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Social media discussed in seminar at Beach Library

August 27, 2014
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 10:30 a.m.

Facebook & Twitter on Friday, Aug. 29 at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

We are closed for Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 1.

Getting Started with eBooks, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 10:30 a.m.

Activity Detail

What is tweeting? How do I share photos? These and other issues regarding social media will be discussed in the seminar on Aug. 29.

Learn to download and read eBooks from the library's eBook collection on Sept 2. Bring your eReader to the session.

Upcoming

On Sept. 8, Mark Tesora will talk about beating the heat and what to expect. Learn the signs, symptoms and useful tips to safely spend more time on the beach.

Join ranger Katie Moses on Sept. 9 as she shares the fascinating life of the sea turtles that visit Florida each summer.

Register your vote, update your record or have ballots mailed via the Elections staff on site on Sept 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Special Presentation

Storyteller Mary Lou Williams will be here on Sept. 11 to share tales that take familiar fairy tales and give them an unusual, unexpected, often humorous twist. Open to both families and adults.

eBooks

After 14 days, eBooks automatically expire. However, you may want to return an eBook before it expires so that you can check another one out. This is really easy to do. If you use the OverDrive app on a tablet, iPad, or Kindle Fire, go to your OverDrive Bookshelf and hold your finger down on the cover. You will see an option to return the eBook. For Nook users who use Adobe Digital Editions, right click on the cover within ADE. For standard Kindle users with a black and white display, use the "Actions" button from within the "Manage Content & Devices" section of your account on Amazon.com.

Mobile Devices

Predictions of the end of the book with the pervasive presence of mobile devices are heard from time to time. The response is predictable. We are finding that as wonderful as eBooks can be, they are not an all-consuming transition for readers. Radio lives on despite TV and film is still in high demand despite DVDs and streaming videos. We also are finding that those who are the highest users of eBooks also continue to be avid print readers.

Magazines

With your library card, you can access current and past issues of many popular newspapers and magazines online for free through the Florida Electronic Library database. Read complete editions of the New York Times from 1985 to the present, or peruse popular magazines such as Newsweek, Motor Trend, Prevention, and many more. To learn how to access these resources, go to our web site at www.fmb.lib.fl.us. Navigate to "E-Resources" in the menu near the top of the page, and then click "Magazines & Newspapers."

Finding Yourself in the Library

Author Barry Lopez spoke during the American Libraries Association Convention highlighting his experience and relationship with libraries. His life as a writer started at home at the kitchen table when he underlined the familiar words. He noted that it took him a long time to understand the special landscape of the public library, but wanted now to thank librarians for providing direction.

He told three stories of various libraries, describing the common and natural expectation for each town to have a public library, a designated place where patrons of all levels of education and interests can find what they're looking for. He concluded his presentation by noting that we expect the library to represent us and to select books that matter and are capable of changing lives.

In next week's column, I'll discuss one of Lopez's books and the insights therein.

Volunteer

We need a volunteer with an interest in working on landscaping. Talk with me first, or complete a volunteer application available on the first floor and I'll call you. Tasks here concentrate on the little things that are in perpetual need to keep the landscaping healthy and inviting.

Also need a volunteer to do cleaning and/or vacuuming in the library. Time can be arranged most times that work very well with your schedule. See me for details.

Library Hours

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.

 
 

 

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