Library Announces Upcoming Programs for All Ages

provided to the Santiva Chronicle

Sanibel Public Library offers in-person programs for adults as well as children’s programs.

On Monday, November 27, kids can come to the library to craft a hedgehog out of leaves! This “Crafternoon” program starts at 3 p.m.

Andrew Dyen-Shapiro teaching a tech class

Join Sanibel Public Library computer coach, Andrew Dyen-Shapiro, for a class about hoopla digital. Get instant access to millions of audiobooks, ebooks, comics, music, and more with this premium library app. Let Andrew help you get signed up for hoopla; bring in your device and your library card at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 28. No registration required.

Teens are invited to stop by between 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 30 for study hall. Snacks will be provided. Call the Library to Megan Willis about earning volunteer hours for school. Teen Study Hall is held weekly on Thursday afternoons.

Family Storytime (for children age five and under) will be held on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. with Megan Willis. Literacy is a family bonding experience at Storytime, with stories read aloud, followed by an arts & craft or play center. Parents and caregivers should plan to be engaged with their child for this program.

Rizzo the R.E.A.D. therapy dog, Leah Winkler and a young reader

If your child loves dogs, they might enjoy reading to Rizzo, a Reading Education Assistance (R.E.A.D.) Dog. Please call the Library to sign up for a time slot in the afternoon of December 6 or December 20. Rizzo is a trained R.E.A.D. therapy dog, who comes to the Library with her human, Leah Winkler. The R.E.A.D. program’s goal is to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of registered therapy teams as literacy mentors.

On Tuesday, December 5 at 10 a.m. there will be a sensory station for babies and preschoolers. Sensory Stations provide a creative space to support brain development and sharpen motor functions. This program involves ice, warm water, and pompoms! Parents and caregivers should plan to be engaged with their child during this program.

Come into the Library on December 9 for Saturday Crafterday ~ hosted by Melissa Gindling, a professional artist and coloring book creator. She will lead a How-to-Draw session at 11 a.m.; perfect for families and children of all ages.

With support from the Sanibel Public Library Foundation, the SPL is hosting a series of virtual author talks; a range of speakers from bestselling authors and thought leaders. The next virtual talk in the series is at 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, with “A Virtual Chat with Naomi Alderman: Dystopian Worlds.” Bestselling and award-winning author, Naomi Alderman will join us to talk about her new book, The Future. Alderman is the bestselling author of The Power, which was longlisted for the 2017 Orwell Prize and chosen as one of the best books of the year by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and NPR. The next virtual talk is on December 12 with Stephanie Land, who will talk about her new memoir, Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education. If you need help setting up or logging into Library webinars, please email or call (239) 472-2483.

Try Sanibel Public Library’s Computer Coach service—schedule an appointment to learn how to download eBooks, magazines, and audiobooks, or stream music, and movies. Call the Library at (239) 472-2483 to schedule one-on-one time with a coach.

Sanibel Pickleball acrylic, by Jolene Mercedes Raho

Sanibel-Captiva Art League invited locals to submit art that “portrays the struggles, emotional experiences, spectacular outcomes, and beauty emerging from sudden, life-altering change” for their Resilience & Recovery exhibit. This juried exhibit shows 20 artworks created by 16 artists. See SCAL’s Resilience & Recovery exhibit at the Library until Saturday, December 30.

Sanibel Public Library and the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum present “In the Wake of the Flood: Community Photos of Hurricane Ian and Its Aftermath” on display to the public. Stop by the Library to see the special exhibit curated by Shell Museum staff. The exhibit features photos taken by Sanibel residents and others living in Southwest Florida. Look for the exhibit near the outdoor reading porch at the Library.

The Sanibel Public Library’s display cases offer a peek at unique collections. Past displays include vintage German glass ornaments, beer tappers, Cat’s Meow, Matryoshka dolls, and more. If you have a collection to display, please call the Library – ask for Duane or Beth.

The Sanibel Public Library is open for “season” hours; on Saturdays the hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from September to May. The Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The Library will be closed on December 25 for the Christmas holiday, and closed on January 1 for New Year’s. Most devices can connect to the Library’s high-speed WiFi from outside the building, even while the facility is closed.

Sanibel Public Library cards are available to all residents of Sanibel and Lee County, Florida, at no charge. You must present your valid driver’s license (or similar government ID) to staff, showing your current Lee County address. Visitor cards are available for a $10 fee and are good for one year. Computers, printers, scanners, and fax service as well as magazines and daily newspapers are also available. For more information about the Sanibel Public Library, call (239) 472-2483.

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