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What’s happening this week? Dec. 13, 2019

A conversation with a community member this week, regarding surreptitiously reading Dear Abby, has me thinking about advice. Of all of the things I learned, or didn’t learn, in junior high school, what stuck with me the most was…

Little boy reading a book and drinking hot cocoa in decorated cozy living room. Happy kid on Christmas time. Activity for children on winter holidays

What’s happening this week? Dec. 6, 2019

In the winter season, what I celebrate as a librarian, with joyful exuberance, is the commonality of the many, many winter holiday traditions, here in Florida and around the world. The use of light to represent the seeking of…

Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream and cinnamon on rustic background, top view. Homemade pastry for Thanksgiving traditional Pumpkin Pie.

What’s happening this week? Nov. 29, 2019

This time of year allows us to pause for gratitude and reflection, to savor pumpkin and nutmeg, and perhaps to curl up with a stack of books or a pile of DVDs. The Elsie Quirk Library can help you…

Happy young woman reading a book by the window in the fall

What’s happening this week? Nov. 22, 2019

Libraries often emphasize the myriad resources available to patrons, proving the notion of a library as just a bunch of books and a shusshy librarian to be wildly inaccurate.  We have a lot of ground to stand on there,…

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What’s happening this week? Nov. 15, 2019

As you may have read in this very newspaper, our library colleagues in Citrus County recently made national news when their efforts to provide a digital subscription to the New York Times was rejected by their Board of County…

One Book, One Community

What’s happening this week? Nov. 8, 2019

Sarasota County’s popular One Book, One Community initiative is back for 2020. The coming One Book selection is Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore, detailing the history of radium used in watchmaking, and…

Old military combat boots with dog tags and a small American flag. Rocky gravel background with copy space. Memorial Day, Veterans day, sacrifice concept.

What’s happening this week? Nov. 1, 2019

During the month of November, Elsie Quirk will be honoring Veterans with a “White Table” display along with a note board for messages and reflections, as well as a display of books and movies related to veterans. What I…

Light coming from book in woman's hands in gesture of giving, offering. Concept of wisdom, religion, reading, imagination.

What’s happening this week? Oct. 25, 2019

October is when we celebrate fear. We dress up as what we fear, laugh at what we fear, and gleefully keep our fear at bay with tiny candies. Whatever your fears, Elsie Quirk Library can help you with the…

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What’s happening this week? Oct. 18, 2019

Librarians have much in common with Mr. Rogers—for example, great sweaters, kindness, and good Neighbors. This month the Friends of the Elsie Quirk Library have partnered with our neighbors, Lemon Bay Playhouse to present a special performance of Lying…