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Steampunk Valentines, author visits and more at the Sanibel library

February 8, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Sanibel Public Library's Cathy Cameron will guide visitors through the steps of creating a Steampunk Valentine using pieces of discarded jewelry, wire, and other ephemera today, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m.

Betsy Eidem will present her annual culinary program on Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. The topic is "SPICE up your Valentine's Day." There will be a book talk with Charlie Sobczak, author of "Alligators, Sharks & Panthers," on Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. In addition, Jennifer Schiff will discuss and sign copies of her books from the Sanibel Island Mystery Series on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. She will have copies of her books for sale.

On Feb. 19, singer Dave Kilbride returns with his guitar to perform favorites from the '50s and '60s starting at 2 p.m. Eric Jackson, with Lee County Mosquito Control District, will talk about the sterile insect program planned for Captiva on Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. and Holly Shaffer, from the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, will chronicle the local history of baseball and spring training on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.

Authors Pam Miner and Jared Beck will be present for a book signing and discussion of their book, "River & Road: Fort Myers Architecture From Craftsman to Modern," on Feb. 22 at 2 p.m.

The library also hosts the following weekly programs for children:

- Family Story Time: Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. For young readers and their caregivers, the program helps develop pre-reading skills through songs and stories.

- After-School Crew: Thursdays at 3 p.m. Children in kindergarten through third grade will enjoy favorite books, never-knew-existed books, games and crafts, with a snack provided.

- Reading to Bessie: Rain-free Thursdays from 3:45 to 5 p.m. Have fun reading to Bessie, a bearded collie and Reading Education Assistance Dog. Participants can sign up on the spot.

- After-School Clique: Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Geared for children in fourth through sixth grade, the group will craft, build, make and play, with books and a provided snack thrown in.

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

The Sanibel Public Library is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Sundays.

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

The Sanibel Public Library is at 770 Dunlop Road.



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