A plaque at Johann Fust Library in Boca Grande reads "Fire hundred years after the invention of printing. Roger and Louise Amory gave this library to the people of Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor and named it for Johann Fust of Mainz Germany who through the faith and persistence and wealth brought the invention to practical completion."
A reminder that tomorrow, Fred Rich will discuss "Writing as a Second Career". Rich studied public and international affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and moral philosophy at King's College, Cambridge, before receiving his law degree at University of Virginia Law School. He spent his law career as a partner at the prestigious New York law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, before surprising his partners by leaving at the end of 2014 to devote himself full-time to writing. This free event will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, January 8 at 4pm in the Library’s Loggia. Everyone is welcome.
Next in our Literary Series: Fred Rich will discuss "Writing as a Second Career". Rich was a partner at the prestigious New York law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, and was recognized as “the preeminent project finance lawyer in the world.” And then, in 2014, he abruptly announced to his surprised partners and clients that he was switching careers. To banking, perhaps? Politics? No, to be an author. And therein lies a story. Today, Rich – who does a two month writing retreat each year here on Gasparilla Island – is an author who says his writing, both fiction and non-fiction, is meant to probe contemporary political and moral issues from a fresh perspective. This free event will take place Tuesday, January 8 at 4pm in the Library’s Loggia. Everyone is welcome.
Website of Frederic C. Rich, author of Getting to Green (W.W. Norton 2016), a non-fiction book about environmental polit...
Pansy Cost: “That's the library. It was built in '48 and '49 and opened up in 1950 by Roger Amory. He was a collector. He loved old and rare books and he also loved music and he decided he was going to build a library and store his books so that other people could enjoy them too. He trained me to take over most of the library work and he hired my husband, Tommy, to take care of the grounds. He had it all fixed with speakers so that no matter where you sat you got full reception from each of those speakers. On Saturdays we had the Metropolitan Opera piped in and we served tea during intermission. Very, very uptown. And then on Sunday we just had regular concert music from the radio. Course we had a large record collection along with that which was part of the library."
A reminder that the next Library Foundation Literary Series event takes place tomorrow, Thursday, November 13th at 4pm in the Community Center Auditorium. Robin Lloyd will discuss his novel, Harbor of Spies: a Novel of Historic Havana. David Ignatius, columnist at The Washington Post said “Robin Lloyd has written a captivating thriller-at-sea in Harbor of Spies. This book is at once a spy story, a sea story and a love story. The setting is exotic and highly original--Havana in the 1860s. The scenes of battle at sea are beautifully rendered. This second seafaring novel by Robin Lloyd cruises at hull speed.” Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.
Next in the Library Foundation Literary Series: Harbor of Spies: A Novel of Historic Havana by Robin Lloyd. This historical novel is set in Havana in 1863 during the American Civil War, when the Spanish colonial city was alive with intrigue and war related espionage. Robin Lloyd is a journalist and a novelist. Mr. Lloyd is author of a second novel, Rough Passage to London, and has been involved in television journalism for more than forty years, working on camera as both a news reporter on the local and national level as well as a producer and writer off camera. A veteran correspondent for NBC News for nearly fifteen years, he filed reports from more than thirty countries, won an Overseas Press Award and four regional Emmys for his documentary work as an independent news producer. This event will take place on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 4pm in the Community Center Auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.
Here are the posters from the previous seasons. Thank you to all the people who helped make our programs such as success...
Pansy Polk Cost and Tommy Cost on Boca Grande circa 1940. Pansy served as the first Librarian of the Johann Fust Community Library, Boca Grande, for more than 50 years, and Tommy served as groundskeeper. They lived in a cottage, next to the Library, which still stands.
Did you know that the founders of the Johann Fust Community Library, Roger and Louise Amory, also built Shiloh Baptist Church, known today as Amory Memorial Chapel? It is located near Port Boca Grande Lighthouse in Gasparilla Island State Park. The Amory’s built it in 1959 for the Black community who lived primarily in Tarpon Estates, which was located in what is now the parking lot of the chapel. The community was vibrant from about 1960 until 1981, after the phosphate loading facility closed and a series of floods decimated the area and sent the remaining community to Englewood and other off-island towns. Barrier Island Parks Society (BIPS) is now in charge of the chapel and rents it out for programs and events.