Sanibel Public Library Foundation



The Sanibel Public Library Foundation provides support to enhance and enrich your Library experiences. Some of the Foundation’s key areas of support include:

  • Library Author Series – Foundation monies underwrite the Series, which brings bestselling and award-winning writers to Sanibel for evenings of presentations, book signings, and receptions. Library users have the opportunity to interact with their favorites or to discover great new reads. Visiting authors have included Joyce Carol Oates, Clive Cussler, Amor Towles, Jodi Picoult, Margaret Atwood, Lee Child, Paul Theroux, Dennis Lehane and many more.
  • Youth Summer Reading Program – Reading for Others! Summertime reading helps children maintain their skills during school break and encourages a love of reading for pleasure. Staff work with children to help set summer reading goals. When a goal is reached each child earns a book to build their home library; the Foundation matches that book-for-book, so each child earns a book for the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, too.
  • Technology Initiatives – The Foundation supports the Library’s goals of providing leading edge technology and provides startup funds for pilot projects. Recent examples include Tech IT Out, a computer kiosk for checking out computers; opportunities to access technology including Virtual Reality and 3D printing demonstrations; and the new Think Tank, an interactive area for youth and adults to collaborate on projects and to support Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) initiatives in schools.

The Sanibel Public Library Foundation, Inc., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supporting the Sanibel Public Library and reading and literacy in Southwest Florida. In the past 10 years the Foundation has provided more than $1 million in grants and gifts to the Sanibel Public Library. For more information on giving please contact the Library or consider an online contribution:

Foundation Board of Directors

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

Recent Projects


2018 Summer Reading – 1,202 Books Read for Children’s Hospital

More than 240 readers ranging from just months-old to 17 years were enrolled in the 2018 Sanibel Public Library’s Summer Reading Program (SRP). As in years past, kids read to earn books for themselves and for patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest...

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...



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.