What’s happening this week? July 27, 2019

Want to learn more about Florida-Friendly gardens, composting, or citrus trees? Need a plant or insect identified? Homeowners can receive free research-based lawn, landscape and pest management help at the library from the University of Florida through the Master Gardener program.

Master Gardeners are folks who have completed training as volunteer educators in the Horticulture Program from the University of Florida. They visit the Elsie Quirk Library every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon to educate and provide information about planning and maintaining landscapes with an emphasis on environmental stewardship.

This is a federal-state-county partnership between the Sarasota County Extension Service and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). It is dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources and the life sciences, and making that information accessible.

If you would be interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer in Sarasota County, please call (941) 861-9900 for more information.

Find Your Green Thumb at the Library!

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


  • Stop in a check out a good book or movie for the weekend.


  • 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.
  • Summer Breakspot Lunch 12 – 12:45 p.m. For any child 18 and under.
  • Monday Night Movies at 5 p.m. Tonight’s film is the chronicle of the 1839 revolt on board the slave ship Amistad bound for America. The story involves the court-room drama about the slave who led the revolt. (Rated R, 155 mins.) Contact the library for movie titles.


  • Master Gardener Plant Clinic 10 a.m. – Noon. This is made possible through a partnership with UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County.
  • Summer Breakspot Lunch 12 – 12:45 p.m. For any child 18 and under.
  • Our Universe Through NASA’s Eyes at 2 p.m. This program will highlight NASA’s exploration of the Solar System and beyond.


  • Summer Breakspot Lunch 12 – 12:45 p.m. For any child 18 and under.
  • Out of My Hands Juggling and Illusion Show at 1:30 p.m. For ages 5-11. Enjoy a high-energy juggling and illusion show with music and light effects. Sponsored by the Friends of Elsie Quirk Library.


  • Free “Space” Library Bingo at 10:30 a.m. For adults. Join us for a fun game of Bingo and snacks! Registration is required and limited to 20 participants.
  • Summer Breakspot Lunch 12 – 12:45 p.m. For any child 18 and under.
  • Quirky Knitters meet at 1 p.m.


  • Genealogy Research – Introductory Class at 10 a.m. Registration required and limited to 10 participants. Learn how to research your family genealogy online using the library’s Ancestry and Heritage Quest databases.
  • Summer Breakspot Lunch 12 – 12:45 p.m. For any child 18 and under.
  • Genealogy Research – Advanced Class at 1 p.m. Registration is required and limited to 10 participants. This class is for those already familiar with the Ancestry and Heritage Quest databases and have participated in the introductory class.

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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