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Sanibel library provides digital archives to view

By SPL - | Feb 24, 2021

SPL ARCHIVES Teacher Nancy Pearsons on Sanibel with children, 1890s.

The Sanibel Public Library reported that its digital archives are now online.

The library is seeking stories, photos, videos of people and places of Sanibel and Captiva for the archive. With over a thousand items, the ever-growing collection is a peek into the past. From the first homesteaders to recent history, the digital archive collects, preserves and provides access to all items that are valuable to island history. Seed development for the ongoing project is supported in part by the Roni Jo Freer Fund of the Sanibel Public Library Foundation. To see the archives, visit sanlib.org.

Locals and visitors can virtually attend World War II history programs with staffer Duane E. Shaffer via Zoom. No in-person programs are scheduled. On March 17 at 10 a.m., he will present “1943 Operation Eiche (Oak).” Visit www.sanlib.org and click on the link to login a few minutes beforehand to watch; no login registration is required. More details and login instructions are online. In addition, Shaffer has his WWII model airplanes on display in the library for February.

February is Black History Month, a time to recognize, celebrate and honor the rich and diverse history and important contributions and achievements of African Americans. Celebrate the month with your library card. In addition to print books and DVDs, patrons can borrow eBooks from curated lists that highlight African American achievements and history via Hoopla or Overdrive Libby apps. Kanopy has also created a special collection of films and documentaries to celebrate Black History Month.

Youth Services Librarian Deanna Evans posts online storytimes each week. To share in her virtual storytimes, songs and smiles, check out the library’s Children’s Page at sanlib.org/children.

PHOTO PROVIDED Sanibel Public Library staffer Duane Shaffer will present a virtual program, “1943 Operation Eiche (Oak),” on March 17 at 10 a.m.

The library 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.

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.