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Susan Timmons Macintire is Beach Library artist of the month

October 7, 2015
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Week's Events

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 10:30 a.m., in Children's area.

Getting Started with Your iPad/iPhone, Thursday, Oct. 8, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Naked Meadow, Monday, Oct. 12, 1:30 p.m.


The quilting group and classes resume with October's schedule. Meeting Wednesday, Oct. 14 and Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Community Room B, there is ample opportunity to share your love of quilting, machine or hand, while expanding conversation. $2 setup fee.

Artist of the Month

Our featured artist this month is Susan Timmons Macintire, an artist who expresses her perception of the environment in pastels and photography and oil on canvas. In the paintings on exhibit, see her explore new techniques to capture her favored subjects of flowers, crustaceans, seascapes and landscapes. Her works in oil are crafted using a palette knife for texture.

Book Discussion

October's selection is The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens. Members of the book discussion group, including prospective attendees, can purchase a copy of the book at the first floor Staff Assistance Station for $6. The minimal charge is intended to enable many to read the selection and participate in the discussion. Upcoming titles can be purchased too.

New Titles

Last week we added 30 CDs, 80 magazines and 75 new print titles to the collection.

The Cloud

What do you do when your phone runs out of storage space? Have your ever forgotten your USB stick with an important document in your desk at home when you meant to print it out at the library? One potential solution for these situations is to store important files in the cloud. We will be soon offering classes on cloud computing. These classes will require pre-registration, so please attend when you sign up.

Beachcombers Open

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.


Even as traditional reference transactions continue to decline, use of our building is growing. Though users can now access information online quickly and easily through devices they carry in their pockets, we still interact with lots of people at the library.

A lot of people are seeking help with their technology. Sometimes it is assistance with the technology we offer, e.g. downloading e-books. But often it's more involved: creating and improving resumes, conducting job searches, uploading files, seeking insurance information. E-government has landed in our lap and we find that citizens need help utilizing government sites.

It is assumed that libraries mostly help bridge the digital divide, assisting the poor and disenfranchised to get online. But it's more complicated than that. Keeping up with the full range of technology today is a challenge for everyone, and when users have to fill in a knowledge gap, no matter their educational level or economic status, they check in at reference.

Mind, Body & Spirit

The difference between spirituality and religion can be hard to pinpoint which is one reason a lot of what is published today in this category tends to go under mind, body & spirit. Determining what fits in this category is a challenge because the topics overlap with those found in religion, self-help, health and fitness, psychology and philosophy. If you're looking for titles in this area of our collection check the 204s, and titles under Religion, Christian Life.


Much research notes the difficulties most people face when trying to make meaning from text on the computer screen. The fact remains that one needs good literacy skills with print before you can interrogate text on the screen. We find that many people print when they want to read for meaning. Computers are complementary, not compensatory.

Those who have difficulty reading won't be able to use the computer effectively either.

King Arthur

King Arthur remains a potent symbol of the Age of Chivalry--when loyal and virtuous knights defended ladies fair, ancient wizards advised kings, and magic was an everyday reality.

There's a lot to explore and enjoy as the reader probes this era and the legends associated with King Arthur. Check out King Arthur: tales from The Round Table (Classics, King) or specifically on the person of the king in King Arthur by Michael J. Wyly (Classics, King). Go further with The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle (Classics, King) and The Book of Arthur: lost tales from the Round Table (398.209 MAT).

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 9am and 1pm. We look forward to seeing you.



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