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Sanibel library offers ‘Ding’ selfie, sea turtle exhibit


PHOTO PROVIDED Email a “Ding” Darling selfie from the Sanibel Public Library photo booth.

The Sanibel Public Library is open and continues to offer contact-less curbside service.

To use the service, put items on hold online or make requests by calling 239-472-2483. You will be notified when your items are ready for pickup. Patrons will have three days — excluding Saturday and Sunday — to pick up items. Curbside pickup hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m.

An exhibition featuring memorabilia from Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling is on display. It includes never-before-seen artifacts, historical documents and artwork, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. While at the library, stop by the main entry selfie screen for a photo. To celebrate the anniversary, email a photo with Ding — including his signature — and various birds of Sanibel overlayed on the selfie.

The Sea Turtle Conservancy has loaned its traveling display to educate visitors about sea turtle lighting. It is in the nonfiction area through November. Each side of the display explains one of the three golden rules to turtle-friendly lighting and has examples of real sea-turtle-friendly light fixtures. Visitors can also pick up sea turtle information provided by the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.

Local kindergarten through second-graders are participating in Bingo for Books. Game sheets were distributed to classrooms at The Sanibel School and are available for pick-up at the library. Complete the activities then turn in sheets to the library to win a book to keep.

The library’s digital archives are now online. Featuring over 600 items, the collection is a dynamic view of Sanibel’s past. From the first homesteaders to important events in recent history, the Sanibel Public Library Digital Archive collects, preserves and provides access to all items that are valuable to history. To see the images, newspapers and oral histories, visit sanlib.org. Seed development for the project was supported in part by the Roni Jo Freer Fund of the Sanibel Public Library Foundation.

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. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library is closed on Sundays.

The library will be closed on Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving and will reopen on Nov. 27.

For more information, call 239-472-2483 or visit online at www.sanlib.org.

The Sanibel Public Library is at 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.