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Library adds dozens of large-print bestsellers to collection

By Staff | Oct 30, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Family Storytime craft at the Sanibel Public Library.

Nearly 100 new, large-print fiction books recently were added to the collection at Sanibel Public Library, including bestsellers by James Patterson, Stephen King, Clive Cussler and Debbie Macomber.

The library also offers the Reader’s Digest magazine in large print.

Large-print materials have a type size that is easier to read for individuals with low vision, or for people who want to take a break from using their reading glasses. The library has a desktop magnifier for use for reading newspapers and books, which was donated by Alwyn Johnson in memory of her husband, Dr. Irving S. Johnson.

The SPL also is offering a variety of programs for adults and youth.

Stop by the library on Nov. 1 from 10 to noon to test drive a virtual reality viewer. Patrons ages 12 and older can enjoy “Deep Sea Adventure: Whale Encounter and Coral Reef,” a VR underwater world.

On Nov. 4, visitors will have the chance to make holiday crafts from damaged vintage books or library ephemera from 5 to 7 p.m. Supplies will be provided. The activity will be open to ages 13 and older.

Learn how to teach a robot simple commands like roll, flip, spin, and color change during Sphero programs on Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon and Nov. 7 from 3 to 4 p.m. Open to ages 6 and older, have a Sphero race against friends or drive a Sphero ball around the library. No registration is required.

Open to ages 12 to 18, Tasty Thanksgiving Decor will be held on Nov. 18 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the library. Come hang out, socialize, craft and eat. Reservations requested at 239-472-2483.

The library’s Book Discussion Group will hold its first meeting of the season on Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. The book to be reviewed is “The Nickel Boys,” by Colson Whitehead, which has been longlisted for the National Book Award. The book for December will be “Queen Bee,” by Dorothea Benton Frank.

In addition, the following weekly programs are available for youth:

– Family Storytime: Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. through Nov. 21 with Youth Service Librarian Deanna Evans. For preschoolers and their caregivers, the program helps develop pre-reading skills through songs and stories.

– After-School Crew: Thursdays at 3 p.m. through Nov. 21 with Youth Service Librarian Deanna Evans. Kindergarten through fifth graders will get to meet some new books and enjoy puzzles, games, crafts and snacks.

There is no registration required nor additional cost to participate.

For more information, refer to the library’s online calendar at www.sanlib.org.

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.

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. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the library is closed on Sundays.

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

The Sanibel Public Library is at 770 Dunlop Road.