July 29 – Aug. 4 EVENTS

The Summer Learning Program is winding down. Children ages 3-11 are invited to come and celebrate their summer reading accomplishments at The Summer Learning Finale! Clowns Like Us, Alley #303 will be at Elsie Quirk Library for this celebration. They will teach and demonstrate a variety of clown skills including stilt walking, balloon animals, magic tricks, juggling, and more. With the theme of “Build a Better World”, the Sarasota County Libraries offered a full schedule of programming for children, teens, and adults this summer at each of the nine library locations. Programs included, Artists in the Libraries, workshops by the Asolo Repertory Theater, special guest performances, book discussions, story times, games, crafts and much more. Many thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library organizations, who supported the variety of programs that were designed to stimulate imaginations, encourage creativity and support continued learning.

Also ending this week is the Summer Breakspot Lunch program. Over 400 free lunches have been served to children 18 and under by library staff and volunteers this summer. Sarasota County Libraries partnered with Sarasota County School Board Food and Nutrition Services this summer to ensure that children received a nutritious meal when school was not in session. Friday, August 4th will be the last day for the lunch program at Elsie Quirk Library.

Here are the library events for this week:


  • Gulf Beach Homeschoolers meet at 12:00 p.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.
  • Monday Night Movie at 5:00 p.m. Tonight’s film is about mathematician, Alan Turing and his efforts to crack the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine with help of fellow mathematicians. It is an intense portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, a genius, who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, saved thousands of lives. (PG-13, 1 hr. 54 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.
  • Summer Learning Finale! 1:30 p.m. For ages 3-11. Celebrate your reading accomplishments at this end of summer event. Sponsored by the Friends of Elsie Quirk Library.


  • Gulf Beach Homeschoolers meet at 12:00 p.m.
  • Pioneer Days Parade Committee meets at 5:30 p.m.
  • LEGO Club 6:00 p.m. Children ages 5-12 will have fun getting together with others and sharing ideas, working together, and making new friends. LEGO bricks will be provided – bring your imagination. LEGO creations will be on display in the library until the next meeting date.




  • Health in Motion Bus will be in the library parking lot from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Florida Department of Health of Sarasota County, Health in Motion staff will be on-site to provide no-cost health screenings and referrals for general health and wellness. Nursing staff will help individuals who lack medical insurance find a medical home for ongoing health care through referrals to the Community Health Centers of Sarasota County.
  • Family Movie at 10:30 a.m. This movie is a mythic adventure set around 2,000 years ago across a series of islands in the South Pacific. It follows the journey of a spirited teenager as she meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together they traverse the open ocean, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds. (PG, 107 min.) Contact the library for movie titles.
  • The Knitting Club meets to knit and chat at 1:00 p.m.


  • Grupo de Estudio Espanol meets at 10:00 a.m.
  • Teen Coloring at 2:00 p.m. For teens and tweens ages 9-18. Relax and color. Supplies will be provided.


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.


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