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Library to feature holiday craft programs for children

December 17, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Sanibel Public Library will offer special crafts for youth in kindergarten to sixth grade.

On Dec. 27 and Jan. 3, participants can meet at 3 p.m. for holiday craft programs. Learn about books and create something new, plus a snack will be provided. It will replace the regular After-School Crew.

Experience the "Apollo 11 Lunar Mission in Virtual Reality" - a recreation of the events which took place in the summer of 1969 - on Dec. 28 from 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The 10- to 20-minute VR experience is for ages 10 and older. Registration is required at 239-472-2483 due to the session length.

The library will be closed on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for the New Year's holiday.

This season's Author Series will begin with Hampton Sides, the bestselling-author of "On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle," on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. Online ticket requests open on Jan. 2 at 9 a.m. and will be accepted for 24 hours. To submit a ticket request, visit

The library also hosts the following weekly programs for children:

- Family Story Time: Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. For young readers and their caregivers, the program helps develop pre-reading skills through songs and stories.

- After-School Crew: Thursdays at 3 p.m. Children in kindergarten through third grade will enjoy favorite books, never-knew-existed books, games and crafts, with a snack provided.

- Reading to Bessie: Rain-free Thursdays from 3:45 to 5 p.m. Have fun reading to Bessie, a bearded collie and Reading Education Assistance Dog. Participants can sign up on the spot.

- After-School Clique: Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Geared for children in fourth through sixth grade, the group will craft, build, make and play, with books and a provided snack thrown in.

The children's programs can be found on the calendar online.

Library cards are available to residents of Sanibel and Lee County at no charge.

The Sanibel Public Library is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Sundays.

For more information, call 239-472-2483 or visit online at

The Sanibel Public Library is at 770 Dunlop Road.



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