Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Fort Myers Beach Library--and a Giveaway

By Sassy Cabot from the Read ’Em and Eat Mysteries by Terrie Farley Moran



I have such exciting news. A few days ago our author Terrie Farley Moran spent a morning at the Fort Myers Beach Library talking about US. Can you imagine? People who live on Estero Island and San Carlos Island and even a couple of folks from surrounding communities came to learn about the Read ’Em and Eat Café and Bookstore. They had questions about me, Bridgy, Aunt Ophie, Skully, our book club members, our favorite news reporter Cady Stanton, and our two Sheriff buddies, Ryan Mantoni and Frank Anthony. Well, I’ll admit Frank is not always a buddy, but he does have great shoulders and his smile crosses my mind a bit more than it should.

The idea of having a library on Estero Island in Fort Myers Beach was originated by a woman named Ruth Healy in 1954 and she asked that the Beach Women’s Club come up with the money to get it started. In 1955 the Fort Myers Beach Library opened in this cottage that was so small, according to the library website, if more than five patrons entered at any one time, the librarian had to step outside.



You can read about the history of the Fort Myers Beach Library here



Today the library is a three story wonder. The new construction is finally finished and the building looks like this. Anyone getting off the elevator on the third floor, which holds the meeting rooms, is greeted by a beachy decorated area where these three live.




If by chance you come to visit Fort Myers Beach, after you’ve stopped in in the Read ’Em and Eat for sweet tea and Miss Marple Orange Iced Scones, I am sure you’ll want to spend hours exploring the Fort Myers Beach library for both its collection and the fabulous décor.




And to celebrate this fabulous visit, we have a giveaway!! For a chance to win a READ TO DEATH tote and postcard, comment below and tell us anything at all about your favorite library. Please include your email in this format: your name (at) your server (dot) com--so the spambots can't pick it up.



Comments close at midnight on Wednesday February 22nd. 

And now a word from our author:

Hi, it's Terrie here. The e-book of Agatha Award winner WELL READ, THEN DEAD is on sale at Amazon and B&N for $2.99. The next in the series, CAUGHT READ-HANDED, is reduced to $5.99 in e-format. The third title, READ TO DEATH, REMAINS AT $7.99 for kindle but is reduced to $5.84 for paperback only on Amazon. Hooray! All three books at reduced prices.

50 comments:

  1. What a wonderful job. I would love to visit.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  2. My favorite library orders books for me as soon as they come out! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  3. My favorite library is in my neighborhood and is a wonderful old school community library branch. This library has wonderful programs, a great collection and caters to all ages and is very special. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  4. I love all libraries of course, bit my favorite by far are the smaller ones. My library is small, located in Harrow Ontario in Canada. My family is headed to Ft Myers in March for a family wedding and I am going to look up this lovely library!
    gingermom25@gmail.com

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  5. Libraries have always enchanted me but old ones especially so. Libraries are precious resources which I treasure and frequent weekly. They sustain my reading and health. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. amy guillaume lindermanFebruary 19, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    my fave library is the willoughby eastlake library system in ohio. my husband is the assistant director. awesome friendly staff, great collections and great kids/family programs. aelinderman@sbcglobal.net

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  7. Looks like a great place to get a good beach read centraleast2@gmail.com

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  8. I spent every summer at the library growing up. They had fantastic reading programs, and it was my favorite place to escape to. I have always loved reading, and still read everything I can get my hands on! I would love to visit your library and see the turtles up close. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. The best thing about all libraries are the wonderful adventures that await us. Thanks for all your wonderful books & giveaways! doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. I love to walk into the library on a hot, summer day. It's so quiet and cool and I can't wait to get to the stacks and start looking for books...it's like a treasure hunt...in air conditioning! jcachero1(at)cox(dot)net

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  11. Looks like a great place to visit. The Library by my house is called The Koontz Lake Library, it's small but it contains many books. I would love a chance to win this tote, Thanks for your generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  12. I have two favorite libraries. My favorite non-fiction library was at St Mary's Hospitals medical school in Paddington, London, UK. The library flowed as a space with lots of hidden nooks big enough for a table and chairs, some for group study, some for individual study and then the upstairs mezzanine contained a great number of small hidey holes for you to curl up and study in whilst shutting the world away. My favorite fiction or general library is the County of LA Marina Del Rey (also known as the Lloyd Taber Library) which sits right on the Marina and is beautiful and fairly modern but filled with little marine nicknacks, big models of ships and maps and navigational aides from ages past as well as comfy tables and chairs for sitting down and going through book selections! Sarahradamson@gmail.com

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  14. I love all libraries. Some are prettier than others. But the essence of each library is what gives its flavor, the books.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  15. I am in 2 different libraries 3 days a week. My kids have reading tutors. I joke I Library hop instead of bar hop. pwtish171 (at) gmail(dot)net

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  16. The small community I lived in didn't have a library and the closest one was several miles away so I didn't have much of an opportunity to spend time in a library until I was in school. Our school library was small and didn't have much of a selection of fiction so my mom bought a lot of books so we could read. Fast forward to now and I spend a lot of time in my library and check out quite a few to feed my reading addiction. Thanks for the giveaway. jmvarner50@hotmail.com

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  17. I've often thought I'd missed my calling, not working in a library, since I love reading so much. We have a great Library in Yankton, SD and I've been priviledged to know many of the people who work there. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  18. while visiting family during an extended stay, i found my favorite library. it was an old buiding with high ceilings, very open floor plan with beautiful hardwood floors. large windows lit up the place. it had an old books smell. bookworm_ani (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  19. When I was a child, we lived out in the country, so we had bookmobiles (one of the best ideas ever). I have worked at a big city library. Then I had the joy of helping start a small town library. We got donated books, and I cataloged, shelved, helped patrons, and generally had an absolutely wonderful time. We got certified by the state and the library is now a community jewel. I moved away before the new building was built, but I am thrilled that things have turned out so wonderfully.

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  20. I love my library and two features in particular. The first is the digital library service that lets me check out electronic books. No matter the time of day, I can browse and check out something to read.
    The second is the library's extended lending network. If my library doesn't have a copy of a certain book, I can search and request a copy from one of the other network libraries. In a few days it is available at my home library for me to pick up. Just fantastic service all around. I'd love to have the tote for carrying my books back and forth to the library. My emails is susie30577 at yahoo dot com. Thank you.

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  21. Hood River library is my favorite. If they don't have the book then maybe one of the close to 40 in the system has it. It will be sent to my branch. They have a teen center (that my son helped create when he was younger) a brand new children's area, lots of reading programs, and something for everyone. mommatoodle at msn dot com

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  22. My favorite library was recently remodeled and I just LOVE it. It's light, open and spacious. It's full of local art by local artists, and they go ABOVE and BEYOND to assist and make you feel at home, on top of having TONS of perks :) Thank you for the super fabulous giveaway! Cheers!

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  23. Wish I could go there. Maybe the next time I visit my sister in Tampa we'll make a side trip! My favorite thing about the library is that they can order most anything for me so I can always read what is on my TBR list. And when I am in the library I love to see that even though it's a small branch they still have a lot o children's books and those little tables and chair and there are always children using them.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I love libraries, especially the older ones. I don't go to the library much any more, but when I was growing up the library was right next to my school,so I spent a lot of time there. My mother was a big reader and would always take us to the library during the summer.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. I love libraries, especially the older ones. I don't go to the library much any more, but when I was growing up the library was right next to my school,so I spent a lot of time there. My mother was a big reader and would always take us to the library during the summer.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. My favorite library has a librarian that loves the same books that I do. She always has excellent recommendations for me.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  27. I love all libraries. My favorite that I've visited is the Trinity College Library in Dublin.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. The library I go to also shares a building with the college library. They are always having book clubs and great activities for the children and adults . Their collection is the best around and I use to work there so I may be a bit biased.
    jhdwayne(at)peoplepc(dot)com

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  29. I love libraries and librarians. I now belong to my 3rd library here in Port Charlotte FL and they are just wonderful. All libraries are magical places full of dreams and ideas. If I want to be in Spain or Italy, I can just pick up a book and be transported. pgenest57 at aol dot com

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  30. My favorite library is the one in my home. It's always open and has all my favorite books. amysue511 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  31. I haven't been to my local library in a while except for special programs. I love the North Carolina library when I was in college as we went there to work on history projects.
    marlene(dot)ezell(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. We have a brand new, much bigger, library here in town. I visited just this morning.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  33. Our Duluth Public library was built to look like a ship because it's located near Lake Superior. It's a great place to come in out of the cold.
    6186pep(at)msn(dot)com

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  34. I loved our library as a kid. The children's section was in a recessed section with huge floor to ceilings Windows. Always a fun place to visit, and check out as much as I could carry.
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. I have two favorite libraries and for the same reasons. They are both in a small town and both are the center of the community with programs for all ages toddler to great-grandmother. The staffs are knowledgeable and friendly and go out of their way to help. Therese are The Hall Memorial Library in Tilton/Northfield, NH and The Gleason Library in Carlisle, MA
    grammyd01 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  36. I live in a small town and the library is within walking distance from my house. Love going there and also love the library book sales.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  37. I would love a tote or a chance for the books.
    Thereadmaster(at)me(dot)com

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  38. I really enjoy our local library. I used to work there as a custodian for 20 years.I miss some of the perks of being there every day.

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  39. Forgot this. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  40. I love that my local library has different sections for different age groups. There is the adult section, the teen section, and then the children's section. Each area also has it's own unique setup with different things to do.
    jackielizn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. I have two libraries I enjoy. Both were established over 60 years ago and have undergone renovations. It was nice to see they added to the old buildings instead of knocking them down. Those visiting the libraries not only benefit from the books they have but also the history within. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. How fun! I adore our small library... our son works there as a page (as well as 2 sisters before him) and the kids love the programs there! Shelby Branch of the Lowell Public Library is Da bomb diggity!
    Cheers-
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  43. i love the new library that is across the street from the friend that i see every wed. it may not have many books but it is empty there is nobody in the aisles. I have been donating the books that are from authors and they are so happy to get them. ptclayton2@aol.com

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  44. I love my local library, the best part is their childrens section that helps them realize how wonderful reading books can be.
    lilyanngill56(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. We have two favorite libraries in my town. The newer one we love for events, but there is a smaller one that is the best to just go and focus on the books. mariemcnary@gmail.com

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  46. my favorite library was setup in the basement of our Jr. High School. I would go there almost everyday & take out books. I must have gone through about 4 or 5 cards filled up with the books I borrowed during the school year.

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  47. forgot to give my email joann_lord@excite.com

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  48. Giveaway is closed. Many thanks to all who participated winner will be notified by email.

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  49. I happen to work at my favorite library! I love all of our patrons, and the opportunity to help them!
    Florence dot Evans 60 at gmail dot com

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  50. And the winner is....Doward Wilson. Congratulations!!

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