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Quilt will make scratch for library

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By Carol Jones

During its regular meeting Dec. 17, the Freedom Quilters donated to the library an impressive king-size quilt and a wall hanging in a chicken scratch design. These works of art were created by most of the group’s 32 members, says group leader Jeannine Sirkoch.

It was indeed a group effort. While members trimmed and sewed, Jessie Fischer taught them how to make the lace-effect stars. Beverly White arranged the blue and white design for everyone to stitch. Shirley Henion did the final quilting, and Shirley Boyd made the identification “plaque” attached to the quilt back.

On the day of the meeting, Jean Fernandez, group spokesperson, read a poem and presented the gifts on behalf of Freedom Quilters to Heather Ogilvie, library supervisor. Kermit Clark and Pat Babski, president and vice president of the Friends of Freedom Public Library, were also on hand.

The quilt’s purpose is a fundraiser and the Friends have been asked to conduct a drawing on behalf of the library. Details for public participation will appear in this column.

Meanwhile, stop in and see this wonderful quilt. You will find it in the display case.

The Gift of Life

LifeSouth Community Blood Center’s bloodmobile will come to the library parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29. It provides blood products to Shands Medical Center and the VA medical hospital in Alachua County. For more information, visit www.lifesouth.org.

Storytime is back!

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, Storytime will resume. Read to Your Baby program will focus on developing literacy skills and education for babies and caregivers. Join the group in the meeting room from 10 to 11 a.m. for stories, poems, and just plain fun.

Then on Thursday, Jan. 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. bring your preschoolers and toddlers ages 3 and up for an introduction to books, music and art. Literacy skills for the very young are fun and educational.

Computer Classes

Okay folks, here’s the lineup for the Thursday computer classes through April 2009. All classes are free and open to the public, but because of limited seating, registration is required.

Each class begins at 2 p.m. in the computer lab and each registration covers one 1 1/2-hour session. You must re-register for each additional session.

Basics for Beginners – Jan.15, Feb. 5, March 5, April 2.

Next Step: Internet – Jan. 22, Feb. 12, March 12, April 9.

Another Step – Jan. 29, Feb. 19, March 19, April 16.

Book Discussion Group

The book under discussion at the Friday, Jan. 16, 2009 meeting will be The Reader by Bernard Schlink. Join them at 1 p.m. for a lively exchange.

Beginning with the January meeting and continuing with the next several meetings, the second half of the discussion will focus on A Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Prior to the January session, read the first three chapters.

“This book is relevant to our times,” says Lee Staiger, group leader. “In 2009 our country will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Plus, it’s just a darn good read.”

If a member prefers not to participate in this second-half discussion, “Please come for the regular meeting anyway,” says Staiger.

Library Closed

Freedom Public Library will be closed for the New Year’s holiday: Jan. 1 and 2, 2009.

Meeting Room Calendar

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

Note: No group meetings will be scheduled after hours when the library is closed. If you have not completed a Meeting Room Application for 2009, call Heather Ogilvie at 438-2580.

Friday, Dec. 26

Closed for Christmas holiday.

Saturday, Dec. 27

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

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

Monday, Dec. 29

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

Tuesday, Dec. 30

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

Wednesday, Dec. 31

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

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Freedom Quilters – cancelled today and Friday, Jan. 1 and 2, 2009 for New Year’s holidays.

Saturday, Jan. 3

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.

Monday, Jan. 5

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

Wednesday, Jan. 7

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

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

Thursday, Jan. 8

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

Friday, Jan. 9

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

Saturday, Jan. 10

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

1 to 2 p.m., Country Meadows Homeowners Association annual meeting.

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

Monday, Jan. 12

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

Tuesday, Jan. 13

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

Wednesday, Jan. 14

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

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Freedom Quilters – cancelled today only.

Noon to 5 p.m., AARP instructional program for tax prep, staff only.

Thursday, Jan. 15

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

Friday, Jan. 16

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

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

Saturday, Jan. 17

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

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Freedom Writers Group of Florida Writers Association.

1 to 4 p.m., Friends of Freedom Public Library annual meeting and Hospice fashion show.

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.