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May Events at Jo Kennon Dowling Park Public Library
10655 Dowling Park Drive
Live Oak, FL 32064
Hours: M, W, Th, Fri – 9:00 AM – 6 PM
Tues. – 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Sat. – 9:00 AM – 4 PM

Every Tuesday from 9:30-11:00 AM the Starbooks Café will be open to the public.  Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and snacks will be served (free of charge).
May 7 – Featuring the veterans
May 14 – Featuring past travels
May 21 – Featuring famous people I have met
May 28 – Featuring the good ol’ days
You do not need to bring a story; just come for the companionship.

Get ready!! Have books, will travel!!  The Jo Kennon Public Library now has a traveling library; it is not a bookmobile, but a book wagon.  Wayne Casey and Cameron Smith will be coming with library books to a location near you, so look for the blue wagon.
You may check out books, return books, or even sign up for a library card.  The traveling wagon will return to each location every three weeks.  A sign will be posted at each location with the date and times of the next visit.
Tuesday, May 7 from 11:15-11:45 AM Copeland Community Center
Tuesday, May 14 from 10:00-10:30 AM Dacier Manor
Tuesday, May 21 from 11:00-11:30 AM Rumph Dining Hall
Tuesday, May 28 from 11:15-11:45 AM Copeland Community Center

The Jo Kennon Library has a new locking display case.  There are 5 shelves, approximately 12” x 12”.  The public is invited to put a display in the case.  Stop by the library and sign up.  

The Jo Kennon Library is pleased to announce that a fine art painting will be displayed each month.  One of our patrons is a collector of fine art and has graciously offered to display one piece a month.

The Jo Kennon Library is pleased to announce that a magnifying viewer is available for use in the library or for checkout.  Books, newspaper articles or any written materials can be enlarged.  Stop by for a demonstration.

Every Wednesday from 1:00 – 2:30 PM
“Life After ___________” – Monica Serlick will be using the meeting room for a discussion group about life changes.  Monica has been part of the Live Oak community since 1998.  She has a Masters degree in mental health counseling, is a Florida Human Services Board Certified Practitioner, and is a certified family life education therapist.  

Every Wednesday from 10:00 – 11:00 AM children and toddlers are invited to story time.  Activities include story reading, singing and crafts.
Children are encouraged to stop by any time to do a craft.

The Jo Kennon Dowling Park Public Library is now accepting applications for free tutoring.  If your child is in the first – fifth grades and needs some one-on-one help with either reading or math, please stop by the library to fill out an enrollment form.  Specific tutoring times will be determined by the child’s schedule.

Every Thursday from 4:00 – 5:00 PM.  All school age children are welcome.  No experience is needed.  The class is taught by Mr. and Mrs. Phipps.

Every Saturday beginning at 1:00 PM – All school age children are invited.
First Saturday – Makerspaces – build and create things using technology.
Second Saturday – Science – do simple science experiments such as making slime or growing crystals.
Third Saturday – Art Projects – rock painting or card making
Fourth Saturday – Miniature Golf and/or Movie.

Last Saturday of the month at 1:00 PM.


May 2 at 12 noon - History of Suwannee County – Eric Musgrove, Clerk of Court and County Historian, will be covering the 1980s through today.
May 2 from 9:30 – 11:30 AM – Seed Library – Come in and talk with our Master Gardener volunteers and get some seeds!  All you need is a current SRRL library card and you can “check out” up to three packets of seeds every month.  There are no due dates and you’ll never accrue overdue fines.
May 7 from 4:00 - 5:00 PM – Craft Club – Join us on the first Tuesday of every month.  This month we will be making craft stick creations.

May 9 at 10:00 AM – Discussion Group – The Barbershop Chat is a great opportunity to chit-chat over coffee and cookies, just like in a barbershop.  You are invited.

May 9 at 1:00 PM – Food Demonstrations - Foodies unite!!!  Join us when Peggy Zachow will demonstrate the different ways you can use bone broth.  Samples will be provided.

May 13 at 10:00 AM – Armchair Travels – Philippines. Ted and Dodie Jones will be sharing their love for the Philippines.  Ted was a missionary there for a few years in the 60s where he met his lovely wife.  Once married, they moved to the U.S. where Ted was a Methodist pastor for 41 years.  They have been back to the Philippines eight times to visit family.  Come hear and see what they have to show and tell.

May 16 from 9:30 – 11:30 AM – Seed Library- Come in and talk with our Master Gardener volunteers and get some seeds!  All you need is a current SRRL library card and you can “check out” up to three packets of seeds every month.  There are no due dates and you’ll never accrue overdue fines.
10:00 AM – Workshop – Orchids – Join us and Master Gardener Dennis O’Toole as we learn the right techniques in caring for orchids.  This will include how to re-pot your orchids, so bring yours with you.

May 20 at 10:00 AM – The Suwannee River Area Health Education Center (SRAHEC) will present a workshop entitled Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart about Your Mouth. A wide range of topics specifically geared towards teeth care for seniors will be discussed.  At the conclusion of the workshop SRAHEC will offer free oral health screenings – to assess the need, if any, for treatment.  All attendees will receive a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss.

May 21 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM – Rock Painting – Paint rocks and visit with other rock star artists.  All supplies are provided

May 23 at 10:00 AM – Discussion Group – The Barbershop Chat is a great opportunity to chit-chat over coffee and cookies, just like in a barbershop.  You are invited.

May 24 at 2:00 PM – Armchair Travels – Normandy and Environs.  Paul Cook will share his photos of Normandy beaches and cemeteries, and also of Monet’s home and garden, Mont Saint-Michel, Rouen and Paris.  In 2006 he and family members spent a week in a time-share in Normandy.  Please note that this Armchair Travel is at 2:00 PM.

May 25 at 1:00 PM –Movie – Upon the release from prison, the estranged sister of a legendary conman puts together a team of unstoppable crooks to pull the heist of the century.  Their goal is New York City’s annual Met Gala, and a necklace worth in excess of 150 million dollars.

May 30 at 10:00 AM – Coffee Roasting – Join us as we learn about the coffee roasting process with local coffee roaster, Will Howland.  Come see a coffee roaster in action while learning about the process and the differences in coffee beans from all over the world.

May 31 at 10:00 AM – Book Club – This month’s book is The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff – a powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan’s Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival.  Copies of the book are available at the library.


Are you needing help with your cell phone, computer, or e-reader? Sign up at the library for one-on-one help.

You might receive a book bouquet from the library.  We will randomly deliver a suitable book decorated by the staff to your door.  The staff at the library just want to spread some good cheer.

The Jo Kennon Public Library would appreciate your donations of plastic shopping bags.  If possible, smooth them out before donating.
For the children’s activities during the summer, please donate glass jars, shoe boxes and empty clean soup or vegetable cans.
We are looking for a small book shelf approximately 5 feet tall by 24” wide.  
Do you have old golf club putters and golf balls?  We are going to set up an inside the library miniature golf course and we need old putters and golf balls.

The library needs plarn (plastic yarn) makers.  Literally thousands of bags have been donated and now it needs to be turned into plarn.  Stop by the library for a quick lesson and supplies to make plarn.  No experience is necessary.

Wild Card by Stuart Woods – Stone Barrington and his paramour are enjoying a peaceful country retreat when their idyll is broken by an unwelcome stranger.  He was sent by an enemy, someone who’d be happy to silence Stone and all his collaborators for good . . . only it’s soon clear that Stone is not an easy man to target.
Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke – Not even Lake Eden’s nosiest residents suspected Hannah Swensen would go from idealistic newlywed to betrayed wife in a matter of weeks.  But as a deadly mystery unfolds in town, the proof is in the pudding . . .
Think Act & Be Happy by Amy Newmark and Dr. Mike Dow –How to use Chicken Soup for the Soul Stories to train your brain to be your own therapist.
The Rule of Law by Jon Lescroart – Dismas Hardy knows something is amiss with his secretary, Phyllis.  Her out-of-character behavior and sudden disappearances concern Hardy, especially when he learns that her convict brother – a man who served twenty-five years in prison for armed robbery and attempted murder – has just been released.
Swimming in the Sink by Lynne Cox – an episode of the heart.  One beat separates life from death, silence from music, waves from shore.  This biography by Lynne Cox, long distance cold water swimmer, relates an incident in her life involving her heart.

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book” – J.K. Rowling