Library Happenings

The Elsie Quirk Library is excited to partner with the Florida Studio Theatre to bring free live music to Englewood.  The evening of Saturday, July 10th, FST will present “On the Road Again: Family Musical Road Trip!” Bring a chair or blanket, pack a picnic, and join us as we travel across America via melody. 

We are also very pleased to announce the return of in-person Storytime at the library.  We will offer two sessions on Thursday mornings throughout the summer. Hop, skip, or pirouette on into the children’s section Thursday mornings at 10:15 a.m., or 11:30 a.m., to enjoy stories and play with our exuberant youth staff.  

And finally, we invite adults to join us for Library Blanket Bingo! Officially, it is actually called Summer Reading Bingo, but whatever you decide to call it, by playing you can enter to win a Kindle Fire for your year-round e-reading needs. To play, pick up a bingo card at the Elsie Quirk Library, or print one by going to Read books in the given categories, following the instructions on the bingo card, and return your completed card to the library by August 31st to be entered into the drawing. The contest is limited to one entry per person, and we wish everyone good luck and great reading!

A Sampling of Library Events, Opportunities, and Resources to Explore:

To-Go Programs
Take home bags full of amusement.

  • DIY Time Capsule
    Pick up a time capsule kit and save mementoes of this momentous time we are living in.
  • Circus Centennial Activity Bag for Youth
    Circus themed fun in a brown paper bag!

Community Support

  • Job Seekers Kits
    A purple folder packed with helpful tips, resources, and tools for job seekers, available at our community resource table.
  • Care Kits
    Reusable sinch bags with useful everyday items for those in need, such as personal hygiene supplies, sox, first aid supplies, and Kind Bars, available by asking any library staff member.
  • Snack Bags
    Full of popular snacks for children and teens 18 and under, available in the youth department.

In-Person Programs

  • Tuesdays 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. and Noon – 1 p.m. 

Forty Carrots Partners in Play 
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.

  • Wednesday, July 7, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Make-and-Take Craft
Ages 2-12.  Drop in to our youth department to make a craft featuring an endangered species.  Sea Turtle activity bags will also be available for pick up.

  • Thursday, July 8, 10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. – Noon 

Family Story Time
For ages 2-8. Enjoy stories, movement activities, songs and more!

  • Saturday 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

On the Road Again: Family Musical Road Trip
All Ages. Pack your bags! Florida Studio Theatre is taking the whole family on a one-of-a-kind musical road trip.  This is an outdoor event, please bring chairs or blankets for your comfort.

Virtual Programs
Sign up or learn more at:

  • Alphabet Storytime
    Online storytime for kids, enjoy Elsie Quirk’s own Cris and George reading books with their favorite letters, and discover new library friends from other branches.
  • Tech by Zoom
    Need help with your new phone? Can’t figure out how to get e-books on your iPad? Want to find out how to make Word stop putting spaces where you don’t want them? Set up a tech by Zoom appointment with an Elsie Quirk staff member by registering online or giving us a call. We are also happy to talk you through setting up a Zoom account over the phone.

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