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Summer reading “drop in” planned at the Sanibel Public Library

August 14, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Children who are participating in the annual Summer Reading program at the Sanibel Public Library can turn in their reading logs and claim "earned" books up until Aug. 25.

The "donut drop-in" end-of-summer party is set for Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon.

"If you haven't picked up the books you've earned from Summer Reading, this is your last chance," Youth Services Librarian Deanna Evans said. "If you didn't participate, 'do drop in' anyway and check out a book and check out the new space."

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Carter and Alyssa Allen with their book selections at the Sanibel Public Library.

The event is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

Children from babies to teens participated the annual program. As in years past, youth read to earn books for themselves to keep and for patients at the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. The Sanibel Public Library Foundation matches each book "earned" with a book for the facility. Since its inception in 2012, young readers have helped contribute more than 6,000 books to the hospital.

The foundation, along with the Joan Hunt Cory Children's Fund, underwrites the program. The fund was established in 2008 to honor longtime library volunteer and supporter Joan Hunt Cory. During the past 10 years, the foundation has provided more than $75,000 for programs, services and technology specifically for youth.

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"Summer reading helps prevent the 'summer slide,' the loss of gains the kids have made during the previous school year," Evans said. "Local readers, as well as visitors from all over the world,participated."

Locals and visitors logged reading time and activities via paper or online with Beanstack, designed for all ages. It not only logs reading time, but also delivers personalized book recommendations.

Library cards are available to all residents of Sanibel and Lee County at no charge.

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

The Sanibel Public Library is at 770 Dunlop Road.



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