Fort Myers Beach Library to Open June 1

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Three Board Seats Up For Election

Those readers who have reluctantly switched to an e-reader over the past few months due to reduced access to hardcopy books will be thrilled to learn that the Fort Myers Beach Library will reopen on Monday, June 1! Library patrons have been able to reserve books and drive by to pick them up for a few weeks, but shelf surfers will now be able to browse to their heart’s content.

The library will open at 50% capacity, with four computers available for public use. Computer time will be limited to 30 minutes and computers will be cleaned between users. The Living Room/periodical room, children’s play room and café will remain closed and there will be no puzzle table. The decision on whether to open Beachcomber Books, the Friends of the Library used book store, is pending.

Patrons are expected to follow social distancing guidelines and maintain 6 feet of distance from each other and staff. Masks will be encouraged, but not required; staff and volunteers will wear masks. Hand sanitizer will be available.

All due dates have been extended and late fees waived for items checked out prior to the Library’s closure in mid-March. Patrons are asked to use the outside book return when returning books. Returned books will be held for 3 days before being put back into circulation.

Curbside service will continue to be offered for those not comfortable entering the library. To reserve books, patrons may place a hold on books using their library card and PIN through the online catalog, or by calling the library with a list of books at 239-765-8162.

As of June 1, the Beach Library will be open Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm; Saturday 9am – 1pm.

Board Meeting

Library Director Cletus Poser told the members of the Fort Myers Beach Library Board at their May 26 meeting that the library has used the last couple months to do some deep cleaning, maintenance and repairs.

Tuesday’s meeting included all six members of the Library Board: Chair Sallie Seabury, Secretary Rick Sebastian, Treasurer George Ballantyne and Ed Scott present in the Library Community Room with Erik LaFave and Jan Fleming participating via Zoom.

Assistant Library Director John Lukow told the board that the book lockers that allow patrons to pick up books after hours have not been working well and a quote to fix them came in at $8,000. The original locker company is no longer in business and he is waiting for a quote to totally replace the system to discuss with the board.

Seabury reminded board members that their state financial disclosure form is due July 1. She also reminded board members whose term expires this year that the qualifying period for the November 3 election ends at noon, June 10. Seats 5, 6 & 7 will be on the ballot. Seabury holds Seat 5 and told the board that she would not be running, “but I found someone to run for my seat!” She then added, “It’s time for new blood to come in.” Rick Sebastian holds Seat 6 and indicated that he plans on running. Seat 7 has been vacant since Miffie Greer resigned a year ago, due to a move out of the library district. According to the Lee County Elections website on May 27, the Library Board had drawn only one candidate, Sandra Walker for Seat 7, but the qualifying period had just begun on May 26.

Special district boards are non-partisan. Candidates have until noon June 10 to submit the filing fee of $25 and required forms to the Lee County Elections Office. Anyone interested in running for the Library Board should contact the Lee Elections office at 239-LEE-VOTE or visit lee.vote for further details on qualifying.