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Library to feature author talk, app education and more

By Staff | Feb 19, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED World War II memorabilia and models on display at the Sanibel Public Library.

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

The library’s Book Discussion Group will review “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett today, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m. Fran Poder will lead the discussion. Copies of the discussion books are offered in a variety of formats, including audiobook, eBook and large print. March’s book will be “Self Portrait with Boy,” by Rachel Lyon.

The library’s Duane Shaffer will present his WWII 1942 North African Campaign program on Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. He will focus on the battles of Tobruk, Mersa Matruh and El-Alamein.

Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, of the Bat Yam Temple of the Islands, will hold a book talk, ” … And Often the First Jew,” on Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. Over the past five years, he has spoken in over two dozen German churches. In them, he has been for many worshipers the first Jew they have ever seen. His aim in those sermons and lectures is to help Germans come to grips with the enormity of the Holocaust with an eye toward creating a better future. Fuchs’ father, Leo Fuchs, was arrested in his native city of Leipzig on Kristallnacht, Nov. 9, 1938. He was released from Dachau not long after and came to the United States. Although his father never spoke of that night, his experience has had a profound effect on Fuchs’ life and career.

Explore Virtual Reality on Feb. 24. Registration is required at 239-472-2483 for a time slot.

The VITA Program of United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties is available to help residents prepare and e-file their tax return if their 2019 household income was $66,000 or less. To make an appointment for one of the sessions at the library, contact 211 or 239-433-3900 or register online at UnitedWayLee.org.

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.

– 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.

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

Looking to ramp up your Mardi Gras? In addition to cookbooks, the library also lends cooking kits. Each kit includes an accompanying cookbook. Borrow the Bundt kit to make a King Cake, the loaf pan kit to make cornbread, the soup pot kit to make gumbo, or the paella kit to make jambalaya.

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.