Summer Reading Program & Reading for Others 2021

All children, from babies-to-age 18, are invited to register for the summer reading program online starting Saturday, May 29. Participants can come into the Library to receive a special gift (quantities are limited). As in years past, kids will read to earn books for their home library and for patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. After a specified amount of reading time (varies by age group) and activities accomplished, the reader earns a book and the Sanibel Public Library Foundation matches each book earned with a book for patients at the Children’s Hospital. Take & Make crafts and activities available each week.

Click here to create or log in to your account. 

Since its inception in 2012, participants have helped to contribute close to 12,000 books to the hospital. The Library’s Summer Reading Program is funded in part by a grant from the Sanibel Public Library Foundation’s Joan Hunt Cory Children’s Fund. The Children’s Fund was established in 2008 to honor longtime library volunteer and supporter Joan Hunt Cory, who was also a 20-year Sanibel resident. Numerous studies indicate that students who don’t read during their summer vacation see their reading abilities stagnate or decline. The “summer slide” becomes more pronounced as students get older and advance through the school system.

Online with Ms. Deanna



Join Ms. Deanna for a Storytime of “Bookish Beasts.”

Baby Fun

Ms. Deanna talks to babies’ adults about pre-literacy; includes rhymes, action play, literacy tips, and a few words for Baby to learn in American Sign Language.

Summer Virtual Programming

Children's Library

Opportunities abound for exploration, entertainment, and learning at the Sanibel Public Library Children’s Library. Home to an impressive collection of over 12,800 books, audiobooks, music CDs, and DVDs. Including programs, technology, and  services designed to build kids’ love of reading and discovery.

Location: 770 Dunlop Rd., Sanibel Florida, 33957

Telephone: (239) 472-9524


Teen Library

Find out what’s happening at the Teen Space! Get reading recommendations, explore games, and technology and connect with resources to help with homework in the Teen Computer Lab  Join the library for volunteer opportunities to help build your skills!


The Children’s Library

You are invited to bring your family to read, learn, grow, and play! The Sanibel Public Library Children’s Library includes a sprawling collection of over 12,800 library items. The library incorporates story time, programs, technology, and various services designed to build kids’ love of reading and discovery! 

A Word

From the Children’s Librarian

“Sanibel Island is not only known for it’s shelling, beaches, and beautiful water, but also for it’s award winning library. I am excited to show you our newly renovated Children and Teen Department; it is a vibrant space for our young visitors to play, learn, and grow.  “

– Deanna Evans

Sanibel Public Library

Children’s Library

The Children’s Library has several programs, events and services for kids and families. Children and Teens can take part in summer learning programs, afterschool programs, and more! The library has program for children of all ages including babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The library also strives to support parents, caregivers and teachers in their work with kids.

Family Storytime

There are five simple practices to get kids ready to read: talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. This program that encourages the development of pre-reading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and stories.

After School Crew (K-5th)

Crafting, building, making, and playing with books and a snack thrown in. 

Summer Reading

The Summer Reading Program usually begins in late May  and runs through August with various activities throughout!


The Children’s Library includes a teen computer lab, early literacy computers, an interactive floor system, and Thinktank including much more!

Special Thanks to the

Sanibel Public Library Foundation

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. Sponsored programs include the Youth Summer Reading Program – Reading for Others! which 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. For more information and contributions please visit the Sanibel Public Library Foundation