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Suwannee River Regional Library - Live Oak branch

LIVE OAK — As part of Black History Month, the Live Oak branch of the Suwannee River Regional Library System is looking for patrons to participate in its “Underground Railroad Quilt Project.”

People are encouraged to make a quilt square at home and drop it off at the Live Oak Public Library’s front desk. The library will then have the donated quilt squares sewn together and put on display at a later date.

The project stems from the legend that safe houses along the Underground Railroad were often indicated by a quilt hanging on the clothesline or windowsill.

The quilts could contain coded messages, indicating to the runaway slaves the dangers in the area and where to head next.

Patrons can read more about those quilts and codes in a variety of books on display at the library.

Also during the month, the library will have an exhibit on display from the Patricia Hines Mitchell family. Some of the items belonged to Mitchell’s great-great-great-grandfather, Christmas Hemming. Hemming lived most of his life as a slave, who came to Live Oak after the Civil War where he purchased 640 acres for $1,100. Mitchell and her family still own and live on 160 acres of that land Hemming purchased years ago.

An African American History display will also be featured throughout February in the adult fiction and non-fiction area. The display features individuals who had an impact on African American history, ranging from poets to activistts, singers to pastors.

The seed library will be open every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. In addition to checking out up three packets of seeds per month, Master Gardeners will also be on hand to answer any gardening questions.

The Adult Craft Club meets Thursday at noon to create simple, yet clever, coasters made out of Scrabble letters and corkboard. There is a $5 material fee and pre-registration is required. Please stop by the library or call 386-362-2317 to register.

Suwannee County Fire Rescue will teach a CPR and First Aid class Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those completing the free class will receive a certificate. Space is limited, so pre-registration is encouraged by calling the library at 386-362-2317. The next class will be March 14.

On Monday, the library is hosting its monthly Tournament Night for patrons, ages 12 and older, to compete in “Super Smash Bro’s: Ultimate” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Stop by the staff desk or call to register in order to guarantee a spot in the tournament bracket.

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the Master Gardeners will lead a Gardening Workshop at 2 p.m. to discuss the keys to succeed at vegetable gardening in Suwannee County.

Eric Musgrove, the county historian, will continue his History of Suwannee County series Feb. 13 at noon. This month’s topic will be about the Timucua Indians and Hernando do Soto.

The library will be hosting a Black History Month Read-in on Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. Live Oak community members will share readings of works by African American authors during the Read-in.

On Feb. 17, General Magistrate Jennifer Kuyrkendall Griffin will continue her SCALES (Suwannee County Access to Legal Education Series) at 6 p.m. by discussing child support.

Library staff member Debra Barney will teach a crocheting class Feb. 19 at 11:30 a.m. in the small conference room. Those attending should bring needles and yarn.

Carolyn Saft, Suwannee County Extension agent, will present a Landcape Design gardening worship Feb. 20 at noon.

The library’s Book Club meets Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. to discuss “You Were Made for This” by Michell Sacks. Books are available for checkout at the front desk.

The SongFarmers of Live Oak gathering will be held Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. All ages and skill levels are welcome at the gathering, which features an acoustic, jam-style format with multiple styles and genres of music. People are welcome to join the players’ circle or the audience.

On Feb. 28 at 10 a.m., the library hosts its monthly Game Day for Adults. Scrabble and dominoes will be available, while those attending may also bring their own games.

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