FROM THE DIRECTOR
The Friends of the Library hosted a special Member Appreciation Day on May 16th. Since it was catered,Friends were able to relax and just enjoy the event.Thanks are extended to Elizabeth Babine, Mary Vaeth,Sara Carroll, and Lou Harry for planning and setting upand to Dale Moates for providing musicalentertainment. On June 1
beginning at 10:00 theFriends will host a Mini Book Sale. It will continueuntil 1:00 and will be “Buy One, Get One Free.” Theyhave many books that are priced just right for you. All proceeds go to the Library. At the same time we willintroduce two local authors. Kimi Bivins, author of
Overcoming a Broken Heart,
and Chantel Bennett,author of
will be here to sign their books.On Wednesday, June 5
at 2:00 we will kick off our Summer Reading Program (SRP) with “Dig IntoReading.” Each child will be given a free T
shirt withlogo made possible by donations from Wiregrass UnitedWay, Chuck Auman, People’s Bank, and CommercialBank. Be sure to bring your children, grandchildren,or even great
grandchildren for a great time.Judge Val McGee continues to host his Writers’Forum the second and fourth Thursdays of each monthat 2:30. If you’re interested in writing and learningsome of the basics, join us. We already have two published authors in the group and would love to haveeven more.
marks the beginning of the 2013 HurricaneSeason. Make sure you are prepared and are ready.Even though we are some distance from the coast, wedo experience some of the effects such as tornadoes,wind, and heavy rain.Just as a reminder, E
Books are now available. Youcan log on by going tohttp://camellia.lib.overdrive.com to browse, check out, and download. Have your librarycard available and enter all 13 digits.
Veteran’s Memorial Bridge of Ariton, Alabama
by Jocelyn Rayford
It is said that the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, builtover the Pea River in 1920
1921, was the first concretereinforced bridge built in Alabama. It cost $92,109.97.In his
, Val McGee states thaton August 3, 1921, the “Pea River Bridge…was dedicat-ed in a huge ceremony to the 57 men from Dale Countywho lost their lives in WWI. There were speeches byMrs. Thomas Owens, Director of Alabama Archives andHistory and by the State Highway Engineer…”The following were engineers who worked on the bridge during the year of 1920
21: Mitcham, Keller,Smith and Land. Dale County officials who took part insupporting its construction were: Windham, Sessions,Roberts, Ziglar, Mullins and Archer.
During the year 1970, this bridge was chosen to be oneof two highway bridges opened for Highway 231. In1977, the Dale County Historical Society was able to getthe Alabama Register of Landmarks to accept this bridgeas part of Alabama Heritage. So, in 1979, they joinedwith the Historic Chattahoochee Commission to erect amarker that indicated the importance of this bridge to thestate of Alabama and to the Chattahoochee area. They placed their historic marker on the north side of the bridge.
Unfortunately by February 2011 this marker becameunreadable due to time and exposure. So on this date,the members of the Brundidge VFW Post 7055 held arededication ceremony to replace the marker with a newone. They did this to express their pride that the Veter-an’s Memorial Bridge near Ariton, is built on the mid- point between Brundidge and Ozark, thus, it is a vital part of the Brundidge community and heritage, as well.
Thanks to everyone for the good turnout we had for the membership appreciation mixer that was held onMay 16th. Thanks also goes out to the Program commit-tee for the hard work to pull it together. Thanks also toJ&W Enterprises for the good food and to Dale Moatesfor the great entertainment
There is a mini book sale scheduled for June 1, 2013from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. Some figures from thelast sales are as follows: plant sales, $710.00; bakesales $416.50; and book sales $736.50
a grand total
$1,863.00. Help us make the June book sale a record breaker. Help get the word out, show up, and bring afriend or a neighbor along.
Look to the monthly Library calendar for upcomingspecial events that will benefit you and the community.
Again, the Friends of the Library meets the secondWednesday of each month at 10:30 am. If you can taketime out of your busy schedule, come join us and bring afriend.
THE FOL DEPENDS ON OUR MEMBERS’SUPPORT TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THELIBRARY.
Mo Armstrong, President