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Jo Kennon Public Library, Dowling Park

July Events

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).
July 2 – Featuring the veterans
July 9 – Featuring past careers
July 16 – Featuring favorite places
July 23 – Featuring the good ol’ days
July 30 – Featuring hobbies
You do not need to bring a story; just come for the companionship.

Get ready!! Have books, will travel!!   Our blue book wagon will be coming with library books to a location near you.
You may check out books, return books, or even sign up for a library card.  The traveling wagon returns to each location every three weeks.  A sign will be posted at each location with the date and times of the next visit.
Tuesday, July 2 from 11:00 – 11:30 AM Rumph Dining Room
Wednesday, July 10 from 10:00 – 10:30 AM Copeland Community Center
Tuesday, July 16 from 10:00 - 10:30 Dacier Manor
Tuesday, July 23 from 11:00- 11:30 AM Rumph Dining Room
Wednesday, July 31 from 10:00 – 10:30 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.  Sign up to place your exhibit in our display case.  

Each month a different painting will be featured. Also come see the art in our gallery space, by local artists and refreshed often.

The Jo Kennon Library is pleased to announce that we have a magnifying viewer that 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.

All children, regardless of age, are encouraged to sign up for the summer reading program.  Prizes for reading books will be given away all summer.  The staff has prepared some exciting activities:
Wednesdays at 3:00 PM – Story time (ages 3 - 5) – stories, songs, crafts and more
Fridays at 2:00 PM – Crafts and other projects (ages 6 and up)
We look forward to seeing you there!!!

Children are encouraged to stop by any time to do a craft or play with a maker-space.

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.

Yes that is correct!!  The adults also have their own summer reading program.  We are encouraging all residents of the Advent Christian Village and surrounding area to sign up.  Registration is as simple as giving us your name; you may stop in or just simply call us.  Upon registering, you will receive an entry into the prize drawing.  For each book you read, each puzzle you do, or each activity you attend at the library you will receive an entry into the prize drawing.  The more you read, the more entries you will receive.  There will be nine prizes given away, one each week and then a grand prize at the conclusion of the program.
Our goal for the summer is to have each of you at the Village check out a book from the Jo Kennon Library.  Stop by, visit the traveling library, or have books delivered to you by mail.
The staff at the library are very proud of their library and want to encourage all of you to use it.  Because it is difficult for some of you to get to the library, we will be starting a pilot program of home delivery.
Audio or written books will be delivered to your mailbox.  Each person wanting home delivery needs to have a library card and will fill out a home delivery application.  Only one book at a time will be sent.  Individuals can call the library to request a book, or one will be chosen based on the application.  Applications to receive home delivery may be picked up at the post office, each apartment building, Copeland Community Center, or upon request can be sent to your mailbox.
Books will be packaged in a reusable Sterilite pencil case.  Each case will be accompanied by a library tag (placed in your mailbox) stating that a package is available from the library.  When returning the book, the tag will be placed back in the case with the library’s address attached.  The individual may also fill out a small survey with suggestions for new book titles to be delivered.  Think of it as a book club of the month without the charges.
If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to call the library at 658-2670.

Thanks to the generosity of the Advent Christian Village and the creativeness of the Jo Kennon staff, we now have an inside miniature golf course.  There are six different and exciting holes, each very cleverly designed.  This golf course will be set up in the meeting room every Saturday.  Come in any time from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM and try your skill (luck).


July 2 from 4:00 - 5:00 PM – Craft Club – Join us on the first Tuesday of every month.  This month we will be making Independence Day jars.

July 3 at 10:00 AM – A private viewing of The Giant Leap. This is a 38 minute excerpt from the new PBS documentary entitled Chasing the Moon.  PBS will air the documentary on July 8 -10.  See this portion to whet your appetite!
July 4 – Closed for Independence Day
July 10 at 10:00 AM – Virtual Night Sky Viewing – This program presented by Robert Trisler will let you see the night sky through an app on a smartphone projected onto a TV screen.  Download and use the Sky View Lite app for yourself, and learn how to “send your name to Mars” in 2020.
July 11 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.  All are welcome!
July 11 at 12 noon - History of Suwannee County – Eric Musgrove, Clerk of Court and County Historian, will be covering Railroads.

July 11 at 1:00 PM – Food Demonstrations - Foodies unite!!!  Join us when Kathy Meinberg shows us how to make goat cheese.  Samples will be available.

July 16 at 10:00 AM – SHINE Outreach Presentation by Kristina Young entitled Medicare 101.  All Medicare questions will also be answered.

July 16 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM – Rock Painting – Paint rocks and visit with other rock star artists.  All supplies are provided.

July 17 at 10:00 AM – All about the Kennedy Space Center, a Power Point presentation by Wayne Casey

July 20 at 2:22 PM – Art Painting Party – Je Mordon, from the Suwannee River Studio, will lead the class from start to finish in completing a frame worthy picture.  No painting experience is necessary and all supplies are provided.

July 24 at 10:00 AM – Tobacco Free Florida presents Quit Your Way.  Those attending will receive free nicotine replacement patches, gum, and lozenges.  Pre-registration is required.  Call toll free (866) 341-2730 to register.

July 24 at 10:00 AM – Featured movie  - With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.

July 25 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.

July 26 at 10:00 AM – Book Club – This month’s book is The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman – When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw—and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants—otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes. With her exuberant prose and exquisite sensitivity to the natural world, Diane Ackerman engages us viscerally in the lives of the zoo animals, their keepers, and their hidden visitors. She shows us how Antonina refused to give in to the penetrating fear of discovery, keeping alive an atmosphere of play and innocence even as Europe crumbled around her


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 to your door a suitable book decorated by the staff.  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.
We are looking for a small book shelf approximately 5 feet tall by 24” wide.  

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.

Grateful American by Gary Sinise – Grateful American is the moving, entertaining, profoundly gripping story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten.
Quintland Sisters by Shelley Wood – In Shelley Wood’s fiction debut, readers are taken inside the devastating true story of the Dionne Quintuplets, told from the perspective of one young woman who meets them at the moment of their birth.
The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton- Anthony Ray Hinton was poor and black when he was convicted of two murders he hadn't committed. For the next three decades he was trapped in solitary confinement in a tiny cell on death row, having to watch as - one by one - his fellow prisoners were taken past him to the execution room. Eventually his case was taken up by the award-winning lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, who managed to have him exonerated, though it took 15 years for this to happen.
The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams – From the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forgotten Room comes a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance, that links the lives of three women across a century—two deep in the past, one in the present—to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania.

The most important asset of any library goes home at night – the library staff.
–Timothy Healy