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Handcrafted Tree

1st Floor: In the multi-purpose room of Kids Place, enjoy the tree of Fort Myers Beach. The 9' tall with 11' canopy diameter column clad Gumbo Limbo tree is handcrafted on a steel substructure with naturalistic, tactile, and durable bark texture. The tree is hand-carved, hand-sculpted, hand-painted, and scenically aged to reflect the nuances of a 65 year old Gumbo Limbo tree.

Library Wall

1st Floor: Photographs and documents that chart the history of the Beach Library since its inception in 1955.

Doll Collection

2nd Floor: Housed in two cases and located along the north wall of the 2nd floor on the other side of the reading room, this collection of dolls from around the world has been donated by Mrs. F. Preston Root. Mrs. Root's husband was a foreign representative for Eastman Kodak, and these dolls represent their world travel that spanned the years between the two world wars. Dainty and elegant, some of these dolls are made with materials no longer used and are hand-painted with artistic techniques. Additions to the collection have been possible as donors have given one or more dolls to the Library in recent years.

Ukrainian Eggs

2nd Floor: During January, February, and March of each year- explore the art, symbolism and joy in creating pysanky. Pysanky are Ukrainian Easter Eggs, decorated using beeswax and dyes that are applied in layers.

Preserve Photographs

2nd Floor: Featured are a set of photographs by James Rodwell that highlights native flowers of the 60 acre Matanzas Pass Preserve located near the library.

Shell Collection

2nd Floor: Housed in multiple cases on the second floor are a collection of shells from around the world, many from the local shores. Thanks to Ruth and Jeff Brame, two early settlers on the Beach, who began the initial collection. In recent years shells have been added to the treasures from the collections of Mary Ellen Bradford, Sylvia Van Bergen and Susan Yehle.

Vintage Photographs

2nd Floor: On the 2nd floor near the elevator, one can find vintage photos of Fort Myers Beach yesteryear, and near the water fountains on the same floor, post cards of Fort Myers Beach that were part of each succeeding decade.

Contemporary Paintings

2nd Floor: Enjoy the gathering of abstract paintings featuring a permanent collection donated by local artist Donald Musto.

Bird Photographs

2nd Floor: A variety of Florida bird photographs by Lana Petersen are available to the left of the bay window near the Florida Collection.

Island Tour

3rd Floor: Enjoy a Fort Myers Beach Historic Island Tour by taking in the map "Footprints in Time" offering a self-guided QR Code tour of historic landmark vistas.

Sand Sculpture

3rd Floor: Rotating sand sculpture displays courtesy of The Sand Lovers and their apprentices.

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