Sanibel Public Library Foundation


The Library Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided nearly half a million dollars in grants to fund Library Programs such as:

  • The Foundation’s Joan Hunt Cory Children’s Fund matched gifts from the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis and Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva to provide children’s book kits, books, and the Early Literacy Corner—designed to develop pre-reading and social skills for our youngest patrons.
  • The Reading for Others! Program fosters a love of learning and enables kids to build their home libraries. Area children also earned books that are given to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
  • eShelf provides downloadable movies, books, music, comics, magazines and audio books. Initially funded by the Foundation as a pilot project, downloadable services are now very popular with more than 40,000 eBooks borrowed from Sanibel Public Library to date.
  • Book discussion groups for adults and children foster a sense of community and intellectual enrichment

Foundation Board of Directors

Ken Nirenberg, President
Linda Uhler, Vice President
Margaret Mohundro, Secretary
Linda Estep, Treasurer
Jan Egeland, Board Member

Recent Milestones

Reading for Others

Through the Reading for Others! Program, more than 4,000 books have been donated to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Lunch with the Author

Bestselling author Melanie Benjamin headlined the 2017 Lunch with the Author.

The Author Series

With major funding provided by the Foundation, more than 1,000 fans enjoyed the 2016-17 Author Series evenings with authors B. A. Shapiro, Debbie Macomber, Margaret Atwood, and Joanne Fluke.

Early Literacy

The early-literacy workstations were upgraded with new interactive software to help young patrons prepare for the educational world ahead of them.

New Offerings

New offerings in downloadable books, audiobooks, magazines, movies and music.

Vox Books

VOX Books added to the Library Collection.

Cooking in the Bag

Patrons borrowed kitchen tools and coordinating cookbooks with “Cooking in the Bag” kits.

Tech it Out!

Patrons can borrow MacBook Air and Dell laptops via “Tech IT Out” kiosk.