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Preregister for presentations at the Beach Library

September 23, 2015
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, Sept. 23, Preschool Story Hour, 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 24, Wordstock, 10:30 a.m.

Friday, Sept. 25, Facebook & Twitter, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Monday, Sept. 28, Android Devices for Beginners, 1:30 p.m. Pre-register.

Activity Details

Wordstock on Sept. 24 is an opportunity to read and listen to recitations, readings and poetic performances. Hosted by local author wrob, it offers a summer time to celebrate a smile and unique thought.

If you've wanted to understand Facebook & Twitter better, come to the session on Sept 25. Facebook is a multi-purpose social networking platform, allowing users to chat, post photos and notes, and play games. Twitter is built around the posting of short 140 character messages. By getting a better glimpse of their setup, it's easier to assess their strengths and weaknesses.

Next month we resume classes on iPad and iPhone. For those who are using Android devices, consider the Sept 28 class.


It's important to sign up for sessions or presentations you might be interested in. By signing up early, you often enable the presentator to have handouts ready for the number in the class or give us a chance to made changes if turnout is very low or set up for a class that is attracting more people than anticipated. Thanks for planning ahead.

If there is no material fee, you can sign up for a class or presentation via phone by calling 765-8162 and asking for the sign up class desk.


The fiction shelves and the children's area have expanded in Beachcomber's Books in recent days. Stop by and check out the titles. The Bookstore is open 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Book Discussion

Each month the group meets the third Tuesday of the month to discuss a work highly recommended by a variety of individuals or other clubs. Starting next month (in October) we will meet at 10:30 a.m. instead of the earlier 10 a.m. that has been somewhat usual. Think of it in terms of being at the same time other presentations and seminars start: 10:30 a.m. See you there!

Book Sale

The next booksale will be scheduled Nov. 7. I'm aware how many look forward to these sales so am happy to relate that it's won't be long.


Quilting group resumes meeting twice each month again in October. Mark your calendar for October 14 and 28. Good times, conversation and sharing quilting tips and ideas are on the schedule.


A burgeoning field of research notes that voluntary behavior intended to benefit another person can boost happiness. Although acts of kindness or donations directly benefit the well-being of the recipient, they also create a pleasurable "helper's high" that benefits the giver, e.g. volunteer work is associated with greater happiness and less depression. The research shows that performing five acts of kindness one day a week (for six weeks) can increase your happiness. It also notes that if you feel more strongly that your work made a positive difference in other people's lives, you feel more positively at bedtime. Even spending enters into this picture: those who spend money others (rather than themselves) experience greater happiness.

Thanks to those who add a gift to the donation boxes in the library. Your kindness is appreciated and we suspect it also enables you to be more upbeat.


The newspapers and magazines in the Living Room are read by many each day. We thank you for keeping the paper or journal for a limited time so it's readily available. Returning the paper or magazine to its display slot and keeping the paper sections in order and cleanly folded is most welcome.

Materials on Each Floor

Please check out any materials found on the first or second floor before you leave the floor.

Treasure to Consider

Hammett's cynical private eye, Sam Spade, reportedly served as the model for Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe. In lean, staccato prose, the former Pinkerton detective-turned writer draws you into Spade's twist-laden search for his partner's killer.

The Maltese Falcon can be found in large print at LP M HAM, in video at DVD M MAL, in audiobook in An Introduction to the Maltese Falcon at 813.52 INT and in regular print in Complete Novels by Dashiell Hammett in Classics Hammett.


When we are closed a recorder gives the hours we are open. When open, we answer the phone in person. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 9 to 7; and Saturday 9 to 1. All gates close when the library closes. We look forward to seeing you.



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