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Sanibel library offering book concierge service

By SPL - | Aug 5, 2021

SPL “Book Concierge” Beth Jarrell at the Sanibel Public Library.

Are you looking for something new to read? Stuck in a reading rut and need some help out? The Sanibel Public Library offers a book concierge service for its library cardholders.

To request the service online, fill out the Interests form on the library’s website or visit directly at https://form.jotform.com/212016389527053. Patrons can also fill out the form at the Service Desks. Tell staff about your reading history and preferences and they will select a few books for your own personalized recommended reading list.

“This service is great for anyone who would like suggestions for good titles in a specific genre, or for those who want to try something new,” Reference Librarian Beth Jarrell said. “Find a hidden gem you might have not discovered.”

“Library staff has always provided readers advisory services, this new online form helps us gather more specific information to help you find your next favorite read,” Executive Director Margaret Mohundro added.

Cardholders can also try NoveList Plus, a book recommendation resource accessible from anywhere. The database provides information on most book titles, including series info, reviews and a basic description. Additionally, patrons can see read-a-likes for titles, authors and series. Its unique story elements, like appeal, genre and theme, can help patrons understand what features they love in books.

NoveList Plus is directly connected to the library’s catalog. To start, go to the “Books & Reading” section of the Resources Page at www.sanlib.org. Use your library card to login to NoveList Plus. If you need help using NoveList Plus or any services, contact 239-472-2483 or notices@sanlib.org to schedule an appointment.

In addition, the library posts current lists of New York Times bestsellers for fiction and nonfiction to help guide patrons. Look for the bestseller lists in the New Books shelves, or ask staff for help.

Another new initiative is the library’s LEGO Architecture kits for cardholders to take home. Build model skyscrapers of New York City, London Tower Bridge, Brandenburg Gate or Tokyo Skytree. The kits are recommended for ages 12 and older. This adds to the “Library of Things,” where patrons can borrow items like cooking kits, birdwatching kits, GoPro videocamera or mobile WiFi hotspots.

From now through September, stop by to see 25 artworks from the Sanibel-Captiva Art League’s exhibit, called “Home Sweet Home.” In addition, Jane Werner’s collection of dolls from around the world is on display through August; look for the dolls in the display case near the glass elevator.

Youth Services Librarian Deanna Evans will post her Baby Bounce Time videos and storytime videos to the Children’s Page at sanlib.org/children. Page Turner Adventures programs are also available.

Library officials reported that more than 300 participants from babies to teens had signed up for this year’s Summer Reading Program and had logged over 120,000 minutes of reading as of this week.

It continues to offer contact-less curbside 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 will have three days, excluding Saturday and Sunday, to pick up the 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.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call 239-472-2483 or visit online at www.sanlib.org.

The Sanibel Public Library is at 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.