Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library was the dream of five African-American housewives and mothers who lived in the Dunbar Community. These five women started the library in order to make available African-American books and materials that would provide them with information on African-American history. On Oct. 7, 1974, the Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library opened its doors to the public. The founders decided to name it "Jupiter Hammon Public Library" in honor of the first African poet to have his work published. Dunbar, the community's name, was added at the request of its residents. In 1996, the library moved to its current location at 3095 Blount St. It is home to the largest African-American book collection in Southwest Florida. The library has a section with Spanish books and materials. There is Internet access, room for meetings, studying and a Homework Center for students in elementary through middle school. The library offers free programs for adults, teens and children, including storytime. Special volunteer opportunities exist in the Homework Center, and there are other ways to support the Dunbar Jupiter Hammon library. Learn about the library's Friends group of supporters.