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Rotary Happenings: Learning with Sanibel Library

By Staff | Jan 21, 2015

When I was back in high school up in the Northeast, I had a teacher that believed no matter how cold it was outside in the winter, for the first five minutes of our English period all of our classroom widows should be wide-open.

This was done to wake up the brain cells and get blood flowing throughout the body.

Now we were ready for the day ahead. She told us, “That each day will present something new, something to stimulate learning, and something that will enrich our lives forever.

Learn all you can and read as much as you can.” On Sanibel we have many opportunities to be lifelong learnersbut the most impressive and most accessible collection of materials for doing this is available, to allfree of charge, at the Sanibel Library.

Our Rotary guest speaker recently was Margaret Mohundro, Director of the Sanibel Library. Sanibel Public Library has been named a 5-Star Library in the Library Journal annual America’s Star Libraries.

The Sanibel Public Library is the only Florida library to be named a Star Library. The Sanibel Public Library has also been honored by Florida Weekly as SW Florida’s Best Library in 2012.

It really is incredible, but the Sanibel Library is rated among the top-rated attractions on Sanibel and has a five-star rating on Trip-Advisor.

But who wouldn’t be impressed with this library? It has it all.

This really is not a hidden gem; Sanibel residents love this Library, snowbird residents love this Library, and visitors welcome the opportunity to use the Library as their own while visiting the Island.

The Library has an abundance of reading material, multi-media entertainment and educational material, internet/computer access and technical support, a well-used children’s library section, a long established book club and meeting space for community groups.

The Sanibel Public Library Foundation, Inc. provides financial support for enhanced services at the Library: providing funding for the Library Teen Space, where Island teens can collaborate on homework assignments and reading activities; underwriting and annual summer reading program for children, and supporting a pilot project to develop a computer lab and resources for genealogical research.

The Foundation also presents the annual Library Author Series with appearances by well-known prominent writers.

The future holds a great deal for the Library. The Library is trying to improve the usage of space throughout the Library and will be calling for public input on this sometime in the near future.

Focus will be placed on the needs and type of meeting space looked-for by the community.

As Margaret stated, “Knowing the history of Sanibel is important to our community”.

The library has started to digitalize it’s collection of notable documents, pictures, and filmed interviews that record the history of Sanibel and have them available to the public, all with fairly easy access.

This project is temporally being called Sanibel Memories. If you have any items that should be included in this project, call the library.

“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.” -Sidney Sheldon

Sanibel-Captiva Rotary has had an on-going relationship with the Sanibel Library continuing financial support in many ways and donating a children’s book in the name of our club’s guest speaker each week and this year will be no exception.

Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club President, Bill Rahe presented a $500 check to Margaret for the Sanibel Library’s programming for children.

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club meets every Friday Morning at 7:00 am at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, Sanibel. Guests are always welcomed.