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Model ships on display at library

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By Carol Jones

In fourteen hundred and ninety-two

Columbus sailed the ocean blue . . .

And landed at a place he named San Salvador in the Bahamas. Plastic replicas of Columbus’s two smallest ships, the Niña and the Pinta, will be on exhibit in the library’s display case along with other models during the month of June.

Tony Ivone, member and chapter contact for the International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS), gave some information about the two ships. The Niña was the smallest in the fleet of three. It was an 18-crew, two-masted caravel- style light sailing ship measuring about 66 feet long by 18 feet wide. His model is 9 inches long.

The Pinta, smaller and faster than the Santa Maria, was also a caravel, was square rigged about 68-feet long by 23 feet wide. It had a crew of 26. Tony’s Pinta model is 12 inches long.

Still under construction, his model of the larger, slower Santa Maria will be 20 inches long when completed and all three replicas will be fully rigged.

Among other ships on display will include Tony’s Cutty Sark, Carol Caputo’s HMS Prince, and Mike Knowles’ USS Arrow, Baltic Sea crab cutter, and Mediterranean fishing boat. A brief commentary on each will accompany the model.

Anybody interested in more information about the IPMS and how to join is invited to contact Tony at 237-6259 or e-mail him: ann-tony@earthlink.net.

Ask Arnold

Arnold Hansen is the library’s computer coach. He is available to provide assistance on Thursdays at noon. As space permits, he has graciously agreed to share some of his less complicated questions in this segment of the column.

A couple of weeks ago, Arnold dealt with e-mail attachments and why some could not be opened. The answer was simply that the computer does not contain the necessary programs to open it. Thanks to Bert Richard, an equally avid computer buff, for suggesting that we explain where and how to obtain the necessary online programs.

Here is Arnold’s Q&A:

Q- Why can I open some attachments to my e-mails but not others?

A- Usually the answer is that the attachments you cannot open were written with a program that you do not have in your computer. Documents, spreadsheets and power point presentation written using Microsoft Office require that you have a copy of Office on your computer. This program can cost several hundred dollars but Microsoft has provided free viewer programs that allow you to read those files. These programs can be obtained at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/CD010226241033.aspx

Sometimes this site can be a little confusing. Try searching in Google for Power Point viewer, Excel viewer, or Word viewer. Download these files and install them in your computer. Then when you receive a file that requires one of these viewers, when you click on it, the attachment will automatically open.

Another format which may show up as an attachment is .pdf (public document format). To get a reader for this format go to adobe.com and download Adobe Reader; it is also free. Install this on your computer and you will be able to read .pdf files. Many things are written in pdf format: government forms, instruction manuals and magazines. So this can be a valuable addition for your computer.

Still mystified? Come see me at the Freedom Library at noon on Thursdays.

Freedom Book Club

At their next meeting, Friday, June 19, the club will discuss Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler from 1 to 2 p.m. From 2 to 3 p.m., their discussion of “A Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearne Goodwin continues with chapters 21 through 23.

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.

Heather’s Hi-Lites

We are excited about this summer’s Florida Library Youth Program (FLYP) and all the fun of learning that it offers. Volunteers are needed to sign up for participation in Summer Reading 2009, Be Creative @ Your Library!

Registered volunteers and those interested in becoming Summer Reading volunteers should come to the library for training and orientation on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, June 2, 3, or 4, between 4 and 6 p.m. Find out what’s happening in our programs this summer and let us know how much time and talent you wish to share. We will be focusing on the creative arts with opportunities for performing in music, dance, drama, and visual arts.

For more information on summer reading at the library, call Heather Ogilvie, 438-2580. Please join us and get smart!

Meeting Room Calendar

Meeting room activities for the next two weeks 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.

Friday, May 29

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

Saturday, May 30

9 to 10 a.m., Freedom Pilates  Stretch

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

Monday, June 1

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates and Stretch

Wednesday, June 3

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates and Stretch

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

Thursday, June 4

Noon to 1 p.m., Ask Arnold! Computer coach Q&A - no registration necessary

4 to 7 p.m., Literacy Council tutoring

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tri-County/Marion County Fair Tax information

Friday, June 5

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

Saturday, June 6

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

Monday, June 8

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates and Stretch

Tuesday, June 9

6 to 8 p.m., Timberwood Property Owners Association

Wednesday, June 10

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates and Stretch

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

Thursday, June 11

Noon to 1 p.m., Ask Arnold! Computer Coach Q&A

4 to 7 pm., Literacy Council tutoring

6 to 8 p.m., Tri-County/Marion County Fair Tax information

Friday, June 12

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

Saturday, June 13

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

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.