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October events for Jo Kennon Public Library, Dowling Park

10655 Dowling Park Drive
Live Oak, FL 32064
Hours: M, W, Th, Fri – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tues. – 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Sat. – 9:00 AM – 4:00 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).
October 2 – Featuring the veterans
October 8– Featuring your favorite toy
October 15 – Featuring family activities
October 22 – Featuring school days
October 29 – Featuring Halloween
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.

Wednesday, October 2 from 9:45 – 10:15 AM Copeland Community Center
Tuesday, October 8 from 10:00 – 10:30 AM Dacier Manor
Tuesday, October 15 from 11:00 - 11:30 Rumph Dining Room
Wednesday, October 23 from 9:45 - 10:15 AM Copeland Community Center
Tuesday, October 29 from 10:00 – 10:30 AM Dacier Manor

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 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 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 offer 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.  

October 23 at 11:00 AM – Kiwanis Club


October 1 at 4:00 PM – Craft Club – Join us on the first Tuesday of the month. This month the craft is paper pumpkins.  All supplies are provided.

October 3 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.

October 7 at 10:00 AM – Card Making – Join us and instructor, Gail Chapman, to learn how to make cards.  All supplies are provided.

October 10 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!

October 10 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM – History of Suwannee County – Join us when Eric Musgrove, Clerk of Court and County Historian, will be covering Haunted Suwannee County. (Please note this is not the first Thursday of the month.)

October 10 at 1:00 PM – Food Demonstrations - Foodies unite!!!  Join us on the second Thursday of the month when Maria Rubio will talk about health shakes and their benefits.  Samples will be provided.

October 15 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM – Rock Painting – Paint rocks and visit with other rock star artists.  All supplies are provided.

October 16 at 10:00 AM – Fancy Nancy Soirée – Dress in your finest and have tea (cool aid) with the children.  Boas and other finery will be provided.  Decorate cupcakes and do other fun activities with the children.

October 17 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.
Workshop at 10:00 AM – Learn how to use pumpkins, gourds, and other things from your garden to decorate for the season.

October 18 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM – Author Showcase – This program is open to local authors for a chance to showcase their work.  Pick up an application at the Jo Kennon Public Library.  The Author Showcase is limited to eight authors.

October 21 – at 10:00 AM -Card Making – Join us and instructor, Gail Chapman, to learn how to make beautiful cards.  All supplies will be provided.

October 24 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.

October 25 at 10:00 AM – Book Club – This month’s book is The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware – On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

October 26 at 1:00 PM – Movie – Upset about moving from the big city to a small town, young Zach Cooper finds a silver lining when he meets his beautiful neighbor, Hannah.  The teen is surprised to learn that Hannah’s mysterious father is R.L. Stine, the famous author of a best-selling kids scary stories series.  When Zach accidentally unleashes the monsters from the fantastic tales, it’s up to Stine, his daughter and Cooper to return the beasts back to the books where they belong.

October 28 at 10:00 AM – Clocks: Collecting and Repairing – Join Ben Bowen as he talks about collecting and repairing clocks.



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.

Labyrinth by Catherine Coulter – This is an FBI thriller in which agents Savich and Sherlock stumble into a bizarre case that’s more complicated and twisted than any they’ve ever encountered.
The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay –One of Madeline Cullen’s happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop.  But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty year later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened Madeline’s heart toward her once-treasured aunt – and the now-struggling bookshop left in her care.
Ladies Who Punch by Ramin Setoodeh – This is the explosive inside story of The View.  It tells of the gossipy real-life soap opera behind a serious show.
Central to Their Lives edited by Lynne Blackman – Twenty-six noted art historians offer scholarly insight into the achievements of female artists working in and inspired by the American South.
Houses of the Founding Fathers by Hugh Howard – This is an eye-opening tour of thirty-nine stately eighteenth-century houses.  We see the mansions of such legendary figures as Jefferson, Washington, Adams, and Hamilton, along with a group of homes belonging to other members of the founding generation, many of whom signed either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution.

Libraries are truly the most magical places on Earth. From Disney’s Beauty and Beast

As a kid, I spent about as much time in the library as I did at home. My local library was a quiet, well-stocked retreat from other people and the summer heat. It was one place that I could be myself, because the books didn't care if I was a little bit weird. They wanted to be read, and I was there to read them. J. K. Rowling