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Sanibel library kicks off Summer Reading Program

By Staff | Jun 5, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Families are invited to register for the Sanibel Public Library's 2020 Summer Reading Program.

The Sanibel Public Library invites families to register for the 2020 Summer Reading Program.

As of June 1, all children – babies to age 18 – can sign up online to participate in the program. This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story.” Participants will receive a special gift; quantities are limited.

“We hope children will sign up for a fun-filled Summer Reading Program with a different look,” Youth Service Librarian Deanna Evans said. “The Sanibel Public Library is offering contact-less curbside service for those children who want to check out books for summer reading.”

As in years past, participants can read to earn books for their home library and for patients at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. For every two hours of reading, the Sanibel Public Library Foundation matches each book “earned” with a book for patients at the hospital. Since its inception in 2012, participants have helped to contribute close to 10,000 books. The Summer Reading Program is funded in part by a grant from the Sanibel Public Library Foundation’s Joan Hunt Cory Children’s Fund. The fund was established in 2008 to honor longtime library volunteer and supporter Joan Hunt Cory, who was a 20-year Sanibel resident.

Instead of paper logs for tracking reading and activities, the library offers Beanstack. Beanstack is a free user-friendly app for PCs and Apple and Android devices. Sign up from a smart phone or computer, or call the library for help. Beanstack also sends readers a weekly email or text message recommending books based on the reader’s age and interests.

PHOTO PROVIDED “Page Turner Adventures” can be found on the library's Website every afternoon.

“One feature that I really like is the ability to scan the ISBN of a book to quickly log it in Beanstack,” Evans said. “Super handy.”

To register for the Summer Reading Program, sanlib.beanstack.org/reader365.

Participants of the program can come to the Sanibel Public Library to pick up their registration gift, add their name to the bricks on the “castle wall,” and choose books earned at the library.

Phase one reopening precautions are in place to help protect staff and patrons from COVID-19. Patrons have to maintain social distance inside the building and are encouraged to wear masks (except for children under age 2). Safety and sanitation procedures consistent with the CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines have been implemented.

Signs are posted to remind patrons to wear face coverings, practice social distancing, wash hands, and stay home if sick. Patrons will have access to the full collection of books, movies, newspapers and puzzles, as well as high-speed WiFi and public computers. Previously announced contact-free services and book returns will continue. At this time, there will not be overdue fines assessed.

PHOTO PROVIDED Library staffers Wendy Lambrix and Margie Klein organize the BOGO paperback sale.

In addition, the following weekly youth programs have moved online:

– A “Storytime with Ms. Deanna” video, featuring Youth Service Librarian Deanna Evans, will be posted on the library’s youth page during the summer, replaced each week by a new story read aloud.

– “Baby Storytime Bounce” videos will be available on the library’s youth page. Aimed at parents of lap-sitting babies, it is a fun session to help to build motor and literacy skills through stories, song and movement.

– “Page Turner Adventures” will have programming every weekday afternoon on the library’s youth page. It will include comedy story theater shows, crafts, recipes, author interviews, guest performers, contests and games.

For more information, visit sanlib.org/children.

PHOTO PROVIDED Youth Services Librarian Deanna Evans reads stories online for “Storytime with Ms. Deanna.”

Also, the Sanibel Public Library book sale room’s shelves are loaded up with fiction, cookbooks and magazines, and all of the paperbacks are buy one, get one free – perfect for poolside reading.

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.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 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.