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Beach Library has a new title rating feature

By Staff | May 28, 2014

Activities This Week

Wednesday, May 28, 10:30 a.m. Preschool Story Hour in Kid’s Place multi-purpose area

Thursday, May 29, 10:30 a.m. Apps for iPad/iPhone, Pre-register.

Friday, May 30, 10:30 a.m. Let’s Create, Pre-register and $2 materials fee.

Tuesday, June 3, 10:30 a.m. Getting Started with eBooks

Activity Details

May 30 session offers a unique opportunity to exercise your creative side. Have fun creating a design within a circle, called a mandala. Participants will have the chance to experiment with color, shapes and symbols with various art materials and learn a little of the history and various traditions associated with the “magic circle.” No previous art experience necessary. Marsha will guide your efforts and be available for suggestions as you create.

If you’ve wanted to know the ins and outs of e-books or want to learn how to download and read eBooks, the session on June 3 will be of assistance. Bring your e-reader with you.

For Families and Children

June 4 at 10:30 a.m., will welcome author Linda Brannon as she shares delightful stories with families and children.

The highlight of the event will the children’s book Moshi and Gilly. It’s a story about an unlikely friendship between Moshi, a cat, and Gilly, a fish. Although Moshi struggles with his natural instincts as a predator with his prey, his unusual relationship with Gilly turns Moshi into his friend and protector. Moshi does not fully understand why he is told not to take Gilly out of the water, but he soon realizes that Gilly does not do well without water. Moshi is determined to befriend Filly, in spite of the two different worlds they must live in that separate them.

Using the Library Commons

Use of cell phones, Wi-Fi access, eating, and general visiting brings a variety of activity to the Library Commons on the third floor. The area allows and facilitates these activities well but does require and invite that no one speak loud on a headset so that all in the area hear it.


Vegetables for Summer Gardening in SW FL is a presentation scheduled for June 13. It’s a perfect time to look at this option, especially in considering the many vegetables that grow well here in the summer, including some special perennial veggies that live year round.

Using the Library

Please look for ways to leave the area you’re using in the library as clean as when you arrived, and as inviting. Robert Fulghum in his All I Really Need to Know I learned In Kindergarten notes: “Think what a better world it would be if we all always put things back where we found them and cleaned up our own mess. And it is still true, no matter how old you are–when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.”

New Feature

A new feature that the library catalog now has is that you can write a review and rate a title. After locating a title, click on the title. On the left side of the title information is usually a cover photo and listed under that is Reviews. Click on Add New Review, log in and write your review. You can also rate the item. The library will then review the comments, and it will likely appear in the catalog.

Movies and DVDs

When you use and view a movie and/or DVD you’ve checked out, please handle it with clean hands and touch only at the edge. The number of discs that are returned with dirt or food grime indicates that greater care is needed. The more funds that need to be devoted to cleaning and replacement, the less is available for adding new titles.

Exploring Titles

Summer’s more relaxing pace invites us to explore a few stories and approaches we might otherwise be too busy to even notice.

The Age of Edison: electric light and the invention of modern America (303.483 FRE) is an American story of ingenuity and possibility.

Beyond Realism: art techniques to expand your creativity (751.4 RYD) is for artists of some experience, offering a step-by-step manual to move in a new direction.


We enjoy users who bring in books and DVDs and donate them to the library. We evaluate every title, usually discovering some treasures not part of the current collection, or giving us a chance to replace a title that has seen a lot of wear and tear.

Thank you also for the cash left in the donation boxes at the Reference desk on the second floor, in the donation box at the top of the chairs on the second floor, or in the suggestion/donation box in the foyer. We also welcome memorial gifts of $25 per title that allow us to extra title(s) to the collection in memory of a loved one or to commemorate a special occasion.


A recorder at 765-8162 gives the hours we are open if you call in when we are closed. Open hours in April are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 to 5, Wednesday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 to 1. We look forward to seeing you.