The Sanibel Public Library has earned a national “Star Library” award, marking the fourth time that it has been recognized as one of the best libraries in the country by the Library Journal.
“It’s a testament of support from the community and board who encourages us to do innovative things people are interested in,” Sanibel Public Library Executive Director Margaret Mohundro said. “We are really proud of it. It’s a credit to the staff who work really hard.”
The Library Journal rates public libraries in the United States based on selected per capita data. This year, only 259 of 7,409 libraries received three, four or five star designations. The star libraries in Florida included Sanibel, New Port Richey and Lake Park.
“Every year we are at, or near the top. We get really good support from the community,” she said.
Mohundro said the rating is based on such areas as the number of people walking through the library’s door, number of program attendees and the number of books checked out.
In addition, the Library Journal also based the star rating on electronic material. At the Sanibel Public Library, more than 43,000 eBooks have been checked out in the past six years, which includes 9,000 audiobooks.
Other eShelf services include Mango, an online language learning tool and Kanopy, a popular on-demand video streaming app. In addition, the Sanibel Public Library was the first public library in Florida to offer “Tech It Out,” a kiosk that enables patrons to borrow MacBook Air and Dell laptops at the library.
Well, you can’t find all this in Minnesota!
One of our owners’ sons, Tim S., couldn’t believe his good luck during his recent holiday visit. He said he found seven — yes, seven! — huge Horse Conchs this time around, in addition to a table-sized collection of more beautiful shells.
Wonder if he bought a new suitcase to take them all home?
As the sun sets on another year, we look back fondly of time spent with our guests at Ocean’s Reach. We’re truly grateful that you’ve made us a part of your lives and hope that your memories of time spent here will continue to warm your hearts for years to come.
On behalf of the owners and staff at Ocean’s Reach, we want to send along our very best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!
This year, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge adds a new Horseshoe Crabs program to its calendar of daily free tours and activities. The seasonal calendar of free programs and tours begins on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, and runs through April 8.
Daily programs begin at 8:30 a.m. and include such diverse activities as Nature Photography, Beach Walk, Birds of Prey in Southwest Florida, and Indigo Trail Walk.
“We have something for visitors of all ages,” said supervisory refuge ranger Toni Westland. “The free refuge programs and tours last anywhere from a half hour to two hours.”
For a full calendar of programs and tours and descriptions, visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/free-refuge-programs. Free educational programs are made possible through support from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS).
What more relaxing way to recuperate from all the hubbub of the holidays than to enjoy one of our spectacular Ocean’s Reach sunsets? We’re fortunate that the sun sets right in front of our beach this time of year!
Many thanks to Eddie and Regina D. for sharing this gorgeous photo from when they stayed with their friends, Gary H. and his family from Russellville, KY, earlier this month!
With his contagious smile and helpful attitude, Adolfo was once again the perfect Christmas Elf for Ocean’s Reach!
He made sure that holiday packages were delivered promptly to guests and assisted with all of their vacation needs. As always, he helped keep the swimming pool crystal clear, the grounds immacalute and the units maintenence free. And he did it all with his ever-present smile, spreading holiday cheer to all!
We all agree that our guest service with suffer ho-ho-horribly without hiim!