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

Email: devans@sanlib.org

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. Join the library for volunteer opportunities to help build your skills!

About

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

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.

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!

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!

Technology

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

Calendar

Upcoming Events & Activities

Monday Movie Matinee

Monday Movie Matinee

Mondays at 1 p.m. in June & July (except 7/30). Get out of the summer heat and relax. Movies will be shown in the Children/Teen area of the library. See Calendar for details.https://sanlib.org/calendar/The public is invited to this Library Program....

V.I.P. After-hours for Teens

V.I.P. After-hours for Teens

Wednesdays at 6 p.m. (to 7 p.m.) in June and July (not 7/31). For rising sixth graders thru high school. Come to the library for different activities, to hang with others, and munch on snacks. We'll be doing VR, playing games, making stuff all while the...

KICK-OFF Party for Summer Reading Program

KICK-OFF Party for Summer Reading Program

Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Kick-off Party for A Universe of Stories begins the Summer Reading Program, where readers earn books for themselves and for young patients at the Golisano Children's Party. Join us for program registration,...

SPRING into READING for BABIES

SPRING into READING for BABIES

Let's start a new spring tradition.Since spring is when leaves are fresh, flowers start to bloom, and animal babies are born or hatched, let's celebrate fresh starts and little babies.Participating in Spring into Reading for Babies will earn board books...

Storytime

Storytime

Family Storytime on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Please view the calendar for exact dates. 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...

Read to Bessie!

Read to Bessie!

Please check the calendar for exact dates. If you love dogs and books, then you might enjoy reading to our friend, Bessie, a bearded collie and a Reading Education Assistance Dog. At 3:50 p.m. on rain-free Thursday afternoons, Bessie will be here to greet...

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