These warm summer afternoons are the perfect time to sit back, reading glasses on and an iced drink in hand, and read a good book. We are so fortunate here on Pine Island to have a fabulous public library with its assortment of books, ebooks, DVDs and special programs a great place to borrow a book for your summer reading, but don't bring your iced drink to the library. But if you want to own a book, to be able to highlight interesting information or literary passages, to tab down a page to mark your spot, to give it to a friend when you have finished reading, then the book section in the Gift Shop of the Museum of the Islands (MOTI) is just the place for you. You will find a terrific selection on the shelves.
Want to read about fish, butterflies, trees, birds, flowers and other natural science of this subtropical area? Or are you interested in local history written by local authors? Or is adventure your thing? Non-fiction, poetry, cookbooks, or novels? They're all here on the shelves at MOTI.
Best sellers at the museum include Bob Macomber's Honor series, Carl Haissen's hilarious tales, Mary Kay Stevens, Georgie Maclean,and Elaine Jordan for local histories. Local writers Luella and Clarence Bredhold have their two volumes of travel adventures here. And Captain Kirk Walter writes of the Boat Goat. The latest edition of Phil Buchanan's Natural History Guide to Pine Island is here, as well as the photo scrapbook of Joseph Riley. There are D.L. Havlin novels, Wendy Mills' mysteries, Nancy Leake's poetry, and a compilation of the Writers of Pine Island.
John Fisher, one of MOTI’s most active volunteers, holds one of the books available.
Florida histories include Patrick Smith's renowned writings, Peter Mathiessen's Doc Watson masterpiece, books on early explorations, and the excellent Images of America series with photograph-loaded books on Pine Island, Cape Coral and other nearby places.
In the non-fiction realm, the beautiful series of Fabulous Florida books include issues on Lighthouses, Flowers, Trees, Waterbirds, Seashells, and other topics. There are books about beaches, the Keys, Florida baseball, orchids, fishing and boats. Pocket guides are also available at the museum. So stop by and take a look. Who knows.you may go home with a good book of your very own to enjoy.
MOTI is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday during the summer, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. MOTI is located across the parking lot from the Pine Island Library and across the street from Phillips Park and its swimming pool in the Center.