Anna Maria Island gets its first Little Free Library

Anna Maria Islands first Little Free Library located in the city of Anna MariaAnna Maria – Two locals, Pat and Doug Copeland, are the first two people on Anna Maria Island to set up a Little Free Library, a book sharing initiative pushed by the international organization Little Free Library.

What is it you ask? From the Little Free Library website “It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.” 

A few years ago Pat Copeland was watching the nightly news when she saw a segment on Little Free Libraries. The idea was so intriguing to her that she asked her husband Doug, an Anna Maria Commissioner, to build her one for Christmas. After addressing objections from the city on the logistics of setting up a permanent outdoor library, a special ordinance was created that allowed 5 to be built in the city. They populated it with their own books and those of friends and it’s been a popular edition to the northern part of Anna Maria Island.

Pat and Doug encourage everybody to take a minute, head over to their Little Free Library located at 708 North Bay Boulevard and read a book.

The Blue Bistro Elin Hilderbrand leaves you hungry for more!

The Blue Bistro Elin Hilderbrand is a great beach read. Don’t you just love books that deliciously describe food?

Blue Bistro Elin Hildebrand

I love reading about what people are wearing and what they are eating, which is why I loved the easy breezy Blue Bistro novel. Even though it is set on another beach and in another bistro, I couldn’t help but visualize our own white sandy beaches of Anna Maria Island and the delicious kitchen of our local Beach Bistro for the backdrop as I read.

The story begins during the last summer of the hottest restaurant in town – The Blue Bistro. Questions immediately begin – if the restaurant is so successful then why are they closing? Does Fiona, the elusive head chef, have a terminal illness? Is the attractive owner, Thatcher, really as yummy as he seems?

The narrator, Adrienne, has worked in top hotels in exotic locations and vacation towns all over the world so getting a job as hostess seemed like easy work. However, once she gets past the fancy customers, the fantastic and fun drinks from the beach bar and the famous menu she immediately senses secrets deep within the building itself. In fact, the actual Bistro itself is probably the main character. Everything happens inside it’s cool walls, an oasis from the beating summer sun.

The Blue Bistro is a fantastic, light beach read perfect for the summer season. It has everything; mystery, romance, friendship, beautiful descriptions of gorgeous locations and delicious food. Honestly, I constantly craved some of the fictitious menu items! Grab this fun book for your bag and head to the beach!Blue Bistro Elin Hildebrand