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Sanibel library offering seasonal music and more

By SPL - | Dec 16, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Ian Wainwright with “A Charlie Brown Christmas” DVD and music at the Sanibel Public Library.

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

If you are looking to stream holiday music, try Freegal or Hoopla. Both offer hundreds of playlists — pop, rock ‘n’ roll, country, jazz, classical and more. On Hoopla, you can hear classics like Vince Guaraldi’s “Charlie Brown Christmas” or new Christmas music from Leslie Odom Jr., Pentatonix and Dolly Parton. Hoopla also offers holiday movies — romance, comedy and children’s films.

The library offers cooking kits for patrons to check out and take home. Cardholders can borrow a paella or crêpe pan, tart pans, empanada press, cookie kits, novelty cake pans and more. The kits are a great way to experiment with new cooking techniques. The library also offers over 1,000 cookbooks — from America’s Test Kitchen to Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner, to Insta Pot, healthy cooking and baking.

The library’s Book Sale Room has lots of new fiction, coffee table books and many illustrated children’s books. Most books are priced under $4. Canvas library tote bags are $15 and are made in the United States; there are 12 different colors to choose.

An exhibit featuring memorabilia from Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling is on display to commemorate 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.

PHOTO PROVIDED Melissa Balthaser with a cookie kit at the Sanibel Public Library.

Join Youth Services Librarian Deanna Evans for virtual stories, songs and smiles. Her online Storytimes can be found on the library’s Children’s Page at sanlib.org/children.

To use the contact-less curbside 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. Hours are Monday to Friday from noon to 3 p.m.

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.

PHOTO PROVIDED Shell Islands Garden Club members Gloria Krekel, Barbara Wilgus, Lisa Newmeyer-Cochrane and Mimie DiRico decorated the Sanibel Public Library's Christmas tree this year. Centered around the island's aviary friends, the miniature bird houses were painted by the club's members.

For the holidays, the Sanibel Public Library will be closed on Dec. 24-25 for Christmas, will close early on Dec. 31 at 1 p.m., and will be closed on Jan. 1 for New Year’s.

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

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