DOWLING PARK — The Jo Kennon Library in Dowling Park will be extra fancy next week.
On Oct. 16, the library is hosting a Fancy Nancy soiree at 10 a.m. Those attending are asked to wear their finest and fanciest clothes for a tea (Kool-aid) with the children at the library. Boas and other finery will be provided.
Also during the soiree, cupcakes will be decorated as well as other fun activities with the children.
Other programs planned for October at the Jo Kennon Library include the Barbershop Chat discussion group, which meets Thursday and Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. The Barbershop Chat provides an opportunity for patrons to chit-chat over cookies and coffee, just like in a barbershop.
Also Thursday, Eric Musgrove, the county’s historian, will present his History of Suwannee County series at noon, discussing Haunted Suwannee County.
Maria Rubio will then lead a food demonstration at 1 p.m. Thursday, discussing health shakes and their benefits. Samples will be provided.
On Oct. 15, the library’s rocking painting party will be held at 6 p.m. All supplies are provided.
The Seed Library will be open Oct. 17 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Patrons may check out up to three packets of seeds every month with their library card. A Master Gardener will also be available to answer gardening questions.
At 10 a.m. Oct, 15, the gardening workshop will cover how to use pumpkins, gourds and other items from one’s garden for fall decorations.
The library is hosting an author showcase Oct. 18 from 1-4 p.m. with readings from 2-3 p.m. The program is open to local authors for a chance to showcase their work. To be considered, pick up an application at the Jo Kennon Library. The showcase is limited to eight authors.
Gail Chapman will lead a card making class Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. All supplies will be provided.
The library’s Book Club meets Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. to discuss “The Death of Mrs. Westaway” by Ruth Ware. Copies of the book are available at the library.
The library will be hosting a movie and popcorn Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.
On Oct. 28, Ben Bowen will lead a discussion about the progression of clocks over time at 10 a.m. Bowen will bring beautiful samples of antique clocks with him.
The new SongFarmers of Dowling Park chapter will debut Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. Musicians of all ages, skill levels and genres are invited to the jam-style format players’ circle.
The library will be closed Oct. 30 for staff development.