Recommended by Candy, Melissa, and Betty – Book & Movie Recommendations!

As always, you can call the Sanibel Public Library (weekdays) for book recommendations and other help.

Here’s a few, click links for complete lists:

“Knives Out” (DVD) “A tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie and a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.” —Candy

For full list of Candy’s book & DVD suggestions click here: Candy DVD and book suggestions

Wild by Cheryl Strayed (book & DVD) “Go along for a real life adventure and personal journey with Cheryl Strayed as she hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California, Oregon and Washington State. A story of grit, grace and personal victory.” —Melissa

For full list of Melissa’s book & DVD suggestions click here: Melissa DVD and book suggestions

Self-Portrait with Boy: a Novel by Rachel Lyon “A book club pick about an ambitious young artist whose accidental photograph of a boy falling to his death could jumpstart her career, but devastate her most intimate friendship.” — Betty

For full list of Betty’s book suggestions click here: Betty book suggestions


May 2020: Contactless Curbside & Phone Services:

Your local Library is still here for you! Staff will be answering general questions and providing Readers’ Advisory (book recommendations) over the phone on weekdays, call (239) 472-2483. You can also ask for help via email: The Library is providing Contactless Curbside Service for materials requested on hold.

You can place item(s) on hold online, or make requests by calling the Library at (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 items.

Hours for curbside pickup is Mondays through Fridays from noon to 3 pm. There will be a table set up outside the first sliding door entrance of the Library’s parking garage. The bags will be on the table in alphabetical order. Items will already be checked out and in a green bag with patron’s name on it. In the bag with borrowed library material, there are handouts with information about returning items, and other current Library services.

“Curbside pickup has been very popular. Since we started this service on May 4, hundreds of patrons have placed holds and borrowed books, magazines, and DVDs, said Candy Heise, Sanibel Public Library’s Adult Services Coordinator. “We have many copies of new fiction, including Randy Wayne White’s Salt River, The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben, and Treason by Stuart Woods.”

Patrons may return items to a book drop; one is located outside the west front entrance, the other is located in the second parking garage. Returned materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 24 hours.

Interlibrary Loan remains suspended.

To access all of the Library’s online services, choose “eShelf” from the homepage menu. Your PIN is the last four digits of your Library card.

Sanibel Public Library card holders can borrow eBooks and audiobooks via the OverDrive Libby app. Your PIN should be the last four digits of your Sanibel Public Library card number. Check out the “Hints & Tips” for OverDrive Libby here:

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).

Hover your cursor to use the clickable links:

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.
• 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.

Operationally, the Library notes:
• All overdue fines and user fees are waived during the closure;
• The Library is implementing automatic renewal of library cards;
• The book drops are available;
• The Library’s eShelf and all online services remain available 24/7.

Questions and comments may be directed to: