That’s a Lot of Books

We’re delighted to have so many bookworms around here, especially of the younger variety!

For the past five years, children who have participated in the Summer Reading Program at the Sanibel Public Library have been helping “earn” books for pediatric patients at our local hospital.

This year, 244 participants read, tracked their time and activities, and attended library programs to earn books. Local readers as well as visiting readers from all over the world participated, and families also had the option to participate online.

The Sanibel Public Library Foundation matched each book earned with a book for the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. This past summer, participants “earned” 1,808 books for young readers staying in the hospital.

During the past five years, children who have participated in the program have helped to contribute more than 6,000 books for pediatric patients at the hospital. What a great way to carry on the wonderful spirit of giving that we see on Sanibel!