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Moving day approaches at Beach Library

August 8, 2012
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour starts at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

A step closer

Thank you to those who have been assisting in helping staff prepare the collection for the upcoming move. Thanks also to the generous outpouring that enabled The Friends to gather the entire materials contents of the bookstore into boxes in just two days! We continue forward and welcome continued assistance. Please stop at the front desk. The more hands available the easier for all involved.

The construction crews are working on variety of tasks with the goal of completing the finished touches so that the expansion is ready for inspection to receive the Certificate of Occupancy. As soon as the CO is issued, we will set a date for when the library will be closed for a number of days, during which the actual move from the current facility into the expansion and into the bookstore will be done.

Exciting & demanding

It is exciting to experience the end stretch of the expansion being completed. Site lighting and camera testing is underway and along with stripping of parking spaces with signage, the elevator cab assembly is in the final stage and terrazzo is being installed on the lobby tower floor. Carpeting is almost finished and the doors and hardware are in process. Fire alarm testing has been done and the garage area is being sealed with final painting done. The moving of the construction fencing will be a sign that the details are coming together.

It's a new venture. We have enjoyed the inquiries and excitement of those using the library, from residents and visitors and those assisting in our preparations. Without a doubt it is also a time for patience, as the lack of routine demands much of staff, workers and users.

Moving details

We are moving into the expansion trying to arrange the setting close to how it will be long term. With the closing of the current facility for renovation, which should only take a few months and, at that time parts of the collection will be placed there. Those parts of the collection that will return to the current library will be housed either in the current Friends of the Library bookstore, who vacated that space this week, or will be placed in climate controlled storage for those months. Some readers will miss access to some titles for these few months but we believe this is the most expedient move. In the end, we do not need to repeat major reshuffling into the expansion and thus avoid undesirable wear & tear in a new building.

I know already that 99 percent of library users will understand and support this approach.

Upon grand opening, several new options will be up and running and should enable staff to spend more time with patrons, and enable us to spend less money on clerical tasks. In addition, expanding classes and more opportunities in the Community Room is something we've heard ample requests for in recent years.


Please watch for the dates when we will be closed. The Beach Observer will include a notice of the closure, which will be shared as soon as the CO is in our hands. This will give you a few days notice to still check out materials or carry out other tasks as we aim to have library services available again as soon as the move is finished.

There is still work to be done but we are moving into phase 2 when hurricane and code updates will be completed. The goal is to have the grand-opening around Thanksgiving, going into December.


We have entered into a venture with the Children's Museum of Naples. With your current Beach Library card, you can check out a pass that offers free admission to the Museum (maximum of four people, including at least one child and one adult). The Pass is a onetime admission and must be used within seven days.

We only have a few passes each week so please check out one only if you are going to use it. If all passes are checked out, you can ask staff to put you on hold for one and should receive one then when next available.

The Museum is a perfect place to play, learn and dream.

U.S. authors hot in Europe

Germany's top non-fiction list includes Daniel Kahneman's "Thinking, Fast and Slow" (153.42 KAH) and in Spain the list includes "End This Depression Now" (On Order). On the fiction side, on European lists is "Destined" by the mother-daughter team, P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (GF YOU, in both regular and large print).


Mystery readers who have not explored the works of Alan Furst will be rewarded to do so. His work "Spies of the Balkans" (M FUR) has not only sold over 66,000 copies but continues to attract interest. His previous title "The Spies of Warsaw" (also in M FUR) has sales of over 105,000 copies and is being made into a movie by BBC.

Enjoying these works will set you to be ready for Furst's upcoming release, "Mission to Paris" that we will add to the collection in October.

Library Hours

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.



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