June 2020: SPL Reopens to the Public
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Sanibel Public Public Library users once again have the opportunity to browse bookshelves, use computers, read magazines, connect to WiFi and more as SPL reopened to the public on Monday, June 1, 2020. Phase I reopening precautions are in place to help protect staff and patrons from COVID-19. For this phase, patrons will have to maintain social distance inside the building and are also encouraged to wear masks, (except for children under age two). Library staff is implementing safety and sanitation procedures consistent with the CDC and State of Florida Department of Health Guidelines.
The Library building closed to the public on March 18, and started selected services such as curbside pickup and readers’ advisory by phone on May 4, 2020. The June 1 date signifies an opening of many more services.
“People have been especially missing being able to wander through the shelves of more than 70,000 items to pick and choose books, movies and more. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to ensure service while maintaining safety for users and for staff,” said Library Executive Director Margaret Mohundro. The Library’s eShelf and all online services will continue to be available 24/7. In-person programming like storytime is suspended for now. Meeting rooms and study rooms will remain closed.
Signs will be posted to remind everyone to practice social distancing, wash hands, stay home if sick, and use face masks. Patrons will have access to the full collection of books, movies, and newspapers, puzzles, as well as high speed WiFi and public use computers.
“We are happy to be open, and for the safety of staff and patrons we are asking everyone to wear masks while inside the building,” said Mohundro. There is a Buy One Get One Free paperbook book sale, starting June 1.
Register for Summer Reading:
Sanibel Public Library invites families to register online for the 2020 Summer Reading Program! This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story.” All children, from babies to age 18, are invited to register for the summer reading program, which runs June 1 though August 1. Participants will receive a special gift (quantities are limited).
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. For every two hours of reading, 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 close to 10,000 books to 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.
Contactless Curbside Services Continue:
The Library is continuing Contactless Curbside Service for materials requested on hold. “The contact-free curbside pickup has been very popular,” said Candy Heise, Sanibel Public Library’s Adult Services Coordinator, adding, “we will continue to offer this service, with the same pickup times of weekdays from noon to 3 p.m.”
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.
There is a table set up outside the first sliding door entrance of the Library’s parking garage. The bags are in alphabetical order. Items will already be checked out and in a green bag with patron’s name on it.
“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 is now available.
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: https://sanlib.org/2020/03/01/libby_overdrive_hints_tips/
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).
Operationally, the Library notes:
• All overdue fines and user fees are waived;
• The book drops are available;
• The Library’s eShelf and all online services remain available 24/7.
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