This morning I learned of the death of a man I did not know.
When the Director of the Fort Myers Beach Library arrived on Sunday morning to open the library for their special weekend book sale, he was fatally stabbed. I don’t know what the motive was. I can’t imagine the how or why someone would attack someone who provides the services that a library offers. My mind is blown. I did not know Dr. Leroy Hommerding, but I feel his murder deeply.
Whenever a library staff person has to open or close a library alone, they are at risk. (This goes for recreation center staff and retail sales people who are often required to report for work alone).
So, the next time you are in your local library branch, smile, be kind, say “Thank you.” Remember that we are here to help you – find a book, print your boarding pass, find a phone number, answer your questions, recommend a movie, help you learn a new skill, and connect to your community.
Rest in peace Dr. Hommerding. Thank you for your service to the community and the library you loved.