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Sanibel library hosts WWII program, more

By SPL - | Mar 10, 2021

SPL ARCHIVES Jeannie Clyde Riddle in 1920 on Sanibel.

Locals and visitors can virtually attend World War II history programs with staffer Duane E. Shaffer of the Sanibel Public Library via Zoom. No in-person programs are scheduled. On March 17 at 10 a.m., he will present “1943 Operation Eiche (Oak).” Learn about the German paratroopers’ rescue of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from the Apennine Mountains in southern Italy in 1943. 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, along with replays of Shaffer’s 2021 virtual programs.

Stop by to see landscape and seascape paintings by Jim Storer, of the Sanibel-Captiva Art League. He started watercolor lessons in anticipation of retirement, but later switched to using acrylic exclusively.

“In my paintings I try to convey a feeling of peace and tranquility,” Storer said. “My greatest pleasure has been learning from Rita Skoczen, a fabulous artist with international credentials.”

In addition, the SCAL and Shell Island Garden Club’s “Art in Bloom” exhibit — floral arrangements inspired by and displayed with coordinating artwork — will be on display today, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and March 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. The pieces are located on the second level of the library.

Since the early 1980s March is designated as Women’s History Month, a time to recognize, celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields. Celebrate the month with your library card — stop by the book display or borrow an eBook from home.

PHOTO PROVIDED Artist Jim Storer with his acrylic seascape at the Sanibel Public Library.

The library’s digital archives are online at sanlib.org. It is seeking stories, photos, videos of people and places of Sanibel and Captiva for the archives. With over a thousand items, the ever-growing collection is a peek into the past. Seed development for the project is supported in part by the Roni Jo Freer Fund of the Sanibel Public Library Foundation.

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.

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.