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
Find out what’s happening at the Teen Space! Get reading recommendations, explore games, and technology and connect with resources to help with homework. 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!
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
Teen and Youth 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.
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.
The Summer Reading Program usually begins in late May and runs through August with various activities throughout!
Bessie the Read Dog
If you love dogs and books, then you might enjoy reading to our friend Bessie, a bearded collie and a Reading Education Assistance Dog!
The Children’s Library includes a teen computer lab, early literacy computers, an interactive floor system, and Thinktank including much more!
Upcoming Events & Activities
Family Storytime on MOST Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Please view the calendar (here) for exact dates. There are five simple practices to get kids ready to read: talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. Welcome to Family Storytime,...
Most Thursdays at 3 p.m. Please check the calendar (here) for exact dates. Crafting, building, making, and playing with books and a snack thrown in. The public is invited to this Library Program. There is no registration required and no additional cost to...
Sanibel Public Library’s 2019 summer reading program introduced children to a universe of stories. The “Universe" theme commemorated the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission when astronauts first set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969.Youth Services Librarian,...
Tuesdays at 3 p.m. in June & July (not 7/30): See the calendar for more details of each program. Notice age restrictions.6/4 Science with DoDads (K-5th grade); 6/11 Trifles with Ms. Betsy* (K-5th grade); 6/18 Storytelling with Windell Campbell (all...
Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in June & July (not July 31). There are five simple practices to get kids ready to read: talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. Welcome to Family Storytime, an all-ages program that encourages the development of...
The Summer Reading Program begins May 25 and runs through August 3 (with book pick-ups through 8/10). There's a Universe of Stories and as always, we Read for Others. Participants earn books for themselves and for patients at Golisano Children's Hospital...
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