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

Patricia Schwarz, President
Linda Uhler, Vice President
Bill Fellows, Treasurer
Margaret Mohundro, Secretary



Reading for Others

Through the Reading for Others! Program, more than 9,000 books have been donated to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Lunch with the Author

Bestselling authors for Lunch with the Author events.

The Author Series

With major funding provided by the Foundation, 1,000’s of fans have enjoyed the Author Series evenings with bestselling author.

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.