Storytime at the library

We put a smile on kids’ faces and encourage them to read. Friends sponsor the refreshments at children’s events, pay for decorations and supplies as well as prizes for reading programs.

Reading with Luis Carlos Montalvan & Tuesday

Friends sponsored the sale of Tuesday Tucks Me In, a day in the life of a service dog extraordinaire and tail-wagging ambassador for all things uplifting in the world. Tuesday posed for photos too.

Earth Day Celebration

Friends funded kid’s learning activities on the Cornog Plaza .

Cooking for Two with Chef Warren Caterson

At this Friends-sponsored program, Chef Warren brought his practical and inexpensive cooking tips to a demonstration. “Cooking for Two” featured shrimp scampi that was served to the audience with a chance to purchase several couples’ meal cookbooks.

Patrick Smith’s Florida

In this Friends-sponsored program Patrick Smith’s son, Rick, brought his father’s famous novel, A Land Remembered, to life. Through stories and photographs of the author’s research into Florida’s history the audience learned how his famous books were written. Patrick made video appearances throughout the program.

Enjoy a Holiday Concert

A large audience enjoyed music of the season by the Cypress Lake High School for the Performing Arts. A great way for everyone to get in the holiday spirit.

Making of a King Tut Documentary

After a showing of The Curse of Tutankhamun, filmmaker Connie Bottinelli of Grinning Dog Pictures talked about the challenges and rewards of making this movie in Egypt for this Discovery Channel. Another Friends-sponsored program.

The History of Magic

Tony Noice, magician, actor, and theater professor told how magic has been performed through the ages…and how it still amazes up close and personal…at this Friends-sponsored program.

Join a beading class

Adult craft classes enrich local lives. Friends fund the instructor and supplies for these popular library programs.

Meet the Friends

Our library is the heart of our community providing a safe and welcoming place for young and old to gather, learn, connect, and have fun.


Be a friend. Become a MEMBER.


Check out our calendar for programs, events and meetings.

About Us

Many of the young families who patronize the library have limited resources. Our library is a source of structured entertainment, reading activities, and recreation for their youngsters. Seniors in our community come to the library for books, for educational programs and for entertainment. The Friends make it possible for these services to be offered FREE to our community.

Imagine… the chatter of youngsters eager to pet Tuesday, the service dog, after his master finishes reading a book…

..the bobbing heads and tapping feet of a room full of seniors enjoying a concert from the high school of the performing arts…

…the laughter of people watching an audience member struggle to untangle the magician’s metal rings…

…the standing ovation for a speaker who’s brought Florida’s history to life.

FRIENDS make these things possible–through memberships, donations, book sales and grants. We encourage you to attend our programs, give a few hours of volunteer time, and become a MEMBER.

It takes more than good books to make a library…it takes FRIENDS!

Why Join?

  • Put smiles on children’s faces.
  • Bring talented performers and knowledgeable speakers to our area.
  • Meet people with common interests.
  • Receive a discount for ticketed events
  • Feel appreciated by the library’s hardworking staff.
  • Attend our celebratory Annual Meeting
  • Know that you’ve helped our Fort Myers library be a valuable resource in our community.

For Contributor, Benefactor, Lifetime and Business Members, you’ll also receive:

  • Recognition on the website
  • Promotion for Business members
Find Out more

Our Events

BOARD MEETINGS are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 3:00 PM at 1651 Lee St. Please check the calendar to verify the date. All meetings are open to the public. We hope you will come to hear what we’re doing and share your ideas.

Friends PROGRAMS are usually held on Monday evenings at 6:30 PM. Location: 1651 Lee St. next to the library parking lot. Our library campus programs are FREE to the public. Sign up for email updates.

Here’s what’s coming up…
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