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Find yourself at county libraries this summer

Post Date:07/01/2017

SARASOTA COUNTY - Join Sarasota County Libraries for an array of summer fun, laughter and learning for all ages. Check out some of these favorite events coming up in July:

Solar Eclipse Talk
NASA Ambassador Linda McKenna will talk about the upcoming solar eclipse, the first one the entire country will be able to see in over 99 years. Recommended for tweens, teens and adults, but all ages are welcome. For additional information, visit scgov.net/library and search key word "NASA" on the calendar page.

  • Elsie Quirk Library, Wednesday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Jacaranda Library, Friday, July 28, at 2 p.m.                 

Do Dads Lab: Under Construction
Enjoy a comedy science show all about simple machines and construction science. Audience-involved experiments, original music, puppetry and laughter for all ages. Registration is required at some locations, check online at scgov.net/library or at the library's Service Desk.

  • Elsie Quirk Library, Wednesday, July 26, at 1:30 p.m.                       

Florida fossils
The Southwest Florida Fossil Club will showcase a fossil exhibit and teach participants the secrets of finding local fossils and how to identify them. Registration is required, seating is limited.

  • Elsie Quirk Library, Saturday, July 22, at 10 a.m.

Light Bulb Art
Teens can create art on a lightbulb and illuminate their world. Registration is required, and seating is limited.

  • Elsie Quirk Library, Friday, July 28, at 2 p.m.

Jewelry Making Basics
Design and create and original bracelet or necklace. Learn jewelry design and fabrication skills and proudly wear your creation home. Program recommended for adults. Registration is required, and seating is limited.

  • Fruitville Library, Saturday, July 22, at 11 a.m.
Drum Circle
Fun for all ages, join in the drum circle with Giving Tree Music.
  • Gulf Gate Library, Saturday, July 22, at 10:30 a.m.
Escape Games
Teens 13-18 will emerge from a different theme each game night. Can you escape? Snack are provided, and registration is required.
  • Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library, Thursday, July 20, at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Magic Show!
Jim Chartier's popular magic show is back this year with lots of laughs, magic, surprises and a train theme: The Loose Caboose Adventure. Seating is limited, and registration is required. Families are welcome.
  • Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library, Wednesday, July 26, at 1 p.m.
Magic Class
Ever wonder how magicians learn their craft? This is your chance to find out! Magician Jim Chartier will conduct a special behind-the-scenes class for teens ages 11-18. Registration is required, and seating is limited. Participants will go home with a magical kit of their own.
  • Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library, Wednesday, July 26, at 3:30 p.m.
Film Camp
Teens in grades 6-12 will meet daily for this two-week filmmaking camp and take on a wide range of topics from screenwriting to acting, music scoring and editing and creating a short film full of suspense. Registration is required.
  • North Port Library, Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 28, at 2:30 p.m.
Taiko Japanese Drumming
Discover the history of Taiko, the music of Japan. Enjoy a modern drumming performance followed by drum-making using discarded barrels that have been recycled into Taiko drums. Fun for all ages; registration requested.
  • North Port Library, Saturday, July 22, at 1 p.m.
Balinese Shadow Puppets
Welcome back Surapsari and be mesmerized by the mysterious shadow puppet theatre from the Indonesian island of Bali. Following the performance, make a shadow puppet of your own. For preschool ages and up, registration is requested and space is limited.
  • North Sarasota Library, Friday, July 21, at 2 p.m.
Ever want to build a better toy? Meet new friends, deconstruct and rebuild toys to create new creatures. Ages 10 and up.
  • North Sarasota Library, Thursday, July 27, at 10:30 a.m.
All About Pianos
Join John Goodman in this six-part series as he takes us on a journey through time exploring All About Pianos: The Instruments, Great Piano Music and Composers, and the Great Pianists. Recommended for adults, but all are welcome to join.
  • Selby Library, Wednesdays, July 26, Aug. 2 and Aug. 9, at 10:30 a.m.
Writer's Circle with Frank Remkiewicz
As part of the library's Writer's Circle Series, renowned author/illustrator Frank Remkiewicz joins in to get you planning out plots. Registration is required, and seating is limited. Teens and adults are welcome.
  • Selby Library, Tuesday, July 18, at 6 p.m.
Harry Potter Party
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter with Butterbeer and Bertie Botts Bean tastings, wand making, scavenger hunts, a Harry Potter photo booth and more. Registration is requested.
  • Selby Library, Saturday, July 29, at 11:30 a.m.
ACT/SAT Strategies Session
Test scores are in for teens who took the June 20 ACT/SAT practice test. Accompanied by a parent, test scores may be picked up. In addition, a free strategies session is offered by The Princeton Review. Parents must remain with students during the session. Registration is requested.
  • Selby Library, Saturday, July 29, at 2 p.m.
Apocalypse Survival Series
Teens can build the supplies and learn the skills needed to survive the apocalypse. No registration required.
  • Venice Library, Mondays, July 17, 24 at 3:30 p.m.
Family Game Night
Disconnect from the web and reconnect with each other. Join the library for weekly family board game night, a great way to spend time with the family and make new friends.
  • Venice Library, Thursdays, July 27, at 5 p.m.
For a complete list of events, more information or to register for an event please visit scgov.net/library, visit your local library or call 941-861-5000.
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