(April 10, 2020) —Due to the State of Florida stay-at-home order, the Sanibel Public Library will remain closed until further notice. The Library facility is physically closed for now, but open for digital borrowing.
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New or recently-expanded services include:
• Many new eBooks and audiobooks have recently been added to the eShelf, including 20 new children’s and Young Adult eBooks.
• This month, Hoopla digital has made a collection of eBooks, movies, TV shows, music and comics available for unlimited borrows. A special focus on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day includes audiobooks for children and adults.
• Ancestry.com is now available to SPL patrons from home.
• Video streaming service Kanopy is making part of its collection available for unlimited viewing during this time.
Library Director Margaret Mohundro said, “In keeping with the Governor’s ‘stay-at-home’ order we urge everyone to avoid unnecessary travel, and keep your currently checked-out items. Please do not return any material until the Library reopens. All user fees have been waived.”
Watch the Library’s website, local newspapers, and social media for updates.
Operationally, the Library notes:
• All overdue fines and user fees are waived during the closure;
• The Library is implementing automatic renewal of library cards;
• All books and other materials placed on hold by users will be suspended and remain on hold for pickup when Library reopens;
• The book drops are locked closed;
• The Library’s eShelf and all online services remain available 24/7.
Due to the closure, Ancestry.com is now available to Sanibel Public Library patrons from home. This service typically can only be accessed from within the Library, but will be available remotely for a few weeks. Users must enter a password to gain access, the password is books11. To get started, visit the Genealogy section of the Library’s website, under Resources page. If you’re having problems accessing Ancestry from home, email email@example.com.
To access all of the Library’s online services, choose “eShelf” from the homepage menu.
Sanibel Public Library card holders can borrow eBooks and audiobooks via the OverDrive Libby app. OverDrive offers many children’s books in a variety of languages, including Spanish, German, and French. To add more choices of eBooks to borrow, you can add additional library collections ie: SWFLN (Southwest Florida Library Network). Tap on the ‘Add a Library’ from within the Libby app. Many new eBooks have recently been added to the SWFLN eShelf. When borrowing eBooks from SWFLN, use your Sanibel Public Library card number in the Libby app. Your PIN should be the last four digits of your Sanibel Public Library card number.
The Hoopla Digital app also allows users to stream movies, TV shows, comics, and music. With Hoopla all material can be accessed simultaneously (no holds).
The Library offers Mango – an online language learning tool, with more than 70 languages offered. Mango can be used on a desktop or mobile device. The app can be used offline if you’re not on WiFi.
Downloadable magazines, including Soap Opera Digest, Newsweek, Prevention, Oprah, Reader’s Digest, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Bon Appétit, and Food Network Magazine, are available through the RB digital app.
Library cardholders can stream from the popular Kanopy service, which showcases more than 30,000 titles, including award-winning documentaries, hard-to-find films, indies, and classics.
The Freegal music app offers access to about 3 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.
Students can access Encyclopedia Britannica’s vast collection of entries, multimedia content, magazine and journal articles, primary sources and e-books, web resources, and a world atlas. Search by keyword, or browse among topic areas and biographies. Start at the SPL’s Resources page at sanlib.org. Also found at the Resources page – thousands of recipes at AtoZ World Food or AtoZ Food America.
“We appreciate the Sanibel Public Library Board’s healthy budget to provide a variety of material for patrons to borrow. Support from the Library Foundation has increased funding for grants to obtain additional eBooks and downloadable audiobooks.” said Mohundro.
All programs and meetings are postponed or cancelled. The Library is providing further information and frequent updates on its website, www.sanlib.org. Questions and comments may be directed to the email listed on the website: firstname.lastname@example.org.