What’s happening this week? Jan. 3,2020

We at Elsie Quirk wish one and all a 2020 full of joy, curiosity, uplift, good health, and good reads!

This January, the Elsie Quirk Library is hosting a poster series—part of an initiative sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee—called Butterflies of Hope and Remembrance, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII and the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps. The purpose of the initiative is “to inform and inspire future generations to combat hate in all forms, in the hope of creating a kinder, more tolerant and peaceful world for all humankind.”

In conjunction with Butterflies of Hope and Remembrance, Elsie Quirk is presenting a library wide exhibit and film festival honoring, remembering, and examining courage in the face of persecution. We invite you to wind your way through the library, exploring Liberation Around the World, America’s History of Resistance to Tyranny, Faces of Courage, and a variety of other displays reflecting on how athletes, musicians, librarians, and every-day folks, have stood up for justice and freedom.

The Elsie Quirk Rise Up Film Festival will incorporate our regular Monday Night Movies in January, as well as a series of four matinees on January 22, 23, 24, and 25 at 2 p.m. Stop in for a flyer of titles!

We are proud to start the year off in a library infused with opportunities to learn, reflect, and discover; and with a wealth of encouragement for each one of us to find ways, no matter how large or small, to contribute meaningfully to the human experience.

This week’s events:


  • 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.
  • Monday Night Movies 5 p.m.
    Our movie this week is part of the Rise Up Film Festival and features Roberto Benigni as a father using imagination as a tool for protecting his son while both are interned in a Nazi concentration camp.
  • English for Spanish Speakers 5:30-7 p.m.
    This class is for Spanish speakers, who want to improve their English skills in speaking, and understanding English, with emphasis on correct pronunciation. Students must be able to speak some basic English. Class meets once a week, Monday evenings, from 5:30 to 7:00.


  • iPads for Beginners, Part 1 10 a.m. – Noon.
    Learn hands on iPad basics, internet browsing, downloading apps, how to take a photo and more! iPads are available for participants to use. If you bring your own iPad you will need an Apple ID. Registration is required.
  • Master Gardener Plant Clinic 10 a.m. – Noon.
    Get free answers to your Florida gardening and landscaping questions. This is made possible through a partnership with UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County.
  • Writing and Publishing Historical Fiction 3-4 p.m.
    Join Pam Webber, author of “Moon Water” and “The Wiregrass”, as she shares her experiences in writing and publishing Historical Fiction.  Sponsored by the Friends of Elsie Quirk Library.


  • Coding Fun 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Learn about coding and robotics with the DASH Robots.  Registration is required, children ages 5-11.


  • Genealogy Research – Introductory Class 10 a.m. – Noon
    LearnResearch your family genealogy online through Ancestry and Heritage Quest. Bring along your family names, dates and locations of your ancestors.
  • Short Story Discussion Group 10:15 a.m. – Noon.
    The Short Story Discussion group meets the second Thursday of each month. Readings will be from “The Best American Short Stories of the Century” (expanded edition, 1999), edited by John Updike. A copy is available for preview at the Reference desk. New members are always welcome!
  • Family Story Time 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
    Interact and participate with your child in a variety of early literacy activities that include music, stories, movement, crafts and school readiness.  For children ages 0-5.
  • Genealogy Research – Advanced Class 1 – 3 p.m.
    LearnResearch your family genealogy online through Ancestry and Heritage Quest. Bring along your family names, dates and locations of your ancestors.
  • Quirky Knitters 1 – 3 p.m.
    All are welcome to knit and chat.

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