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Friends meeting is fashionable affair

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By Carol Jones

The Hospice fashion show at the Friends of Freedom Public Library meeting Jan. 17, featured attractive casual wear selected from the Thrift Store in Jasmine Plaza.

Jan Hathaway, Hospice of Marion County marketing manager, gave a brief talk and Margarethe Nachbar did some modeling as well as introducing the models: Jeannie Dooley, Linda Glick, Marie Ostrov, and Margarethe’s husband, Milton Nachbar, all of whom sported their “wears” as well as any pro.

Prior to the fashion show, Friends elected officers for 2009: Pat Babski, president; Kermit Clark, vice president; Janet Wise, treasurer; and Joan Richard, secretary.

Free Tax Help

from AARP

Tax time can be stressful, to say the least. Assembling the necessary papers, bringing them with you to the library for the AARP Tax Aide, and then waiting in line for your turn are all necessary steps in the process.

“This year,” says Matt Reilly, AARP site coordinator for Freedom Public Library, “standing in line for hours will not be necessary.” All you need to do is arrive at the library shortly before 11:30 a.m. on any Monday or Wednesday during tax season. A “placement lottery” will be held and you will be assigned an approximate time when you can be assisted on that day.

There will be no need to wait after you are assigned a time. Just be sure to return by your appointed time and you will be assisted as soon as the taxpayer before you is finished.

Be sure to check the dates and times posted in the library lobby, but as of this writing, tax preparation is scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays only, from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 2 to April 15.

Remember to bring your Social Security card or other documentation for yourself and all dependents, a copy of last year’s tax return, and all other forms and receipts impacting your return.

 

Every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m., Arnold Hansen is available at the library to answer questions and clear up computer quandaries. Many of us have just enough computer knowledge to get ourselves into trouble and then can’t find a way out. Arnold has graciously agreed to provide some of those Q&As, as time and space permit.

Born and raised in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, Jens Arnold Hansen prefers to be known simply as Arnold. With a degree in electrical engineering from Newark College of Engineering, now called New Jersey Institute of Technology, he worked for ITT until his retirement in 1985. Ten years later, he and his wife, Grace, relocated from Easton, Pennsylvania, to their current home in On Top of the World.

Arnold is an amateur radio operator as well as an active member of the OTOW Computer Club. He started as a computer coach at the main library before the Freedom branch was in existence, then he moved to Freedom when it was opened.

Over the years he has fielded many a computer question, some of which will appear in this column. Watch for the segment called “Ask Arnold.”

Heather’s Hi-Lites

This community’s response to our call for Pajamas and Books was nearly overwhelming. More than 1,400 pairs of pajamas and nearly 2,000 books were received and then donated to children in need prior to Christmas.

All the children and teens residing in the shelters in Marion County received pajamas and books as did many families in the community. They were all excited and so grateful for the donated gifts.

And Freedom Public Library collected the most donations. Thanks again for the kindness and generosity of you, our patrons in the Corridor community.

New Photography Display

Freedom Public Library is proud of its new exhibit of 12 fascinating photos by The Shutterbugs of On Top of the World. You’ll find these pictures framed in black along the walls and adorning the column next to the Reference Desk.

Art Club of Oak Run

This month, the library’s art corner boasts a colorful array of pastels by several different artists. They are learning different methods of pastel painting under a new instructor and we hope to see more of these gentle creations.

Ocala Decorative Artists

The library has no lack of interesting exhibits this month. The wonderfully talented Ocala Decorative Artists have arranged various forms of art in the display case for patrons’ enjoyment.

Their community project for 2009 is painting tote bags and filling them with cosmetics, perfumes, and toiletries for distribution to the Domestic Violence Center and Shepherd’s Lighthouse.

For more information, visit www.ocaladecartists.com, call Bea Peterson at 861-8567 or e-mail beapaint@embarqmail.com.

Library Hours

Freedom Public Library is open Monday to Saturday, closed on Sunday. Hours are 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.

For questions, or to arrange an appropriate time for your group, call Heather Ogilvie at 438-2580.

Meeting Room Calendar

Meeting room activities for part of January and February follow. All meetings are free and open to the public.

Note: no group meetings will be scheduled after hours when the library is closed, unless they are county- or state related. If you have not completed a Meeting Room Application for 2009, call Heather Ogilvie at 438-2580.

Friday, Jan. 23

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

Saturday, Jan. 24

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

1 to 4 p.m., Creative Memories Scrapbooking.

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

Monday, Jan. 26

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

Noon to 5 p.m., AARP “Dress Rehearsal” for Tax Prep. Staff only.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

10 to 11 a.m., Read to Your Baby! – Baby Storytime begins, ages 0 to 2.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

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

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

Thursday, Jan. 29

10 to 11 a.m., Preschool Storytime! ages 3 and up.

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

Friday, Jan. 30

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

Saturday, Jan. 31

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

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

Monday, Feb. 2

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

Noon to 5 p.m., AARP Tax-Aide, free tax assistance.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

10 to 11 a.m., Read to Your Baby! – Baby Storytime begins, ages 0 to 2.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

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

Noon to 5 p.m., AARP Tax-Aide, free tax assistance.

Thursday, Feb. 5

10 to 11 a.m., Preschool Storytime! – ages 3 and up.

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

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Saturday, Feb. 7

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

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

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

Sunday, Feb. 8

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

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 cjones314@cfl.rr.com.