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What’s happening this week? Feb. 21, 2020

We received some exciting new equipment at Elsie Quirk Library this week. Part of the Sarasota County Library System’s mission statement is “to offer equal access to information” and we continually strive to find new ways to fulfill that…

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What’s happening this week? Feb. 14, 2020

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Elsie Quirk Library! The library is a perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day. I sense your skepticism, but hear me out. You can come with your soul-mate, your best friend, your tentative sweetheart, or…

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What’s happening this week? Feb. 7, 2020

I recently watched a talk by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about the importance of telling more than one story. She discussed, with humor and graceful clarity, the harm caused when we only have access to one story about a…

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What’s happening this week? Jan. 31, 2020

At the Elsie Quirk Library we are leaping into February, with enthusiasm for all 29 days! We are a proud partner in the Lemon Bay Festival, with a zestful array of programs and events. Lemon, as it happens, is…

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What’s happening this week? Jan. 24,2020

As I write this column, I am sitting in my office in the corner of the Elsie Quirk Library trying to think fiery thoughts to warm my hands up after being out in this impossibly cold weather we’re having.…

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What’s happening this week? Jan. 17,2020

The Elsie Quirk Rise Up Film Festival will be in full swing in the coming week with our series of matinees, featuring thought-provoking movies that explore courage and determination in the face of inequity.  While these movies address weighty…

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What’s happening this week? Jan. 10,2020

While setting up Elsie Quirk’s library-wide January exhibit, exploring themes of liberation, resistance, and courageous cooperation, I got to thinking about the banjo. Well, I was thinking about how the sharing of culture and tradition can help people humanize…

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What’s happening this week? Jan. 3,2020

We at Elsie Quirk wish one and all a 2020 full of joy, curiosity, uplift, good health, and good reads! This January, the Elsie Quirk Library is hosting a poster series—part of an initiative sponsored by the Jewish Federation…

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What’s happening this week? Dec. 20, 2019

Since writing about it in this column last month, I am still percolating Carlo Rovelli’s perspective-shifting book, The Order of Time, and subsequently have had several conversations about the haphazardness of designating time and days and months. Here we…