What’s happening this week? March 2, 2019

We love our Friends at Elsie Quirk Library! The Friends of Elsie Quirk Library are led by a Board of Directors who are a dedicated group of volunteers that are an integral part of the library. They work together with library staff to provide support and quality programming throughout the year for all ages. The Friends enhance the programs and operations of the library by encouraging community support and funding for materials and programs that are not provided for in the library’s regular budget. They do this through membership funds, fundraising efforts and bookstore revenues. We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our Friends.

The Elsie Quirk Friends Board of Directors is looking for new members. If you are interested in serving as a board member, please stop by the library and fill out an informational card and a Friends representative will be in touch. Volunteers are also needed to assist current board members with duties such as membership and fundraising. If you have some time and would like to be a part of this great team, please contact the library for more information.

Consider becoming a Friend of the Library today. Annual membership dues are as low as $10.00 per person. Membership forms are available in the Friends Bookstore at Elsie Quirk Library and online at www.friendsofelsiequirk.org. Gifts of any size are accepted and greatly appreciated.

Don’t delay be a Friend today!

Here are the library events for this week:


  • Suncoast Writers Guild meets at 10:15 a.m.
  • AARP Tax Aide at 12:30 p.m. Free assistance for federal returns. By appointment only. You must schedule your appointment in person at Elsie Quirk Library’s front desk.


  • 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.
  • Great Decisions meets at 10:15 a.m. Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs and addresses eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing American’s each year. Sponsored by the Friends of Elsie Quirk Library.
  • AARP Tax Aide at 10:30 a.m.
  • Monday Night Movies at 5 p.m. In tonight’s film a series of events change the orphaned Pip’s life forever as he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. (PG-13, 128 mins.) Contact the library for movie titles.
  • English for Spanish Speakers/Gratis Clase de Ingles para Hispanohablantes meets at 5:30 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.


  • 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.
  • Health in Motion Bus will be in the library parking lot from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Florida Department of Health of Sarasota County, Health in Motion staff will be on-site to provide no-cost health screenings and referrals for general health and wellness. Nursing staff will help individuals who lack medical insurance find a medical home for ongoing health care through referrals to the Community Health Centers of Sarasota County.
  • Englewood Shell Club Board meets at 10 a.m.
  • Englewood Genealogical Society Board meets at 12:30 p.m.
  • Englewood Computer Club meets at 1 p.m.
  • Origami for Fun 2:00 p.m. Participants will learn how to fold an origami crane, rabbit or heart. For ages 9 – adult. Registration is required and limited to15 participants.


  • French Conversation Group meets at 10 a.m.
  • AARP Tax Aide at 10:30 a.m.
  • Flood Zone Map Changes Workshop at 10:15 a.m. This workshop is for anyone who has questions about flood risks, zones, insurance regulations and pending map changes: especially residents, professional lenders, insurance agents and realtors.
  • Englewood Genealogical Society – Family Tree Maker SIG meets at 1 p.m.
  • LEGO Club meets at 6 p.m. Children ages 5-12 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 Area MacIntosh Users Group meets at 10 a.m.
  • Great Books Discussion Group meets at 10:15 a.m. Selection for March: “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. Sponsored by the Friends of Elsie Quirk Library.
  • 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. Today’s theme is “Let’s Count”.
  • Quirky Knitters meet at 1:00 p.m. to knit and chat.


  • AARP Tax Aide at 10:30 a.m.
  • 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

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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