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Sanibel library to present WWII program, more

By SPL - | Jan 6, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Duane Shaffer’s World War II virtual program on Jan. 13 will focus on 1943.

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

Locals and visitors are welcome to virtually attend World War II history programs with staffer Duane E. Shaffer. No in-person programs will be presented. Shaffer will present programs on 1943 WWII via Zoom. Go to the home page on the library’s Website, and click on the link to login a few minutes before 10 a.m. on Jan. 13 to watch “1943 Operation Chastise.” His next virtual program is on Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. Shaffer’s WWII history programs will be available for replay. No registration required to login.

The library’s digital archives are now online. With nearly a thousand items, the ever-growing 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 of value to island history. To see the images, newspapers and oral histories, visit sanlib.org. Seed development for the project is supported in part by the Roni Jo Freer Fund of the Sanibel Public Library Foundation.

The library’s public access computers, copiers, scanners, and printers are available for use. The “Tech IT Out” service offers cardholders an easy way to borrow a Dell laptop or MacBook Air for use anywhere inside the building. To make social distancing easier, 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. The Dells have PowerPoint, Excel, Word and even games like Mahjong.

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.

SANIBEL PUBLIC LIBRARY ARCHIVES Ernest Hemingway’s father, Clarence, and sister, Carol, fishing on Sanibel in 1921.

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.

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

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