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Borrow laptops at the Sanibel library with ‘Tech IT Out’

By Staff | Jul 8, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Ian Wainwright uses the “Tech IT Out” laptop kiosk at the Sanibel Public Library.

The Sanibel Public Library’s “Tech IT Out” service offers cardholders an easy way to borrow a Dell laptop or MacBook Air for use inside the building. The pilot project was funded in part by the Sanibel Public Library Foundation years ago as part of its investment in innovative technology. The kiosk offers a choice of six Dell and six Macbook laptops. Patrons can sit at any table or chair in the library and use the laptop for up to three hours. The Macs offer apps like Keynote, Google Chrome, FaceTime and GarageBand, while the Dells offer PowerPoint, Excel, Word and even games like Mahjong.

Youth Services Librarian Deanna Evans invites families to register for the 2020 Summer Reading Program. Nearly 150 youths age “baby to teen” have signed up. Register through Beanstack at sanlib.beanstack.org/reader365. Participants may come to the library to pick up their registration gift, add their name to the bricks on the “castle wall,” and choose books earned. 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.

In addition, the following youth programs are available 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. It is a fun session to help to build motor and literacy skills through stories, song and movement.

PHOTO PROVIDED Blake and Emily Walsh with their Summer Reading completion certificates.

– “Page Turner Adventures” will have programming every weekday from 1 to 4 p.m. 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.

Stop by the library’s main entrance lobby for voter registration forms and applications for mail-in ballots. The Lee County Supervisor of Elections provided forms in English and Spanish. The deadline is July 20 to register or update party affiliation for the Aug. 18 primary. The library also has IRS 1040 and 1040-SR booklets available. All other tax forms can be printed from the IRS Website at irs.gov.

Patrons who want to social distance are encouraged to try the library’s meeScan app. It is a self-checkout service that works with a smartphone or tablet and the library’s WiFi. Patrons can check-out items from anywhere in the library. Available for download on iOS, Android, and Blackberry.

In addition, there are self-checkout stations located at the service desks.

PHOTO PROVIDED Mail-in ballot and voter forms are available at the Sanibel Public Library.

Contact-less curbside service will continue; call or go online to place a hold. At this time, there are no overdue fines being assessed. In addition, the library is selling all paperbacks buy one, get one free.

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.