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Sanibel library to offer book talk, WWII lecture and more

By Staff | Jan 29, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Author Ron Base will provide an overview of his books on Feb. 3 at the Sanibel Public Library.

The Sanibel Public Library is offering a variety of upcoming programs and activities.

“The Lady is a Champ” book talk with Carol Polis will be held today, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. Polis is a cancer survivor and the theme of her presentation is “With Courage, Anything is Possible.” Polis traveled throughout the world judging title boxing fights, plus two non-title heavyweight fights – Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes. She was on TV shows “What’s My Line?” and “To Tell the Truth” and appeared in the 1990 movie “Rocky V.”

A veteran of WWII, distinguished for his service as a U.S. Navy Pilot, Ed Sieber will review his role in sinking the Japanese battleship Yamato in April 1945 on Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. Yamato, along with her sister ship Musashi, were the largest battleships ever built in history. Sieber participated in other critical missions, which ultimately led to him being awarded the Silver Star, the U.S. Navy Cross and several Distinguished Flying ribbons.

Stop by the library on Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to noon to experience virtual reality. Patrons age 13 and older can enjoy “Deep Sea Adventure: Whale Encounter and Coral Reef,” a VR underwater world.

It is the 10th anniversary of the Sanibel Sunset Detective mystery novels, and author Ron Base will provide an overview of all of his books on Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. He will also offer signings and have copies of his new thriller for sale. Steeped in the atmosphere of the islands, Base’s humorous series follows private detective Tree Callister and his adventures with unexpected plot twists.

PHOTO PROVIDED “Bring Me the Head of the Sanibel Sunset Detective” by Ron Base

On Feb. 5 at 10 a.m., Brooks Robbins will present a multimedia program on Italian and German prisoners of war held in the United States during World War III.

In addition, 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. A special Saturday Family Storytime will be held on Feb. 1 at 10 a.m.

– 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.

Also, a Saturday Crafterday will be held on Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. for first- through sixth-graders.

PHOTO PROVIDED The Sanibel Public Library offers a variety of programs and activities for children.

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.

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

The Sanibel Public Library is at 770 Dunlop Road.