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Stop, Drop, and Read

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By Carol Jones

August and September mean back to school for most youngsters. At the library it means S.U.R.F.’s Up, or Super Ultimate Reading Fun. With this entertaining program’s theme, Stop, Drop, and Read, kids and parents alike enjoy a brief burst of spontaneous learning in ten terrific minutes. Join the fun on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. and help us prove once again that every moment in the library counts.

Friends of the library need your help

Year end is only a few short months away and new officer nominations will soon appear on The Friends of Freedom Public Library’s agenda. Our large membership faithfully pay their yearly dues and we’re grateful for every one of you. But we need active members who willingly contribute time and talent toward the ongoing support of our library. We need new ideas and forward thinkers, and we know such persons are reading this column this minute. We are eager to meet you. Come share your knowledge and abilities by serving on the board or its committees.

Learn more about us and our purpose by attending our meetings on the third Monday at 10 a.m. (Sept. 21) in the library’s meeting room. Or call vice president Kermit Clark, 861-0353; former president Joan Francis, 840-0696; or this columnist, Carol Jones, 873-8565. If you get an answering machine, please leave your name and phone number and your call will be returned.

Friends need book

donations

The Friends of the library are gearing up for the fall book sale. Mark your calendars for Sept. 24, 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

We need volunteers to help load and unload books at Neighborhood Storage and at the library on Wednesday, Sept. 23, the day before the sale. Give Kermit Clark a call at 861-0353.

Books, games, puzzles, CDs, videos, and …  oh yes, books — all donations in good condition are not only welcome, they are needed. If you missed the earlier list of contacts for pick-up, here it is again. We look forward to hearing from you.

3 Kermit Clark for Oak Run, Palm Cay and Pine Run - 861-0353

3 Casey Edkins for Marco Polo villages - 854-9972

3 Carol Jones for On Top of the World communities - 873-8565

3 Pat Babski for Sun Valley - 237-8214

3 Carol Bristow for all others - 572-4259

Heather’s Hi-Lites

We are enjoying a quiet month of August at the library, organizing our collection, preparing programs for the school year, taking much needed vacations, and generally cleaning house after an extremely busy summer. Suggestions are welcome from our members. What would you like to find, hear, see, enjoy, or learn at your library?

Freedom has marvelous new Assistive Technology equipment available to the visually impaired for reading documents and books or filling out forms. The formal Open House Introduction will be on Sept. 25, but the Onxy and SARA are here and ready to go anytime. Stop in and ask at the Reference Desk. We’re happy to demonstrate our new capabilities and answer your questions.

Some of the entries in the Miami Dolphins coloring contest are on display. Judging begins Sept. 1.

Computer Classes

Registrations are still open for the two-part beginner class: Computer Basics and Introduction to the Internet. These must be completed in two consecutive weeks. Classes will be on Thursdays at 2 p.m. beginning Sept. 17. Stop at the Reference Desk and sign up. Seating is limited.

Book Club Selection

The next book under discussion by the Freedom Book Club on Friday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m. will be Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie. During their meeting’s second half, they will discuss chapters 4, 5, and 6 of Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. For information about the group, contact Lee Staiger at leestaiger@embarqmail.com.

Bloodmobile

The Life South Community Bloodmobile will be in the library parking lot on Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please include this life-giving donation on your always hectic schedule.

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 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.

Saturday, Aug. 29

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

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

Monday, Aug. 31

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates and Stretch

Wednesday, Sept. 2

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates and Stretch

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

3:30 to 4 p.m., S.U.R.F.’s Up! Super Ultimate Reading Fun time

Thursday, Sept. 3

Noon to 2 p.m., Bring your computer questions and quandaries and Ask Arnold, the Computer Coach

4 to 7 p.m., Literacy Council tutoring

Friday, Sept. 4

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

Saturday, Sept. 5

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, Sept. 7

Closed for Labor Day

Tuesday, Sept. 8

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

Wednesday, Sept. 9

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates and Stretch

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

3:30 to 4 p.m., S.U.R.F.’s Up! Super Ultimate Reading Fun time

Thursday, Sept. 10

Noon to 2 p.m., Ask Arnold, the Computer Coach

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

4 to 7 p.m., Literacy Council tutoring

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

Friday, Sept. 11

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

Saturday, Sept. 12

9 to 10 a.m., Pilates and Stretch

1 to 4 p.m., Creative Memories Scrapbooking with Karen David – 237-8953

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.