What’s Happening this Week
Aug. 18, 2018

School is back in session – Hooray! Time to break out the bonbons and spend lazy afternoons lounging on the couch. Haha, if only!

However, if you happen to have a smidge of spare time on your hands, why not take a swing by Elsie Quirk Library and find yourself a good book…to go with the bonbons, of course.

Maybe you have a favorite author or two that you just love and read everything they write; or, maybe you’ve been (im)patiently waiting for a certain hot new read to finally hit the shelf – but maybe you’re not sure what to read next, and get overwhelmed at the thought of wandering throughout our aisles. If this sounds like you, may I suggest giving our NoveList Plus database a try?

I like to think of NoveList Plus as “Amazon, but better.” (Fightin’ words, I know.) Hear me out: You can search for books, authors, and titles (just like you would on Amazon), but with NoveList Plus, you can go deeper into your search – and I mean, really deep. Maybe you’re in the mood for a book that’s “Heart-wrenching and Character-driven” or “Richly detailed and Compelling.” What about something that’s “Homespun and Engaging?” or “Mystical and Reflective?” The great thing about NoveList Plus is that you have the opportunity to ask yourself, “What kind of book am I in the mood for?” and you will find results tailored to what you might fancy in that moment.

My favorite thing about NoveList Plus is the “Read-alike” feature, which works like this: Do you have a favorite author whom you’ve read every single book, and are waiting/hoping for them to write a new one? (*cough, cough, G.R.R. Martin! cough, cough*). Well, when you enter your favorite author into the “Read-alike” search box and click “enter,” you’ll discover an entire world of authors who are similar to your dear favorite, but whose work you may not be familiar with. For example, I adore British author Neil Gaiman – I found “The High Cost of Living” in a used bookstore in 1995 and never looked back. By using NoveList Plus “Real-alike,” I discovered the author Terry Pratchett, and I must say, the “Read-alike” feature really works! Gaiman and Pratchett’s writing styles, tone and works are so similar, they actually co-wrote a book together (“Good Omens,” which is wonderful!)

So, if you’re in the mood for something new, but you’re not sure where to begin, let NoveList Plus help you discover your next best book! You can find the NoveList Plus database by clicking on “Library Resources” on the library’s homepage, and then clicking on the “Research and Learn” link, and scrolling down to the NoveList Plus link.

Here are the library events for this week:


  • Suncoast Writers Guild meets at 10:00 a.m.
  • LEGO Club 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Work on your own creations or build as a team. We provide the LEGOs, you provide the imagination!
  • Englewood Indivisible meets at 2:30 p.m.



  • Monday Night Movies at 5 p.m. The Kadam family leaves India for France, where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery. Adapted from the book “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” by author Richard C. Morais. (PG 2 hrs., 2 mins.) Contact the library for movie titles.



  • 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.



  • Stop by the library and find a great book or movie to get you through the week!


  • Quirky Knitters meet at 1:00 p.m.



  • Hello, Weekend! Stop by the library to pick up a great book or movie!


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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