March is Women's History Month

Live Oak Public Library Adult Programs

Marching On!

March is designated National Women's History Month. In the library, we use this time for special programs and exhibits, highlighting the many important -- and overlooked -- contributions women have made in advancing our society and world. This newsletter is chock full of activities: from an explanation of why we have a special month for Women's History, to suggestions of movies to watch, to special programs happening at the library. Hats off to the mothers, sisters, and daughters all over the world making change, every day.
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STEM Women's History Month Exhibit

View our display of Women's History this month in the Adult Fiction and Nonfiction area. This display was created to share information about six strong and influential women who have impacted the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. These STEM women range from Scientists and Chemists to Mathematicians, Technologists and everything in between. We hope you enjoy this display in honor women past, present, and future from all over the globe who are impacting the world around us.
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Doc Anna: Swamp Doctor of Florida

March 2 6:00pm

Hear the inspiring story of Dr. Anna Darrow, wife, mother, pharmacist, artist and veterinarian and the second woman licensed to practice medicine in Florida. She braved swamps, alligators, venomous snakes, and dangerous outlaws so she could heal the sick, nurse the wounded and deliver babies in the early 20th century.


Storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar will portray Dr. Anna Darrow on March 2 at 6:00pm. Ms. Ayvar loves to share stories and connect people, languages and cultures. She is an award-winning bilingual storyteller, speaker, Chautauqua Scholar and Kennedy Center and Wolftrap trained Teaching Artist.


This event is funded by Florida Humanities’ Florida Talks program, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition to their speakers programming, Florida Humanities awards Community Project Grants, brings travelling Smithsonian exhibits to rural and underserved communities, and publishes FORUM, an award-winning magazine. For more information on the organization and how to support it, visit www.FloridaHumanities.org.

Green Food Recipe Swap March 3 12:00pm

Bring your favorite green dish and recipe to share and swap with others. Recipe Swap meets the first Tuesday, March 3 at 12:00pm. You will meet other foodies and exchange ideas. Each month we will feature a different theme.

Seed Library March 4 1-3pm

Come and get your free seeds every Wednesday from 1:00pm-3:00pm! Master Gardeners are available to answer your gardening questions. All you need is a library card and you can check out up to 3 seed packets a month. We have a variety of vegetable, herbs, and flower seeds available.

Adult Craft Club March 5 12:00pm

The Adult Craft Club at the Live Oak Library meets March 5 from 12:00-1:00pm. Create easy DIY magnets using old maps. The material fee is $5 and pre-registration is required. Please stop in or call the library 386-362-2317 to register.


The Adult Craft Club will meet the first Thursday of each month. Make plans to join us for some fun crafting this year!

Deja Brew March 7 8:30-11:30am

Join us for free coffee in the new book area on the first Saturday of the month, March 7 from 8:30-11:30am.

Tournament Night @ the Library March 9 5:30-7:30pm

Meet new friends and discover new rivals as you compete against one another in Super Smash Bro's: Ultimate at the monthly Tournament Night on March 9 at 5:30pm. Bring your own controller or use one of ours. This is for ages 12 and up. Stop by one of the staff desks or call us to register ahead of time to guarantee your spot in the bracket.

Seed Library March 11 1-3pm

Pollinators, Wildlife, & Native Plants Workshop 2:00pm

Come and get your free seeds on March 11 from 1:00pm-3:00pm! Master Gardeners are available to answer your gardening questions. All you need is a library card and you can check out up to 3 seed packets a month. We have a variety of vegetable, herbs, and flower seeds available.


At 2:00pm, the Master Gardeners will share how you can sustain pollinators and wildlife with native plants.

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Classical Guitar Concert March 11 5:30pm

Join us on March 11 at 5:30pm for an evening of easy listening as Edwin Culver charms us with the classical sounds of Spain.


Culver hails from Flushing, Michigan, where he taught himself guitar at the age of 16. He didn’t take formal lessons until attending Hillsdale College. At Hillsdale he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance.After graduation Culver participated in an intense music study at the University of Arizona. He then moved to Florida to pursue his natural gift of teaching at The Classical Academy of Sarasota. He taught K-12 music history, theory, and composition, while also offering classical guitar lessons and leading a guitar ensemble after school hours.


Currently, Culver is taking a break from teaching in order to complete his curriculum for the use in classical schools across the nation. Culver also writes music articles for counter-melody.com and delivers public lectures on 20th Century composers and musicology at South Manatee Library. He has fallen in love with the Sarasota art culture, finding that both classical and contemporary art forms are extremely appreciated by its citizens. The city has encouraged his art immensely, and he is excited to give back to it musically.


Culver performs an extensive classical music repertoire. Growing up as a dedicated heavy metal fan, Culver often selects extreme music that uses sophisticated harmonic language and intricate timbres. As a performer, Culver is dedicated to honoring the composer by creating a passionate yet polished sound that will engage and inspire listeners.

History of Suwannee County March 12 12:00pm

Eric Musgrove, County Historian continues his monthly series on the History of Suwannee County on the second Thursday of the month at 12:00pm.


On March 12, we will learn about the first Spanish Period of Florida. Join us to learn more about your hometown and county.

CPR & First Aid Class March 14 9:00am-4:00pm

Learn a skill that could save someone's life!


CPR & First Aid will be taught by Suwannee Fire and Rescue on Saturday, March 14 from 9:00am-4:00pm at the Live Oak Library. Those completing the class will receive a certificate. Space is limited so please pre-register for this free class by calling the library at 386-362-2317.


The next class will be April 25.

Get inspired! Check out these new books on inspiring women.

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Paternity and Time-Sharing March 16 6:00pm

Join us at the Live Oak Library for the SCALES series - (Suwannee County Access to Legal Education Series).


General Magistrate Jennifer Kuyrkendall Griffin will present the topic of Paternity and Time-Sharing on Monday, March 16 at 6:00pm.

Crocheting Class March 18 11:30am

Learn how to crochet on the third Wednesday of the month, March 18 from 11:30am-12:30pm. Library staff member, Debra Barney will teach the class in the small conference room. Please bring needles and yarn.

Seed Library March 18 1-3pm

Come and get your free seeds every Wednesday from 1:00pm-3:00pm! Master Gardeners are available to answer your gardening questions. All you need is a library card and you can check out up to 3 seed packets a month. We have a variety of vegetable, herbs, and flower seeds available.

Bulbs for North Florida Workshop March 19 12:00pm

Carolyn Saft, Suwannee County Extension Agent will share the best bulbs for North Florida on March 19 at 12:00pm.

Seed Library March 25 1-3pm

Come and get your free seeds every Wednesday from 1:00pm-3:00pm! Master Gardeners are available to answer your gardening questions. All you need is a library card and you can check out up to 3 seed packets a month. We have a variety of vegetable, herbs, and flower seeds available.

Book Club March 25 2pm

Join other book lovers on March 25 at 2:00pm for a discussion of this month’s read, A Million Fragile Bones by Connie Mae Fowler. Books are available for check out at the front desk.


In this memoir, Fowler details the beauty and peace she found on Alligator Point after years of heartbreak and loss, and the devastation and upheaval that followed the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. It is, at its heart, a love song to the natural world and a cry of anger and grief at its ruin for the sake of corporate profits.

Breast Cancer Awareness March 26 12:00pm

On March 26 at 12:00pm, Deanna Mericle of the Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County will speak on Breast Cancer Awareness. She will share the importance of early detection, mammograms, and the importance of self-exams and proper techniques.

SongFarmers of Live Oak Gathering March 26 5:30pm

Enjoy some great music at our next SongFarmers of Live Oak gathering on the last Thursday of the month, March 26 at 5:30pm. Bring your instrument, your voice, family, friends and the neighbors. You can join the players' circle or the audience. We play acoustic, jam style format with multiple styles and genres. All ages and skill levels welcome.

Game Day March 27 10:00am-12:00pm

On the fourth Friday of the month, March 27 from 10:00am-12:00pm there will be a Game Day for Adults. Games such as Scrabble and Dominoes will be available. Those attending are also encouraged to bring their own games.

PBS Documentary Screening of The Gene March 30 6:00pm

Join us for a sneak peek into the PBS documentary "The Gene: an Intimate History" on March 30 at 6:00pm.


“The Gene: An Intimate History,” a major new documentary from Ken Burns and Barak Goodman coming to PBS in April 2020, is adapted from the award-winning book of the same name by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. The series tells the story of the rapid evolution of genetic science from Gregor Mendel’s groundbreaking experiment in the 19th century to CRISPR, and the hope that newfound powers to alter DNA with pinpoint precision will transform the treatment of some of the world’s most complex and challenging diseases. The series also tackles the daunting ethical challenges that these technologies pose for humankind.

Murder Mystery Masquerade Ball March 31 6-9pm

We invite you to an affair to die for... on March 31 from 6:00-9:00pm.


The Bookville Historical Society will host their annual masquerade ball. This event will be the talk of the town and attracts the most intriguing party guests. It will be an exciting evening full of glam and glitz as the guests will strive to unmask the killer's true identity. Masquerade ball attire is encouraged but not required. Make plans to secure your spot at the ball soon by calling 386-362-2317 or stopping by the front desk. Pre-registration is required.


This story begins at the door on March 31 at 6:00pm, no entry will be allowed unless your name is on the list. You don't want to miss it!

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