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Sanibel library features displays of shells, White House ornaments

By Staff | Dec 4, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Jeffrey Oths with Bob and Cookie Dugger’s shell collection.

The Sanibel Public Library offers a variety of programs and activities for adults and youth.

Shell aficionado Jeffrey P. Oths is displaying nearly 100 pieces from his Victorian antique shell art collection in the main entrance lobby. He recently added some new pieces to the display. In addition, Elsie Malone’s collection of Florida and Caribbean shells is on display in the main entrance lobby.

Oths moved to Sanibel in 2003 but was a shell collector for more than 30 years before living on the island. He is past president of the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club and past chair of the annual Shell Festival. Oths has been an artistic judge at the annual Shell Festival. An avid sheller, he has found some rare specimens, including the long spined star shell (astralium phoebium), which had never previously been documented on Sanibel.

Oths’ display includes many antique, shell-encrusted items like a Victorian shoe, dioramas, pincushions, mother-of-pearl opera glasses, carved cameos, thimble-holders and postcard box.

Also, Bob and Cookie Dugger’s shell collection is on display near the large meeting room near the main entrance lobby. Their 100-plus shell collection was arranged and organized by Oths. The Duggers retired to Sanibel and built cottages on West Gulf Drive in the late 1950s.

PHOTO PROVIDED Official White House Christmas ornaments collection on display.

Over 40 of the White House Historical Association’s Official Christmas Ornaments are on display in December. They are part of a collection owned by Don Lambrix, which dates back to the early 1980s.

The library’s Book Discussion Group is reading “Queen Bee” by Dorothea Benton Frank. The next discussion will be held on Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. No registration is required to participate.

Also, the following weekly programs are available for youth:

– Family Storytime: Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. with Youth Service Librarian Deanna Evans. For preschoolers and their caregivers, the program helps develop pre-reading skills through songs and stories. No program scheduled for Dec. 4-5.

– After-School Crew: Thursdays at 3 p.m. with Youth Service Librarian Deanna Evans. Kindergarten through fifth graders will get to meet some new books and enjoy puzzles, games, crafts and snacks. No program scheduled for Dec. 5.

There is no registration required nor additional cost to participate.

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

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.

The library will be closed on Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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

The Sanibel Public Library is at 770 Dunlop Road.