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Come to our book sale and maybe win the quilt

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By Carol Jones

The Friends spring book sale is finally here. Come and load up for your summer supply. The sale will be in progress Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Be sure to attend. I predict some nifty unadvertised specials.

At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, the last day of the book sale, we will draw for the winner of the Chicken Scratch quilt. Done mostly in blue and white gingham, this handmade quilt created by the Freedom Quilters, is sure to add old-world charm to some lucky winner’s bedroom. Tickets are available at the library for a minimum donation of $2 per ticket or 3 for $5. Get them on Saturday, March 21, and any day next week from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., or on Saturday, March 28, from 10   to 11:30  in the morning.

So you think you can BLOG?

Welcome to the Blogosphere. Here you will learn what blogs are, talk about why people blog, and view some examples. Then, follow the steps of Erin Arnold, the library’s blog instructor, to set up your own blog right there in class. All you need is your valid e-mail address. It’s required to register a blog.

Seating is limited, so be sure to register at the reference desk for this special class scheduled for Friday, March 20, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the computer lab. Be the first blogger on your block!

Master Gardeners

Master Gardener Al Nimke shares his vast knowledge of growing bromeliads on Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m. Bromeliads include everything from pineapple to Spanish moss, with many lovely tropical looking plants in between.

“We can grow a variety of them here in Central Florida to add interest in our gardens.” says Master Gardener Doris Mauricio. “Other more tropical species can be grown in pots.”

This is a great opportunity to learn about this unique type of plant.

Artwork on display

The creative folks who exhibit at the library have been busy drawing, photographing and painting.

The Art Club of Oak Run’s artists of the month have an interesting grouping of drawings, all achieved under the tutelage of Elaine Hines. Charcoal and artist’s pencil make for clean lines and uncluttered pictures, such as “Winter’s Solstice” by Mary Ann Hollars, and the untitled bird on a pasture fence by Mary Vacanti.

Once again, the Shutterbugs of On Top of the World have captured compelling scenes of actual life and displayed them for all to enjoy. Their new exhibit includes a peaceful canal in Venice by Mike Gattozzi, an old abandoned farmhouse by Tom Frostig, a wood stork in flight by Ray Christian.

In the display case, we see a fine array of decorated rocks.

Carole Drost, an art instructor for the Art Club of Oak Run, needed something to keep her grandkids occupied when they came for a visit. So she took out some books from the library and discovered that rock painting is fun.

“I usually paint the washed rock or slate with black or white acrylic paint,” she explains, “then I draw the animal, house or flower. If the rendering is what I want, I paint the details. When it is complete, I finish with an acrylic varnish.”

She plans to focus on rock people as well as animals in future projects, and perhaps some theme groupings. Much of her work is sold at local art shows.

Library Hours

Freedom Public Library is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday, closed on Sunday. Open times are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. For questions, or to arrange an appropriate time for your group, call Heather Ogilvie, 438-2580.

Meeting room activities for the last of March, first part of April follow below. All meetings are free and open to the public. Please note, no group meetings will be scheduled after hours when the library is closed unless they are county or state related. Also, if you have not yet completed a Meeting Room Application for 2009, please contact Heather Ogilvie at 438-2580.

Friday, March 20

1 to 3 p.m., Freedom Book Club

2 to 3:30 p.m., So You Think You Can BLOG? Computer Lab — special instruction by Erin Arnold - registration required

3 to 4:30 Abiding Word Bible Study

Saturday, March 21

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates and Stretch

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Freedom Writers Group

2 to 3 p.m., Master Gardeners of Marion County and Mobile Plant Clinic

4:30 to 6 p.m., Haitian Seventh Day Adventist Group of Ocala

Monday, March 23

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates and Stretch

Noon to 5 p.m., AARP Tax-Aide

Wednesday, March 25

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates and Stretch

Noon to 5 p.m., AARP Tax-Aide

5 to 9 p.m., Friends Library Book Sale Set-Up, NO PATRONS PLEASE

Thursday, March 26

10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friends Book Sale

Friday, March 27

10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friends Book Sale

Saturday, March 28

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friends Book Sale

11:30 a.m. Friends drawing for quilt winner

Monday, March 30

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates and Stretch

Noon to 5 p.m., AARP Tax-Aide

Tuesday, March 31

10 to 11 a.m., Read to Your Baby — Baby Storytime, for ages 0 to 2 but all ages welcome

Wednesday, April 1

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates and Stretch

Noon to 5 p.m., AARP Tax-Aide

Thursday, April 2

10 to 11 a.m., Preschool Storytime! for preschoolers and toddlers

Noon to 1 p.m., Computer Coaching, Q&A in computer lab or meeting room

4 to 7 p.m., Literacy Council tutoring

Friday, April 3

3 to 4:30 p.m., Abiding Word Bible Study

Saturday, April 4

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates and Stretch

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chess Club

4:30 to 6 p.m., Haitian Seventh Day Adventist Group of Ocala

Sunday, April 5

2 to 4:30 p.m., South Oaks 4-H Club of Marion County