Feb. 18 – Feb. 24 EVENTS

One Book, One Community of Sarasota County continues to provide a variety of programs that celebrate this year’s book selection. “The Boys in the Boat,” by New York Times best-seller author, Daniel James Brown, provides the foundation for upcoming events throughout the area. Elsie Quirk Library will be offering a, “Boys in the Boat,” Scavenger Hunt! Practice your research skills while hunting for information related to the One Book 2017 selection. Completed scavenger game sheets will be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire with case, and an autographed copy of, “The Boys in the Boat,” by Daniel James Brown. Game Sheets are due by 5 pm on April 30 at any Sarasota County Public Library. Visit your local Sarasota County Library branch or view our online catalog at www.scgov.net/library to check-out a copy of this year’s selected title. Upcoming programs include:

  • Thursday, February 23 at 6 pm at the North Sarasota Library is Historic Boat Building. Learn about the various types of boats used over the years in Sarasota County. This program is offered by Maritime volunteers from Historic Spanish Point.
  • Monday, February 27 at 10 am at the Selby Library is Cirque D’ Book, One Book Discussion. Charlotte Thompson leads this discussion of our One Book title “The Boys in the Boat”.
  • Tuesday, March 14 at 1 pm at the Gulf Gate Library is Asolo Play Readers Present, “The Boys in the Boat.” Enjoy a theatrical reading of excerpts from the book as actors bring the story to life.

Here are the Elsie Quirk Library events for this week:


  • Microsoft Excel Basics: Part 1 will start at 10 am. This class introduces the basics of Excel including how to create, edit, and save a spreadsheet. Other topics to be covered include entering data, simple formatting, basic formulas and using ranges. Basic computer skills are necessary. Participants should bring their own laptop with Microsoft Excel.
  • The Suncoast Writers Guild will meet at 10 am.
  • AARP Tax Assistance Program is from 12:30 to 4:30 pm and offered by appointment. Please visit the library in-person to schedule your appointment.
  • The Lego Club meets from 1:30 to 3:30 pm and is open to children ages 5 and up. LEGO bricks will be provided. Creations will be on display in the library until the next meeting date. The LEGO Club meets each month on the third Saturday in the afternoon and on the first Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 pm. No registration necessary.
  • Our Adult Coloring Workshop starts at 2 pm and is a great opportunity to relax while expressing your creativity. No instruction necessary. All materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own if preferred.


All Sarasota County Libraries will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day



  • Drop in for the Master Gardener Plant Clinic in partnership with UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County from 10 am to noon. For more information, call 941-861-1307 or visit, http://sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu/Hort/horthelp.shtml.
  • The Treaty of Versailles: The Treaty that Changed the World will start at 10 am. This ongoing series will review the history of this era, the consequences of the treaty and its impact on America in the 21st No registration necessary.
  • Englewood Camera Club meets at 12:30 pm.
  • iPads for Beginners: Part 1 will start at 2 pm. Learn hands-on iPad basics including internet browsing, downloading apps, taking photos and more. iPads area available for use in the library or you may bring your own. Registration is required.
  • Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead-Art is from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Registration is open to ages 5 through 11 and limited to 12 participants.



  • iPads for Beginners: Part 2 starts at 10 am. This class is the continuation of the iPads for Beginners: Part 1 class. Topics will include using email, organizing apps, and how to access and download Sarasota County Library eBooks. iPads are available or you may bring your own. Registration is required and limited to 10 participants.
  • AARP Tax Assistance Program is from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm and offered by appointment. Please visit the library in-person to schedule your appointment.
  • Englewood Genealogy Society will meet at 1 pm.
  • Minecraft Afterschool meets from 3:45 to 5 pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Unleash your imagination as you play on Xbox 360. Explore, build and conquer. A tutorial mode is available for beginners. Youth ages 7 to 13 are invited to participate.
  • Edgar Cayce Book Discussion starts at 6 pm.
  • Lemon Bay Travellers will meet at 6:30 pm.


  • Wireless Windows Laptops for Beginners starts at 10 am. Bring your Windows laptop and learn how to navigate the Internet, use the mouse and touch pad, save to a flash drive, create and save documents, and organize files into folders. A limited number of laptops are available if you are unable to bring your own. Registration is required and limited to 12 participants.
  • Family Storytime starts at 10:30 am and is open to children ages birth to 5 and their families. Enjoy interacting with your child by participating in early literacy activities that include books, music and movement, crafts and other educational activities. No registration necessary. This week’s theme is, Duck, Duck, Goose!
  • The Knitting Club will meet to knit and chat from 1 to 3 pm.
  • The Friends of the Elsie Quirk Library monthly board meeting will begin at 4 pm.


  • AARP Tax Assistance Program is from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm and offered by appointment. Please visit the library in-person to schedule your appointment.
  • Basic Conversational Spanish Class for Beginners will meet from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Learn basic conversational Spanish with instructor Dan Duffy. This class is for those who know little or no Spanish. Registration is required and limited to 50 participants. Register at https://www.scgov.net/library for this free class that meets through April.
  • The Age of Henry VIII lecture will start at 2 pm.
  • Spanish Reading Group meets from 3 to 4:30 pm. This group is for students who have participated in the beginner’s class, as well as any others who can read/speak basic Spanish. Reading is at the beginning to intermediate level, and consists of Spanish storytelling, translation and pronunciation and grammar. This class is taught by Dan Duffy. For more information, contact Senor Duffy at Spanishfaculty@gmail.com.


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 www.scgov.net/library.


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