Our book sales are among our most popular events, but did you know you can buy previously read books all through the year? Donated books are stocked year-round on carts in the loggia. Hardcover books are $4 and paperbacks are $3. The cart is self-service, and you can leave cash or a check made out to The Johann Fust Library Foundation in the box attached to the cart!
As our season winds down, we want to wish all of our part time residents a warm goodbye and our very best wishes for a happy summer. Some of our hardest work takes place while you're away, and we await your arrival in the fall with much anticipation. For those of you who remain in Boca Grande, we are happy we'll continue to see your smiling faces in the library as things begin to slow down and throughout the summer months.
It's one of the questions often asked . . . "Who is Johann Fust?". Johann Fust is the financier of Johann Gutenberg's movable type printing press. Using this printing method, Johann Gutenberg published The Gutenberg Bible. Its publication marked the beginning of the “Gutenberg Revolution” and the age of the printed book as we know it today. Mr. Amory named the library in honor of Johann Fust, whom he thought deserved prominent recognition as the financier of this step forward in the printing process.
Please join us in the JF Community Library Loggia and Garden on Friday, April 13th at 4pm to experience Poetry in the Garden with the Boca Grande Live Poets' Society! This special event features local poets reading their own original poems and some of their other favorites. Among the featured Live Poets - Alice Bingham Gorman, Julian Keevil, Lindsay Major, Les Nash, John Thomas, Nancy White, Simonetta Balzer, and Candice Shy Hooper. Pam Miles, Michael Haymans and Corky Ellis will also be reading.This is always an engaging and not to be missed experience that happens only once every two years. We look forward to seeing you there! Sponsored by Timothy Dumas, flowers by Susan Bowers.
Children’s education and development was an important consideration for the library founders, Roger and Louise Amory. A cozy children’s library was maintained in the room that now serves as the executive office. In an area behind the Cost Cottage, students planted gardens to help them acquire horticultural skills and personal responsibility. For a number of years, the library offered two $300 awards to seniors graduating from the island’s original secondary school to further their studies. Their vision lives on in our new Children's Library, at the site of the old potting shed, and Secret Garden.
We are delighted to invite you to join us in the JF Community Library Loggia and Garden on Friday, April 13th at 4pm to experience Poetry in the Garden with the Boca Grande Live Poets' Society! Produced every two years by the Boca Grande Live Poets’ Society, this special event features local poets reading their own original poems and some of their other favorites. This is always an engaging and not to be missed experience and we look forward to seeing you there!
Do you remember this image? In 1950, this bookplate was designed as a hallmark of the library, featuring the images of four parallel skeleton keys representing the keys to happiness and success: Effort; Aptitude; Education; and Contributing to the Good of Society. Although no longer used, this iconic bookplate serves as a reminder of the vision and effort that Roger and Louise Amory put into creating our beloved library.
What a treasure our media room is! It's so easy to find the latest art or action films, or to access the internet when your computers or phones are acting up. The Media Room of the Library is a special and very well trafficked area of our library. You'd never know it was originally a garage! The structure, which looks quite modern, is dedicated to electronic media.
Public computers, a printer, audio books, music CDs, and DVDs are here along with a self-check machine. one of the library’s original wooden card catalog cabinets is on display.
Free wireless internet service is accessible throughout the campus. Bring your library card and borrow any of these items. When the library is closed, you can go to the Lee County Library website and borrow an ebook.
Do you know what a Sailor's Valentine is? It is a form of shell craft popular during the 1800s that uses many small shells to form patterns. These were originally made by craftswomen on Barbados and were sold to sailors who brought them home from their voyages to give to their loved ones. A very special Sailor’s Valentine hangs on the wall in the northwest corner of the loggia at the bottom of the stairs leading to the library’s private apartment. It was created by Jim Cowperthwait to honor his wife, Chris Cowperthwait, a member of the Fust Foundation Board from 2011 to 2014. Mrs. Cowperthwait was the president of the Foundation during the library renovation.
Photographer Susan Wood will be speaking about her new book, "Women: Portraits 1960-2000" on Thursday, March 22nd at 4:00 pm in the Library Loggia. She will speak about her work and her first-hand experiences with the iconic women of the era.
TODAY UNTIL NOON. Come fill up a bag with books, audio books, DVD's and more for only $5! We've still got a great selection and lots of treasures to be had! You won't have another chance until November so stock up on reading material now!
The JF Library Foundation Book Sale starts today! The sale will be held in the Library’s Loggia, today and tomorrow, March 12th and 13th from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m, and on Wednesday, March 14 from 9:30 to noon. Come find some new reading material, plus a large selection of audio books, and many DVDs, all at great prices! We look forward to seeing you there!
The semi-annual JF Library Foundation Book Sale starts next Monday! The sale will be held in the Library’s Loggia, Monday and Tuesday March 12th and 13th and from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m, and on Wednesday, March 14 from 9:30 to noon. We've had many 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!
Do you know that the library has a Secret Garden? Do you know where to find it? Past the loggia, through what was formally the superintendent's potting shed and is now the Children's Libray, you'll find the secret garden. This lovely outdoor reading room is accessible only from the Children's Library and contains a living papyrus plant along with beautiful paintings. Books for children are housed in the Children's Library and a plaque honoring Mrs. Norman "Timmy" Smith is displayed here to commemorate her many contributions to the library and for her devotion to leading children to an appreciation of the best in literature.