Take & Make Kits and More for Children in Library’s Summer Reading Program

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Summer readers Liliana and Sebastian Acevedo

Sanibel Public Library invites families to register children for the Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is “Tails and Tales,” with a special focus on animals. All children, from babies to age 18, are invited to register. Participants will receive a special gift (quantities are limited).

Summer Reading programming is online with Take and Make activities available to pick up at the Library. Sanibel Public Library is offering “browse inside” or contactless curbside service for those families who want to borrow books for Summer Reading. Locals and visitors are invited to sign up for Summer Reading.

Instead of paper logs for tracking reading and activities, the Library offers Beanstack. Sign up from a smart phone or computer, or call the Library for help. Participants may pick up their registration gift and any books earned. Beanstack is a free, user-friendly app for PCs, Apple, and Android devices. Adult readers can also use Beanstack.

Youth Services Librarian Deanna Evans posts her Baby Bounce Time videos and storytime videos to the Library’s Children’s webpage weekly.

Jill Ross Nadler and Kenny Mikey, of Page Turner Adventures. Photo credit: Kirk Marsh

The Library will be hosting online programming from Page Turner Adventures with comedy, theater shows, recipes, author interviews, guest performers, contests, and games. Page Turner Adventures “Challenge” is available in tandem with the Summer Reading Program and Beanstack. The Animal Adventures Summer Reading Program is based on the intrepid Storyologist, Page Turner and Kenny, her slap-stick sidekick. Together, they transform children into Storyologists and send them on comic quests to collect, tell, and write stories. This summer, viewers will journey through the “Once Upon a Time Machine” for virtual adventures based on themes such as farmyard friends, fish tales, pet pals, and celebrity critters. Each theme includes professionally produced shows, virtual field trips, and arts and crafts projects. Join this “Challenge” for a roaring good time.

As in years past, kids will read to earn books for their home library and for patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The Sanibel Public Library Foundation matches each book “earned” with a book for patients at the Children’s Hospital. Since its inception in 2012, participants have helped to contribute nearly 12,000 books to patients at the hospital. The Library’s Summer Reading Program is funded in part by a grant from the Sanibel Public Library Foundation’s Joan Hunt Cory Children’s Fund. The Children’s Fund was established in 2008 to honor longtime library volunteer and supporter Joan Hunt Cory, who was also a 20-year Sanibel resident.

Computers, printers, scanners, and fax machines are available as well as magazines and daily newspapers. Contact-free Curbside Pickup is available for those who are not able to come into the Library. Materials can be placed on hold and picked up outside the building on weekdays from noon to 3 p.m.

During the summer, the Sanibel Public Library’s hours change, the Library is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays in June, July, and August. The Library will be closed Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day. A “pop up” dollar-per-bag book sale, starts Tuesday, July 6 upstairs in the Library.

Sanibel Public Library cards are available to all residents of Sanibel and Lee County, Florida, at no charge. Visitor library cards are available for a $10 annual fee. For more information about the Sanibel Public Library, call (239) 472-2483, or visit online at www.sanlib.org.

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