Wow! What a GREAT PLACE. I did a guest speaker appearance at the Ft. Myers Beach Public Library yesterday and it was a wonderful experience. The facility was excellent, the crowd enthusiastic, the organization flawless and the library people superb. Kathy DelBalzo is the event coordinator (hope I got her title correct) and is one of those individuals who takes personal responsibility for what she does and does things very well.
When you see any superior organization you can bet that it has a superior person managing it. Dr Leroy Hommerding, the library’s director is such a person. You don’t have to spend much time with him to realize you’re in the presence of a rarity – a totally competent person. The staff, the facility … everything about this library says top flight. The man oozes excellence, experience, and dedication.
I believe that libraries are extremely important. As you know, it is my firm belief that “Readers are thinkers!” Libraries are temples for these folks. Reading separates content from delivery. So much poor, or out-right false, information is “sold” on the basis of charisma it is disturbing. It effects our lives. That’s what makes finding an outstanding library a great thing. If you’re involved with the administration of a library, a visit to the Ft Myers Beach Library and an audience with Dr. Hommerding maybe one of the best things you ever do.
The same goes for outstanding bookstore. I’ll be at one tomorrow from 12 ’til 2. The Barnes and Noble at Sarasota, FL has a staff that keeps the reader foremost in their minds. The folks go beyond the minimum efforts that many “big box” stores provide. They’re knowledgeable and are customer service oriented. The store is located at 4010 Tamiami Trail. Visit me – I’ll be discussing my award winning literary novel, Bully Route Home. Come see me and let me sign a book for you.
PS- Check my webpage at http://www.dlhavlin.com for my calendar of appearances.
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