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Sanibel library to present ‘Battle of Fort Myers’

By SPL - | May 18, 2021

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

Locals and visitors can attend U.S. Civil War history programs via Zoom with Duane Shaffer of the Sanibel Public Library. Shaffer will present “The Battle of Fort Myers” on May 28 at 10 a.m.

In February 1865, angry farmers, cattlemen and Confederate soldiers attacked the Union fort on the Caloosahatchee River. The defenders of the fort were a mix of Colored Regiment soldiers, Union sympathizers and men from the New York Volunteer Infantry. The battle in Fort Myers has the distinction of being the southern-most battle of the Civil War. More details and login instructions are available at www.sanlib.org. In addition, replays of Shaffer’s past programs can be watched online.

The library’s Book Sale Room has lots of new fiction, coffee table books, magazines and young adult books. Most books are priced under $4.

Library cardholders can borrow a Birding Kit with binoculars, birdwatching books and guides, and other tools to help launch an outdoor adventure. The library also offers cooking kits to check out.

In addition, the library is seeking stories, photos and videos of people and places on Sanibel and Captiva for its digital archives, which can be accessed online through the library’s homepage.

PHOTO PROVIDED Wendy Lambrix at the Sanibel Public Library with books for sale.

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.

During the months of May and June, stop by the library to see plein air landscape paintings by Sanibel-Captiva Art League member Peter Zell on display.

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.