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John Bennett is Beach Library Artist of the Month

By Staff | Dec 17, 2014

The Week’s Events

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 10:30 a.m. in Children’s area.

Afternoon Movie, Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.

Apps for iPad/iPhone, Thursday, Dec. 18, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Writers Class, Friday, Dec. 19, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Facebook & Twitter, Monday, Dec. 22, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Activity Details

The movie, on Dec. 17, is the independent film “The Auction” 111 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles.

If you want to understand the ins and outs of social media better or have questions in terms of using Facebook or Twitter, pre-register for the class on Dec. 22.

Holiday Tree

On the second floor is a holiday tree and we extends thanks to Holly Nichols, art teacher and the students of Beach Elementary for the handmade ornaments on the tree. There’s a special topper that crowns the tree.

The students were in a festive mood during their decorating, singing carols while they were hanging the ornaments.

Artist of the Month

While we appreciate our veterans and their service to our nation, it is a special joy when a veteran returns to civilian life and utilizes part of the skills perfected or advanced while in the Navy. Such describes our December Artist of the Month. The featured works of John Bennett are on display in the Library Commons. He received extensive training in photographic techniques while in the U.S. Navy and went on to be a multiple award winner of All Navy and All Military photography competitions. It is no wonder he served as an instructor at the Naval Schools of Photography. Enjoy the works on display. There is much to savor in them as they offer a sense that the moment captured is as perfect as it could be.

Special Bike Rack

We have a special bike rack in the second parking space to the left of the front entrance. This will allow some bikes to have a place near the front door. There are places for eight bikes, and the bike rack with flower is the creative work of artist, Rick Sanford. You’ll probably notice that the bike stands, which are made of recycled material, are adorned by a flower made of stainless steel and painted to match exactly the native blanket flower (Gaillardia Pulchella). We have a few clusters of these blanket flowers on the grounds. They are drought-tolerant and are durable low maintenance. In addition, they bloom all summer.


The Friends of the Library bookstore has many bargains available. In recent weeks some titles have been removed and replacements put back in. The store is open from Monday to Friday.

We need volunteers to assist in manning the bookstore. If you can help, please fill out a bookstore application (available either in the bookstore or on the first floor at the Staff Assistance Station).


Remember a loved one or give a gift in memory of by donating $25 minimum to add a title to the collection. A plaque is placed in each memorial gift. Gifts of $50 or $100 enable more titles to be placed into the collection.

One Hour

If you can assist in the next weeks doing vacuuming for a week that would be a big help. Our regular cleaners are dealing with a death in the family and this extra assistance is needed and welcomed. It’s one hour. If you are able to make the time, please see me.

Etiquette in Public Places

There are a lot of people using the library and some days spaces are tight. We remind all to treat this public space with utmost consideration for others.

One golden guide is to not allow your behavior to disturb others. Keep your feet on the floor and not on the seats around you. When talking on the cellphone, go to the Library Commons on the third floor or outside. This is a consideration some seem to be oblivious about, drawing attention to themselves by talking loud on the phone or walking around constantly while talking.

If bringing in a drink, bring in only water in a bottle. Don’t sneak another beverage in. If you want a snack, go to the Library Commons on the third floor and clean up your area before leaving and properly discard trash. If staff ask you to take beverages out of the first or second floor, do so promptly and use it as a gentle reminder to be prepared on your next visit with all guidelines.

Check Out

All materials check out for a two-week period. You can bring them back earlier but have a full two weeks to enjoy. This applies to all formats.


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.