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Sanibel library adds more resources to eShelf

By Staff | Apr 22, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Duane Shaffer, with Sanibel Public Library, explains how to use Ancestry.com remotely.

Due to the state stay-at-home order, the Sanibel Public Library remains closed until further notice.

While it is closed, digital borrowing is open. New or recently-expanded services include:

– Many new eBooks and audiobooks have recently been added to the eShelf, including 20 children’s and young adult eBooks.

– This month, Hoopla digital has made a collection of eBooks, movies, TV shows, music and comics available for unlimited borrows. A special focus on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day includes audiobooks for children and adults.

– Ancestry.com is now available to library patrons from home.

PHOTO PROVIDED Sanibel Public Library patrons can access eBooks and other materials from home.

– Video streaming service Kanopy is making part of its collection available for unlimited viewing during this time.

“In keeping with the governor’s ‘stay-at-home’ order we urge everyone to avoid unnecessary travel, and keep your currently checked-out items,” Director Margaret Mohundro said. “Please do not return any material until the library reopens. All user fees have been waived.”

Watch the library’s Website, local newspapers and social media for updates.

Operationally, the library noted that:

– All overdue fines and user fees are waived during the closure.

– The library is implementing automatic renewal of library cards.

– All books and other materials placed on hold by users will be suspended and remain on hold for pickup when library reopens.

– The book drops are locked closed.

– The library’s eShelf and all online services remain available 24/7.

Due to the closure, Ancestry.com is available to patrons from home. The service typically can only be accessed from within the library, but will be available remotely for a few weeks. Users must enter a password to gain access, the password is books11. To get started, visit the Genealogy section of the library’s Website, under the Resources page. If you are having problems, email notices@sanlib.org.

To access the library’s online services, choose “eShelf” from the homepage. Your PIN is the last four digits of your library card. Library staff have created helpful “how to” videos at the News Blog.

Card holders can borrow eBooks and audiobooks via the OverDrive Libby app. It offers many children’s books in a variety of languages, including Spanish, German and French. To add more choices of eBooks to borrow, you can add additional library collections ie: SWFLN (Southwest Florida Library Network). Tap on the “Add a Library” from within the Libby app.

Many new eBooks have recently been added to the SWFLN eShelf. When borrowing eBooks from SWFLN, use your Sanibel Public Library card number in the Libby app. Your PIN should be the last four digits of your library card number.

The Hoopla Digital app also allows users to stream movies, TV shows, comics and music. With Hoopla, all material can be accessed simultaneously – no holds.

The library offers Mango, an online language learning tool, with more than 70 languages offered. It can be used on a desktop or mobile device. The app can be used offline if not on WiFi.

Downloadable magazines, including Soap Opera Digest, Newsweek, Prevention, Oprah, Star, Reader’s Digest, Harper’s Bazaar, and Food Network Magazine, are available through the RB digital app.

Cardholders can stream from the Kanopy app, which showcases over 30,000 titles, including award-winning documentaries, hard-to-find films, indies and classics.

The Freegal music app offers access to about 3 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.

Students can access Encyclopedia Britannica’s vast collection of entries, multimedia content, magazine and journal articles, primary sources and e-books, web resources, and a world atlas. Search by keyword, or browse among topic areas and biographies. Start at the SPL’s Resources page at sanlib.org.

Also found at the Resources page are thousands of recipes at AtoZ World Food or AtoZ Food America.

“We appreciate the Sanibel Public Library board’s healthy budget to provide a variety of material for patrons to borrow,” Mohundro said. “Support from the library foundation has increased funding for grants to obtain additional eBooks and downloadable audiobooks.”

All programs and meetings are postponed or canceled.

The library is providing further information and frequent updates at www.sanlib.org.

Questions and comments may be directed to notices@sanlib.org.