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Florida artifacts on display at Freedom Library

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By Carol Jones

Treasure hunting is a fascinating occupation and finding artifacts from Florida’s historical past adds an element of wonder. The Mid-Florida Historical Research and Recovery Association has found many common items such as coins, buttons and jewelry, and have also unearthed military pieces from several wars as well as weights, eating utensils and chopping implements.

The group travels to various locations, visiting turpentine ghost towns, battle sites and even the beach. Metal detectors come in handy when searching for relics of the state’s past.

A sampling of their many finds is shown in the display case for the month of March.

They meet at the library on the fourth Thursday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, call Bill Beardsley at 873-9953, or Roger Ackley at 694-6489.

Get Ready for the

Friends Book Sale

The Friends of Freedom Public Library will hold its spring book sale on Thursday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., March 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and March 29, 10 a.m. to noon.

If you have a box of books you would like to donate and need them picked up, call Friends president Kermit Clark at 861-0353.

AARP Tax-Aide

Need help preparing your income tax return? AARP’s trained volunteers are here to help. They will be available at the library every Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 12:30 to 4:30 through April 14.

Several locations are available throughout Marion County, all funded by AARP and the IRS, and all on a walk-in basis. For more information, call Matt Reilly at 854-0712. Bring last year’s return, and if you are married filing jointly, both must sign the return.

Writers Group

The writers workshop sponsored by Freedom Writers Group of Florida Writers Associationwas successful in spite of some “technical difficulties” involving electronic equipment.

Anyone who was not able to purchase Lyn Hill’s handbook, “Restructuring Your Writing,” will have the opportunity at the next meeting Saturday, March 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and bring a sampling of your work-in-progress. Formore information, call Carol Jones at 873-8565, or e-mail jonesy6iron@embarqmail.com.

Book Discussion Group

Stop at the library and check out the book for discussion by the Book Discussion Group. The group meets Friday, March 21 at 1 p.m., and you want to be ready to give your views on Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

For more information, call Lee Staiger at 861-6199, or e-mail leestaiger@embarqmail.com.

Call for Local Authors

Freedom Public Library’s festival in Liberty Park is scheduled for Saturday, May 3. Sponsored by the South Marion Citizen and West Marion Messenger, “Read on the Green”promises many different and interesting events.

If you are a local author who would like to display your books at the festival,callFriends’ program director Rveva Barrett at 671-1943.

Computer Class Schedule

All the hands-on March computer classes that require registration are filled.

Instead, you can bring your computer related questions or software issues to the Computer Coaching hour on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m., or sign up for the April session of Computer Talk: Basics for Beginners scheduled for Thursday, April 3 and 10, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Library Hours

Freedom Public Library is open six days a week, Monday to Saturday, closed on 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 the rest of February and part of March. All meetings are free and open to the public.

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

Saturday, March 8

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

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

Sunday, March 9

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

Monday, March 10

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

12:30 to 4:30 p.m., AARP Tax-Aide program.

6 to 9 p.m., On Target — discussion group on educational and political policies.

Tuesday, March 11

1 to 4 p.m., On Target — discussion group.

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

7 to 9 p.m., Timberwood Property Owners Association.

Wednesday, March 12

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

12:30 to 4:30 p.m., AARP Tax-Aide program.

7 to 9 p.m., Majestic Oaks Homeowners Association.

Thursday, March 13

10 to 11 a.m., Every Child Ready to Read! Family Storytime.

11 a.m. to noon, Baby Storytime.

2 to 4 p.m., Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

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

6:30 to 9 p.m., Mid Florida Historical Research and Recovery Association

Friday, March 14

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

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

Saturday, March 15

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, March 16

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

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

Monday, March 17

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

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

12:30 to 4:30 p.m., AARP Tax-Aide program.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Multiple Sclerosis evening support group.

Tuesday, March 18

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

Wednesday, March 19

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

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

12:30 to 4:30 p.m., AARP Tax-Aide program

6:30 to 8 p.m., Marco Polo CERT meeting.

Thursday, March 20

10 to 11 a.m., Every Child Ready to Read! Family Storytime.

11 a.m. to noon, Baby Storytime.

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

6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Eagle Forum of Sun Country.

Friday, March 21

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

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

Saturday, March 22

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

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., African Violet Society of Ocala.

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

Sunday, March 23

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

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.