Sanibel Public Library Foundation


The Library Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided nearly half a million dollars in grants to fund Library Programs such as:

  • The Foundation’s Joan Hunt Cory Children’s Fund matched gifts from the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis and Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva to provide children’s book kits, books, and the Early Literacy Corner—designed to develop pre-reading and social skills for our youngest patrons.
  • The Reading for Others! Program fosters a love of learning and enables kids to build their home libraries. Area children also earned books that are given to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
  • eShelf provides downloadable movies, books, music, comics, magazines and audio books. Initially funded by the Foundation as a pilot project, downloadable services are now very popular with more than 40,000 eBooks borrowed from Sanibel Public Library to date.
  • Book discussion groups for adults and children foster a sense of community and intellectual enrichment

Foundation Board of Directors

Ken Nirenberg, President
Linda Uhler, Vice President
Margaret Mohundro, Secretary
Linda Estep, Treasurer
Jan Egeland, Board Member

Recent Projects

Summer Reading: Claim ‘Earned’ Books by August 25

Children participating in the Summer Reading program can turn in their summer reading logs and claim “earned” books until Saturday, August 25. Babies, preschoolers, children, and teens participated the annual Summer Reading program. As in years...

Your Library Reimagined – June 1, 2018 Update

Renovation work continues including: new, larger windows to maximize the natural light and stunning views have been installed; two computer labs; meeting rooms; and a flexible "Think Tank" Maker Space are being finished. The SPL will have mobile...

TripAdvisor – Hall of Fame, Certificate of Excellence 2018

Sanibel's award-winning public library earned another accolade - TripAdvisor's Hall of Fame, for achieving its Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.  The Library has won the Certificate of Excellence every year since 2014. In...

Sanibel Public Library Earns National “Star Library” Award

For the fourth time, the Sanibel Public Library has been recognized as one of the best libraries in the country. America’s Star Libraries presents an overall indication of how a library’s performance stacks up to peers, measuring computer usage, circulation, program...


Reading for Others

Through the Reading for Others! Program, more than 4,000 books have been donated to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Lunch with the Author

Bestselling author Melanie Benjamin headlined the 2017 Lunch with the Author.

The Author Series

With major funding provided by the Foundation, more than 1,000 fans enjoyed the 2016-17 Author Series evenings with authors B. A. Shapiro, Debbie Macomber, Margaret Atwood, and Joanne Fluke.

Early Literacy

The early-literacy workstations were upgraded with new interactive software to help young patrons prepare for the educational world ahead of them.

New Offerings

New offerings in downloadable books, audiobooks, magazines, movies and music.

Vox Books

VOX Books added to the Library Collection.

Cooking in the Bag

Patrons borrowed kitchen tools and coordinating cookbooks with “Cooking in the Bag” kits.

Tech it Out!

Patrons can borrow MacBook Air and Dell laptops via “Tech IT Out” kiosk.