March 11 – March 17 EVENTS

Sarasota County Libraries are participating in the “Take a Look, Buy a Book, Donate” Campaign, in partnership with the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of the Suncoast. This campaign is to promote literacy among Pre-K through fifth grade with a special emphasis on reaching lower socioeconomic children throughout the community. All children’s books should be new and can be dropped off at Elsie Quirk Library or any other Sarasota County Library branch. The U.S. Department of Education continues to conduct studies which prove that children who read and own books in their home, have better reading outcomes. Please ask your book clubs, friends, social clubs, and family to donate a new book.

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County provides no-cost health screenings and referrals for general health and wellness. This week, Elsie Quirk Library will host the Health in Motion mobile services. Available services include blood pressure screenings, Body Mass Index (BMI) measurements, Diabetes glucose screenings, flu vaccines, and health education. The Registered Nurse (RN) also helps individuals who lack medical insurance find a medical home for ongoing health care through referrals to the Community Health Centers of Sarasota County. For more information, visit or call 941-400-1412.

Here are the Elsie Quirk Library events for this week:


  • The Suncoast Writers Guild will meet at 10:00 a.m.
  • AARP Tax Assistance Program is from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offered by appointment. Please visit the library in-person to schedule your appointment.



  • Great Decisions starts at 10:00 a.m. This is America’s largest discussion series on world affairs. Attendees are asked to read each session’s selected Great Decisions topic before attending. This week’s topic is, Conflict in the South China Sea. The book can be purchased at the Friends bookstore for $23 each.
  • Forty Carrots’ Partners in Play will not meet this week.
  • AARP Tax Assistance Program is from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and offered by appointment. Please visit the library in-person to schedule your appointment.
  • Health in Motion will be at Elsie Quirk today from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Read with the Dogs is from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Drop-in and practice your reading skills with a canine companion. All dogs are certified pet therapy dogs from the Suncoast Humane Society. Children ages 5 and up are welcome to attend. Younger children may participate when accompanied by a caregiver. No registration necessary.
  • Our Monday Night Movie starts at 5 pm. The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

(Drama, R, 2 hrs.) (2010)

  • English for Spanish Speakers/Gratis Clase de Ingles para Hispanohablantes starts at 5:30 p.m. This class is for Spanish speakers who want to improve their English skills. Students should be able to speak some basic English.



  • Drop in for the Master Gardener Plant Clinic in partnership with UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County from 10:00 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 941-861-1307 or visit,
  • Englewood Men’s Garden Club meets at 10:00 a.m.
  • iPads for Beginners: Part 1 will start at 2 pm. Learn hands-on iPad basics including internet browsing, downloading apps, taking photos and more. iPads area available for use in the library or you may bring your own. Registration is required.
  • Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead-Coding is from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is open to ages 5 through 11 and limited to 12 participants.



  • AARP Tax Assistance Program is from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and offered by appointment. Please visit the library in-person to schedule your appointment.
  • Beginning Genealogy with the Englewood Genealogy Group starts at 10:00 a.m.
  • The Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.) meets each month on the third Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Join the group in providing input and help with upcoming library programs. New members, ages 11 to 18, are always welcome. For more information, contact Young Adult Librarian Deirdre Morrow at or 861-1207.
  • Teen Game Night is 6:30 to 7:30 pm for ages 9 through 18. We provide the gaming systems and games (Wii & Xbox 360).



  • The Reading Discussion Group meets at 10:15 a.m., every third Thursday of the month. This month’s selection is, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.
  • Family Storytime starts at 10:30 a.m. and is open to children ages birth to 5 and their families. Enjoy interacting with your child by participating in early literacy activities that include books, music and movement, crafts and other educational activities. No registration necessary. This week’s theme is, Patrick’s Day.
  • The Knitting Club will meet to knit and chat from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • The Englewood Camera Club meets at 1:00 p.m.
  • Englewood Peace Initiative Coalition meets at 4:00 p.m.



  • AARP Tax Assistance Program is from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and offered by appointment. Please visit the library in-person to schedule your appointment.
  • Basic Conversational Spanish Class for Beginners will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Learn basic conversational Spanish with instructor Dan Duffy. This class is for those who know little or no Spanish. Registration is required and limited to 50 participants. Register at for this free class that meets through April.
  • The Age of Henry VIII lecture series will start at 2:00 p.m.
  • Spanish Reading Group meets from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This group is for students who have participated in the beginner’s class, as well as any others who can read/speak basic Spanish. Reading is at the beginning to intermediate level, and consists of Spanish storytelling, translation and pronunciation and grammar. This class is taught by Dan Duffy. For more information, contact Senor Duffy at


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


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