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Sanibel library to close temporarily as 'Your Library Reimagined' wraps up

July 3, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Sanibel Public Library will be closed for approximately three weeks starting July 9.

Officials reported that the second phase of the "Your Library Reimagined" project is almost complete. The temporary closure is for utility work to be done and for the relocation of library materials.

Overdue fines will not be assessed for late material returned during the closure. The book drop is located outside of the building for the return of DVDs, magazines, books and other materials.

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The Sanibel Public Library will be closed for approximately three weeks starting July 9 as the second phase of the “Your Library Reimagined” project is completed.

The library's hold or "request" service has been suspended. The library is not taking new requests for interlibrary loans until next month. Staff will contact patrons if their requested ILL book arrives in July.

As part of the Summer Reading Program, which runs through Aug. 3, the event featuring master storyteller Windell Campbell on July 10 at 3 p.m. has been moved to The Community House, at 2174 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. He will weaves tales - modern and classic - for those in attendance.

Cartooning with Doug MacGregor on July 24 at 3 p.m. has also been relocated to the venue.

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The library's eShelf, which features eBooks and downloadable audiobooks, movies, music and magazines, will be available during the closure. For printing, fax and notary services, patrons can contact SanCap Pak-n-Ship or Qwik Pack & Ship. The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce's website has a list of public WiFi locations, like the Captiva Memorial Library.

Planning for the Your Library Reimagined project started in 2015, when the library board and staff analyzed obsolete infrastructure in the now 25 year-old building. The project includes rearranging the floor plan for greater service and more modular meeting space. Improvements include larger windows to maximize the natural light and views; four new study rooms; two computer labs with fast Internet; a flexible "Think Tank" Maker Space; and revised outdoor courtyard space. There will also be a new Archives Room with digitization capabilities for easier photo scanning. Much of the updates are unseen such as more efficient electrical, plumbing and tech systems, which will help lower operating costs.

The library's Summer Reading Program features activities and special events for children - from infants to teens. For more information, check out the programming schedule at

The 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 resident.

After the library reopens, children can stop by on Aug. 11 to choose books they have "earned" from their summer reading.

For more information, call 239-472-2483 or visit online at



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