Thursday, January 27, 2022

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Library Patrons Read 33,000 Books

How many books can Collier County residents read in two months? Well, those participating in the Collier County Public Library’s “Libraries Rock” Summer Reading Program read more than 33,000 books.

There were 2,566 patrons (adults, teenagers and kids) who registered for the 2018 summer reading program. Patrons participating in the summer reading program read 33,224 books between June 4, the date the program started, and July 27, the day the program ended. And of those, 1428 patrons read 10 books or more.

  •   East Naples Branch – 1,086 books
  •   Estates Branch – 5,049 books
  •   Everglades Branch – 75 books
  •   Golden Gate Branch – 2,879 books
  •   Headquarters Regional Branch – 12,488 books
  •   Immokalee Branch – 3,466 books
  •   Marco Island Branch – 1,216 books
  •   Naples Regional Branch – 1,681 books
  •   South Regional Branch – 2,155 books
  •   Vanderbilt Beach Branch – 1,249 books

One of the on-going goals of the program is to help community members stop the “Summer Slide”, a term coined to stop the loss of academic skills and knowledge among children who are out of the classroom during the summer.

Reversing the “Summer Slide” is critical as summer learning loss accounts for two-thirds of the ninth-grade achievement gap in reading, per the National Summer Learning Association. Reading has also been found to be a crucial tool in maintaining a child’s education interest.

For more information, contact the Collier County Public Library Division at (239) 593-0334 or visit us online at

Join the Arbor Day Foundation Receive 10 Free Trees

Everyone who joins this month will receive one of the following tree packages based on their location: 10 Arizona Cypress, 10 Live Oak or 10 Mix trees including eastern redbud, white pine, sugar maple, white flowering dogwood, pin oak, red maple, river birch, silver maple, northern red oak and Colorado blue spruce.

“These trees will also add to the proud heritage of your state’s Tree City USA communities.” Harris continued. “For the past 40 years, Tree City USA has supported effective urban forestry management across the country and planting these trees will enhance this tree-planting tradition.”

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between October 15 and December 10. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Easy-to-follow planting instructions are enclosed with each shipment of trees.

To receive the 10 free trees, send a $10 membership contribution to Ten Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by September 30, 2018, or join online at

Bonita Bay Club hosts $100,000 USTA Women’s Tournament

Bonita Bay Club has been selected to host a $100,000 USTA Women’s Professional Circuit tennis tournament. The USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the U.S. Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players. Players ranked from 30 to 60 in the world according to the USTA will compete in the 2019 tournament at Bonita Bay Club, which is one of only two of its level in the country, and the first in Southwest Florida.

The USTA tournament is one of three major tennis events Bonita Bay Club is hosting this upcoming season. The Club will also host a collegiate open tournament with Florida Gulf Coast University Friday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Oct 28. The 38th Annual Naples-Ft. Myers Challenge will also return to Bonita Bay Club Saturday, Nov. 10.

For more information, visit or call the membership office at 239-949-5061.

Name Your Price Adoptions at DAS

Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is offering name your price adoptions through the month of September. The shelter is full and there are many homeless pets seeking their forever homes.

Those that are unable to adopt a pet are encouraged to volunteer for DAS or donate to the DAS Donation Trust Fund. The Donation Trust Fund provides medical care for sick and injured homeless animals.

Adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, microchip, age appropriate vaccinations, flea treatment, heartworm test for dogs, FELV/FIV test for cats, rabies vaccination and 30 days of free pet insurance. That’s a value of more than $400.

For more information on DAS, visit, stop by the shelter at 7610 Davis Blvd., Naples, Florida 34104, or call (239) 252-PETS (7387). Visit the Immokalee shelter at 405 Sgt. Joe Jones Road, Immokalee, Florida 34142, or call at (239) 252-7065.

Pepper Ranch Preserve Sunflower Weekend

Collier County’s Conservation Collier Program announces two special sunflower viewing weekends at the Pepper Ranch Preserve, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily, September 28-30, and October 5-7.  These weekends are scheduled to coincide with the spectacular annual blooming display of the Pepper Ranch Preserve’s Southeastern Sunflowers (Helianthus agrestis).  All signs indicate there will be notable blooming this year.

Visitors will have the opportunity to visit the historic Pepper Ranch Preserve and will be permitted to drive their personal vehicles through the preserve to the sunflower fields. Please note that the main ranch road to the sunflower fields is not paved.   Visitors must first check in at the Visitor Center for the main ranch road gate code.

Wildlife commonly observed at the ranch includes wild turkey, caracara, hog, deer, alligator, and sandhill cranes.  Cameras are encouraged!

For more information, please call 239-252-2957.

SBA’s Disaster Loans for Algae Blooms

Low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)s from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to Florida small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and private nonprofit organizations affected by toxic algal blooms beginning June 1, 2018 including  Lee and Martin counties, and the adjacent counties of Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie in Florida.

SBA’s Customer Service Representatives will be available at a Business Recovery Center in Lee County and Martin County to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications.

Eligible entities may qualify for loans up to $2 million. The SBA offers economic injury loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. The rates on these loans are 3.61 percent for small businesses and 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Eligibility for these working capital loans are based on the size and type of business and its financial resources. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

Applications and program information are available by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing Loan applications can also be downloaded at Completed applications should be returned to a center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

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