Nov. 12 – Nov. 18 Weekly Events
at the Elsie Quirk Library

Elsie Quirk Library offers a fantastic schedule of programs this upcoming week. One of this week’s highlights is the unique opportunity to meet the award winning author, Polly Buckingham. Guest author Polly Buckingham will discuss her new book, “The Expense of a View”. This collection of fourteen short stories explores loss, abandonment, and loneliness and was the recipient of the 2016 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. Ms. Buckingham is a professor at Eastern Washington University and is the founding editor of String Town Press and Associate Director of Eastern Washington University’s, Willow Springs Books. She also wrote “A Year of Silence” which received the Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award for 2014. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Threepenny Review, and on The Moth radio program amongst many others. Please join us Monday at 2 pm for an engaging conversation with the author.This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of Elsie Quirk Library.

Here are the library events for this week:


  • Forty Carrots’ Partners in Play is a free class for caregivers and children ages birth to 5 to enjoy together and is held from 10:15 am to 11 am or 11:15 am to 12 pm. Experience educational activities, join in circle-time fun, meet other families, and receive valuable parenting and child development information. Attendance is limited to 12 families per session.
  • O-WOW! (Our Writers Own Workshop) will meet from 2 pm to 3:30 pm.
  • Meet Author Polly Buckingham at 2 pm.
  • Read with the Dogs is from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. 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. Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister’s lover of a crime he did not commit. (Drama) (R, 2 hrs. 3 mins., 2008)



  • Drop in for the Master Gardener Plant Clinic in partnership with UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County from 10 am to noon. For more information, call 941-861-1307 or visit,
  • iPads for Beginners Part 1 will be held from 10 am to 11:30 am. Learn hands on iPad basics, internet browsing, downloading apps, how to take a photo and more! iPads are available for participants to use or you may bring your own along with your Apple ID password. Registration is required and limited to 10 participants.
  • Join the Englewood Computer Club from 1 pm to 3:30 pm., as they work together to better understand computers. For more information, email
  • Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead – ART meets from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm and is for ages 5 to 11. Art experiences using a variety of techniques focus on classic artists and their styles of art. Create and be inspired! This program meets on the third Tuesday of the month. Registration is required and limited to 12 participants.



  • The French Conversation Club meets from 10 am to noon.
  • The Englewood Genealogy Society meets at 1 pm.
  • The Englewood Authors Writers Group meets at 5 pm.
  • 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.
  • The Englewood Chapter of the American Chronic Pain Association meets from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. This group assists to facilitate peer support and education for individuals and their families who experience chronic pain.
  • Teen Game Night is 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm for ages 9 through 18. We provide the gaming systems and games (Wii & Xbox 360).


  • Wireless Windows Laptops for Beginners meets from 10 am to 11:30 am. Bring your Windows laptop and learn how to navigate the Internet, use the mouse and touch pad, save to a flash drive, create and save documents, and organize files into folders. A limited number of laptops are available if you are unable to bring your own. Registration is required and limited to 12 participants.
  • The Reading Discussion Group meets at 10:15 am, every third Thursday of the month. This month’s selection is, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.
  • Family Storytime begins at 10:30 am and is open to ages birth through 5. Enjoy interacting with your child by participating in early literacy activities that will include music and movement, books, crafts, and educational activities. This week’s theme will be Thanksgiving.
  • The Knitting Club will meet to knit and chat from 1 pm to 3 pm.
  • Englewood Peace Initiative Coalition meets at 3 pm to discuss relevant peace issues.


  • No library events to report.

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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