Anna 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.
“We Are Water” by author Wally Lambs is a heart warming novel about family, marriage, and how strong a human can be in a time of a tragedy.
Wally Lambs We Are Water
This alternating character perspective book will have you glued to your chair in your own world. You’ll forget you’re even on vacation at all! This story truly grabs the readers attention and will have you hooked on the first page.
Told from many character’s perspectives, this book is thrilling to read. Dealing with family, divorce, marriage and understanding you won’t want to put this down.
To read a full description check out the Amazon page, I don’t want to give any of this novel away!
With toes in the sand, there is nothing better than a good beach read. Just make sure you put on plenty of sunblock too!
For more great beach reads check out the IslandReal.com local scene page. From time to time we update our blog with great things locals are reading.
Holmes Beach – There is a public library on Anna Maria Island and it is located at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217: For more information call (941) 778-6341 or visit the cities website under the main menu of Libraries. Note: as of late the library has cut back hours so check for open hours prior to planning your trip to our Anna Maria Island Library. Of course they have several computers with World Wide Web access. In addition they have a wi-fi hot spot that is free however not secure. Their children’s department is good with games, puzzles, etc. You can take out VHS tapes, Audio tapes, puzzles, magazines, as well ad DVD’s. For visitors there is a charge to join the library. For local residents there is no fee.