Artist of the Month
Beach resident and photographer John Bennett is our featured Artist of the Month. One quickly learns to appreciate the fine eye he brings to his photographs--there's color, there's texture, and there's often a unique stance or angle to whatever he brings to the final product. Spend a little time looking at the works from afar, and then a closer view when you are at rest and relaxed. John received extensive training in photographic techniques while in the U.S. Navy. A multiple award winner of All Navy and All Military photography competitions likely contributed to his being an instructor at the Naval Schools of Photography.
In the multi-purpose room of Kids Place, enjoy the tree of Fort Myers Beach. The 9' tall with 11' canopy diameter column clad Gumbo Limbo tree is handcrafted on a steel substructure with naturalistic, tactile, and durable bark texture. The tree is hand-carved, hand-sculpted, hand-painted, and scenically aged to reflect the nuances of a 65 year old Gumbo Limbo tree.
Photographs and documents that chart the history of the Beach Library since its inception in 1955.
Housed in two cases and located by the elevator on the second floor, this collection of dolls from around the world has been donated by Mrs. F. Preston Root. Mrs. Root's husband was a foreign representative for Eastman Kodak, and these dolls represent their world travel that spanned the years between the two world wars. Dainty and elegant, some of these dolls are made with materials no longer used and are hand-painted with artistic techniques. Additions to the collection have been possible as donors have given one or more dolls to the Library in recent years.
Enjoy this display of photo ops--photographs utilized in greeting cards by photographer Jeffrey M. Dodge of Fort Myers Beach.
Featured are a set of photographs by James Rodwell that highlights native flowers of the 60 acre Matanzas Pass Preserve located near the library.
Housed in multiple cases on the second floor are a collection of shells from around the world, many from the local shores. Thanks to Ruth and Jeff Brame, two early settlers on the Beach, who began the initial collection. In recent years shells have been added to the treasures from the collections of Mary Ellen Bradford, Sylvia Van Bergen and Susan Yehle.
On the 2nd floor near the elevator, one can find vintage photos of Fort Myers Beach yesteryear, and near the water fountains on the same floor, post cards of Fort Myers Beach that were part of each succeeding decade.
Enjoy a Fort Myers Beach Historic Island Tour by taking in the map "Footprints in Time" offering a self-guided QR Code tour of historic landmark vistas.
Sand & Bloom
Sand sculptures and blooming plants.
Enjoy the gathering of abstract paintings featuring a permanent collection donated by local artist Donald Musto.
A variety of Florida bird photographs by Lana Petersen are available to the left of the bay window near the Health Collection.