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Sanibel library loans out new Birding Kits

By SPL - | Apr 21, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Ken Burgener and Ed Moser with a Birdwatching Kit at the Sanibel Public Library.

Sanibel Public Library cardholders can borrow a Birding Kit with Kowa binoculars, birdwatching books and guides, and other tools to help launch an outdoor adventure. Local birdwatching guide Ken Burgener helped gather items to go in the kit and even convinced Kowa to give the binoculars to the library at no cost.

“One unanticipated side-effect of the pandemic was unprecedented numbers of people turning to wilderness and the outdoors for recreation,” Jeff Bouton, with Kowa American, said. “At Kowa, we’ve always appreciated the natural world. It is a great pleasure to work with the Sanibel Public Library and make their globally-renowned local wildlife a bit more accessible to all.”

Loaning non-traditional items is one way the library helps the community access information and enjoy new experiences. Staff also worked with the local Audubon Society to plan the contents of the kits.

“Birding is great fun year-round,” Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society President Phyllis Gresham said. “We have some of the best birdwatching in the country right here.”

The library has four Birdwatching Kits, which are circulated in backpacks.

PHOTO PROVIDED Duane Shaffer will present a virtual program, “Battle of Gettysburg: Day Two,” on April 30 at 10 a.m.

“The library appreciates all the help we’ve had to launch this new service,” Executive Director Margaret Mohundro said. “I noticed the birds right away when I moved to Sanibel and wanted to learn more about them. This is a great way for people to spot birds and use the bird guide to identify them.”

Locals and visitors can attend U.S. Civil War history programs with Duane E. Shaffer via Zoom. He will present “Battle of Gettysburg: Day Two” on April 30 at 10 a.m., with his next programs scheduled for May 14 and 28. More details and login instructions are at www.sanlib.org. In addition, replays of Shaffer’s past programs can be watched online.

Also, Shaffer’s collection of Civil War memorabilia is on display near the east side glass elevator.

The library has 2020 IRS Form 1040/1040 SR and its instruction booklet. The forms are available in limited supply. All other tax forms can be printed from the IRS Website at irs.gov. Those who need help printing forms can ask library staff for assistance. A library card is not required to use the printers.

During the month of April, stop by the library to see landscape and seascape acrylic paintings by Sanibel-Captiva Art League member Jim Storer on display.

PHOTO PROVIDED Duane Shaffer’s Civil War memorabilia on display at the Sanibel Public Library.

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.