Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, June 4, 10:30 a.m.
Getting Started with Your iPad/iPhone, Thursday, June 5, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.
Love Story, local author Violeta Barrett, Tuesday, June 10, 10:30 a.m.
Calling Families and Children to a special children's time on June 4 when author Linda Brannon visits and shares the delightful children's book Moshi and Gilly.
Join us during the next two weeks for the "Big Library Read" and become part of a global reading program and movement that supports the availability of eBooks in local libraries. Through June 18, our eBook collection will feature Laurien Berenson's "A Pedigree to Die For", a murder mystery that investigates the suspicious death of dog breeder Max Turnbull. This eBook title can be downloaded and read simultaneously by all of our patrons without counting against the normal checkout limit. We want to see how many people can read this title at the same time! To participate, simply download "A Pedigree to Die For" from our eBook catalog (fmb.lib.overdrive.com) and finish reading by Wednesday, June 18. We then invite you to share your comments in the online book discussion on our web site (www.fmb.lib.fl.us). Look for the link on our main page.
June 13, 10:30 a.m. will welcome Martin Price who will share details about the many vegetables that we can grow here in the summer, including some special perennial vegies that live year round. Getting used to the special requirements and opportunities in this climate gains a lot from hearing from those who have gone through the trenches.
Paks of books at minimal prices are available on the first floor of the library. Arranged on a table and shelving unit, you can find paks for $5 or $10 and each pak has multiple titles of related works, either genre or subject-wise. Each day that a few paks are gone, they are replaced with new ones.
We appreciate that most bike riders are using the bike rack at the corner of the library or in the parking garage. Using the racks keeps the walkways and fire paths clear and open and does not do damage to landscaping and poles.
An artist is creating a bike rack as I write and by the end of July we'll have another rack available and closer to the front door. The rack will be as beautiful as it is functional. We've devoted time to arriving at an idea of a bike rack that will add to the environment as well as be inviting to use.
I've noticed that more people than customary have made it a point to articulate how pleased they are with growth and construction and other happenings here at the library. Please know that your effort is appreciated. It's one thing to keep working but when regular comments and encouragement are received, it not only strengthens determination but seems to generate more creativity. I appreciate too whatever extra you can do to keep the premises as clean and inviting as possible.
What's a Classic?
"A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read" to quote Mark Twain. While Twain's definition brings an interesting dimension to the subject, it is reasonable to say that classics exist for a period outside their own time and prove their merit. Some of them are also widely recognized, e.g. Charles Dickens ranks among the accepted literary greats. When he wrote, he was not only the most popular novelist in English but his works were serialized in magazines so his words and stories reached many people, and for extended periods. The exposure to his works was much different from other classics whose titles were subjected to limited print runs each year, and whose recognition built only gradually.
We have established a Classics Collection and this collection keeps getting more titles, and also printings of the timeless works in a format and layout that is easier to read today. Some of these books you'll note are quite worn reflecting the readings they have invited. We replace editions to keep the one in the collection clean and appealing.
When we are closed, the hours of operation are included in a recording when you call in. Stop by Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; on Wednesday between 9 and 7; and on Saturday between 9 and 1. We look forward to seeing you.