This week at Elsie Quirk Public Library

Here at the Elsie Quirk Library we are all hopped up and excited about in-person programs, Summer Reading, and Centennial cupcakes!  It is my great pleasure to announce the return of in-person programs at the library.  We are delighted to have families returning for Forty Carrots Partners in Play on Monday mornings, and in the coming weeks we will be launching storytime, movie night, make-and-take crafts, and more!  Keep an eye on this column or our online calendar at for details.

On July 1st, the official 100th Anniversary of Sarasota County, we invite you to join us in the library for cupcakes and festivities. Learn a little history, take a to-go centennial craft, ask for a centennial pin, do a little dance.  We will be celebrating all day, but cupcakes are available only while they last so if you’ve got a sweet tooth, be the early bird!

Summer Reading is officially underway at the Elsie Quirk Library. Come in for your reading log and help us reach the countywide goal of 500,000 minutes of reading. This year’s theme is Tails and Tales—we invite you to explore storytelling and the wild world of animals this summer through reading, movies, music, crafts and more. Stop by any of our information desks and make your favorite animal sound, tell us your favorite animal fact, or just ask for a reading log in your regular human way.   

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.

  • Centennial Activity Bag

Old fashioned 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

  • Mondays 10:15 – 11:15 and Noon – 1 

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.

  • Tuesday, June 30th 10-6 

Make-and-Take Craft

Ages 2-12.  Drop in to our youth department for a creative activity to make while you’re here and take home with you! 

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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