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Beach Library bookstore seeks volunteers

By Staff | Dec 31, 2013

Weekly Activities

Closed on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.

Jewelry Making on Friday, Jan. 3, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Windows 8 on Monday, Jan. 6, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Afternoon Movie, Monday at 1:30 p.m.

Great Blue Herons in Love, Tuesday, Jan 7, 10:30 a.m.

How to Shutterfly on Jan. 7 at 1:30 p.m.

Activity Details

Jewelry Making, Jan. 6, focuses on learning bead embroidery techniques to transform leather and beads into a bright fun floral cuff style bracelet with guidance from Barbara Ellis. Pre-register and $10 materials fee.

Windows 8 is helpful in learning more about computers and includes a Q&A time when meeting on Jan 6. Pre-register.

Afternoon move on Jan. 6 features “A Simple Curve,” a film by Aubrey Nealon, 92 minutes in English.

Great blue herons in love is the focus in the introduction to the birds and wildlife of southwest Florida as Sallie Rich will highlight as she shares her photographs to document this journey, shared on Jan. 7.

Krystal Rose will talk about using Shutterfly to create prints and other fun things in the presentation/demo on Jan. 7.

Upcoming Events

Many of us have heard about Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning.” His experience will be shared and provide the door that articulates what gives meaning to our lives, facilitated by author & counselor Rosemarie Jaffin on Jan. 8, at 10:30 a.m.

Resident Marie Dinon shares ideas regarding beach gardening on Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m.

Quilters meet on Jan. 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $2 set-up fee.

Visiting Tibet/Mt Everest is shared by Margaret Watkins on Jan. 9 at 10:30 a.m.

Getting Started with your iPad is available Jan. 9, at 10:30 a.m., for those who pre-register.

Dr. David Jaffin returns with a poetry reading on Jan. 9, at 1:30 p.m.

The Edisons of Fort Myers will come alive as native Tom Smoot shares historical photos and resources on Jan. 10 at 10:30 a.m.

Reality shows are a phenomena. Get the inside scoop as former cast member Jaime Huffman shares her first hand experience of Survivor China on Friday, Jan 10 at 1:30 p.m.


Cafe is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friend’s of the Library bookstore is open Mon to Sat in the Library Commons.

Five Minutes

We open promptly and close promptly. In order to make the most of your visit, give yourself time to locate materials, use the computer, browse or view exhibits, and plan to leave five minutes before closing so that staff can close the library safely.


We are in need of two volunteers to assist in the Friend’s bookstore for a four-hour shift during the week. Please see the Bookstore Manager Jim for details or talk with me.


We offer a seminar on getting comfortable with downloading e-books. The next class is Mon, Jan 27, at 1:30 p.m. There are many players in the rapidly changing publishing environment, and many issues to be sorted through. Let yourself enjoy both print and electronic access.

There are those who hold that the e-book and the common e-reader will mark the end of the library. I’d suggest that overlooks history as the public library has adapted to many changes over the years. There were those who said the same when LP records arrived, then the radio, then cheap paperbacks, television and not so long ago, the Internet–that we would no longer use or need the library. All of these things simply moved into library collections and service offerings. All of them resulted in increased use, not extinction. The monumental work “The Library: a world history” has the author James Campbell saying this “What is changing is the role of libraries…It is tempting to assume that this need for change is new; that until recently libraries have been relatively static in their form. The central argument of this book is that this has never been the case: the history of libraries has been a story of constant change and adaptation.”

Publishing Challenges

At the end of 2010, there were about 300,000 commercially published titles but more than 2.7 million self-published ones. One advantage is that it provides writers an opportunity to find an audience. One disadvantage is that much is going to e-books that has not been subject to editing or rewiriting–both of which vastly improve the writer’s work. There is currently a flood of badly written, unedited, unprofessional books which makes our job a bit harder as there is more to shift through to get to the good stuff.


When we are closed a recorder gives the hours we are open. When open, we answer the phone in person. Hours are Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 to 5; and Saturday 9 to 1. All gates close when the library closes. We look forward to seeing you.