July 22-28 EVENTS

On Wednesday, July 26th at 6:30 p.m. at Elsie Quirk Library, NASA Solar System Ambassador, Linda McKenna will present The All American Eclipse: Disappearing in a Town near You an informational slideshow about the upcoming total solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is the complete blocking out of the sun by the moon which reveals the solar corona, the sun’s outer atmosphere. The eclipse will occur on August 21, 2017. Millions of people in the U.S. will gather along a tiny ribbon of land across the country, less than 100 miles wide, to view this historical phenomenon. The center line of the eclipse will enter the U.S. between Lincoln City and Newport, Oregon and will cross the country exiting 3 hours later between Georgetown and Charleston, South Carolina. In Florida, we should be able to see a partial eclipse. The last time this stunning event occurred was on June 8, 1918. It’s never safe to look directly at the sun’s rays, even if it is partially obscured, all those who attend the program will receive a pair of 3-D glasses for viewing the future eclipse. A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles you won’t want to miss. Mark your calendar to attend this informative program to learn more about this exciting, upcoming event.


Here are the library events for this week:


  • Florida Fossils at 10:30 a.m. For ages 5 to adult. Learn about Florida fossils including how to identify them and where to go to find local fossils. Enjoy an exhibit of local fossils. Presented by the Southwest Florida Fossil Club. Registration is required and is limited to 25 participants.



  • Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild meets at 10:00 a.m.
  • Forty Carrots Partners in Play 10:05 a.m. OR 11:00 a.m. For children up to age 5 with a parent or caregiver. A free class for you and your child to enjoy together. Experience new educational activities, join in circle-time fun, meet other families, and receive valuable parenting and child development information. Attendance is limited to 12 families.
  • Gulf Beach Homeschoolers meets at 12:00 p.m.
  • Monday Night Movie at 5:00 p.m. Tonight’s film is about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historical struggle to secure voting rights for all people. A dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1964. (PG-13, 2 hrs. 8 min.) Contact the library for movie titles.


  • Master Gardener Plant Clinic 10:00 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. For more information, call 941-861-9807 or online at sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/plantclinic.shtml.
  • Reading Buddies 10:45 a.m. For ages 5-9. Keep up your reading skills and become a better reader by practicing with a buddy.
  • Englewood Camera Club – Summer Shutterbugs meets at 1:00 p.m.


  • Do Dads Lab: Under Construction at 1:30 p.m. For ages 5-11. Enjoy a comedy science show all about simple machines and construction science. Audience involved experiments, original music, puppetry, and laughter for all ages. Sponsored by The Friends of Elsie Quirk Library.
  • Minecraft Club at 3:30 p.m. For ages 7- Unleash your imagination as you play Minecraft on the Xbox (360 Edition). Explore, build and conquer. A tutorial mode is available for beginners.
  • Association for Research and Enlightenment Book Club (A.E.) meets at 6:00 p.m.
  • All American Eclipse – Disappearing in a Town near You at 6:30 p.m. For ages 10 – adult.


  • Southwest Homeowners Alliance meets at 10:00 a.m.
  • Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m. is open to ages 0-5. Enjoy interacting with your child by participating in early literacy activities that will include music and movement, books, crafts, and educational activities. This week’s theme is “Five Senses”.
  • Gulf Beach Homeschoolers meets at 12:00 p.m.
  • The Knitting Club meets to knit and chat at 1:00 p.m.
  • Android/Kindle Fire Tablets for Beginners at 10:00 a.m. Bring your Android tablet or Kindle Fire and learn hands-on basics, internet browsing, downloading apps, eBooks and more! Registration is required and limited to 10 participants.


  • Grupo de Estudio Espanol meets at 10:00 a.m.
  • Suncoast Humane Society meets at 1:00 p.m.
  • Light Bulb Art at 2:00 p.m. For ages 9-18. Create art on a light bulb and illuminate your world! Registration is required and limited to 12 participants. Sponsored by The Friends of the Elsie Quirk Library.


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 scgov.net/library.


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