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.
A new culinary experience — the SWFL Chef Invitational — will grace the Sanibel Community House later this month as six Southwest Florida professional chefs take the stage with seven youngsters who are participating in the Culinary Education program.
“Come out and support us and the culinary program,” Community House Resident Chef Jarred Harris said. “There will be excellent entertainment, top shelf food and chefs looking to impress.”
The highly acclaimed guest chefs, who will each be paired with a “junior chef,” include Werner Dietrich from Olde Hickory Golf and Country Club; Wilhelm Gahabka from Bay Colony Golf Club; Steve Joynt from Spring Run Golf Club; Craig Panneton from Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina; Melissa Talmage from Sweet Melissa’s Cafe and John Wolff from Casa Ybel Resort.
The SWFL Chef Invitational will treat those in attendance to a sit down small plate tasting due to each chef, student duo preparing one course of the six course menu to be served. Hors d’oeuvres, champagne and wine will be served before the event. Chef Loretta Paganini will be the master of ceremony.
The fundraising event will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, January 27, at the Sanibel Community House located at 2173 Periwinkle Way. It is $150 per person to attend. All of the proceeds from the event will go directly back into the culinary program at the Community House. For more information, or to purchase tickets visit www.sanibelcommunityhouse.net, or call 1-(239) 472-2155.
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!