Elsie Quirk Library
The school year is ending and the long hot days of summer are fast approaching. Summer is a time for children to enjoy reading and catch up on all their favorite books and authors. Experts agree that those who read during the summer break gain valuable skills, while those who do not stay mentally active risk losing what they have learned during the previous year. The library provides summer reading programs to help expand each child’s knowledge of the world, while enhancing literacy skills.
This year kids ages birth to age eleven can “Dig Into Reading” and uncover great books, and enjoy programs which explore what is right beneath your feet! The Elsie Quirk Library will offer great programs for kids many days of every week. Learn about archaeology, sand art, fossils, and sharks! Listen to great music and enjoy a Pirate Treasure Adventure. Beginning June 1st, kids can pick up a reading log and start tracking all the great books they read. Complete seven days of reading and earn a reading incentive!
Teens ages eleven to eighteen have their own online summer reading program entitled “Beneath the Surface.” Sign up and log your reading online and be eligible to win great prizes every week. Great programs offered all summer including game nights, crafts including Celtic Knot bracelets, and the return of medieval sword fighting.
To check out upcoming summer reading programs go to www.scgov.net/library and click on calendar.
Events this week at the library
On Saturday, May 18th, the Suncoast Writers Guild holds their monthly workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room. Members are welcome to share their writings, both prose and poetry. Prospective members are also welcome to attend. At 1:30 p.m., kids ages five and older are invited to the Lego Builder’s Club. The Club provides an opportunity for kids to get together, share ideas, be creative, and make new friends. LEGOs are provided and no registration is necessary to attend.
Enjoy a Free Monday Night Movie on the big screen at 5 p.m. on May 20th. Escape the heat and enjoy this film starring actor Colin Firth. After the death of his longtime partner, a British college professor struggles to find meaning in his life. As he dwells on the past, he begins to contemplate suicide. But a series of events and encounters will lead him to question if there really is meaning to his life after all.
The Master Gardeners from the Sarasota Cooperative Extension Service staff the Help Desk from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 21st. Bring your Florida gardening and landscaping questions and consult an expert free of charge. Learn what to plant, how to water effectively, and what to do about your lawn and pest problems. Irrigation water and soil testing are also available for a small fee.
On Wednesday, May 22nd the Alzheimer’s Support Group meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the library. Share, learn, and gain support from the experiences of other caregivers. This group is facilitated by Phyllis Balliet, Caregiver Resource Manager at the Senior Friendship Caregiver Resource Center.
For more information on library services, programs, and resources stop by and visit us at 100 West Dearborn Street or call the Sarasota County Call Center at 861-5000.
Jennifer M. Perry
Elsie Quirk Public Library
100 W. Dearborn St.
Englewood, FL. 34223
Office: 941-861-1205 or Cell: 941-315-1248
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