In this historic photo, Louise Amory sits in the vestibule of the Library on opening day, January 1, 1950. The first Board of Directors consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Amory, Delmar Fugate, Jefferson Gaines, Rodney Sharp and Pershing Thompson and it functioned as a non-profit, privately endowed institution.
Many admire our lovely grounds, but did you know that the fountain at the east end of the garden was originally found on an estate in Newport, Rhode Island? Or that the nymph-like bronze statue entitled, “Wildflower,” by Edward Berge of Baltimore, Maryland (1876-1924) was selected as the most-loved piece at the 1916 Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, California? Or that the statue’s fountain was donated by the Planters Club of Boca Grande, and is a replica of the one in front of the town hall in Stockholm, Sweden. You can learn more about our grounds by clicking the link.
Have you seen the delightful hedgehog book art currently on display at the library? Do you enjoy holiday crafts and like to try your hand at something similar? Here is a perfect opportunity to learn to create a Christmas tree from a book or magazine.
The Johann Fust Library Foundation invites you to attend a complimentary lesson in the fun art form called “book art” on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in the Library Loggia.
Please bring with you a paperback book of at least 120 numbered pages, a magazine or catalog of about 80 pages. If the magazine has thick pages, 40 pages will do. A few extra magazines and books will be on hand if needed. Decorative sparkles, glue etc., will be provided, but you may bring anything you like to use for decorations (acorns, ribbons, balls, stars, buttons, etc.).
For more information, call the JF Foundation at 941-964-0211. We look forward to seeing you there!
In 1949, Roger and Louise Amory pledged 68 shares of stock worth $44,200 and a provided a loan of $10,000 to fund the inception of the Johann Fust Community Library. Mr. Amory named the library in honor of Johann Fust, whom he thought deserved recognition as the financier of Johann Gutenberg’s movable type printing press. The library opened for business on January 1, 1950 as a non-profit, privately endowed institution. Click the link below to learn more about the history of the Library! https://www.jfcl.org/legacy/
Legacy - The JF Library Foundation
The library was given to the people of Boca Grande and the Charlotte Harbor area by Roger and Louise Amory of Boston, Ma...
Did you know that entry steps and foyer walls of the main library building are made of keystone coral mined from the waters off the coast of Saint Augustine? Or that the entry doors are copied from a mosque in Istanbul? Or that the hand-carved wooden Japanese panels displayed on the wall (which for sixty years were mounted on the outside doors to the main book room) are based on traditional eighteenth century Japanese decorative door panels designed to conceal storage areas in temples? These, and many other fascinating details about the library building and grounds are available on our website! Read, enjoy and never look at the library the same way!
Points of Interest - The JF Library Foundation
Entry Steps and Doors The first image at the entrance to the library is the breathtaking view of the formal gardens fram...
Tomorrow, don’t miss the next in our Literary Series - Dig Where You Are: How One Person’s Effort Can Save a Life, Empower a Community and Create Meaningful Change in the World, by Nan Alexander Doyal. In 2008, Ms. Doyal left her corporate career to spend time with ordinary men and women who were solving some of the biggest challenges facing our societies today. She shares the stories of seven people, who have used what they know to make something better, and quite unexpectedly ended up transforming lives and communities across the world. This is sure to be a fascinating presentation and we hope to see you there!
This free event will take place tomorrow at 4pm in the Library’s Loggia. Everyone is welcome.
Home - Dig Where You Are
For anyone who has ever wondered if what they do matters or how they might make a difference but doesn’t know where to...
The semi-annual JF Library Foundation Book Sale starts today! The sale will be held in the Library’s Loggia, Monday and Tuesday November 13 and 14 from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m and Wednesday, November 16 from 9:30 a.m. until Noon. We've had an abundance of donations this year so this sale feature lots of treasures! There will be an extraordinary number of books, a large selection of audio books, and many DVDs. We look forward to seeing you there!
This table, in the Library's Loggia, honors the men and women who served in America's Armed Forces.
"We cover a small table with a white cloth to honor a soldier's pure heart when the he answers his country's call to duty. We place a lemon slice and grains of salt on a plate to show a captive soldier's bitter fate and tears of families waiting for loved ones to return. We push an empty chair to the table for the missing soldiers who are not here. We lay a black napkin for the sorrow of captivity, and turn over a glass for the meal that won't be eaten. We place a white candle for peace and finally, a red rose in a vase tied with a red ribbon for the hope that all our missing will return someday."
"You are not forgotten so long as there is one left in whom your memory remains."
Get your holiday shopping done early - the JF Library Foundation Book Sale is right around the corner! The sale will be held in the Library’s Loggia, Monday and Tuesday November 13 and 14 from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Wednesday, November 16 from 9:30 a.m. until Noon. There will be hundreds of almost new and used hardback and trade paperback books, DVDs, CDs and even some rare books.
We are excited to announce the first of this season's Library Foundation Literary Series - Dig Where You Are: How One Person’s Effort Can Save a Life, Empower a Community and Create Meaningful Change in the World, by Nan Alexander Doyal. In 2008, Ms. Doyal left her corporate career to spend time with ordinary men and women who were solving some of the biggest challenges facing our societies today. She shares the stories of seven people, who have used what they know to make something better, and quite unexpectedly ended up transforming lives and communities across the world. This is sure to be a fascinating presentation and we hope to see you there! This event will take place on November 16th at 4pm in the Library’s Loggia. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event. Ms. Doyal is the daughter of Boca Grande residents, Judy and Michael Alexander.
Do you remember when there were two libraries on the Island? In addition to the Johann Fust Library, the Lee County Library System maintained another library, located in the Community Center. After years of planning, on June 25, 2013, the two became one in a unique public/private partnership. The JF Library Foundation is dedicated to the conservation of the historic buildings and gardens and to provide a cultural and intellectual center for the residents and visitors of Boca Grande. You can learn more about the Foundation and its mission here https://www.jfcl.org/about-us/foundation/
About the Foundation - The JF Library Foundation
The Foundation owns and maintains all of the original library grounds, gardens and buildings as well as the fine collect...
The Johann Fust Library was founded by Roger Amory, a Boston attorney and lover of books, and his wife, Louise. Roger had a magnificent collection of manuscripts and rare first editions and was a passionate devotee of the arts. He and Louise began wintering in Boca Grande in the 1940s and were inspired to build a structure which would not only reflect the island’s unique beauty, but also provide a place to enjoy the pleasures of literature and other cultural refinements. We think they succeeded brilliantly.