What’s happening this week? April 13, 2019

The Reading Discussion Group will be meeting one last time this season on Thursday, May 18th at 10:15 a.m. They will discuss Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which The New York Times Book Review nominated as one of the Best Books of the Year.

Americanah tells the sweeping tale of Ifemelu and Obinze, two teenagers in love living in Nigeria, but who dream of America. When strife in their homeland descends, the two plan their journey out of Nigeria, but things don’t always go as planned in life (OH, REALLY??), and they are separated. Ifemelu does reach America, but must confront bigotry and prejudice for the first time – a lone stranger in a strange land. Obinze, who had planned to join her in America – but a new post-9/11 America denies him, and Obinze is swallowed into London’s shadowy demimonde. It will be 15 years before they see each other again.

So, how do these lovebirds find their way back to each other? Well, you’ll have to come to The Reading Discussion Group on Thursday, May 18th at 10:15 a.m. to find out..! Join the conversation and Find Yourself at the Library!

The Reading Discussion Group is sponsored by the Friends of Elsie Quirk Library. Come and learn about the many programs and services the Friends support throughout the year. Please consider becoming a Friend of the Elsie Quirk Library today! Membership information can be found at the library or online at www.friendsofelsiequirk.org.

Here are the library events for this week:


  • Spanish Storytime 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. For ages 3-11. Learn new words and practice language skills with bilingual stories, songs, and activities. Everyone is Welcome!
  • AARP Tax Aide at 12:30 p.m. Free assistance for federal returns. By appointment only. You must schedule your appointment in person at Elsie Quirk Library’s front desk.


  • 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. You must schedule your appointment in person at Elsie Quirk Library’s front desk.
  • Monday Night Movies at 5 p.m. In 2002, an artistically inclined 17-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, CA. (R, 1h 34min). Contact the library for movie titles.
  • English for Spanish Speakers/Gratis Clase de Ingles para Hispanohablantes meets at 5:30 p.m.


  • Master Gardener Plant Clinic 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 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.
  • Englewood Computer Club meets at 10:00 a.m.


  • French Conversation Group meets at 10 a.m.
  • Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.) 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. For ages 11-18. Bring your friends and learn about different countries and cultures from around the world.  Each month we will feature a different country.


  • The Reading Discussion Group 10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Reading Discussion Group meets the third Thursday of each month through April. Selected titles will be available for checkout from the Sarasota County Library System. Sponsored by the Friends of Elsie Quirk Library. April’s selection: Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
  • 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 play.
  • Quirky Knitters meet at 1:00 p.m. to knit and chat.
  • iPads for Beginners: Part 2 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. This class builds on the iPads for Beginners Part 1 class. Topics will include, using email, saving and sharing, organizing apps, & also how to download Sarasota Library eBooks (Sarasota Library card and pin # is required). iPads are available for participants to use. If you bring your own iPad, you will need an Apple ID. Registration is required and limited to 10 participants.


  • 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 meets at 3 p.m.

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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