You can find magic wherever you look.
Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.
– Dr. Seuss
You’re never too young to enjoy a good book! The Sanibel Public Library invites families to register their babies, preschoolers, children and teens for their annual Summer Reading program.
As in years past, kids can read to earn books for their home library and for patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The Sanibel Public Library Foundation matches each book “earned” with a book for the children’s hospital. Since its inception in 2012, young readers have helped to contribute more than 6,000 books to young hospital patients.
Families can register for the library’s Summer Reading Program in person or online. Logging reading time and activities can be done via paper or online with Beanstack; a link is on the children’s page at www.sanlib.org. This year, Beanstack is now offered as a smartphone app. The app not only logs reading time, but also delivers personalized book recommendations. Locals as well as visitors are welcome to participate.
Other popular summer programs are returning, as well. Family Storytime, for babies and children up to age 5, is held at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays at the library. On Fridays in June and July, stop by at 2 p.m. to sing along with family-friendly musical movies. Sixth through 12th graders are invited to VIP After-Hours gatherings on Tuesday evenings through the month of July from 6 to 7 p.m.