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Many ‘friends’ at Valentines’ Tea

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By Carol Jones

It’s always fun to meet new people and talk about all the different things the Friends do for Freedom Public Library. Lots of folks stopped in to the Friends Valentine Tea on Saturday, Feb. 14, just to sit a while and talk, and enjoy being served some home baked goodies.

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Kermit and Cindy Clark provided soothing background ambience with songs of love on guitar and keyboard.

We were pleased to gain several new members and welcome others who might decide to join at a later date. Thanks to all who attended for making our first tea a successful event.

Charlie Dean

Staff to Visit

What is on your mind? Would it be the state’s increasing population versus available water supply? How about the need for a higher standard of education in our schools, or better government management of the taxes we pay?

Whatever your concerns, state Senator Charlie Dean wants to hear from you. Two staff assistants from the senator’s office will be in the Freedom Public Library meeting room Saturday, Feb. 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to hear your concerns and answer your questions.

Wall Owls

Have you been wondering about those colorful owl drawings adorning the glass partitions of the children’s section? The students at Liberty Middle School recently read Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, considered by many to be the best of the Florida writers.

The students were so impressed by the story that they drew pictures of the owls and the library displayed them.

Hoot is a humorous eco-fiction tale. In a nutshell, a group of unusual youngsters fight to save endangered burrowing owls. A large corporation is planning to build on a piece of ground occupied by the owls and the children’s sometimes comical attempts to save them make a fun and fascinating read.

Black History Month

Next to the owls hangs a continent of Africa collage of well-known African-Americans. Take a look and see how many you can name.

Beneath the pictures, you’ll find stories and histories, such as The Harlem Hellfighters, the first all-black unit of World War I, and The People Could Fly, Black American folktales told by Virginia Hamilton.

Fair Tax discussion

Here’s your chance to learn about the new Fair Tax proposal that is gaining attention and momentum. Come with your questions on Tuesday, March 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Mardi Gras

Circulation specialist Larry Kelly once again entertains us with selected pieces from his collection of Mardi Gras memorabilia. Larry and his wife, Joan, have been collecting these keepsakes for more than 20 years.

From toy-sized replicas of floats to feather masks, beads and books, their collection represents nearly every aspect of the celebration. Thank you, Larry and Joan, for sharing such treasures.

Artists Share Their Work

The Art Club of Oak Run is always improving on its talents, taking classes and learning new techniques. Then they exhibit their newest creations for all to enjoy. This month, selections from the Watercolor Class provide a colorful array of interesting items.

Next to them are four new framed photographs by “Thomas” from the Shutterbugs of On Top of the World. The library has no lack for fine art work this month.

Master Gardeners

Can our usual warm weather be just around the corner? The Master Gardeners of Marion County are ready for it, and Doris Mauricio from the Extension Office has prepared a workshop presenting “Warm Weather Vegetables.”

The session begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. Come with your questions and bring your plant cuttings as well. The Mobile Plant Clinic is scheduled to be on hand.

One Book/One Community

Florida’s vanishing water supply is a problem that needs a solution. The One Book/One Community selection, Mirage by Cynthia Barnett, deals with the situation and raises questions of its own.

Three sessions are scheduled at the library, all free and all open to the public.

3 Tuesday, Feb. 24, 6 to 7:30 p.m., discuss Mirage and the science of water. This is a hands-on adventure involving scientific exploration for the whole family.

3 Thursday, Feb. 26, 2 to 3 p.m., book discussion on Mirage; suggested ages 17 and up. Refreshments will be served.

3Friday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m., a film will be shown and refreshments will be served.

Library Hours

Freedom Public Library is open Monday to Saturday, closed 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 the last of February and first of March 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, Feb. 20

1 to 3 p.m., Freedom Book Club – A Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus and chapters 5, 6, and 7 of A Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

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

Saturday, Feb. 21

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

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Freedom Writers Group time change for this meeting only.

2 to 3 p.m., Master Gardeners of Marion County present Warm Weather Vegetables.

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

Monday, Feb. 23

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

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

Tuesday, Feb. 24

6 to 7:30 p.m., One Book/One Community. Cynthia Barnett’s Mirage and the science of water, a hands-on adventure for everyone.

Wednesday, Feb. 25

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

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

Thursday, Feb. 26

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

2 to 3 p.m., One Book/One Community book discussion of Mirage.

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

Friday, Feb. 27

11 a.m., One Book/One Community film, title to be announced.

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

Saturday, Feb. 28

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

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Senator Charlie Dean’s staff meets the public.

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

Monday, March 2

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

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

Tuesday, March 3

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

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Fair Tax information and discussion.

Wednesday, March 4

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

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

Thursday, March 5

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

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

2 to 3:30 p.m., Computer Class in computer lab, Basics for Beginners.

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

Friday, March 6

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

Saturday, March 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, March 8

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

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.