John M. Dunn

John M. Dunn

LIVE OAK — Florida’s fresh water crisis will be the topic of discussion when John Dunn visits the Live Oak branch of the Suwannee River Regional Library System next week.

Dunn, author of “Drying Up: The Fresh Water Crisis in Florida, will be at the library Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. He will talk about the cause of the recent algae blooms and red tides as well as how sea levels affect fresh water sources. Also discussed will be who controls water supplies and what people can do to protect life’s most precious natural resource, water.

Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing.

Dunn is a journalist, educator and water advocate. In addition to authoring several books, he has also written for Sierra, Florida Trend and the St. Petersburg Times among other publications.

Also part of the Live Oak Library’s August programs will be the Mom 2 Moms group meeting Thursday and Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. Door prizes and goodies will be provided. The group for parents is presented by the Florida Department of Health - Suwannee County. For more information, call Healthy Start at 386-362-2708.

AARP is hosting a driver safety class Friday at the library from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Class size is limited. For more information, or to register, call 386-688-5081.

Free coffee will be served Saturday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. in the new book area, as it is every month on the first Saturday.

The August recipe swap at the library is “Foods from around the world.” People are encouraged to bring their favorite international recipe and dish to share Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. Those attending can sample others’ favorites and recipes will be swapped.

Library staff member Debra Barney will lead a knitting class Aug. 14 and a crochet class Aug. 21 in the small conference room. The classes begin at 11:30 a.m. Those attending should bring needles and yarn.

The library’s Game Day for Adults is scheduled for Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. Scrabble and dominoes will be available but people may bring their own games as well.

Suwannee County Fire Rescue will be conducting a CPR and first aid class Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those finishing the class will receive a certificate. Space is limited so preregistration is encouraged for the free class by calling the library at 386-362-2317. The next class is scheduled for Sept. 14.

The Book Club meets Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. to discuss Dean Koontz’s “Odd Thomas.” Copies are available for checkout at the front desk.

The SongFarmers of Live Oak’s monthly gathering will be held Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. People may bring their instrument and join the players’ circle or they can just be part of the audience, enjoying the acoustic jam-style format. Multiple genres and styles of music are played and all ages and skill levels are welcome.

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