Library Treasures to Explore


The Fort Myers Beach Library is now open. Curbside pickup remains available. To use pickup, place a hold on the books you want using your library card and PIN via the catalog tab at  or call 239-765-8162 with the titles you want. Library staff will call you when books are ready for pickup. The library is limited to 50% capacity with social distancing guidelines in effect. Masks are recommended. The reading room, play room and café remain closed. Library hours are 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday and 9am -1pm Saturday. Here are a few new items available at the FMB Library now.

Unknown Valor: A Story of Family, Courage, and Sacrifice from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima (Electronic Book). Author Martha MacCallum shares her family’s personal World War II history. This account of the war is based on a granddaughter’s reflective journeys to the Japanese volcanic island Iwo Jima and beyond.

Palm Beach, Mar-A-Lago, and the Rise of America’s Xanadu (Florida History Standiford). The Florida East Coast Railway powered by Henry Flagler’s Oil Trust, inspired the luxurious tropic dream home of Marjorie Merriweather Post. Mar-a-Lago’s Spanish name translates in English to Sea-to-Lake, signifying the Atlantic Ocean on the west of the seventeen-acre property and the Lake Worth Intracoastal Waterway on the east. There are over seventy national historical sites to visit on the sixteen mile Island of Palm Beach.  The Fort Myers Beach Library has ten of Les Standiford books available for curbside pickup.

Syria’s Secret Library: Reading and Redemption in a Town Under Siege (New Adult Nonfiction – World History Middle Eastern Thomson). BBC Foreign Correspondent Mike Thompson has witnessed unspeakable devastation in seven war zones. The 2012 – 2016 brutal Siege of Daraya was like no other. Surviving displaced university students rescued and reclaimed over one thousand books from the debris of their bombed-out city. Together, book by book, they built a secret underground community library.

Lost (Electronic Book & New Large Print Mystery- M PAT). James Patterson’s newest collaboration unleashes opposing forces, Miami, Florida’s FBI versus a mysterious Russian syndicate. Rescue operations for international child slaves are complicated by high-risk drug trafficking exploits. Introduces Patterson’s new lead character, Floridian Tom Moon.


Dad’s Maybe Book (New Adult Nonfiction – BIO OBRIEN). Author and elder father, Tim O’Brien’s memoir is a collection of love letters to his young family. The depth of introspective storytelling, combined with fatherly inventiveness, creates a richly sentimental inheritance.

Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond (New Adult Nonfiction Pets Dogs Horowitz). Emotional bonds of affection define the historic domestication of dogs, or did dogs domesticate us? The conversation is wide open in this well-researched ode to our best friend. Our Dogs, Ourselves, is author Alexandra Horowitz’s third dog-related book.

When You are Near: Brookstone Brides Series One (Large Print Gentle Fiction Peterson).  This romantic and cozy mystery novel by Tracie Peterson tells the tale of a 1900’s runaway Montana showbiz cowgirl. The FMB Library has all three of the series available.

Bigger Words for Little Geniuses (Juvenile English Patterson). A bright and cheerful alphabet introduces young readers to new friends, BIG words! Help your young loved ones avoid the dreaded, Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia, otherwise known as, fear of big words. Authors Susan and James Patterson present this colorful and engaging reader challenge.

How to Read a Book (Juvenile Ale). Kwame Alexander and Melissa Sweet create a celebratory collage of inspiration and empowerment that visually and poetically illustrates the many joys of readership. The author has captured his family’s never-ending story of reading experiences to share with all.

A Star is Born (NEW DVD STA). This is the fourth film remake of Hollywood’s perennial classic love story. The latest and greatest version includes rare jam session footage of, “Baby What You Want Me To Do,” “Midnight Special,” and “Is That Alright.” Bonus music videos include “Shallow,” “Always Remember Us This Way,” “Look What I Found,” and “I’ll Never Love Again.” This DVD also includes the official documentary featurette, “The Road to Stardom: Making A Star is Born.”


By Maria Elena van Boekel
Librarian, Fort Myers Beach Library