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Beach Library “Friends” sponsor a magazine drive

July 3, 2013
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, July 3, at 10:30 a.m.

Closed Tuesday, July 4 National Holiday

Summer Reading Program on Friday, July 5, sessions at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Gorillas of the Republic of Congo, Tuesday, July 9, 10:30 a.m.


Friends of the Library are sponsoring a Magazine Drive inviting donations of subscriptions, with range of donations $10 to $80. Please see list of magazines on bulletin board on the second floor or send email to and a list can be sent.

Activity Details

The Summer Reading Program is divided into two sections: one for ages 6 to 9, and one for ages 10 to 13. Pre-register.

The program on July 9 explores personal insights into gorilla family groups and behavior, courtesy of Penny Jarrett who spent time studying them in the Nouabale Nudoke National Park.

Upcoming Events

Getting Started with Your iPad/iPhone meets Thursday, July 11 and is exactly what the title says.

Anna Withrow in a Journaling class on July 12 will provide guidance and ideas for creating personal narratives. Particular focus will be on techniques for writing "true stories."

Getting Started with eBooks on July 15 is exactly what the title says. Bring your eReader to the class.

Performance & Reading

Two events this month provide multiple opportunities.

The first on July 16 has wrob, Beach resident, sharing short pieces of original literature. His sense of humor, appreciation for the local scene, and willingness to ham it up make the performance and reading worthwhile to consider.

The second is a call to a workshop reading on July 20, calling all actors and actresses and those wishing to offer their thoughts and ideas to a workshop reading of the comical farce, A Teatime Travesty, courtesy of Laurie Nienhaus.

Library Development Fund

Gifts to the Library are welcome. Donations to the Library Development Fund are used to purchase resources that our operating budget doesn't cover. Of particular interest are items for the Children's Courtyard, for Kid's Place, for The Classics Collection, and for Audio Avenue expansion.


Summer is an ideal time to enjoy reading espionage/thriller books. For many, John le Carre' is the standard: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (M LEC) is for many the most perfect spy novel. Another writer to consider is Charles McCarry, who writes spy novels. Looking under his name in the catalog, one finds many titles. Finally, a master spy storyteller is Ian Fleming, a good example being From Russia with Love (M FLE).

Reading Tree

On the second floor is a Reading Tree. Book ornaments on the tree are recommendations of other readers who are sharing books they recommend. Feel free also to pick up an ornament and share the title of a book you'd encourage others to read or which you regard as a must-read.

Unique Publisher

New Harbinger Publications was established as a small press in 1973. It's goal during the past four decades is to publish books that relieve human suffering. New Harbinger now has revenue of $15 million and employees 50 people. They left a larger distribution consortium when they changed to being an employee owned publisher. It's titles are so popular that it ranks Amazon and Barnes & Noble as its biggest customers. At this point, they have over 800 titles in print and publish about 70 a year.

You can search the catalog by publisher, or to give you a glimpse of New Harbinger titles in our collection, see "The 50 Best Ways to Simplify Your Life" (179.9 FAN), "Breaking the Bonds of Irritable Bowel Syndrome" (616.344 BOL), "Calming Your Anxious Mind" (152.46 BRA), "The Chemotherapy Survival Guide" (616.994 MCK), "Freeing the Angry Mind" (152.47 BAN), "The Healthy Gut Workbook" (616.306 SIE), "Intimacy After Infidelity" (306.736 SOL), "Knee Pain" (617.582 GAR) and "Overcoming Health Anxiety" (616.852 OWE).

Library Hours

When we are closed, the hours of operation are included in a recording when you call in. Stop by on Monday & Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9 and 5, and on Saturday between 9 and 1. We look forward to seeing you.

By Dr. Leroy Hommerding



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