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Sanibel library offers shell crafts and book sale


By Staff | Aug 27, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Barb Walling's shell crafts are on display at the Sanibel Public Library.

Stop by the Sanibel Public Library to see Barb Walling’s display of some of her award-winning shell craft. She has been crafting with shells for at least 20 years. About 10 years ago, Walling joined the Shell Crafters and has won numerous blue ribbons and “best of show” awards at the Annual Sanibel Shell Festival. The Shell Crafters meets weekly for lessons at The Community House.

“All of us show how to make flowers, all supplies are furnished,” Walling said. “Even with social distancing during COVID-19, Shell Crafters is a fun activity for adults and children.”

Thanks to reviewers, the library is a 2020 Travelers’ Choice winner from TripAdvisor. It has won a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence every year since 2014, earning Hall of Fame status. Certificate of Excellence honorees are now celebrated as Travelers’ Choice winners — selected for placing among the top 10 percent of all listings. Recommendations and comments come from the public, which makes the distinction extra special.

The library’s “Fill-A-Bag for A Dollar” book sale continues until the inventory is depleted. Recently added were vintage books, which are perfect for DIY upcycling crafts. The books for sale are restocked daily and can be found in the library’s puzzle area, as well as the main entrance areas.

For back-to-school resources, the library offers access to Encyclopedia Britannica from home. Search its vast collection of primary sources, Web resources and a world atlas. Patrons can look up subjects by keyword or browse among topics and biographies. Start at the SPL’s Resources page at sanlib.org.

PHOTO PROVIDED Vintage books have been added to the library’s Fill-A-Bag for A Dollar.”

Contact-less curbside service is continuing, with about 40 to 50 bags going out to patrons each weekday; call or go online to place a hold. At this time, no overdue fines are being assessed.

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, which are replaced each week with 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.

For more information, visit the library Children’s Page at https://sanlib.org/children.

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 5 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, Sanibel.