From Year in Review:

Dear Island Neighbor,

The public library has long been a reliable cornerstone in the community it serves. The past year was filled with unprecedented challenges, offering many opportunities for the Library to adapt to best meet the needs of patrons.

In spring 2020, as the pandemic forced much of the world to shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Library acted quickly to transition and expand its services to ensure patrons were still able to access the resources and information that they needed.

While monitoring the rapidly changing circumstances, the Library increased its core digital services—from adding e-Books, introducing online learning support for students, loaning WiFi hotpots for remote internet access, adding online programs, and contactless curbside pickup. Staff monitored phones and email to help patrons remotely during the few weeks the Library facility was closed to the public. Many of the services introduced in 2020 have become so popular, they have evolved from being a temporary solution into being a part of the SPL’s “new normal.”

The Library’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors by providing opportunities and experiences that encourage discovery, inspiration, and enrichment for the mind. Thanks to strong community support the Library is able to continue to adapt and provide ongoing service for locals and visitors alike.

This Annual Report highlights the new services and ongoing programs of the past fiscal year. We look forward to continuing to be a beacon of support in the community for many years to come.


Melanie Congress, Chair
Nicole Decker McHale, Vice Chair
Sandy Zahorchak, Secretary
Linda Estep, Treasurer
Tom Krekel, retired
Dan Moeder, retired
Roy Gibson
Barbara Ruben
Linda Uhler


Click on Links to view PDF Annual Report 2020 Year in Review:

1 Sanibel Public Library Annual Report 2020

2 Sanibel Public Library Budget FY 2019 – 2020

3 Sanibel Public Library Top Checkouts 2020

4 Insert Sanibel Public Library Year in Review


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