LIVE OAK — The son of famous Cold War pilot Francis Gary Powers will be returning to the Live Oak branch of the Suwannee River Regional Library System this month.
Francis Gary Powers Jr. will be hosting a program and book signing on his newest book, “Spy Pilot” at 6 p.m. April 15.
His father was the American U-2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960, an international incident in which Powers was captured by the KGB, put on trial for espionage and imprisoned.
Later released in exchange for a Russian spy, which was depicted in the 2015 movie, “Bridge of Spies,” Powers was exonerated of any wrongdoing during his imprisonment before dying in 1977.
Powers Jr. will present newly available facts about the Cold War espionage program and dispels misinformation about the time period.
Also in April, the library’s seed library is open every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. Seeds may be checked out and the Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer any gardening questions.
On Thursday and on April 18, a Moms 2 Moms group will meet from 10-10:30 a.m. Door prizes and goodies will be provided for the parents that meet. For more information, call Healthy Start at 386-362-2708. The group is presented by the Florida Department of Health - Suwannee County.
The AARP is hosting a driver safety class Friday at the library from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Class size is limited. To register, or for more information, call 386-688-5081.
Mark Yarick, with the Florida Small Business Development Center, is presenting a financial literacy class Friday as part of Money Smart Week, a national initiative between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank. The free class is set for noon to 1 p.m. and will be a case study format to provide a hands-on approach to understanding financial literacy. During the class, participants will look at building an income statement, cash flow statement and a balance sheet for a company.
On Saturday, the library is offering free coffee in the new book area from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Haven Hospice is presenting a program Monday from noon to 1 p.m. on advanced care planning, palliative care and available resources.
At noon Tuesday, the basics of oral care will be discussed from 12:15-2:15 p.m. with a program led by Suwannee River AHEC and the DOH-Suwannee County. All participants will receive a free toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and dental care resources. Walk-ins are welcome, but to RSVP, please call 386-462-1551.
Library staff member Debra Barney will host a knitting class on April 10 and a crochet class on April 17, both starting at 11:30 a.m. in the small conference room. Those attending should bring needles and yarn.
Also on April 10, the Master Gardeners will conduct a workshop on herbs at 2 p.m.
Suwannee Fire Rescue will be teaching a CPR and first aid course April 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those completing the free class will receive a certificate. Space is limited, so please preregister by calling the library at 386-362-2317.
On April 16, Sue Ruda will be teaching a sewing workshop from noon to 3 p.m. with participants making fabric pencil bags. Each participant will receive a remade sewing kit and there is a $5 materials fee for the workshop. Preregistration is required for the workshop, which is limited to 10 spaces.
Suwannee County Extension agent Carolyn Saft will host a gardening workshop April 18 at noon on flowering trees and shrubs.
The library, along with all the branches of the Suwannee River Regional Library system, will be closed April 19 for Good Friday.
Jacqi Martin, a certified yoga instructor, will lead a free class April 22 at 5:30 p.m. Those attending should bring their own yoga mat, towel and other props they desire. The class is for participants, ages 13 and older.
Local food blogger Linda Lamarre will conduct a food demonstration and tasting program April 23 at noon. This month’s program will feature moringa, a multipurpose tree cultivated throughout the tropics and marketed as a superfood, health food and medicinal plant. It is used in various foods from energy bars to powders mixed into smoothies. Lamarre will demonstrate how to cook with moringa. Her blog can be found at http://bestoflongislandandcentralflorida.blogspot.com.
The library’s book club will meet April 24 at 2 p.m. to discuss J.D. Vance’s bestseller “Hillbilly Eulogy.” Copies are available for checkout at the library’s front desk.
The SongFarmers of Live Oak’s next gathering is April 25 at 5:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome to join the players’ circle or the audience as the group plays in an acoustic, jam-style format with multiple styles and genres. All ages and skill levels are welcome.
On April 26, the library is hosting Game Day for Adults from 10 a.m. to noon. Games such as Scrabble and Dominoes will be available and attendees may bring their own games.
Officer David Shapiro with the Live Oak Police Department will conduct a public safety program at noon April 29 about locking one’s doors and windows.