BY MARCY SHORTUSE - When closing time at the Lee County Reference Room comes on Wednesday, June 6, a chapter will close in the annals of Boca Grande history, and only memories will remain.
Librarian Toni Vanover said they are hoping to re-open at the Fust on Monday, June 10. In the mean time, a lot of moving is required.
“We are working from the back to the front, starting with packing up the kids’ area,” she said. “The movies will remain on the shelves until the last minute, but the computers will be gone soon, as well as the books.”
The Lee County Reference Room, located in the Boca Grande Community Center, was officially christened on Feb. 21, 1991, but had been in existence since 1987. Vanover said no one is quite sure when it actually became a reference room.
It all started with a thought from Nina Houghton and Dee Wheeler, two of the island’s well-known women who had a passion for children and programs with which to help them. The Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center was actually founded with the thought that the group would help to create a place for the island’s children to go after school (which was off-island at that time) and do their homework, with reference material.
So what started as a room with a handful of computers and books, magazines and newspapers, has come full circle with the help of Vanover, who has been there for more than a decade, and Mary Vickers, who was the librarian at the Fust until the building remodel began last year,
Vanover said they will be working in partnership with The Island School to make sure reading materials are still easily accessible to the children there.
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