Local Libraries

Sarasota County – Elsie Quirk Library
100 West Dearborn St.
Englewood, FL 34223

Main Number: 941-861-1200
Circulation Desk: 941-861-1200
Reference Desk: 941-861-1210
Youth Desk: 941-861-1212
Email: libraryinfo@scgov.net

In the late 1950’s, individuals, primarily from the local Women’s Club, began collecting books and garnering support from the Englewood area to open a bi-county public library that would serve Englewood residents in both Sarasota and Charlotte Counties. Due to a ruling that Charlotte County funds could not be spent on a facility in Sarasota County, two libraries were built in Englewood. The Englewood-Charlotte Public Library opened to serve Charlotte County residents; two weeks later the Elsie Quirk Library opened to serve Sarasota County residents.

The original lot and $10,000 for the new library were donated by Elsie and Wellington Quirk. The original library steering committee, composed of Leah Lasbury, Lois Potter and Josephine Cortes, obtained the first funds ever allocated for public library use by the Sarasota County Commission, which began the path for county library service. On opening day in 1962, Elsie Quirk had 3,500 books, one paid employee, many dedicated volunteers and 1,400 square feet of space. The first annex was built in 1964. April, 1972, saw the dedication and official opening of the second expansion (the east wing – Alexander room). These expansions were funded by the Englewood community.

In 1995, Sarasota County acquired additional lots to provide an entrance on Dearborn Street (historical downtown section of Englewood), additional parking and storm water retention ponds.
With the dedication of the Daniels Wing (West side and mezzanine) in October, 1982, the agency saw building funds from Sarasota County and came to its current square footage.

Monday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Charlotte County – Englewood Public Library

3450 North Access Road
Englewood, FL 34224

Main Office: 941.681.3736

Get Your Game On @ the Library is a video gaming night for teens. Refreshments are provided. Get Your Game On is open to ages 10-19. All participants are encouraged to register by visiting or calling the library. No Registration Required.

Baby Lap Time is a program for parents and their babies 0 to 12 months old. Together we share music, movements, games and fun designed to foster parent/child bonding and support early brain development. Weekly class limit is 15 infants. Parents or caregivers must attend and participate with their babies. No Registration Required.

Baby Steps is a program for walkers to 2 years old. Together we share music, movements, games and fun designed to foster parent/child bonding and support early brain development. Parents or caregivers must attend and participate with their walkers and toddlers. No Registration Required.

Toddler Tales is a program that supports the development of early literacy skills, self-awareness and self-esteem through the use of age appropriate developmental activities in the following areas – language development, emotional development, social development, cognitive development and motor skills. No Registration Required.

Special Programs is designed for children ages 5 – 10 years. The program is once a month on Monday’s at the Mid-County Regional Library and once a month on Saturdays at the Punta Gorda Library. Pre-registration is required; call the Mid-County library at 941.613.3170 and the Punta Gorda library at 941.833.5460 for more information.

Preschool Story Time is a weekly story time program for children ages 3 ½ to 5 years. It is designed to improve listening and group interaction skills through stories, movement activities, music, and dramatic play. No Registration Required.

Super Saturday Movie features a family friendly “new release” monthly. Movie categories include: Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Super Heroes and Fantasy. No Registration Required.

For more information program schedules, call your local library or click on the name of the branch below to view their event calendar. No Registration Required.

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