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Sanibel Public Library features stained glass jewelry display

By Staff | Jul 16, 2010

Stained glass jewelry created by Zdenka Fiala is on display at the Sanibel Public Library. The display will be up through July.

It’s not just about books at the Sanibel Public Library.

At least 12 times a year the library features displays including jewelry, art, shells and the personal collections of staff and residents.

Right now residents and visitors can check out the art of stained glass.

Stained glass jewelry created by Zdenka Fiala is on display at the Sanibel Public Library. The display will be up through July.

Fiala, a regular at the library, said her work combines her artistic and technical side. She is a civil engineer in Fort Myers.

The native Switzerland Czech Republic woman said she enjoys playing with color and form to create stained glass jewelry.

“I have a good eye for it.” she said.

Margaret Mohundro, the Sanibel Library director, said she expects the newly installed exhibit to be a hit with patrons.

“The stained glass jewelry is beautiful,” she said.

Mohundro said collections add more to patrons library experience making it multi-dimensional.

“We like to include displays of different community members work,” Mohundro said. “We highlight various collections. It’s another facet to the library.”

The library usually puts up 12 displays a year – generally one a a month. Over time these displays have included dolls, replicas of Calusa Native Americans masks and the private shell collections of the library staff. With the collections library books relating to the subject matter is usually displayed near by.

“Its a good way to promote the library collection as well,” Mohundro said.

There are two display cases available for use. If anyone is interested in featuring a collection or display in one of the library’s two glass display cases, contact the library at 472-2483.

Availability is on a first-come first-serve basis.