What’s happening this week? Jan. 17,2020

The Elsie Quirk Rise Up Film Festival will be in full swing in the coming week with our series of matinees, featuring thought-provoking movies that explore courage and determination in the face of inequity.  While these movies address weighty topics head-on, they also inspire through resilience, humor, the opportunity to question one’s perspective, and the possibility of seeing things in a new light.  The matinee series kicks off on Wednesday, January 22, with movies each afternoon at 2:00, and culminates on Saturday, January 25, with a trio of short films followed by discussion.

We look forward to seeing you at the movies, and at our many other programs that make Elsie Quirk truly a community library.  Speaking of community, if you are at the Englewood Farmer’s Market next Thursday, stop by the library table and say hello!

Here’s what’s happening at the library this week:


  • 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


  • Suncoast Writers Guild meets at 10:15 a.m.
  • LEGO Club 1:30 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.
  • Englewood Indivisible meets at 3 p.m.


  • All Sarasota County Libraries will be closed for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.


  • 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.
  • iPads for Beginners Part 2 at 10 a.m. Topics will include, using email, saving and sharing, organizing apps, & also how to download eBooks from Overdrive and Cloud Library (Sarasota County Library card and pin # is required). Registration is required and limited to 10 participants.
  • Englewood Computer Users meets at 1 p.m.


  • French Conversation Group meets at 10 a.m.
  • Rise Up Film Festival 2 p.m. Visit or contact the library for film titles.


  • Windows Laptops for Beginners at 10 a.m. Bring your Windows-based laptop and learn some hands-on computer basics. Registration is preferred.
  • 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.
  • Quirky Knitters meet at 1 p.m.
  • Rise Up Film Festival 2 p.m. Visit or contact the library for film titles.

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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