What’s Happening This Week

Sarasota County Libraries are participating in the Asolo Repertory Theatre’s “Artist in the Jungle” Coloring Contest. The contest is in honor of Asolo Rep’s world premiere of Jungle Book this June.

Coloring sheets and submission forms are available at the Youth Services desk and in the Teen Area at Elsie Quirk Library. Young artists ages 5-18 may color, paint, collage or complete their artwork in any way they choose. All completed artwork must be returned to the library by April 12 and will be forwarded on to the Asolo Repertory Theatre for judging. Winners will be announced by May 4, 2018.

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded to winners in each age category, 5-10, 8-11, and 12-18. First place winners in each age category will be designated as “Artist of Distinction” and treated to the VIP Jungle Book Opening Night experience at the Asolo on Saturday, June 9, 2018. This includes four tickets to the opening night dinner and performance, photo opportunities and a Jungle Book bag and souvenir.

There is no limit on the number of entries that a young artist can submit. Visit the library today to pick up your coloring sheet and submission form. Official contest guidelines and rules can be found at asolorep.org/artistinthejungle. Find Your Creativity at the Library!

Here are the library events for this week:


  • Suncoast Writers Guild meets at 10 a.m.
  • Suncoast Humane Society meets at 3 p.m.


  • Forty Carrots Partners in Play 10:15 a.m. OR 11:45 a.m. 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. Attendance is limited to 12 families per session.
  • AARP Tax Aide at 10:30 a.m. Free assistance for federal returns. By appointment only.
  • OWOW Writers Group meets at 1 p.m.
  • Read with the Dogs at 3:30 p.m. For ages 5-11. Children are invited to read with certified pet therapy dogs from Suncoast Humane Society. The program encourages conversation and develops reading and communication skills.
  • Monday Night Movies at 5 p.m. Tonight’s film is a true story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China’s takeover of Tibet. (PG-13, 2 hrs. 16 mins.) Contact the library for movie titles.
  • English for Spanish Speakers/Gratis Clase de Ingles para Hispanohablantes meets at 5:30 p.m. This class is for Spanish speakers, who want to improve their English skills in speaking, and understanding English, with emphasis on correct pronunciation. Students must be able to speak some basic English.


  • Master Gardener Plant Clinic 10 a.m. – Noon. Stop in to get free answers to your Florida gardening and landscape questions.       This is made possible through a partnership with UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County. For more information, call 941-861-9807 or online at sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/plantclinic.shtml.
  • Family Garden Club of Englewood meets at 10 a.m.
  • Englewood Camera Club meets at 1 p.m.
  • Englewood Genealogical Society – Midwest SIG meets at 1 p.m.


  • French Conversation Group meets at 10 a.m.
  • AARP Tax Aide at 10:30 a.m. Free assistance for federal returns. By appointment only.
  • Englewood Genealogical Society – Europe SIG meets at 1 p.m.
  • Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead! at 3:30 p.m. For ages 5-11. Explore fundamental concepts of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). Fun, engaging, hands on learning. Registration is required and limited to 15 participants.
  • Englewood Authors meets at 5 p.m.
  • Teen Anime Club meets at 5:30 p.m. Interested in anime? Come to the Teen Anime Club where each month we will watch a different anime film or series, and afterwards discuss. Ages 11-18. Contact the library for film titles.



  • iPads for Beginners Part 1 at 10 a.m. Learn hands on iPad basics, internet browsing, downloading apps, how to take a photo and more! Registration is required and limited to 10 participants.
  • Short Story Discussion Group at 10:15 a.m. April’s selection: “Bright Morning Star” by Richard Wright
  • Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m. For ages 0-5. Interact and participate with your child in a variety of early literacy activities that include music, stories, movement, crafts and school readiness activities. The program will feature stories and books created by author/illustrator Diane Fleming.
  • Quirky Knitters meets at 1 p.m.
  • Englewood MacIntosh Users – iDevices SIG meets at 1:30 p.m.



  • Grupo de Estudio Espanol (Spanish Study Group) meets at 10 a.m.
  • AARP Tax Aide at 10:30 a.m. Free assistance for federal returns. By appointment only.
  • Basic Conversational Spanish Class at 11:30 a.m. This is a beginner’s class, for developing basic communication skills in the language.
  • Spanish Reading Group at 3 p.m. This class is for those who have taken the beginner’s class, as well as any others who can read/speak basic Spanish. To attend, please contact Señor Dan by email at spanishfaculty@gmail.com


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 scgov.net.


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