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Beach Library adds books, DVDs and music videos

September 9, 2015
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Activities This Week

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 10:30 a.m. Children's Pre-School Story Hour

Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. Afternoon Movie. Pre-register minimum of one day before showing.

Friday, Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m. Naked Meadow, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 10:00 a.m. Book Discussion Group meets.

Activity Details

Movie on Sept. 9 is "Teddy Bear", 96 minutes Danish, Thai, English with English subtitles. The film deals with a 38-year-old Danish bodybuilder seeking love.

Local author wrob presents Naked Meadow, essays and poems. Feel free to share one of your own too if desired (but not required).

Book Discussion looks at All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.


Are you not coming to the library as often as you want to? If traffic is the reason, then explore the catalog online and make your selections by putting items on hold. We'll let you know when they are ready.

You can also come 24/7 to pick up materials by asking a staff member to put them in an outside locker by the exterior materials return. They will be checked out to your account and then you can pick up according to what fits your schedule the best.

Return of Materials

Please note the gentle reminder added to the returns slot in the interior and exterior material return slots. We encourage you to place an item being returned half on the return belt with the narrowest side of the item first. When books are oversize for example, they sometimes get caught and block the return. By using the more narrow end it's more likely this will work without a hitch.


Summer hours are underway in Beachcomber's Books for this month as the store is open Monday to Friday 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. We are adding a larger number of mystery and fiction titles than usual, and also expanding the Children's section.

Smoker Caring

If you throw your cigarette butts on the ground, or on library pavers, or flick them into the landscaping, they eventually find their way to the ocean and other water sheds and you contribute to the most commonly found man-made waste that originates from land. The Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit environmental organization compiled the results of a shoreline cleanup day conducted by volunteers last year in 68 countries. It covered a combined 34,000 miles of shoreline and collected 7 million pounds of litter, 80 percent of which had been washed from land into the water. Of the 7.7 million items of debris collected, cigarettes and cigarette butts accounted for roughly 1.9 million. "People think they are biodegradable," said a Florida Branch coordinator of the Ocean Conservancy. "They're not."

The hope is that if smokers know how much they are polluting the oceans and other natural water sheds, they might think twice about throwing their cigarette butts out the car window or stomping them into the ground or sidewalk or pavers rather than disposing of them in a proper waste receptacle.

Learn to Vibe

Use your wireless phone's silent or vibration settings when you're in the library on the first or second floor. Disrupting your surroundings by talking on the phone is less than cool. Use your cellphone in the Library Commons on the third floor.

Remember to use your regular conversational tone when speaking on your wireless phone. People tend to speak more loudly than normal and often don't recognize how distracting they can be to others.

The Classics and Challenges

Classics offer an opportunity to return to old favorites, fill in educational gaps, and discover enduring literature. Challenges are ambitious titles offering challenging subject matter or style for readers who want to stretch their limits.

A classic for your consideration during September is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Classics Bronte or LP Fiction--BRO). Jane Eyre is a coming-of-age story about a poor orphan despised and exiled by her only living relative to the Lowood School for girls to become a governess.

A challenge is Moo by Jane Smiley (LP Fiction--SMI). Smiley's academic satire is set at the fictional Moo U, a large midwestern agricultural university. Moo goes behind the scenes at the university, moving out of the classroom to the business behind education. It builds tension through a suspenseful plot and, in true comic fashion, portions out just desserts in the final chapters.

Watch and Listen Discreetly

New multimedia applications such as streaming video and music are great ways to stay informed and access the latest entertainment. However, adjust the volume based on where you are in much the same way that you would adjust your ringer volume. Earphones are a great way to avoid distracting others in public areas. When in the Library Commons, always use earphones.


Last week we added 41 new print books, five audio books, one DVD, and 55 music CDs.


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; and Saturday 9 to 1. We look forward to seeing you.



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