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In recognition of excellence, volunteer “knighted”

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By Carol Jones

A private award ceremony was held at the library on Tuesday, April 7, surprising Jonathan Nardino of Majestic Oaks with a Certificate of Excellence, a button-pin, and a Best Buy gift certificate.

Queen Heather of Freedom Public Library graciously dubbed the young man Sir Jonathan Nardino. “For his dramatic representation of literature and television personality, Curious George,” saith the Queen, “we, the Staff and Administration . . . do hereby award this Certificate of Excellence . . . naming Sir Jonathan our Performer in Residence.”

Signed, sealed and delivered by the Queen herself, the certificate established the day of his fearless gallantry, March 27, “as Jonathan Nardino Day from this day forward.”

It was all done in fun, but with a dash of pride and appreciation for the willing service of 15-year-old Jonathan who blushed just a little and smiled a whole lot.

He confessed to the bit of theater training he’d received during a small part in his school play. It gave him the confidence and courage to don the Curious George costume and become the oversized monkey character for an hour-and-a-half.

His acting abilities and congenial attitude won him accolades from all corners of the library and delighted the Storytime audience.

 Jonathan is in the tenth grade at Meadowbrook Academy. He enjoys playing the bass guitar in his church group and volunteering at Freedom Public Library. Every Tuesday afternoon he shelves books, tacks up posters, and generally helps out where needed.

 Heather’s Hi-Lites

We are working very hard to prepare the Best Summer Reading Program ever! Starting in June, the program takes lots of pre-planning, so we will not have Storytimes in May.

 Computer classes will also be in recess from May until September. But remember, you can Ask Arnold any computer question or present any software problem on most Thursdays from noon until 1 p.m.

Poetry in Pajamas

In honor of National Poetry Month, the library is hosting a Poetry in Pajamas party. Children of ALL ages are invited for poetry any way you like it. Bring your own, read some of ours, or make up a poem on the spot, but come and join in the fun on Tuesday, April 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This is a festival for poetry lovers and a rehab for those who wish to recapture that love; a pajama party for the whole family!

 The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.  -- And pajamas are strongly encouraged!

Career Launch

workshop reminder

Five two-hour mini-workshops are held each Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during April and May. This Career Launch for Professionals is sponsored by The Workforce Connection in partnership with CFCC. Sessions are free of charge; however, pre-registration is necessary. Call 840-5700 or 1-800-434-5627. Funding is provided in part by the Dept. of Labor National Emergency Grant for this and similar workshops at locations throughout Marion County.

 The April 17 workshop addresses Self Assessments: What career options should you consider?

April 24, Résumé Development and Job Search Correspondence; May 1, Networking – the Next Steps; May 8, Self Marketing Strategies; and lastly, May 15, Negotiating the Job Offer.

 Master Gardeners

Don’t forget the Master Gardener workshop scheduled for Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m. Inez Dickson will speak on Florida Friendly Yards and Neighborhoods.

 Cross-stitch Creations

The display case for April boasts an interesting array of bookmarks hand made by Ruth Felschow of On Top of the World. Ruth used the counted-cross-stitch method to create 57 bookmarks which she is donating to the library for distribution to children during Children’s Book Week, May 10-16. Books used in the display belong to the library.

 Born, raised and educated in Berlin, Germany, Ruth came to the United States in 1958. She lived in New Jersey with her husband and family and, after retirement, moved to Florida in 2003. Ruth has been stitching since she was five years old and has donated much of her work to many causes during her adult years.

 Pictures and Paintings

Oak Run’s Artist of the Month of April, Judi Hanson, has arranged an eye-catching exhibit which includes seascapes, flowers and a clown. Stop by and enjoy her mastery of the artist’s brush.

 And don’t miss the Shutterbugs photography display. Dennis Phillips, member of this On Top of the World group, is the featured photographer this month. His unusual subjects are sure to hold your attention.

 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.

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, April 17

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Career Launch for Professionals – first session: Self Assessments - What career options should you consider?

1 to 3 p.m., Freedom Book Club

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

Saturday, April 18

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates & Stretch

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Freedom Writers Group of FWA

2 to 3 p.m., Master Gardeners of Marion County & Mobile Plant Clinic

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

Monday, April 20

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates & Stretch

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

Tuesday, April 21

10 to 11 a.m., Read to Your Baby - Story time for babies – ages 0-2 suggested

5:30 to 7:45 p.m., Tri-County/Marion County – Fair Tax Bill presentation

Wednesday, April 22

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates & Stretch

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

Thursday, April 23

10 to 11 a.m., Story time for preschoolers and toddlers

Noon to 1 p.m., Computer Coaching in the Computer Lab – Ask Arnold

4 to 7 p.m., Literacy Council tutoring

6:30 to 8 p.m., Bent Tree Homeowners Assn.

Friday, April 24

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Career Launch for Professionals - second session: Résumé Development & Job Search Correspondence

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

Saturday, April 25

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates & Stretch

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

Monday, April 27

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates & Stretch

Tuesday, April 28

10 to 11 a.m., Story time for babies - ages 0-2 suggested

6 to 7:30 p.m., Poetry in Pajamas!

Wednesday, April 29

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates & Stretch

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

Thursday, April 30

10 to 11 a.m., Story time for preschoolers and toddlers

Noon to 1 p.m., Computer Coaching in the Computer Lab - Ask Arnold

4 to 7 p.m., Literacy Council tutoring

Friday, May 1

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Career Launch for Professionals – third session: Networking – the Next Steps

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

Saturday, May 2

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates & Stretch

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

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.