Sanibel library open with safety protocols in place
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some changes to the Sanibel Public Library’s services and collections have been put in place. To keep staff and patrons safe, the following procedures are being practiced:
– Personal Protective Equipment, such as masks, hand washing, hand sanitizer and gloves, when appropriate, are used by all staff.
– Following the city of Sanibel guidelines, the library requires that everyone in the building wear masks and follow social distancing practices.
– About half the furniture has been removed, self-checkout service is encouraged, social distancing guidance floor tape is in place, and hand sanitization stations are available at all entrances.
– Many shared resources are available, including newspapers, magazines, puzzle tables, cooking kits, area museum passes and more. Children’s manipulatives, book kits and other items in the youth collection are in temporary storage.
– Cardholders can stream or download eBooks, movies, music, newspapers, magazines and more through eShelf.
– Computers, printers, scanners and fax machines are available and are sanitized between each customer use.
– WiFi is available throughout the building. Mobile WiFi hotspots are available for checkout.
– Many eBooks and several new apps have been added over the past year, including online access to newspapers from around the United States.
As another safety precaution, the library is quarantining all materials for 24-72 hours between loans to stop the possible spread of COVID-19. The quarantining system works as follows:
– When an item is returned, a staff member wearing gloves and a mask places it in a designated spot for quarantine.
– The item sits for 24-72 hours depending on its format, such as print, acrylic, plastic, et cetera.
– During this time, materials may appear as overdue on your account.
– Please do not renew the item if you have returned it.
For more information or questions, contact 239-472-2483 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The library also 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 have three days, excluding Saturday and Sunday, to pick up items. Hours are Monday to Friday from noon to 3 p.m.
In addition, 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.
A collection of antique glass fishing net floats collection, on loan from Sanibel shell aficionado Jeffrey P. Oths, is on display this month. More than 20 colorful glass globe and “rolling pin” floats are upstairs, near the elevator, on the east side. In addition, he has his Victorian antique shell art collection located in the main entrance lobby. Oths is past president of the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club and past chair of the annual Shell Festival.
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. today, Jan. 13, to watch “1943 Operation Chastise.” His next virtual program is on Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. His WWII history programs will be available for replay. No registration is required to login.
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.
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.