LIVE OAK — With the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street exhibit, Crossroads: Change in Rural America, in town through most of January, the Suwannee River Regional Library’s Live Oak branch will also be hosting a handful of presentations to go with it.
Those presentations begin Thursday when Dr. Ken Sulak, a naturalist and Suwannee River historian, will be discussing “Suwannee River: How Early Florida Settlers Fundamentally Changed the Ecosystem” at noon.
Sulak will be discussing the history of the river and how its ecosystem has been altered throughout history by settlers and residents in Florida.
The second presentation to accompany the exhibit, which is presented by the Smithsonian Institution and the Florida Humanities Council through Jan. 26, will be Monday at 6 p.m. Then, county historian Eric Musgrove will present “From Farm to Factories: the Modernization of Suwannee County.”
There are two presentations planned for Jan. 10 with Jane Griffin, from the UF/IFAS Suwannee County Extension office, and Dr. Steve Noll, of the University of Florida. Griffin will discuss “Where your food comes from: the Evolution of Agriculture” at noon. Noll, a master lecturer in the UF history department, will be at the library at 6 p.m. to discuss the history of transportation in the state including planes, trains, automobiles and steamboats.
“Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition” will be the focus of Bon Stone’s presentation at 6 p.m. Jan. 14. Stone is a folklorist and media-producer based in Gainesville and a co-curator for the cattle ranching exhibition with has been viewed by more than 520,000 visitors from Florida to Nevada.
On Jan. 17, Lake City’s Skip Johns will be presenting about Bluegrass music roots in the state at noon. Johns, an accomplished musician that played at the Grand Ole Opry with his Travelers band that opened for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and now known for the SongFarmers of Live Oak and the Suwannee River Valley chapters, will chart the history of bluegrass music and other styles influenced by it.
The final presentation planned alongside the exhibit is “Rumrunners and Moonshiners of Old Florida” at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Author Robert Buccellato will discuss the era of bootlegged liquors, corrupt rural sheriffs, crafty moonshiners and panhandle traditions. Buccellato, who is the historian for the Clerk of Courts for Leon County, is the author of “Florida Governors: Lasting Legacies,” “Jimmy Carter In Plains: The Presidential Hometown” and “Finding Dan McCarty.”
Also in January, the library is offering free coffee in the new book area Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Suwannee Fire Rescue will be at the library Saturday to offer a free CPR and first aid class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those completing the class will receive a certificate. With space limited, preregistration is encouraged by calling the library at 386-362-2317. The next class will be held Feb. 9.
On Tuesday, the library’s Recipe Swap will feature soups and chili. Those interested in the program, should bring their favorite soup or chili recipe and dish to sample and share with others from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Debra Barney, library staff member, will be hosting a knitting class and crochet class on Jan. 9 and Jan. 16, respectively, at 11:30 a.m. Those attending should bring needles and yarn.
The seed library is open at the library every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. New seeds may be checked out and the Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer any gardening questions.
On Jan. 9, the Master Gardeners will also be hosting a gardening workshop at 2 p.m. where they’ll be offering tips to help grow a healthier and more productive garden.
The library and all the other branches of the Suwannee River Regional Library System will be closed Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Book Club will meet Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. to discuss Zane Grey’s “Riders of the Purple Sage.” Copies are available for checkout at the front desk.
On Jan. 25, the Young at Heart Game Day for Adults will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Games such as Scrabble and Dominoes will be available, but those attending are also encouraged to bring their own games.
The library will be screening the movie “Shane” at noon Jan. 26. The classic film from director George Stevens earned six Academy Award nominations.
On Jan. 31, the next SongFarmers gathering will be held at the library at 5:30 p.m.