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Friends of the Beach Library Bookstore needs help

May 21, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Activities This Week

Wednesday, May 21, 10:30 a.m. Preschool Story Hour in Kid's Place multi-purpose area

Thursday, May 22, 10:30 a.m. Drawing, Com Room B, Pre-register

Monday, May 26, we are closed for Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 27, 10:30 a.m. Basic Computers, Pre-register.

Also on Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., Afternoon Movie at the Library

Activity Details

Want to draw? Have a current project to get moving on? Use this time for inspiration and focus. Pauline Healey will be available to offer ideas and tips.

Overview of basics relating to computers is covered on May 27. Sign-up for the class to look at basics as well as questions you may have.

The movie on May 27 is The Iran Job, which looks at an American basketball player in Iran and how he forms an alliance with women in the nation. The film covers a lot of territory in providing an honest and open portrait of work, friendships and relationships in a troubled nation with a vibrant culture and an oppressive regime.

Classes

Summer is a good time for residents to participate in classes and presentations and seminars.

Mandala

Come have fun creating a design within a circle. Participants will experiment with color, shapes and symbols with various art materials and learn a little of the history and various traditions of the "magic circle." Marsha Gardner will be available for suggestions and guidance.

No previous art experience or skill is necessary. The session gives one an opportunity to learn some design techniques in a relaxed atmosphere. Play with color and texture. Pre-register and $2 materials fee.

Volunteers

Have you thought it would be a good idea to volunteer but the idea gets sidetracked in other activities? Try again. There is a need for a volunteer to assist in the Friends of the Library bookstore--it only takes 4 hours a week. Stop by and complete an application and you'll get a call from the bookstore manager.

Display

Two cases on the second floor feature glass tea pots/sets. This collection, made available through the kindness of Alice Mack, offers many different themes and settings. If you look closely through the display you'll also find tea book and bag hints and suggestions.

Gift Paks

The Gift Paks on the first floor are a regular treat for many readers. We have added more Paks and another stand to also include Paks of non-fiction titles and treasures.

In Six

Have you read Philip Caputo's "The Longest Road" wherein the author talks to many Americans about their perception and experience of America? You can also share your comments and reactions to the work and discussion by participating in the "America in Six" program. See the handout on the table on the first floor or look for the display on the second floor near the elevator port holes. Your reaction and sharing is encouraged by the end of this month.

e-Books

We now have all our e-books listed in the online catalog alongside our print titles. If it's an e-book it has the word (downloadable) and nearby is a link that you can click on to download the book onto your e-reader. If this is new to you and you're unsure how to proceed, watch for the "Learning to Download e-Books" class which is offered each month, or come in on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday and ask for Ronn who can offer hands-on instruction.

Quote

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.

Creating Literacy

Some have thought all we need to get by is the Internet or that we are now in a post-literate world enabled by voice-activated programs and multimedia learning. But the facts seem to indicate otherwise. Try to accomplish basic tasks without functional literacy skills and one doesn't get very far. And digital literacy is no better off. As a nation, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, the United States falls well below par among other countries ranked on several scales measured in the eye-opening 2012 report "Literacy, Numeracy and Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments Among U.S. Adults."

Libraries nationwide are looking to see if the Summer Reading Program can offer more collaboration and are seeking to make literacy a baseline for the activities.

Hours

A recorder at 765-8162 gives the hours we are open if you call in 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. We look forward to seeing you.

 
 

 

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