Dowling Park Library

Jo Kennon Dowling Park Library

DOWLING PARK — Through March a poster exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing will be on display at the Jo Kennon Public Library.

“Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission” is organized by the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and can be seen in the Jo Kennon meeting room.

In addition to the display, books on space travel will also be displayed and are available for checkout.

Complimenting the “Destination Moon” display, Dr. John Nicely will be showing off a space memorabilia display Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included will be numerous pictures autographed by the astronauts, as well as signed books and unique stories about the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.

Also in February, the seed library will be open Thursday and Feb. 20 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. for library card holder to check out up to three packets of seeds every month. Master Gardeners will also be on hand to answer any gardening questions. A gardening workshop will be held Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. to discuss herbs and container gardening.

Eric Musgrove, the county historian, will also visit the library Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. to discuss the History of Suwannee County. This month’s program will cover the history of Wellborn.

On Friday, Janice Harris will be hosting the library’s first R.E.D. (Remember Everyone Deployed) Day at 10 a.m. Patrons taking part will learn more of the tradition of wearing red on Fridays as a reminder of those American troops deployed.

Pat Hines Mitchell will be at the library Monday at 10 a.m. to discuss how she uncovered her family’s past, including the story of her great-great-great-grandfather, Christmas Hemming, who lived most of his life as a slave. Hemming, though, came to Live Oak following the Civil War and purchased 640 acres of land for $1,100, including the land where Mitchell still lives, and where Thomas Dowling purchased a right-of-way for a train track.

On Feb. 12, the library will have a special story time at 10 a.m. when Je Mordon of the Suwannee River Studio will be the 3- and 4-year-old story time guest. In addition to telling a story to the children, Mordon will also draw at the same time.

The library’s Barbershop Chat discussion group meets Feb. 13 and Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. to chit-chat over cookies and coffee, just like in a barbershop. Everyone is welcome to attend.

An Italian potluck will be held Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. at the library. Those attending should bring an Italian dish and their appetite.

The library’s rock painting party is scheduled for Feb. 18 from 6-7 p.m. All supplies are provided.

The SongFarmers of Dowling Park gathering will be held Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Phillips Center at the Advent Christian Village. The gathering has moved there due to the large crowd. People may bring an acoustic instrument and join the musicians’ circle or be in the audience. All musicians, friends and families are welcome to attend. All ages, skill levels and styles of music are invited as well.

The Book Club will meet Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. at the library to discuss “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain, which captures a love affair before Ernest Hemingway and his wife, Hadley.

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