Find a book to curl up with at the beach, grab a cup of coffee at the café, enjoy art exhibits or take in a children’s program, class or free lecture. There’s something for everyone at the Fort Myers Beach Public Library.
By the Book
The library’s holdings include more than 88,000 print and audiovisual titles, ebooks and Playaway collections, and 52 electronic databases. Select from almost 200 print magazines in the Living Room.
Non-residents can get a 6-month library card with full privileges for a non-refundable $10.
Buy the Book
You can even buy books at the library, which has a bookstore on the third floor.
The Friends of the Library will hold a Giant Book Sale on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the parking garage.
The Third Floor is Tops
While you’re on the third floor, stop by the Knotty Bean Coffee Bar, which offers gourmet coffee, delicious pastries, a stunning view of the Gulf of Mexico and free WiFi. The Knotty Bean is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.to 2:30 p.m.
You will also find an exhibit of works by the artist of the month on this floor.
More Art Throughout the Library
The library is like a mini museum, with a variety of art in several media.
There are vintage photographs of the Beach Library and Fort Myers Beach, as well as photographs of local birds and native plants.
The second floor houses a collection of dolls from around the world that were obtained between the two world wars. Some dolls are made with materials no longer used and are hand-painted.
The Sand & Bloom exhibit features sand sculptures and blooming plants, and the Shell Collection features specimens found locally and around the world.
Ukrainian Eggs are displayed from February through April, and the library exhibits contemporary paintings by local artist Donald Musto.
Preschool Storytime for toddlers through age 5 is held Wednesdays from 10:30to- 11:15 a.m. Music, art, felt storyboards, finger plays and puppets help the books come to life.
Monthly Dog Days on the second Tuesday of the month give children an opportunity to read to a dog. Upcoming dates are Nov. 14 and Dec. 12, 2017. Pre-registration is required.
Children also have free use of the ABCmouse.com educational website for ages 2-8.
Internet Access and WiFi
Internet access is available on public access workstations in the adult services area, and complimentary WiFi is available in the Library Commons on the third floor. Patrons can use the workstations to check email, print boarding passes, and surf the web.
Register at the Reference Desk to use the workstations in quarter-hour blocks, up to one hour per person per day. Additional time may be provided if no one else is waiting.
Book Discussion Group
The library hosts a book discussion group on the third Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room.
Upcoming discussions include:
November 2017 = Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
December 2017 = In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O’Brien
January 2018 = A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
February 2018 = September at Echo Creek by D.L. Havlin
March 2018 = The River at Night by Erica Ferencik
The Fort Myers Beach Public Library is located at 2755 Estero Blvd. and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 239-765-8162 or visit the library website.