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Don't forget statue unveiling at Beach Library Friday

April 23, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

This Week's Activities

Quilting Group meets Wednesday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Community Room

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in Kid's Place

Apps for iPad/iPhone on Thursday, April 24, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Dedication of "Salute to a Hero" on Friday, April 25, 10:30 a.m.

Unveiling

Join in the unveiling/dedication of our first exterior bronze sculpture on the outside of the library. "Salute to a Hero" will be unveiled in a patriotic ceremony. Artist of the sculpture, Mike Scovel, will be present.

Those who have served in the military and family members who have lost a loved one will be invited to come forward to receive a flower in gratitude. Fourth graders will treat us to "What the flag of the United States of America means to me" and will also extend the sharing of the flowers.

It is a special time. It is a time to recall both our thanks to those who have sacrificed to make our freedom in the USA possible, and also recognition that a price is paid for what is important.

Upcoming

Updating or registering to vote is possible on Friday, May 2, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Staff from Elections Office will be in the foyer to assist.

Gustav Bahruth will share his over 40 years experience in commercial fishing in "I Never Met a Boat I Didn't Love" on May 1.

Directories

Electronic directories are installed on each floor and in the foyer to make it easier to locate where particular collections or items are, and also what is on display currently. You can see scheduled activities in the Community Room on these touch screens too.

Five Minutes

Fifteen minutes before closing, an announcement is made advising to bring activities to closure within the next ten minutes. We encourage you to have all check-outs completed by five minutes before closing, as well as computer usage (computers automatically close at five minutes before closing) or other activities completed. We appreciate your assistance as this enables staff to concentrate on closing activities and permits safe exit and closure.

Survey

New survey questions are available at the check-out stations. We welcome your completing this survey sometime in the next 90 days. The input is helpful in making decisions about how best to develop services and develop the collection.

One question asked between 10/12/13 and 4/10/14 was "I'd fine the library would be better if...." The highest category was 34 percent saying the library would be better if more books were added. No great surprise!

Another question in the completed survey was "Did you rely on staff to assist you or did you find everything on your own?" 34 percent indicated they rely on staff, 28 percent on themselves and staff, and 38 percent on their own.

Usage

Last month, 23,523 people used the library in person. 1,959 people reserved time on the computers, and another 989 used Wi-Fi in the Library Commons. The Library homepage was consulted many times during the time with the tally registering 6,791 times by the end of March.

Caring for Others

The bathrooms are in perfect order most days when we open. If then someone early in the day does the discourtesy of leaving a messy sink, dirty mirror or toilet paper scattered on the floor or counter, it looks as if cleaning didn't take place. We recognize that there is a mental issue now and then but more courtesy would leave the restroom in a condition as found and inviting for the next person to use.

Today a patron who arrived at opening and left around 12:30 p.m. found that someone had left an empty beer can and cigarette butt in her bike basket. The fact that one is drinking this early in the day may be the tip-off already but also makes it discouraging to others. I like what Margaret Mead reminded: "Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have."

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.

 
 

 

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