rules

Fiction titles are the most checked out category of materials for most public libraries, and that holds true for us too. You may have noticed that we are currently doing some rearranging of fiction and mystery titles. Those titles that have seen little activity in the past few years are no longer on the shelves and new materials are filling in. Summer provides some staff time to concentrate on this evaluation and upgrading.

Books are there for us whether we're celebrating or in mourning. We know that a truly good book will delight us in our youth, our prime and our old age. The ability, indeed the desire, to keep reading often is worth renewing in summer. Like the mythical hamlet in Minnesota conjured by Garrison Keillor, "where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average," we will keep the fiction and mystery collections offering their best.

Reading Recommendations

Consider Underworld by Don DeLillo (DEL). Underworld jumps back and forth from the 1950s to the 1990s as DeLillo examines the cold war's lingering influence on American life. Real life events and figures ranging from J. Edgar Hoover to Jackie Gleason figure in this mordantly funny novel.

Pick up Rabbit Angstrom by John Updike (UPD). This bundling of four novels features Rabbit which readers first meet as Updike's hero Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom in the novel Rabbit, Run, which was followed by Rabbit Redux, Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest. Spanning the years 1960 to 1990, these four novels, bundled together, vividly chart Angstrom's attempts to escape the banality of middle-class life.

Accelerated Reader

Beach Elementary uses the Accelerated Reader (AR) program to encourage student reading. The selected list of books appropriate for a student's reading level are articulated. We have many of the AR titles and both reading level and points are included on the inside title page of the book.

What Book?

Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, The Hours (CUN--in both regular and Large Print) treats the quiet experience of twentieth-century women's lives in lyrical, moving prose. The intricately entwined plots converge on Virginia Woolf's novel, Mrs. Dalloway (Classics, Classics Woolf), which Cunningham reinterprets, revises, rewrites and ultimately transcends. The Hours begins with Woolf's suicide in 1941, but quickly flashes back to 1923, when Woolf was in the midst of writing Mrs. Dalloway, her own masterpiece. Woolf shows up as a major character here, her creative process and daily life imaginatively brought to life in the chapters on Mrs. Woolf and juxtaposed with the stories of Laura Brown, a housewife and mother in Los Angeles who is reading Mrs. Dalloway and trying to make sense of her own life. This is, in part, a book about family, about the ways our families support and fail us, and the substitute families we create.

Book Discussion Group

Participants gathered this week to discuss Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian. The discussion covered many bases including our own disbelief at being unaware of the devastating genocide of the Armenian people earlier last century which is being experienced by Christians in the Middle East today. The author's ability to tell the stories of families from small everyday moments made the read and discussion particularly meaningful. The front cover says the work is "breathtaking and expansive...proof that the past can sometimes rewrite the future." as quoted by Christina Baker Kline. So true.

The group is discussing Whiskey & Charlie by Annabel Smith on July 21.

Thought

Much that I sought, I could not find;

Much that I found, I could not bind;

Much that I bound, I could not free;

Much that I freed returned to me. Lee Wilson Dodd

Added Titles

Beachcombers Bookstore on the third floor is open Monday to Friday, 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. More titles have been sent to the bookstore so enjoy your browsing.

Library Hours

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