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Sanibel library lending portable WiFi devices


PHOTO PROVIDED Ruth Gamble uses one of the Sanibel Public Library's new mobile WiFi hotspot devices.

The newest service at the Sanibel Public Library is its mobile WiFi hotspots.

Hotspots allow users to connect enabled devices — laptops, tablets, smartphones — to the Internet. They can help children connect to virtual classrooms, adults search for job opportunities and families keep in touch using e-mail, Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom calls. The hotspots are a option as an Internet backup service for a small business or home, just as the library facility’s high-speed WiFi has been a lifesaver for patrons when their Internet service is disrupted.

There are 10 portable hotspots, which are loaned for 14 days; one device per library card. Borrowers are asked to return the devices to the service desks, instead of the book drops. A cable to recharge the device and instructions are included. The mobile hotspots are a pilot project, funded in part by the Sanibel Public Library Foundation, as part of its investment in innovative technology.

“We would like to have feedback after patrons borrow the devices for this pilot project,” Executive Director Margaret Mohundro said. “Part of the mission at the Sanibel Public Library is to bridge the technology gap, and help give people more opportunities through connectivity. The library hopes to help complement online learning in schools, as libraries have traditionally supplemented students’ access to learning through books and other educational resources.”

Aug. 26 marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Library staff curated a collection of books and DVDs on women’s voting rights to mark the centennial, and even dressed up as suffragists on the anniversary. Stop by the library or place a hold on a book or DVD to learn more.

PHOTO PROVIDED Library staff dressed as suffragists for the centennial of the 19th Amendment. From left, Deanna Evans, Margie Klein, Wendy Lambrix, Beth Jarrell, Maureen Tesoro, Melissa Balthauser and Betty Anholt.

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.

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.

Stop by the library to see Barb Walling’s display of some of her award-winning shell crafts. She has won numerous blue ribbons and “best of show” awards in the Annual Sanibel Shell Festival.

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.