This past week, I had the unexpected opportunity to visit the central branch of the Kansas City Public Library. It is right smack downtown, amid the funky coffee shops, historic hotels, profound vibe of musical heritage, and what I must presume to be excellent barbecue options—I was not lucky enough to sample any Kansas City barbecue, but I cannot dwell on that sadness as the library was nourishing enough. The library is housed in a stately building, and is very pleasant, but what makes it uniquely delightful is the mural painted on one side, which appears to be a giant bookcase along the street. It brings the essence of the library out into the world in way that is both playful and inspiring.
While the Elsie Quirk Library is perhaps a bit more humble in appearance, I felt an affinity between these two libraries; because in the end what made the Kansas City library great to visit was not the building, or even the fabulous mural, but the staff member at the door who was exceptionally helpful, friendly and kind. In a number of ways it was clear that the Kansas City Library is creating, sustaining, and celebrating community, just as we strive to do at Elsie Quirk. The bells and whistles may vary, but the purpose of a library transcends geography and architecture, and the heart of any good library is the staff who serve everyone who walks through the door with dignity and kindness. It is my great privilege to work among the staff at Elsie Quirk serving the unique community of Englewood, and as much as I was delighted by Kansas City, to return home to the Elsie Quirk Library is a joy and an honor.
A Sampling of Library Events, Opportunities, and Resources to Explore:
Take home bags full of amusement.
- Journal Kits
All ages can enjoy our journal kits—create your own journal and record your observations.
- DIY Time Capsule
Pick up a time capsule kit and save mementoes of this momentous time we are living in.
- Job Seekers Kit
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.
Sign up or learn more at: scgovlibrary.librarymarket.com/events
- 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.
- Trivia Walk
Keep an eye out for Elsie Quirk’s trivia walks, happening throughout the 100 days of centennial celebration. Pick up an answer card at the desk, stroll the walkway to read our trivia boards, and submit your answers to be entered into a drawing for intriguing prizes.