What’s happening this week? Dec. 20, 2019

Since writing about it in this column last month, I am still percolating Carlo Rovelli’s perspective-shifting book, The Order of Time, and subsequently have had several conversations about the haphazardness of designating time and days and months. Here we are, though, with a generally agreed upon New Year fast approaching—and any opportunity to reflect on our intentions, and dedicate ourselves to positive actions, is surely worth embracing! So, at Elsie Quirk Library we are getting an early start on New Year’s Resolutions.

Our biggest aspiration for 2020 is to create a vision for Elsie Quirk that honors the rich history of the library; continues to provide the valuable services that our patrons enjoy and depend upon; and moves into the future in a way that supports, entertains, inspires, informs, empowers, and brings together the community. Our staff has already begun thoughtfully examining what the community’s needs and interests are, both in the present and looking ahead. We are eager to have further input from the entire Englewood community, those who use the Elsie Quirk Library and those who do not. Before constructing a specific plan for library services, programs, and innovations, we want to thoroughly explore the broader questions of what our community strives to be, what our community’s obstacles are, what our community’s unique nature and valuable resources are. Over the next weeks and months, we will be seeking community feedback in a number of ways. If you are ready to make your voice heard and don’t want to wait for the New Year, Alyssa, one of our outstanding librarians, will be at the Englewood Farmer’s Market on December 26th, collecting input from interested market wanderers. And as always, I invite you to stop into my office in the corner of the Elsie Quirk Library and share your thoughts!

This week’s events:


  • Spanish Study Group 10:15 a.m.


  • Suncoast Writers Guild Workshop10:15 a.m. – Noon Writers from various backgrounds bring their written work to read aloud and critique one another’s writing.
  • LEGO Club 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Children ages 5 to 12 will have fun getting together with others and sharing ideas, working together, and making new friends. LEGO bricks will be provided – bring your imagination. LEGO creations will be on display in the library until the next meeting date.


  • Monday Night Movies 5 p.m.
    Our movie this Monday is a comedy about families navigating the blending of holiday traditions.

Tuesday & Wednesday

  • Library Closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas


  • Tech Time: One-on-one help with a librarian. 10 a.m. – Noon A Reference Librarian will be available for help with e-books, computer basics, or questions about your electronic devices. Reserve a 30-minute session by calling 941-861-1207 or by signing up at the Reference Desk.
  • Quirky Knitters 1 – 3 p.m.
    All are welcome to knit and chat.

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