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Library checking out free passes for area activities

By Staff | Jul 2, 2019

Explore a family attraction, enjoy a concert, set sail on a sightseeing cruise, or participate in an art workshop or hula class – all for free – with a simple trip to the Captiva Memorial Library.

The Lee County Library System features a program in which adult cardholders can “check out” Cultural Enrichment Passes that provide free access to area institutions. The participating venues include the: Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium, Golisano Children’s Museum, and Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum; Gulf Coast Symphony and Southwest Florida Symphony; Pure Florida; and Alliance for the Arts. The Sanibel shell museum is currently closed due to a renovation project.

“It provides them with the opportunity to access all these wonderful resources in Lee County,” island Branch Manager Colleen Barany said. “And it’s a great way for a family to stretch their dollars.”

The passes are limited to one checkout per adult cardholder per year.

“If they come to the library and check it out, they have seven days to use it,” she said.

After the seven-day borrowing period, the passes cannot be renewed. They also cannot be placed on hold and are subject to availability, as only one or two passes for each venue are at each branch.

“Once the pass is checked out, it’s unavailable for everyone else,” Barany said.

The passes will automatically be checked in when they expire.

They are not subject to late fees or fines.

The Cultural Enrichment Passes provide the following:

– Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers

Access to hula classes, art workshops and theatre plays.

– Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel

Library patrons within same immediate family may use for free admission.

– Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium, 3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers

Free admission for five family members or friends, plus 10 percent off each item in gift shop.

– Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Road, Naples

Free admission for adults with children; admitting four in total.

– Gulf Coast Symphony at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers

Two tickets to a concert; blackout dates may apply. Limit one per household per year.

– Pure Florida, Fort Myers and Naples

One ticket on any 90-minute daytime sightseeing cruise leaving from The Marina at Edison Ford, at 2360 W. First St., Fort Myers, or the Tin City Marina, at 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples.

– Southwest Florida Symphony, 8290 College Parkway, Fort Myers

Two tickets to a concert; blackout dates may apply. Limit one per household per year.

While most of the passes are available at all of the Lee County Library System’s 13 branches, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is only offered at the Captiva and Lakes Regional libraries. Barany noted that before the museum closed for its renovations, patrons were utilizing the passes.

“We did get some people at that point,” she said.

In addition, the passes to the Alliance for the Arts are only available through the Lakes Regional Library, Fort Myers Regional Library and Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Library; not the island library.

“But, their library card is good at any branch of the library system,” Barany said.

She encouraged adult cardholders to take advantage of the opportunity.

“This is everything from a symphony and a cruise, to a children’s museum – this is great stuff,” Barany said. “And it doesn’t cost anything, so come on in.”

Those with expired library cards will need to bring in a current ID card to renew.

The Captiva Memorial Library is open Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 239-533-4890 or visit www.leelibrary.net.

The Captiva Memorial Library is at 11560 Chapin Lane.