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Jo Kennon Public Library, Dowling Park
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).
September 3 – Featuring the veterans
September 10 – Featuring your favorite book
September 17 – Featuring the 1960s
September 24 – Featuring a favorite childhood memory
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, September 3 from 11:00 – 11:30 AM Rumph Dining Room
Wednesday, September 11 from 9:45 – 10:15 AM Copeland Community Center
Tuesday, September 17 from 10:00 - 10:30 Dacier Manor
Tuesday, September 24 from 11:00- 11:30 AM Rumph Dining Room

The Jo Kennon Library has a 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.

STORY TIME – Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM. This program is for toddlers through 4 years of age.
Children are encouraged to stop by any time to do a craft.

Every Saturday at 1:00 PM.  All school age children are welcome.
First Saturday – Legos
Second Saturday – Makerspaces
Third Saturday – Art
Fourth Saturday – Movie
Every Thursday beginning September 12 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.

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.

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.
If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to call the library at 658-2670.

Every Wednesday beginning September 4 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.  

September 9 at 7:00 PM - ACV Camera Club – If you have questions about your camera bring it along with your camera manual.  Bring some of your photos on a thumb drive to share with the club.  For further information contact Don Mott at 386-658-1355 or Gary Keuppers at 386-658-6442

September 20 at 10:00 AM – Poetry Writing – Join Katie Kahn the third Friday of each month for some relaxing poetry writing.  Katie says that she can get anyone and everyone to write poetry without stress.  

September 25 at 11:00 AM – Kiwanis Club

September 2 – Library closed in honor of Labor Day


September 3 at 4:00 PM – Craft Club – Join us on the first Tuesday of the month to make an apple mason jar.  All supplies are provided.

September 5 from 9:30 – 11:30 – 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.

September 5 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM – History of Suwannee County – Join us on the first Thursday of the month when Eric Musgrove, Clerk of Court and County Historian, will be covering Black History.

September 12 at 10:00 AM – Discussion Group – The Barbershop Chat (second and fourth Thursdays) is a great opportunity to chit-chat over coffee and cookies, just like in a barbershop.  All are welcome!

September 12 at 1:00 PM – Food Demonstrations - Foodies unite!!!  Join us on the first Thursday of the month when Minkyu Park will talk about the Ease Land Organic Farm of Live Oak.  This will be a most interesting program.

September 13 at 10:00 AM – New Wine of Cherry Lake –In the early 1930s Cherry Lake became a part of Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal”. Story teller, Norm McDonald, will be here doing The New Wine monologue which is a composite account of The Great Depression in North Florida. The recalled significance from a fictional character’s view (Obadiah Reuben/ O.R. Goodman) growing up on Cherry Lake Industrial Farms in Madison County.  The narrative perspective is connectively enhanced with acapella singing segments of popular songs of the time.

September 16 at 10:00 AM – Ireland – Join us when Jennings Bunn discusses his adventures in Ireland with lots of pictures.

September 17 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM – Rock Painting – Paint rocks and visit with other rock star artists.  All supplies are provided.

September 19 from 9:30 – 11:30 – 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.

September 23 – at 10:00 AM -Card Making – Join us and instructor, Gail Chapman, for the first meeting of the card making club.  All supplies will be provided.

September 24 – Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Yes, that is correct!!!  All adults and children, too, are invited to bring your stuffed animal to the library for a sleep over (stuffed animals only can stay, not humans).  We will tag your stuffed animal with your name and the animal’s name; you then leave the animal with our trustworthy staff.  After the library closes, the stuffed animals will have some fun!!!  Stuffed animals can be dropped off any time during the day.
September 25 – Pick-up Day – Come in any time during the day to pick up your stuffed animal and watch the video that will loop on the big screen showing what your animal did at the library all night long.

September 26 at 10:00 AM – Discussion Group – The Barbershop Chat (second and fourth Thursdays) is a great opportunity to chit-chat over coffee and cookies, just like in a barbershop.  You are invited.

September 27 at 10:00 AM – Book Club – This month’s book is Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance – From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.

September 28 at 1:00 PM – Movie - This film follows the events that befall a young Oklahoma farm boy as he, with the help of his two beloved hounds, struggles to help his family get by in the hard times of the 1930s.


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.

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.

The library is looking for guest readers.  Our story time is every Wednesday at 10:00 AM.  If you are interested in reading or presenting a program to 3 and 4 year olds, please contact the library.

Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer – This is the extraordinary debut memoir of a young woman who traveled to Mongolia to compete in the world’s longest, toughest horse race, and emerged as its youngest and first-ever female winner.

Zora and Langston by Yuval Taylor – Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) and Langston Hughes (“The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” “Let America Be America Again”) were collaborators, literary gadflies, and close companions. They traveled together in Hurston’s dilapidated car through the rural South collecting folklore, worked on the play Mule Bone, and wrote scores of loving letters to each other. They even had the same patron: Charlotte Osgood Mason, a wealthy white woman who insisted on being called “Godmother.”
Decorating with Plants by Baylor Chapman – Houseplants are more popular than ever before—especially with millennials, who are setting up their homes for the first time and discovering that nothing can add energy, style, and that essential “lived-in-ness” to their spaces better than a little bit of green. Whether it’s a statement-making fiddle-leaf fig or a tiny tabletop succulent, a houseplant instantly elevates the look of your home. But where to begin?
The Second-Worst Restaurant in France by Alexander McCall Smith - Renowned cookbook writer Paul Stuart, renewed and refreshed from his time in Tuscany, has returned to Scotland to work on his new book, The Philosophy of Food in Six Easy Chapters. Writing, though, is complicated by Paul's changed domestic circumstances. His editor and new girlfriend, Gloria, has moved in with him despite not being specifically invited, and she's brought her two rather demanding Siamese cats. When Paul's cousin, Chloe, suggests Paul visit her in the French countryside, Paul jumps at the chance. However, once he arrives, he finds his fortunes tangled up with the infamous local restaurant that gives the book its title. In this story about a man who prides himself on his taste finding delight in the most unexpected places, we have Alexander McCall Smith at his most witty and charming. 
The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick - Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people--though not for lack of trying. She keeps careful lists of how to help others in her superhero-themed notebook. And yet, sometimes it feels like she's invisible.

Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library.  The only entrance requirement is interest.  Lady Bird Johnson

Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers.  And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.  Laura Bush