Autumn in Florida does not fit the tropes of pumpkin spice, soft sweaters, and harvesting for winter, but it has its wonderfulness just the same. At the Elsie Quirk Library, while we are not raking leaves, we are gathering a bountiful array of colorful picture books for children to revel in; while we are not drying apples and preserving squash, we are preparing for a nourishing winter with a cornucopia of cookbooks and culinary adventures; and while we are not stacking wood, we are stockpiling cozy mysteries and heartwarming stories of love to carry us through to spring.
We recognize, though, that we are also in a season of difficulty, uncertainty, and confusion. The Elsie Quirk Library is here to help you. If you are confused by the overabundance of conflicting information, and want to do your own research but don’t know how, the library is a great place to start. Instead of a slew of internet search results that may or may not be credible, ask about accessing information from curated sources through our databases. Pick up one of our Confused by the News packets, or our SMART research method flyer for tips on finding reliable sources of information. And, of course, ask at the reference desk for any help you need. At the library, we will never tell you what to think, but we will enthusiastically help you find and assess wide ranging sources so that you can draw independent, well-informed conclusions.
A Sampling of Library Events, Opportunities, and Resources to Explore:
Mondays 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, October 27, 4 – 6 p.m.
Not So Scary Story Trail in the Garden
For children and families. Costumes are welcome but not required.
Thursdays 1 – 3 p.m.
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!
Friday, November 5, 7 – 9 p.m.
Drive-In Movie: Boris Karloff Double Feature
Join us for some all-ages monstrous entertainment! Pull up your vehicle, or your lawn chair, and enjoy the show. Sound transmitted via FM radio.
Take-home bags full of amusement.
Creepy Cute Craft Bags for Teens
Available in the teen section.
Storytime To-Go Kits
Available at the youth desk.
Mix and Match Craft Bags
Available in the adult section.
Job Seekers Kits
A purple folder packed with helpful tips, resources, and tools for job seekers, available at our community resource table.
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.
Full of popular snacks for children and teens 18 and under, available in the youth department.
Sign up or learn more at: scgovlibrary.librarymarket.com/events
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.