Limited Services Available: Sanibel Public Library Temporary Building Closure
Sanibel Public Library has announced an immediate closure of the building to the public, with plans to reopen at 9 a.m. on Monday, January 24, 2022. The Library staff will continue email support to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To ask for help via email: email@example.com. The Library’s eShelf and all online services remain available 24/7.
The temporary closure is due to COVID exposure to staff. “Out of concern for staff and public we are conducting a deep sanitizing, and need to temporarily close the facility for public use. The Library facility is physically closed for now, but open for digital borrowing,” said Library Executive Director Margaret Mohundro.
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All user fees have been waived during the closure, there will be no overdue fines assessed, and items placed on hold will remain on hold. To place a hold online in the Library catalog: Click here to search the catalog.
The Library Author Series tonight featuring Elin Hilderbrand is postponed. Due to our concern for the health and safety for all staff and attendees at the event, this is the best course of action.
Sanibel Public Library’s eShelf and all online services remain available 24/7. Your PIN is the last four digits of your Library card.
The Library’s public WiFi works outside of the building for most devices, in the parking lot areas.
Watch the Library’s website, local newspapers, and social media for updates. Sign up for emailed announcements at: bit.ly/ConsTanTConTactSPL.
Library programs scheduled for this week are postponed, details to be announced.
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We appreciate your patience and understanding.
eBooks, Apps, and Other eShelf Services:
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).
The Library also offers Mango – an online language learning tool. Mango has more than 70 languages and dialects, including English. Mango can be used on a desktop or offline on a mobile device.
You can access newspapers via the PressReader app.
Library cardholders can also use the popular on-demand video streaming service Kanopy. Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 documentaries, indie films, and classic movies.
Sanibel Public Library’s eShelf was originally funded in 2010 with a grant from the Sanibel Library Foundation, to provide bestseller eBooks and audiobooks. The following year the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club provided funds for an eBook business collection. These services are offered to Sanibel Public Library cardholders at no extra charge. Since 2011 the eShelf usage has grown by 20 percent every year, and more than 43,000 eBooks have been checked out in the past six years, including 9,000 audiobooks.
Sanibel Public Library offers several e-reader apps; including Hoopla for downloadable eBooks, movies, music and audiobooks as well as Libby from OverDrive. New in 2018, cardholders can download music with the Freegal app, more than 13 millions songs available.
For Sanibel Public Library cardholders there is no charge to use Library apps.
Sanibel Public Library cards are available to all residents of Sanibel and Lee County, Florida, at no charge. Visitor library cards are available for a $10 annual fee.
To access all of the Library’s online services, choose “eShelf” from the homepage menu. Your PIN is the last four digits of your Library card.
Click here for Sanibel Public Library’s video with staff explaining the steps to place a hold online.
Click here to see Beth from Sanibel Public Library video, reviewing how to use Freegal music.
Operationally, the Library notes:
• All overdue fines and user fees are waived during the closure;
• The book drops are open;
• The Library’s eShelf and all online services remain available 24/7.
Services for Children:
Kanopy Kids has a diverse selection of educational and entertaining content — Movies, TV Series, Animated Storybooks, Live Action, and Animated favorites. Most content is for children age two to eight.
The Hoopla Digital app offers movies, TV shows, comics, and music. With Hoopla all material can be accessed simultaneously (no holds). Click here for Hoopla content for kids. Popular content for kids include Little House in the Big Woods audiobook by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney, and the Mo Willems film, The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog!
Teens and ‘Tweens:
Stream or download music and music videos via the Freegal app. Freegal offers more than 13 millions songs, including popular artists: Khalid, Sia, A$AP Ferg, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Miranda Lambert, Drake, blink-182, H.E.R., BTS, Camila Cabello, Kelly Clarkson, Zac Brown Band, and Harry Styles.
The Hoopla Digital app offers movies, TV shows, comics, and music. Popular Hoopla content includes the comics series Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Hunger Games audiobook series by Suzanne Collins, and the 2017 documentary Hamilton: One Shot To Broadway. Popular music on Hoopla includes artists Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, and the Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording).
Practice your foreign language skills with Mango – an online language learning tool. The Mango app mixes listening and reading activities to help you pick up basics of a foreign language using conversation. Want to learn Cantonese? Spanish? Croatian? Chaldean Aramaic? Mango has more than 70 languages and dialects, including English. Mango can be used on a desktop or mobile device. The app can be used offline if you’re not on WiFi.
Borrow eBooks and audiobooks via the OverDrive Libby app. OverDrive Libby also has a collection of books by diverse authors, part of the “Own Voices” collection.