Artist of the Month
Tour Fort Myers Beach through the eyes of Chester Rogers, our Artist of the Month and a 4th generation Southwest Floridian. You may well have met him as he lives and works on Estero Island, painting and drawing in Times Square or under the olive tree near the Surf Club. There are many prints on exhibition in the Library Commons and one quickly picks up his style of realism and abstract surrealism. One sees that he loves the Beach as prints highlight the landscape of the island as well as its people. He likes to draw caricatures of children, and the children help Chester forget about his health problems when drawing. All prints sold that are on display will benefit the children's activities of the Beach Library.
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.
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.
Enjoy this display of photo ops--photographs utilized in greeting cards by photographer Jeffrey M. Dodge of Fort Myers Beach.