FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- The Fort Myers Beach Library is officially holding it's grand opening. It's a two-day celebration dedicating the new expansion of the library.
"I just think we are so fortunate on Fort Myers Beach to have such a library," said island resident, Betty Simpson.
Betty Simpson spends one day a week browsing through the isles of the library.
"I like the books and I like the discs we are able to play in the car, during this time of the year, we have a lot of traffic on our island."
And now, she has 86,000 books to choose from, from inside the newly expanded building. But, this grand opening is a long time coming. At one point, the project was actually put on hold because a group of people didn't want to see it happen.
"Once the money was actually in place, and like I said six weeks before we are suppose to go out and sign a contract, we have a group of people say oh this building is to big, you don't need this," Library Director Leroy Hommerding.
But, the project moved forward; the library officially opened a few months ago. This weekend the city will dedicate their new landmark. The beach library doubled in size. It's now equipped with a children's center, a cafe, public wi-fi, and a living room.
"This is a small community, and for us to have a state of the art library like we have is just awesome," said Simpson.
The grand opening will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday.