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Shell crafts a big hit at the Beach Library

By Staff | Sep 3, 2014

This Week’s Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 10:30 a.m. in Kid’s Place

Getting Started with eBooks, Monday, Sept. 8, 10:30 a.m.

Sea Turtles, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 10:30 a.m.

Event Details

Join Lover’s Key State Park ranger Katie Moses on Sept. 9 to discover the fascinating life of the sea turtles that visit Florida each summer.


Sept 10: register to vote from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Elections staff are onsite to assist in updating and registering to vote.

Sept 11: Mary Lou Williams will share tales sure to delight your heart as she presents a version of fractured fairy tales. You’ll wonder why you never thought of some of the ideas in this creative venture.

Sept 12: Local author wrob returns to present Naked Meadow, essays and poems. Come prepared for a relaxing and stimulating time.

Shell Crafts

We had a great turnout for the shells craft class earlier this month. We will schedule another session on a Saturday in November.

Finding Titles

You may notice we have quite a bit of activity in the non-fiction area. The collections there are being color-coded to make it easier to find titles. There are frequent additions to shelves and various collections throughout the library. If you find that things change from time to time, it’s because there is constant activity. Not only are items checked out every day but new ones are added too. For example, during July we added 188 new titles. We know that there is regular searching for titles as the catalog was accessed 1,287 times during the month of July.

Returning Titles

We thank you for returning titles inside the library when you come to spend time. The Materials Return is in the lobby just to the left of the front entrance. Lay the title on the opening belt and you’ll likely hear an oral message that says “lay item on belt.” You can just lay it at the start of the belt. Preferably do not push it in far as the machine likes to take the title itself. When the machine does the work, it also checks it in perfectly.

If you return titles after hours, then use the exterior Materials Return at the back of the library entering from Bay Road. It works exactly like the indoor one. We have a number of patrons who have used this drop on weekends and items are pushed in instead of letting the machine work. This means all such titles have to checked in by staff, and sometimes when too many are pushed, the machine stops entirely. Also, do not return titles from other libraries as they are not checked in. If you bring donations, please bring them during open doors to the Staff Assistance Desk on the first floor and not put in the Materials Returns where they tend to fill in and block the regular bins.


A patron was checking out titles and on her record noted she had a $1 fine. She approached the Library Clerk to inquire what it was for. When the title was given, she said, “Oh, I hated that book, so can’t you take the fine away?”


Your gifts of books and DVDs continue to be welcome. Thank you for sharing your titles. We encourage you to recycle magazines that are older than the current year at home and not bring these to the library.

Gifts of cash are also welcome. Memorials in the amount of $25, $50, $75, $100, etc. can be made in honor of a loved one or to commemorate a special event. Acknowledgements are sent to donor and can also be sent to the person/family remembered or honored.

Make the Day Count

The hours in each day are arguably our most valuable commodity. Time can’t be hoarded, collected, earned, or bought with hard work, money or even our soul. Use it or lose it, so goes the saying.

Like all the treasures in the world, we can’t take time with us when we reach the next life. There are ways to improve our relationship with time. Among them, one might include: (1) Live in the moment, (2) Single-task. (3) Say yes when you mean it.

Initiatives Expand

HarperCollins Christian Publishing (established when HarperCollins, longtime parent company of Zondervan, acquired competitor Thomas Nelson in 2012) is moving more strongly into the library market. Earlier this year a consumer survey found that libraries are a common way, in addition to bookstore and family & friends, for consumers to find out about new books. This comes as no surprise to libraries and as religion and spirituality titles are often sought by patrons, libraries will look forward to getting more information and broadened services from this segment of the publishing world.

Library Hours

When you call 765-8162 or 765-8163 during closed hours, a message gives the open hours. Open hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 9 to 7, and Saturday 9 to 1.