8,000 Pieces of The Puzzle!

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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.”