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Sanibel library can help tackle back-to-school needs

By Staff | Aug 29, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Crafts follow Family Storytime on most Wednesdays and Thursdays.

For those looking for back-to-school resources, the Sanibel Public Library offers Mango – an online language learning tool – in addition to shelves of books and other materials.

More than 70 languages are offered on the app, which can be used offline for those not on WiFi.

In addition, library cardholders can borrow eBooks and audiobooks via the Hoopla app. Hoopla offers an extensive S.T.E.A.M. collection for children and adults.

The library not only offers print copies of newspapers, but also the NewsBank service. With NewsBank, library cardholders can search a single newspaper, a select group of sources from home. Online access to local and world news is available 24/7.

“This comprehensive resource offers hundreds of millions of current and archived full-text articles from thousands of news sources, including Naples Daily News and Miami Herald, or magazines like Newsweek, or National Review,” Reference Librarian Candace Heise said.

PHOTO PROVIDED Families can enjoy the Think Tank on Fridays.

It includes the electronic editions of more than 2,700 verified U.S. news sources.

Downloadable magazines, including Discover, Popular Science, National Geographic, Newsweek, Smithsonian, and Popular Mechanics, are available through the RB digital app.

Library cardholders can also use the on-demand video streaming service Kanopy, which includes The Great Courses collection.

For help using NewsBank or other reference services, like Morningstar or Consumer Reports, or for help borrowing from the eShelf, call 239-472-2483 to set up an appointment with library staff.

The following weekly programs for youth will resume today, Aug. 28:

– Family Storytime: Most Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. For preschoolers and their caregivers, the program helps develop pre-reading skills through songs and stories.

– After-School Crew: Most Thursdays at 3 p.m. Kindergarten through fifth graders will get to meet some new books and enjoy puzzles, games, crafts and snacks.

For program scheduling, refer to the library’s online calendar at www.sanlib.org.

There is no registration required nor additional cost to participate.

Come play in the Think Tank on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The MagixBox projects interactive images from the ceiling to the floor. Squish mosquitoes, crush eggs or make a trail of stars. It teaches children to use modern technology and to cooperate with others.

The Sanibel Public Library will be closed on Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day.

At 10 a.m. Sept. 10, licensed insurance professional Anthony Idaspe, with the Informed Choice Insurance Agency, will present a program about Medicare choices. It is for educational purposes, no plan-specific details will be shared. Idaspe is not connected with the federal Medicare program.

Idaspe will repeat his program on Sept. 26 at 10 a.m.

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

Visitor library cards are available for a $10 annual fee.

The Sanibel Public Library is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call 239-472-2483 or visit online at www.sanlib.org.

The Sanibel Public Library is at 770 Dunlop Road.