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Beach Library seeks donated DVDs for collection

September 30, 2015
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Week's Events

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

Upcoming Activities

iPad/iPhone classes are underway during October, with the Getting Started class that deals with the basics of using your iPad2 or iPhone on Oct. 8, at 10:30 a.m., and the continuing class or one for those who are comfortable with the basics, the Going Further with Your iPad/iPhone on Oct 15 at 10:30 a.m. Please pre-register.


Those wanting to learn basic features for using Android devices can consider registering for the class Android Devices for Beginners on Monday, Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m. The class will include searching for and downloading apps and widgets. A host of helpful tips are included in the class discussion.

Tim Dorsey Day

Florida author, Tim Dorsey will be spending time with us on Saturday, October 31. Mark your calendar so you are able to participate in this special event. Though born in Indiana, he moved to Florida at age 1 and grew up near Miami. He has worked for various newspapers as a police and courts reporter, general assignment reporter and political reporter. He left that enterprise in 1999 to write full time.

He has published eighteen novels in several languages: Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, Orange Crush, Triggerfish Twist, The Stingray Shuffle, Cadillac Beach, Torpedo Juice, The Big Bamboo, Hurricane Punch, Atomic Lobster, Nuclear Jellyfish, Gator A-Go-Go, Electric Barracuda, When Elves Attack, Pineapple Grenade, The Riptide Ultra-Glide, Tiger Shrimp Tango and Shark Skin Suite. All titles can be found in our collection.

Promoting Good

In the latest study from The Pew Research Center they note that about two-thirds of Americans or more say libraries are important because they promote literacy and reading, that they play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed and they improve the quality of life in a community.

Summer Titles

Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train (M HAW--in both regular and large print) and Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See (DOE--in both regular and large print). The latter was discussed in the Book Discussion group this month. These two hardcover fiction titles have staying power and been among the summer's top sellers at independent booksellers across the U.S.

How to Get Things Done

Booksellers, libraries and authors have an interest in working together. There have been regular challenges in this regard in recent years but these tips seem worthwhile in that enterprise and in our own part of the world:

Ask for the moon, accept a star.

Booksellers, libraries and authors are activists.

Activists respond to passion.

Passion can save the day.


If you have DVDs that are occupying space on your shelf and not being viewed, consider donating them to the library. We'll give them a good home.

Summer Hours

Beachcomber's Books on the third floor is open Monday to Friday 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The collections of fiction, mystery and children titles have expanded during the summer. Browsers, of course, find this a plus as it's likely more treasures will be found.

Arthurian Literature

The legend of King Arthur and his knights of the round table has held readers spellbound since at least 1138 A.D., when Welsh clergyman/historian Geoffrey of Monmouth published his highly romanticized The History of the Kings of Britain. In the centuries since Geoffrey, the Arthurian romance has been told in virtually every artistic medium: verse, prose, cinema and Broadway musical. These titles evoke the swirling pageantry and mysticism of Camelot:

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain (Classics-Twain). Twain's whimsical blend of time-traveling fantasy and social satire sends a nineteenth century shop foreman back to Camelot, where the know-it-all New Englander uses modern-age technology to rise in King Arthur's court.

The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart (LP Fiction-STE). In this enthralling Arthurian Saga, the wizard Merlin is the center focus. King Uther entrusts Merlin with the education of his son Arthur, who must pull the magical sword Caliburn from the stone to realize his destiny.

The Once and Future King by T.H. White (Classics, King) An ugly, self-centered Lancelot? Merlin growing younger, not older? Those are just two of the striking revisions found in White's novel. This treasure was subsequently adapted for the screen in Disney's The Sword in the Stone and for stage in Camelot.


A recorder gives the hours we are open if you call in at 765-8162 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.



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