What’s happening this week? July 6, 2019

Summertime is a great time to visit and explore the library. Visiting the library and attending programs helps to keep children engaged and learning all summer long.

The Read with the Dogs program at Elsie Quirk Library is one of those programs that you don’t want to miss! It gives children the opportunity to not only practice their reading skills but the chance to make new friends – the furry, four-legged kind.

Certified pet therapy dogs from the Suncoast Humane Society visit the library for this program and are specially trained for the task. Children can choose any book they’d like to read aloud, and the dogs will curl up and listen. They might not be reading experts, but they will listen attentively and give the reader lots of encouraging tail-wags. Children love this interaction while the dogs enjoy the attention.

Read with the Dogs is a year-round program that takes place on the second Monday of each month. Children of all ages and all reading levels are welcome to participate. Make reading fun this summer by reading with a dog!

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


  • Suncoast Humane Society Volunteer Orientation at 3pm


  • 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.
    Read with the Dogs at 3:30 p.m. Children are invited to read to a certified pet therapy dogs from Suncoast Humane Society.
  • Monday Night Movies at 5 p.m. Tonight’s film is a tragic series of events that occurs when two impulsive sisters become involved with a working-class couple and a wealthy family. (Rated PG, 142 mins.) Contact the library for movie titles.
  • Pioneer Days Planning Committee meets at 6 p.m.


  • 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.
  • Summer Breakspot Lunch 12 – 12:45 p.m. For any child 18 and under.
  • Summer Shutterbugs meet at 12:30 p.m.


  • Summer Breakspot Lunch 12 – 12:45 p.m. For any child 18 and under.
    Astronaut Training for ages 5-11 at 1:30 p.m. Participate in simulated training activities and learn what it takes to become an astronaut. Hear a story from space, take a virtual tour, test your stamina, conduct experiments and more.
  • Englewood Authors meets at 5 p.m.


  • Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m. For ages 0-5. Interact and participate with your child in a variety of early literacy and school readiness activities that feature stories, music and movement, and crafts. Today’ theme: “Bedtime Stories”
  • Summer Breakspot Lunch 12 – 12:45 p.m. For any child 18 and under.
  • Quirky Knitters meet at 1 p.m.
  • Artists in the Libraries: Fabric Jewelry at 2 p.m. For adults. Learn techniques for creating jewelry from fabric. Registration is required.


  • Summer Breakspot Lunch 12 – 12:45 p.m. For any child 18 and under.
  • Galaxy Rock Painting for Teens at 2 p.m. Come and paint rocks using a special galaxy effect technique. Registration is required.

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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