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Library staff to share their talents with community

By Staff | Feb 5, 2009

In a time when money is tight and in many cases paying for extra fringes are being put on hold, staff at The Sanibel Public Library are volunteering their time to educate and entertain the community.

The staff decided to showcase their individual talents for a new program called Employee Presentation Week. During the week of Feb. 8th to 14th the Sanibel Library staff will conduct programs and presentations. The programs reflect the skills and multi-talented backgrounds of various staff members, according to Margaret Mohundro, Executive Director of the Sanibel Library. And the programs vary from scrap book page making to working with wolves.

On Monday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Office Manager Cathy Hed will present her program “Creating a Scrapbook Page.” The following day, Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m., Children’s Librarian Barb Dunkle will demonstrate her artistic skills in her program, “Playing with Your Food.” On Thursday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m., IT Manager Joanne Wessels discusses her work with wolves in “Wolves: Up Close and Personal.” Matters become historical when on Friday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m., Collection Development Supervisor Duane Shaffer continues the library series devoted to the Civil War with the “Battle of Chancellorsville.”

“It’s nice because so many people know many of the staff members,” Mohundro said.

The program in its inaugural year drew more than 70 people to the first program Betsy Eidem’s “Food and Fables” was presented to a standing room only crowd on Jan. 23rd, Mohundro said.

Mohundro and the staff are delighted to be able to present their hobbies and talents to the community.

Joanne Wessels, the library’s IT manager, will talk about her experience working with wolf pups at the International Wolfe Center in Ely, Minn. She said she looks forward to sharing her experiences with others.

“It just all ties in the library’s mission of lifelong learning,” Mohundro said.

The Library is located at 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, FL 33957.

By Telephone (239) 472-2483 or online at www.sanlib.org.