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Feb 2017

Here we are, already a few days into the new year. The last two weeks have passed especially fast. My plan today is to look back on 2016 and forward to 2017 with an emphasis on library people: the employees, board members, volunteers and others who work to make your Collier County library experience better. Big changes occurred at the top of the library organization over the last two years, beginning with the retirement in February 2015 of Director Marilyn Matthes, after 33 years with our library system. Some of us who......

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18
Nov 2016

In last month’s column, I concentrated on telling you about the library programs scheduled through the end of this year. In doing so, I missed mentioning an important September date, worthy of attention: the 59th anniversary of our library. Yes, on Sept. 3, 1957, at the Collier County Commission’s board meeting in Everglades City, the county seat back then, they voted to create the Collier County Free Public Library. Read full article...

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08
Nov 2016

It’s November and time for numbers and news. Collier County government, of which our library is a part, ends its fiscal year every Sept. 30. So we now have full-year data about library activity. It’s always interesting to see what people choose to check out from our library branches. First, I asked what the top five checked-out fiction books were, thinking many of you, especially those in book clubs, are curious about it, too. Here they are: “The Crossing” by Michael Connelly, “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins, “The Guilty”......

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15
Oct 2016

Friends of the Library of Collier County has confirmed four New York Times bestselling authors for its 14th annual Nick Linn Lecture Series. The series begins Monday, Jan. 9, with Chris Bohjalian, author of 18 books, including “The Sleepwalker,” a wrenching story about family secrets and enigmas that link husbands, wives and lovers. Read full article...

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27
Jul 2016

There’s a ring around Dr. Jonathan Hayes’ right forearm for each of his novels — two completed, one in the works. On his left forearm are tattooed quotes from German composer Richard Wagner, American poet T.S. Eliot and the New York City noise rockers Sonic Youth — “How different from the sea is the boat?” — along with a portrait of his cat, Petey, originally sketched with marker by his friend, Jenny. Read full article...

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09
Jul 2016

Throughout the year, the Friends of the Library exhibits the works of a variety of highly talented local artists at the Collier County Public Library on Central Avenue in downtown Naples. One of our most exciting exhibits is currently on display and features the works of photographers who are members of the Naples Digital Photo Image Special Interest Group, DPI-SIG. More than 60 framed photographs, available for sale, ranging from birds to animals, to landscapes and portraits, adorn the western hallway in the library. Read full article...

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08
Jul 2016

Previously I have provided readers with lots of general information and operational tips about the Collier County Public Library’s website, www.collier-library.org, items that will help you get more from your library experience. Last month, I urged you to register online for one or more of the adult or children summer programs. In April, I mentioned using OverDrive to download e-books. In February, I highlighted New Arrivals, Tools for Schools and the Florida Electronic Library. Read full article...

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13
Mar 2016

Adriana Trigiani has filled more than one role in her writing career. So perhaps it’s fitting she is the first author invited to speak more than once in the Nick Linn Lecture Series. Trigiani, who first spoke in the series presented by the Friends of the Library of Collier County in 2011, returns Monday to close the 2016 event at the Grand Lawn Pavilion of The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in North Naples. Trigiani follows Kate Andersen Brower, Alafair Burke and Tess Gerritsen, who spoke earlier this year. Read full article...

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02
Dec 2015

It’s that time again when the Collier County Public Library Events for the first months of the coming year are published.  Everything for January through May. There’s a new format showing all the programs for adult, children, tweens and teens. Now, I realize many of you, like me, have no children, tweens or teens at home. But seeing what is available for young Collier County residents gives one a real appreciation of our library. Read full article...

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