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Suwannee River Regional Library - Live Oak branch

LIVE OAK — Throughout January, visitors to the Live Oak branch of the Suwannee River Regional Library System can learn about how World War I continues to affect the United States today.

A poster exhibition, “World War I: Lessons and Legacies,” which is sponsored by the Smithsonian and the United States World War I Centennial Commission, will be on display at the library from Jan. 2-31.

The library’s Adult Craft Club meets Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. and will be making a button tree. There is a $5 material fee and pre-registration is required. To register, please stop by the library or call 386-362-2317.

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

The library’s Writer’s Group is also meeting Saturday, from 1-3 p.m. Shirley Rivers will lead the group and present publishing tips as members read and critique each other’s work. The group will meet every Saturday during January.

On Monday, patrons may stop in and create chocolate stir sticks at 6 p.m. and then enjoy the treat with hot chocolate. Space is limited for the free craft and pre-registration is required. All supplies will be provided.

The library is hosting a recipe swap Tuesday featuring favorite soups or chilis. The recipe swap will begin at noon. Those interested in participating should bring their favorite dish and recipe to share and swap with others.

The Seed Library will be open Jan. 8 from 1-3 p.m. and in addition to checking out free seeds — up to three packets a month — Master Gardeners will be available to answer any gardening questions. At 2 p.m., the Master Gardeners will lead a presentation on how to use birds in the garden to control insects. The Seed Library is open every Wednesday.

Eric Musgrove, the county historian, will present a new monthly series on the history of Suwannee County, starting Jan. 9 at noon. The series is updated with new topics. The series will launch with an overview of Suwannee County history.

Also on Jan. 9, Mark and Sally Crosby will share about life during the Revolutionary War in a 6 p.m. presentation, “You’re in the Army Now: 18th Century Military Life.” Those attending will learn about military camp life and the life of a soldier’s family. The Crosbys will be dressed in Revolutionary War attire.

Suwannee County Fire Rescue will teach CPR and First Aid on Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those complete the free class will receive a certificate. Space is limited, so pre-registration is encouraged by calling 386-362-2317. The next class will be taught Feb. 8.

The library’s first Tournament Night will be held Jan. 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will feature “Super Smash Bro’s: Ultimate.” The tournament is for gamers, ages 12 to adult. Those participating can use their own controller or one of the library’s. Stop by the staff desk or call the library ahead of time to guarantee a spot in the tournament bracket.

Staff member Debra Barney is teaching a crocheting class Jan. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the small conference room. Those attending should bring needles and yarn.

Suwannee County Extension agent Carolyn Saft will lead a pruning workshop Jan. 16 at noon. She will discuss pruning fruit trees, blueberries and grapevines.

The library’s Book Club will meet Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. to discuss “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote. Books are available for checkout at the front desk.

On Jan. 23, the library is hosting an Edgar Allan Poe escape room. There are 45-minute time slots available all day for patrons of all ages to try their hand at escaping the room themed after Poe’s works. To successfully escape, patrons will have to find hidden clues and solve challenging puzzles. To sign up for one of the time slots, call the youth services desk at 386-364-3479.

On Jan. 24, Game Day for Adults will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Games such as Scrabble and dominoes will be available. Those wishing to participate are encouraged to bring their own games as well.

The SongFarmers of Live Oak will hold its monthly gathering at the library Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. People may bring their instrument and voice and join the players’ circle or just going the audience and enjoy the acoustic, jam-style format music. Multiple styles and genres of music will be placed and all ages and skill levels are welcome.

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