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Critters, books and kids - a natural

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By Carol Jones

Freedom Public Library’s “Read on the Green” festival in Liberty Community Park was as much fun as it was successful. The day began with Marion County Park Ranger Harold Ernsberger, and his crew of three, directing festival workers over the newly-laid and very loose rock in the parking lot. They did a fine job, losing no vehicles to the shifting, undulating undertow.

When festival activities got under way, parents and children alike enjoyed the games and exhibits while Kermit and Cindy Clark and Dave and Marge Miller took the stage and provided pleasing background music on guitar and keyboard.

Theresa Murphy, manager of Pizza Hut, handed out soft drinks and cheese pizzas brought from their new location in Friendship Center. By the end of the day, Theresa said they had sliced and served 30 medium-sized pizzas to the crowd.

At noon, Lee Helscel, editor of The South Marion Citizen, co-sponsor with The West Marion Messenger and Friends of Freedom Public Library announced the Coloring Contest winners in all three age categories: Omar Kasem, 9; Carrie Emerson, 6; and Sara Jade Twyman, 4. All entries including the winners are on display at the library.

From Singing River Tours, Captain Jon Semmes and Herb Reichelt performed songs of Florida. Sometimes homey and sometimes zany, their music flowed into the afternoon. The local entertainers were sponsored by Carol Van Wagner and Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty.

Henry’s Hot Dog Stand was on hand. According to the owner, they can no longer operate from their previous station outside Tee Pee Tire and are in need of a new business location. If you are interested, call Henry Schwattmann at 352-465-6148.

Keith Berlisle and Kenneth Lane of Owls Ocala gave informative talks and introduced Hovie, the great horned owl who has only one wing due to a machete injury. Owls Ocala is a privately operated rescue and rehabilitation center.

Volunteers from Girl Scout Troop 790 donned the Clifford the Big Red Dog costume and added brightly colored amusement to the festival. Presented by Barnes & Noble, the cartoon character delighted all. Later, B & N’s institutional leader, Donya Singletary, read from a Clifford book to children who gathered round.

“Little Girl,” the Florida panther from Survival Outreach Sanctuary in Spring Hill, drew her own fascinated crowd. When the raffle winner was announced, Ruby Murray of On Top of the World won the framed photograph of “Little Girl” provided by Lana Adele Baader, author and wildlife photographer.

At the authors’ table, Lana Baader displayed her popular books, including A Gator Pond!? as well as her Children’s Bedroom Collection of wildlife photographs. George Duffy showed his books, among which the just published Paulinha and the Lady of the Tree, illustrated by his artist wife Paula.

Maity Schrecengost’s award-winning children’s novels have a new title added to the list, her latest behind-the-scenes story of circus life, High Above the Hippodrome.

Basil Bristow presented his newly published and most intriguing book, The Universal Consciousness by Bluestone. Lyn Hill exhibited her novels and her writer’s handbook on Restructuring Your Writing, called Take Another Look. Lyn and author Cate O’Brien have scheduled a series of five Novel Writing Workshop sessions at On Top of the World Communities in July and August.

Thanks to our sponsors, the South Marion Citizen and West Marion Messenger for their advertisements, posters, and advice, and to all our volunteers who gave tirelessly of their time and energy. Thanks also to our monetary contributors, to the library personnel, and to every board member of The Friends who helped bring it all together.

A special thanks to Karen David for accepting the daunting task of becoming our library historian, and for arranging the stacks of papers and clippings into the artful scrapbook she displayed at the festival.

As leader of the Creative Memories Scrapbooking group, Karen’s experience is invaluable in assembling such a book. Her group meets the third Sunday of each month. For information, call her at 237-8953.

Last and most important, thanks to our library’s many patrons. We could not have done it without you!

For more Read on the Green photos, visit the Citizen Web site, smcitizen.com.

It’s time for FLYP 2008!

Freedom Public Library celebrates summer reading with Whole Wide World @ My Public Library. Note the following schedule and join the fun.

Children of all ages are welcome to participate in summer reading. Programs are free and open to the public. Refreshments are sometimes served.

Read Around the World! Continental Chaos! For ages 5 and up. Thursdays at 2 p.m., June 19 and 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31.

Stupendous Saturday! Amazing art, great games, and maybe movies. Ages 5 and up may join in the madness. Saturdays at 2 p.m., June 21 and 28, July 12 and 19.

Pajama Party! Twilight Tales, music and crafts for the whole family. Children of all ages welcome. Tuesdays at 6 p.m., June 24, July 8, 15, 22, 29.

Jiggleman! Enjoy the legendary entertainer right here at your library. Priority seating will be given to ages 5 and up for this performance, Wednesday July 16 at 3 p.m.

Kwabena Dinizulu, the Poet and Griot! Aesop to hip hop – fables, folk tales, poetry and proverbs in the Afrikan oral tradition. Students K to 8, Saturday, July 26 at 10:30 a.m.

DAR Seminar

On Saturday, May 24, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Ocala chapter, have scheduled a genealogy seminar from 1 to 4 p.m. Come and learn free of charge how to research your ancestors and prove your lineage. For more information, call Rebecca Bandy at 727-799-8803, or Gayle Bishop at 352-291-0723.

Artist of the Month

Oak Run’s Artist of the Month of May, Linda Glick, displays several examples of her work. Stop by and enjoy her exhibit.

Library Hours

Freedom Public Library is open six days a week, Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday. Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

If the time for your group meeting or activity is outside of library hours, call 291-6040 to learn how to enter and leave.

Meeting Room Calendar

Following is the schedule of meeting room activities for last the first part of May. All meetings are free and open to the public.

To reserve meeting room space, call Heather Ogilvie at the library, 291-6040.

Friday, May 16

1 to 3 p.m., Freedom Library Book Club.

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

Saturday, May 17

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates and Stretch.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Freedom Writers Group of Florida Writers Association.

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

Sunday, May 18

9 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Honey Group.

2 to 6 p.m., Creative Memories Scrapbooking.

Monday, May 19

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates and Stretch.

10 a.m. to noon, Friends of Freedom Public Library.

Noon to 4 p.m., On Target, Educational and Political Discussion Group.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Multiple Sclerosis Evening Support Group.

Tuesday, May 20

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Florida State Association of Masonic High Twelve Clubs.

6 to 7 p.m., Literacy Council tutoring.

Wednesday, May 21

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates and Stretch.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Freedom Quilters.

Thursday, May 22

Noon to 1 p.m., Computer coaching in the computer lab. No registration required.

4 to 6 p.m., Literacy Council tutoring.

Friday, May 23

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

Saturday, May 24

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates and Stretch.

1 to 4 p.m., Daughters of the American Revolution genealogy seminar.

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

Sunday, May 25

9 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Honey Group.

Monday, May 26

Library closed for Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 27

6 to 7 p.m., Literacy Council tutoring.

Wednesday, May 28

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates and Stretch.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Freedom Quilters.

Thursday, May 29

Noon to 1 p.m., Computer coaching in the computer lab. No registration necessary.

4 to 6 p.m., Literacy Council tutoring.

Friday, May 30

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

Saturday, May 31

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates & Stretch.

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

Carol Jones is a member of Friends of the Library, lives with her husband, Cliff, in OTOW and likes it just fine. She can be reached via e-mail at jonesy6iron@embarqmail.com.