What’s happening this week? June 22, 2019

Thanks to a partnership between the Library Foundation for Sarasota County and the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, children, teens and adults can participate in FREE art workshops at Elsie Quirk Library this summer. Three specially trained teaching artists, in a variety of art disciplines will present 90-minute workshops for small groups and provide individualized instruction.

The first Artists in the Library workshop will be for children ages 5-11, on Wednesday, June 26 at 1:30 p.m. Artist, Larry Engler will show you how to make the basic form of a simple mouth puppet using paper plates and a plastic bag. He’ll also show how to bring the puppet to life with voice and movements so you can present your own puppet show at home!

On Friday, June 28 at 2 p.m. Artist, Judy Levine will teach teens and tweens how to use shading techniques to create their own 3-D art. Optical illusions trick the eye into believing that a flat surface is three dimensional. Come and learn this cool technique and watch the magic happen.

Then mark your calendar for Thursday, July 11 for the Artists in the Library Fabric Jewelry workshop for adults. Artist Ellen Goldberg will be stopping by at 2 p.m. to teach some techniques for creating jewelry with fabric. Participants will be able to take home a unique piece of wearable art that they create during the workshop.

Registration is required for each of these workshops. Visit the library website at scgov.net/library or stop by the library and reserve your seat today. Find Your Creativity at the Library.

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


  • 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. In tonight’s film Mary Fiore is San Francisco’s most successful supplier of romance and glamour. She knows all the tricks. She knows all the rules. But then she breaks the most important rule of all: she falls in love with the groom. (PG-13, 104 mins.) Contact the library for movie titles.
  • Pioneer Days Planning Meeting 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.
  • Artists in the Libraries: Make Your Own Mouth Puppet at 1:30 p.m. Registration required.
  • Englewood Democratic Club meets at 5:30 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: “Dream Time”
  • Summer Breakspot Lunch 12 – 12:45 p.m. For any child 18 and under.
  • Quirky Knitters meet at 1 p.m. to knit and chat.


  • Summer Breakspot Lunch 12 – 12:45 p.m. For any child 18 and under.
  • Artists in the Libraries: Op-Art Magic at 2 p.m. For ages 9-18. 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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