Preschool Story Hour starts at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28.
Computer Q & A also on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Pre-register.
What Turtles Tell Us on Thursday, March 29, at 10:30 a.m.
Also on Thursday, Make Your Own Market Bags at 1:30 p.m. Pre-register.
Ukrainian Egg Decorating demo on Friday, March 30, at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.
Also on Friday, Bonsai demo at 1:30 p.m.
The computer class on March 28 is a good opportunity to deal with specific concerns or questions you may have regarding computer use. When pre-registering for the class, leave a note with your question. That way any needed research can be done and it'll be covered in the session.
Eve Haverfield opens the door on March 29 to the world of turtles and what we can do to assist the growth of sea turtles.
Pre-register for the March 29 session on making market/shopping bags from items already in one's home. Joan Martis, who makes gorgeous bags, will offer directions and ideas so each person will have a bag to go home with. $3 materials fee.
If Ukrainian eggs attract or delight you, consider participating in the demo on March 30. We'll look at the steps and suggestions for writing Ukrainian eggs. Pre-register.
Join also on March 30 in the Bonsai demo made possible by Greg Lignelli and members of the Bonsai Society of SW Florida. It will be fun to see a bonsai tree take shape.
More to Come
Activities in the Conference Room provide many moments of satisfaction to participants. It is gratifying to know that we will have the opportunity to expand opportunities in this regard when library construction completed. Many residents find the seminars and classes to be time well spent.
This past week, watching the group learn to do palm frond weaving was interesting. As with all activities, some found it quicker to boondoggle than others. Book discussion the next day brought out powerful observations both in terms of the writer's contribution and what some regarded as areas needing improvement. Jewelry Making was very active and one could be easily convinced that the created pieces did go well with outfits. Looking at Africa with particular emphasis on Kenya did provide a glimpse to appreciate our world better. The Horseshoe Crabs presentation brought out how valuable these creatures are and how much is on our shore that we are often unaware of.
Having the Community Room in the expanded library will be a blessing as it will enable these activities to continue and grow as well as offer space to more groups to gather for the sharing of community culture and talent. Feel free to share possible needs that you have and inquire as to what options may be possible. We are listening. As Director I have said "no" to some possible activities in prior years because the space and parking could not accommodate. I look forward to working with you to find the "yes" and am grateful to the Library Board of Directors and the community for bringing us to this exciting threshold.
The top floor of the library expansion will be the Library Commons. In this area, we'll have a Community Room that will offer a range of classes, presentations and seminars. Just outside this Room will be a congregating area where people can access Wi-Fi, have a bite to eat, or rest a little and socialize too. A small cafe' is planned so that light snacks and drinks can be available. If you're a Beach business and would like to consider this cafe' as an option in your enjoying the Beach and expanding business, please talk with us so we can explore possibilities together. Our intention is not to compete with any other business as we serve a growing clientele in the library that is geared to the increasing uses that public libraries energize in today's environment.
We continue to move forward with construction and are confident with the current range of activities that we remain on schedule. A great community needs a great library. But the definition of a great library is constantly evolving. Today, libraries are designed around the learning experience: increasingly collaborative, interdisciplinary and fueled by connections to the time-honored print and modern technology. The many conversations that the Board of Directors has had over the past 10 years have mirrored those happening on Library Boards and in communities across the country. What's the right balance of stacks and browsing areas? How much space should be given to study areas and the cafe? And what can be done to ensure that the expanded library will meet not just today's needs but also those of the future?
The answer to these questions, in the broadest possible terms, is flexibility. The expanded library will support both individual and group activity, offer a wide range of seating and provide access to resources from precious print titles to digital titles. Having all of this under one roof is what makes this project so compelling.
From the Heart
These hearts were included on our library Valentine's tree last month:
1. There are many reasons to look forward to coming to Ft. Myers Beach and one of our top few is your library. We appreciate the services and your friendly, helpful service.
2. Can't wait for the new addition to open up! More book room!
3. My time at the library is very rewarding. It gives me much pleasure.
Don't remember library hours? When we are closed, a recorder gives the hours on 765-8163. Except for holidays, we are open Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 to 5, and Saturday 9-1. We look forward to seeing you.