Library Happenings

As July unfurls, we at the Elsie Quirk Library have been in a celebratory mood. Seeing children march in excitedly for storytime and our innovative make-and-take programs has lifted our spirits. Hearing patrons of all ages enjoy our Saturday evening concert, partake in Centennial cupcakes, and make use of our expanded public computers has been a joy.  Most of all, seeing patrons mill about and engage in spontaneous conversation, share their thoughts as they share newspapers sections, and give each other pointers on gardening or cooking or home repair, has reminded us of what we love so much about this library—you, the community!

We are putting this community-fueled positive energy to use by continuing to add in-person programs and working hard on setting up what is to be our brand-new Creation Station. The Elsie Quirk Library Creation Station will provide the community with access to a breadth of tools for creative expression, from yarn and knitting needles to professional video equipment, from a Cricut craft cutter to a large format printer.  We will be launching Creation Station programming this August, so start revving up your imaginations!  

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

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 21, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
    Make-and-Take Craft
    Ages 2-12.  Drop by our youth department to make an Olympic-themed craft.
  • Wednesday, July 21, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. 
    Circus Skills Workshop
    Have you ever wanted to walk on a tight wire or learn to juggle or maybe move like a clown? Now is your chance!  Come and learn some circus skills with Circus Arts Conservatory teaching artist, Karen Bell.  Registration is required and limited to tweens ages 9-12.
  • Thursday, July 22, 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!
  • Thursday, July 22, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 
    Quirky Knitters
    Join the Quirky Knitters for an afternoon of knitting and crochet. Bring your projects, patterns, and questions, all skill levels welcome.  Registration is not required, just show up to knit and chat!

To-Go Programs
Take home bags full of amusement.

  • Sea Turtle Activity Bag
    Learn, create, play.  Bags available to-go in the youth department.

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.

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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