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Sanibel library offers holiday selfies, book talks and more

By Staff | Dec 19, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Visitors take a holiday selfie at the Sanibel Public Library.

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

The library’s Book Discussion Group will discuss “Queen Bee,” by Dorothea Benton Frank, today – Dec. 18 – at 10 a.m. No registration is required to participate in the discussion. The group will meet next on Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. for a discussion about “Chances Are” by Richard Russo.

Copies of book discussion books are offered in a variety of formats, including audiobook, eBook and large print. All are welcome. February’s book will be “The Dutch House,” by Ann Patchett.

Stop by on Dec. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon to test drive a virtual reality viewer. Ages 13 and older can enjoy “Deep Sea Adventure: Whale Encounter and Coral Reef,” a VR underwater world.

Also, the following weekly programs are available for youth:

PHOTO PROVIDED Visitors take a holiday selfie at the Sanibel Public Library.

– 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.

– 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 will be held on Dec. 26.

There is no registration required nor additional cost to participate.

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

Stop by the Selfie Station in the library’s main lobby and take with holiday props.

Need help organizing and planning that holiday dinner? The library has an abundance of materials to help. For those looking for culinary inspiration, try a cookbook like “The Best of America’s Test kitchen 2020,” or the classic – yet updated for 2019 – “Joy of Cooking.” There also are magazines with holiday tips, including “Martha Stewart Living” and “Bon Apptit.” The library also offers music streaming services – Freegal and Hoopla – with millions of songs, including holiday playlists.

In addition, the Sanibel Public Library loans out cooking kits, which check out like library books. The kits are circulated in bags with a coordinating cookbook and instructions. Some of the kits are especially handy at this time of year, like the dip server, cookie kit, pie, cake or tart kits, or crpe kit.

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 Dec. 24-25 for the Christmas holiday and on Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day. In addition, the library will close early on New Year’s Eve – Dec. 31 – at 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.