Library Happenings

Sarasota County is turning 100 years old in 2021.  On July 1, 1921, Sarasota County was officially recognized as separate from Manatee County.  County libraries are celebrating this milestone by offering 100 programs starting March 23, 100 days before the anniversary and finishing with a huge celebration to mark the centennial. 

Library programs continue to be offered following CDC guidelines.  You’ll find outdoor socially distanced options, online options, to go options, and combinations of these. Our pre-recorded online centennial programs and events have been compiled in Vimeo.  Live online programming takes place on Zoom and can be found on the library’s program calendar

Prefer a more hands-on approach?  Perhaps our Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times program is more to your liking.  Pick up journaling or scrapbooking kits at the Elsie Quirk Library starting April 5; leading up to the centennial, document your experiences during these unique times.  Learn about others who navigated unprecedented and trying circumstances through the materials available at the library.  Kits available while supplies last. 

Need some fresh air before the heat and humidity arrive?  How about embarking on Elsie Quirk Library’s Trivia Walk challenge.  Starting April 10, pick up an entry card at the library each month, walk the trivia trail, and complete your entry card.  Each month a winner will be selected from the correct entries and a prize awarded. 

Our One Book Sarasota title has been announced and will tie into the history of Sarasota County theme.  “Suncoast Empire” is 2021’s One Book.  Frank Cassell’s book explores the life of Bertha Palmer and her family.  More information about the book, its author, and discussion questions for book clubs can be found online at

More centennial surprises are in store, so stay tuned! 

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