50 Years Of Island Newspapers
Digitally Preserved At Sanibel Library
Looking for a little local history? The Sanibel Public Library can take you back
in time to 1961.
The library has digitally preserved all three island newspapers, Island Sun,
Island Reporter and Islander dating from 1961 through 2010 through Digi-Find It.
Digi-Find It is a web based interface that allows one to search digitalized archived
files. The preservation process results in a photographic version of the original newspapers, which can be printed out. It is accessible from within the Sanibel Public Library
only; patrons can perform data searches on local history by event, date, person’s
name or keyword, similar to a Google search.
Digi-Find It is a great resource in looking up past island events or finding local
historical information. For example, you can search “lighthouse” or “causeway”
and find all the information the local papers reported on during a specified time.
Digi-Find It makes it easy to track local trends over time and compare “then” and
“now.” Stop by the Reference Area and try it out.
Factoid: The recent addition of 2010 newspapers to Digi-Find It consisted of 6gb
of new data, which is equivalent to a 180-volume encyclopedia.
Poetry Fest At Sanibel Library
Poets young and old from Sanibel and Southwest Florida will gather at the Sanibel
Library on Wednesday, April 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. to celebrate National Poetry
Month. Sponsored by the Sanibel Library and the Sanibel Poets Society, the
event will commemorate the 11th anniversary of Sanibel’s annual tribute to poetry.
Eleven years ago, poet Marianne Strickland invited Sanibel poets to the art gallery
now known as Hurdie Girdie to celebrate National Poetry Month. That first celebration
has grown into the Sanibel PoetryFest and will feature the following poets who will
honor the muse by performing their poetry:
Jim Brock, Ray Buck, Carol Drummond, Sandy Greco, Tanya Hochschild, Bob
Maxeiner, Russell Miller, Joe Pacheco, Joyce Rand, Sid Simon, Larry Stiles, Lorraine
Vail and The Sanibel School poetry contest winners.
Member of the public are invited to participate by reading their own work or a
favorite poem by other poets.
A reception sponsored by the Sanibel Library and Sanibel Poets will follow the
readings. Admission is free.
For further information, contact Joseph Pacheco at 472-1280