Dec. 30- Jan. 5 EVENTS

Want to learn more about Florida-Friendly gardens, composting, or citrus trees? Need a plant or insect identified? Homeowners can receive free research-based lawn, landscape and pest management help at the library from the University of Florida through the Master Gardener program.

Master Gardeners are folks who have completed training as volunteer educators in the Horticulture Program from the University of Florida. They visit the Elsie Quirk Library every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon to educate and provide information about planning and maintaining landscapes with an emphasis on environmental stewardship.

This is a federal-state-county partnership between the Sarasota County Extension Service and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). It is dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources and the life sciences, and making that information accessible. For more information, call 941-861-9807 or online at

Find Your Green Thumb at the Library! 

Here are the library events for this week:


  • Stop in and pick up a good book or movie for the weekend!


  • All Sarasota County Libraries and government offices are closed today for the New Year’s Day holiday.


  • Master Gardener Plant Clinic 10 a.m. – Noon. Stop in to get free answers to your Florida gardening and landscape questions.       This is made possible through a partnership with UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County.
  • Englewood Genealogical Society – Roots Magic SIG meets at 10 a.m.
  • Englewood Computer Club meets at 1 p.m.
  • Englewood Shell Club meets at 1 p.m.
  • Reading Buddies at 3:30 p.m. For ages 5-8 (entering K through 3rd grade). Keep up your reading skills and become a better reader by practicing with a buddy. Have fun while reading together and playing engaging reading activities. Volunteers are not trained experts, but will listen, encourage and help as needed.


  • French Conversation Group meets at 10 a.m.
  • Englewood Genealogical Society Board meets at 10 a.m.



  • Great Books Discussion meets at 10:15 a.m. January’s selection: “Culture and Anarchy” by Matthew Arnold, from Great Conversations 4
  • Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m. For ages 0-5. Interact and participate with your child in a variety of early literacy activities that include music, stories, movement, crafts and school readiness activities. Today’s theme is “Noisy Stories”.
  • Englewood MacIntosh Users Group meets at 1 p.m.
  • Knitting Club meets at 1 p.m.


  • Grupo de Estudio Espanol (Spanish Study Group) meets at 10 a.m.
  • Basic Conversational Spanish Class at 11:30 a.m. This is a class for those who know little or no Spanish. It is a beginner’s class, for developing basic communication skills in the language. The class meets on Fridays for 15 weeks, January 5th to April 27th. Mr. Dan Duffy, a winter resident of Englewood and career educator, will provide instruction. The participants will use the book “Spanish in 10 Minutes a Day” by Kristine Kershul, which can be purchased at local bookstores and online. Registration is required and limited to 50 participants.
  • Spanish Reading Group at 3 p.m. This class is for those who have taken the beginner’s class, as well as any others who can read/speak basic Spanish. Reading is at the beginning/intermediate level, and consists of Spanish stories, translating them, and working on pronunciation and grammar. To attend, please contact Señor Dan by email at


For more information on library programs, services, and resources visit us at 100 West Dearborn Street, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000, or visit our website at


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