8,000 Pieces of The Puzzle!


Stop by the second floor of the Fort Myers Beach Public Library over the next few weeks and help residents and visitors work on and complete an 8,000-piece jigsaw puzzle of the Sistine Chapel ceiling in Rome, painted by Michelangelo from 1508 to 1512. Grade school students to senior citizens are already pulling up a chair and connecting the pieces to form the pictures’ outline.

“I just linked two pieces,” said Don Sobania, who left the following morning to return to 20-below Minnesota for the holidays. “That’s how these things come together – two pieces at a time. You have to have patience, especially when it is so early in the process, but Rome wasn’t built in a day!”

“We wanted to do this for a long time,” says Dr. Leroy Hommerding, library director, of the 9-foot-by-4-foot masterpiece. “We live in such an interconnected electronic society, but people still enjoy doing things like puzzles, and it is a great community project. What I like the most so far is the youngsters I see working on it; that they find pleasure in pursuits not involving smart phones or computers, but simpler, almost old-fashioned fun.”