FROM THE DIRECTOR
We had a great Book Sale in February and movedmany books while earning much needed funds for our Library. If you missed this one, we will have a big Book,Plant and Bake Sale in April. Many thanks to our Friendsof the Library group who work hard for us.Spring break is the week of March 26
and we have planned activities for our children that we are sure theywill enjoy. On Tuesday, March 27 the McWane Center will present Stardome: Constellations. There will be aninflatable indoor planetarium so the children can learnabout the solar system and constellations. Then onWednesday, March 28 the McWane Center will present aSuper Science Show so that youngsters can explore thewonders of liquid nitrogen, the power of explosions, andthe shocking world of electricity. On Thursday, March29, Landmark Park will enthrall the kids with their beautiful snakes and reptiles. On Friday, March 29
wewill once again have an astounding program on Owls of Alabama presented by Louise Grider. Children will alsohave the opportunity to get up close to the birds andgently pet them. All programs will be held in the WestWing of the Library beginning at 2:00. We will end our week of spring activities with Popcorn and a Movie onSaturday, March 31 at 12:45. All events are free of charge. It is our way of ensuring that our children canhave a safe place to go during this holiday break time. Allevents are free and open to all members of our community. For more information, call the Library at7740-5480.
Dale County Genealogical & Historical Society
The Society will meet Monday, March 5th at 6:00 in theAlice Doughtie Wing of the Library. Jimmy and Beverly
Ketchum will give the program, “Gristmills in DaleCounty.” Bring a friend and join us.
FROM THE FRIENDS
A March Special EventThe Ozark/ Dale County Public Library and TheFriends of the Library are delighted to offer a veryspecial program,
An Afternoon with the Faulkners of Mississippi,
on Thursday, March 15 from 2:00 until3:30 p.m.
Put this one on your calendar and don’t
Many believe that William Faulkner was the greatestAmerican writer of the 20
century. So, when a book appears that gives insights into the lives and character of the Faulkner family, written by one of their own, one sitsup and takes notice.Dean Faulkner Wells, the daughter of the youngest son,grew up, an especially favored child in the midst of thefamily. Her father, a barnstorming pilot in the early daysof airplanes, was killed in an accident four months beforeher birth. Brother William had bought him the plane, and promised upon her birth to raise her. At the age of 73,having outlived all the principals in the family story,Dean Faulkner set out to write her memoir. It took her two years, but the result is
Every Day by the Sun,
amarvelous view of the untypical Southern family and itsfamous son.It is a book about relationships as perceived by theyoung Deanie during her early years and as she grew up.It was a childhood rich in stories and lore, much of itsupplied by her famous uncle. There is also the search for the father she never knew. Women of her age willrecognize the rites of passage that were customary during
If you know and love Faulkner’s work, this book will be a visit to a familiar place. If you haven’t read or have
tried and failed, this book would be a fine beginning.Faulkner, like Melville, is better understood after the ageof thirty. He is one of those rare artists who looksunabashedly into the human heart and tells the truth. Heloved the English language and stretched its uses infiction, inventing Yoknapatawpha County, its history,main inhabitants, and their stories.Unfortunately, Dean Faulkner Wells died July 27, 2011, but she gave a last informal interview two weeks earlier.In the 25-minute film, she recalls her relationship with
her uncle, whom she called “Pappy,” and discusses her
book. The film includes interior and exterior shots of
Faulkner’s home Rowan Oaks.
Her husband, Larry Wells, to whom the book wasdedicated, will conduct the program on the 15
and will play the interview as well. Some of our readers willrecognize Larry Wells, formerly from Ozark. He is thenephew of Judge Val McGee.
READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY
March 2 is “Read Across America Day,” a national
reading campaign sponsored by the National Educa-tion Association that encourages all children to read a book. It is celebrated each March to commemorate
Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Take time this evening to sit
down with your child or grandchild and read a book.
National Women’s History Month
Music in our Schools MonthAmerican Red Cross Month