An Update From Annette

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Last month we started an Amazon Wish List for Book Nook owner Annette Stillson who lost all of her books when Hurricane Ian came through her location in Santini Plaza. Annette reached out to us Monday and she wanted to pass these kind words along to all of you…

“I Wanted to thank you again. Can never express my appreciation enough.  Your listeners  driving down have brought me books by the carload. I received one carload today from Michigan and carloads from New York and Georgia the other day. I have also received books all the way from Australia.”

Annette has owned Annette’s Book Nook in Santini Plaza for 13 years. When Hurricane Ian hit, she lost 10,000 books.

Annette’s little book store has been a favorite for both beach residents and tourists alike since 2009. Annette tells Beach Talk Radio News once Santini Plaza is cleaned up and ready to be occupied by businesses again she’ll be back.

As with so many damaged structures on the island pinning down an exact date on reopening is impossible. Santini Plaza suffered extensive damage and work is being done every day to clean it out and make it operable again.

You can still help Annette so she’s fully stocked when Santini Plaza is ready to open. Here is our Amazon Book Wish List.

Let’s continue fill Annette’s house and garage with books….and with a little 2023 happiness.

25 COMMENTS

  1. I have a lot of paperback books and other books as well that I am more than willing to donate if someone can get in touch with me I would greatly appreciate it

  2. Retired teacher, formerly Ft. Myers resident/born, would be happy to come down and help when you are “ready” to reopen! Some basic experience with libraries and books!

  3. Hi. Anette, I have 284 (so far) books, mostly hardcover (book club) SciFi. Are these something you are interested in? If not, is there another place that can take them? I plan on being back down to FL May or June, would you be ready for them by then? We also have some hardcover cookbooks we can donate.

    • She will take used, fiction/non-fiction.
      Book donations needed for Ian Recovery.Call Annette at 239-671-6299 if you can gather used books for Annette Stillson to help her rebuild her Fort Myers Beach Bookstore. She lost 10,000 books and the store and hopes to re-open this summer.

  4. Going in to goodwills and thrift stores will get some older but still satisfying books in there for a great variety…just a thought!

  5. Anyone thinking of getting started with a ‘Book-Mobile’? Seems like BTR & Yellow Army could handle a real ‘book drive’ – no problem!

  6. My family and I have been coming to Fort Myers Beach for over 30+ years. We have stayed at the Gull Wing condos ever since it was built 15+ years ago. We have so many wonderful memories of Fort Myers Beach and it breaks our hearts to see what is happening down there.

    I have spent many happy hours at Santini Plaza shops, restaurants, and the Book Nook. I am the manager of one of the Friends Of The Library organizations in Ohio. I have access to thousands of books and would be happy to help Annette rebuild her inventory. My family will personally donate books to the Book Nook! Just let me know how to contact Annette. Thank you Beach Talk Radio for all the information you have been putting online. It has helped us out of towners who love FMB stay connected and in touch with the place we love so much.

    • Call Annette at 239-671-6299 if you can gather used books for Annette Stillson to help her rebuild her Fort Myers Beach Bookstore. She lost 10,000 books and the store and hopes to re-open this summer.
      Linda

    • Linda M Miller
      December 30, 2022 At 10:26 am
      She will take used, fiction/non-fiction.
      Book donations needed for Ian Recovery.Call Annette at 239-671-6299 if you can gather used books for Annette Stillson to help her rebuild her Fort Myers Beach Bookstore. She lost 10,000 books and the store and hopes to re-open this summer.

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