Library has jam packed programs tonight through Saturday

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The Cedar Key Library has several events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday:

Tonight:  "From the Salt Marshes of the Gulf of Mexico to the Way of St. James in Spain: Living with the Characters in our Novels"

Peg and Russ Hall, authors and inveterate hikers, will discuss their novels and how the characters came to invade their lives, how they have changed over the four novels about them, and how the characters affect Peg and Russ as individuals and co-authors. They will talk about Salt Marsh Slider, set in a fictional national wildlife refuge in a fictional town not unlike Cedar Key, and Second Wind on the Way of St. James, a story published last August. While walking the Camino, the characters grapple with being at the transitional age when people need to figure out what to do with the last third of their lives.

Friday, March 14 - the Annual Meeting of the Cedar Key Friends of the Library at the Cedar Key Community Center. Business meeting and hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m.; concert at 7 p.m., featuring Patchouli, the wonderful duo who visited us previously and were brought back by popular demand. This event, as is the case for all library events, is FREE.

Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center:

Ken Sassaman's Annual Report on Findings of the Lower Suwannee Archaeological Survey 

"In the past year, the Lower Suwannee Archaeological Survey of the University of Florida has conducted test excavations at Shell Mound and several sites on surrounding islands, plus at Butler Island, near Horseshoe Beach. Efforts to locate evidence for houses in the center of Shell Mound were unsuccessful, but additional testing on the perimeter of the U-shaped ridge substantiated the presence of 4,000-year-old deposits below the 1,500-year-old ridge. 

A newly discovered complex of shell rings and ridges on one of the islands near Shell Mound extends the presence of coastal communities into the 13th and 14th centuries A.D. Abundant debris from the manufacture of shell beads suggests that local communities were producing goods for the exchange networks of Mississippian chiefdoms across the greater Southeast.

A growing body of evidence connects the history of native occupation of the Lower Suwannee region to the goings-on across the entire Gulf Coast, where people shared the experiences of sea-level rise for thousands of years. Fieldwork planned for 2014 includes the first-ever field school in July, when 15 students will descend on Cedar Key to not only conduct additional testing of sites, but also launch experiments in traditional fishing."