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September 2016

Volume 18 Issue 09

416 James Street
Ozark, Alabama 36360
Phone (334) 774-5480
E-mail: olibrary@troycable.net
http://www.odcpl.com
Facebook.com/ozarklibrary

Board of Directors
Earl Hyers
Marie Black
Marian Jenkins

Imogene Mixson
Beverly Raley

Library Staff
Full Time Staff
Director
Part Time Staff
Genealogy/Reference Librarian
Head Circulation Clerk
Admin. Assist/ILL Librarian
Processor
Circulation Clerk
Children’s Librarian
Cataloger
Bookkeeper
IT/WebMaster
IT
Custodian

Sandra J. Holmes
Jocelyn Rayford
Holly Burns
Elaine Land
Karen Speck
Darnell Johnson
Ruth Rosentrater
Lou Harry
Donna Snell
Michael Walden
Jeff Devine
Victoria Spellman

Statistics for July 2016

Circulation
Attendance
New Materials
Site Visits
Borrowers on Roll
Employment Searches
Internet Users
Genealogy Users
E-Books

7,113
10,890
399
251,420
9,449
3,551
3,645
515
756

Quote of the Month
The scholar only knows how dear these silent, yet
eloquent, companions of pure thoughts and innocent hours
become in the season of adversity. When all that is worldly
turns to dross around us, these only retain their steady value.

--Washington Irving, 1783-1859
Writer, historian, diplomat

Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society

The Society will meet Monday, September 5th in the Alice
Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00. Everyone is invited
to attend.

LIBRARY HOURS
Tuesday through Thursday
10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday
10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Sunday & Monday

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FROM THE DIRECTOR
We received our final report from library Max, the
consulting firm we hired to gather information from
local citizens about what they wanted and needed in a
Library. Now that you, the people, have spoken, we
will work to come up with a viable plan to make it
happen, whether it be a new building or a refurbished
facility. To find out what is in the report, go to our
website www.odcpl.com to read the full report. You are
welcome to contact any Board member or the Library
Director to state your opinion on the results of this
study. However, please remember that this is what the
people in our community have stated. We extend our
many thanks for all those who participated in our focus
groups. You donated your time and talent to help us
determine our next step to realize our dream of a new or
refurbished facility.
On September 15 at 6:30 p.m. the Library will host
the first program entitled Dialogues on the Experience
of War. It will be held in the Alice Doughtie room of
the Library. We invite anyone who is a veteran to join
in the discussion by calling the library at 774-5480 to
reserve your place. Our first book to discuss will be
Scarlet Fields by Medal of Honor recipient John Lewis
Barkley. The facilitator for the first three-part series on
World War I will be COL (Ret) Earl Hyers. This 6-part
series is made possible by Auburn University and a
grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Help us make this a memorable experience for our
many veterans.
It’s United Way Pacesetter time! You should have
received a letter and donation form asking for you to
consider sharing this year with your local Wiregrass
United Way. Because it is local, much of these funds
stay right here in our area to help our local citizens.
Please consider a gift to our local Wiregrass United
Way.

FROM THE FRIENDS
By Chris Wisham, President
The Friends of the Library (FOL) had a very
successful Buy One Get One (BOGO) book sale this
month as our children went back to school. Many new
book lovers became our friends. Our friends went
home with one free book for every book that they

FROM THE FRIENDS (Continued)
By Chris Wisham, President
purchased. The funds that the FOL raises goes to help
the Ozark-Dale County Public Library (ODCPL) in
whatever way we can help them meet the needs of the
citizens of Ozark and Dale County.
The FOL also hosted our second Community
event of this year with a presentation by Bob Harry of
Aabon on Tuesday August 16th with a light lunch that
appeared to be enjoyed by all. Mr. Harry brought many
of the mobility aids that our senior citizens need to live
their lives. It was surprising to learn that some common
mobility aids that we see every day cannot be purchased
for a patient via Medicare participation. We learned
that the patient must have the doctor write a specific
prescription in order to get the mobility aid that they
need. Mobility aid suppliers like Aabon will work with
your doctor to get the prescription written correctly so
that it will qualify for Medicare participation and
payment. Mr. Harry gave an example of an RX written
for a walker (which means it has no wheels). If the
walker is issued to a senior citizen but then it is
discovered that they meant a walker with wheels, the
patient will get no financial help from Medicare since it
has already fulfilled this item for the one time that it will
do so. The senior citizen would have to pay the full cost
of buying a walker with wheels. When a person is faced
with purchasing a really expensive item such as a wheel
chair lift, they should remember that civic organizations
are founded on the basis of being there to help out
people in need, and they should seek the help from
multiple civic organizations
The FOL is in the process of coming up with a
calendar of events for the 2017 year. We hope that our
fellow FOL members and the citizens of Dale County in
general will aid us in this endeavor. Each year we strive
to come up with interesting and meaningful community
events that we will sponsor and host here at the ODCPL.
Drop off ideas at the circulation desk in the library or
contact any of the following people: Liz Babine, Sandra
Holmes, Queen Walker or Chris Wisham as they make
up the committee tasked with developing the 2017
calendar of events.
Our last community event will be held in October
with Mr. Vernon Johnson, the Administrative Director
of the Dale Medical Center. The topic will be the
Medicaid crisis and the future of the Dale Medical
Center. It will be a noon time event with a light lunch
provided by the FOL.

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NEW MATERIALS
BEST SELLER--FICTION
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews
BESTSELLER NONFICTION
Becoming Grandma (BS 306.87 STA)
Sympathy for the Devil (BS 818.54 MEW)
BEST SELLER—LARGE PRINT
Cavendon Luck by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley
Missing by Lisa Harris
Mrs. Lee & Mrs. Gray by Dorothy Love
Riverbend Road by RaeAnne Thayer
Second Half by Lauraine Snelling
Stepping to a New Day by Beverly Jenkins
Center of the World by Jacqueline Sheehan
Year We Turned Forty by Liz Fenton
Zero K by Don DeLillo
NONFICTION
1001 Great Ideas for Teaching & Raising Children
with Autism or Asperger’s (618.92 NOT)
500 Treasured Country Recipes (641 STO)
A World Undone (940.3 MAY)
American Classic (641.5 AME)
An Early Start for Your Child with Autism
(618.92 ROG)
Butter Sugar Flour Eggs (641.81 GAN)
Chocolate Sensations (641.63 REA)
Christmas Cookies (641.5 WYA)
Complete Encyclopedia of Cats (636.8 POL)
Conquerors (977 ECK)
Crowd (302.33 LEB)
Dead Wrong (364.15 BEL)
Defiant Brides (973.3 STU)
Demon of Brownsville Road (133.12 CRA)
Everyday Pasta (641.82 DEL)
Fall: the Rape and Murder of Innocence in a Small
Town (364.15 FRA)
Footsteps in the Snow (364.15 LAC)
Gateway to Empire (977 ECK)
I Forgot to Remember (616.85 MEC)
I’m Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas
(641.63 DES)
Ice Cream: the Perfect Weekend Treat (641.86 TEE)
If I Can’t Have You (364.15 OLS)
Joy of Cooking (641.59 ROM)
Key of it All Book One: the Eastern Mysteries
(133.33 HUL)
Key of it All Book Two: the Western Mysteries
(133.33 HUL)

MEMORIAL/HONORARIUM GIFTS
In Memory of
Donor
Beatrice Tibbetts
Jim & Elaine Land
Jerrell Hughes Mathison Dr. Imogene Mixson
Donors
Wiregrass United Way
Jack Cumbie
Friends of the Library
George Wright
Ozark Literary Club
Patricia Coffey
Chuck Auman
Lesia Grice
Sue Switzer
Betty S. Brown
Berta Blackwell
Tammy Palmer
DeAnn Medley
Holly Kennedy
Angela Carpenter
William Chesser
Judy Mobley
Bette Byrd
Frank Koontz
Robert McMullen
Christine Thacker
Janet Mathison
Mary Lee
Wiregrass Archives Library, Troy University
Donations for Building Improvement Fund
Imogene Mixson

ATTENTION STUDENTS
We have the required reading materials
ready for you to check out.

Memorials
The Ozark-Dale County Public Library gratefully accepts
donations for memorials. You may bring in your book or
you may give us a suggested subject and we’ll make the
selection. Your donation is tax deductible and a tax letter
is mailed to each donor, along with a memorial card to the
families of the designated person. Bookplates are placed in
all books to commemorate your gift.

Do Not Call List
Are you tired of those annoying
telemarketing calls? You can do something
about it by going to http://www.donotcall.gov
and registering your phone number.

Our Poet Laureate
By Jocelyn Horlacher Ross-Rayford
Only one person in Dale County has won this title from the Ozark-Dale County Public Library: Jo-Ellen Mims Willis. She won
our hearts the moment we heard with great surprise, the poem she wrote on our behalf at the Ozark City Council meeting. We were
attending a presentation of the results of a survey taken to determine the future of our library. This meeting was attended primarily by those
persons interested in our library’s future featuring a presentation by Mr. Steensland, the man in charge of researching attitudes/opinions
about our library.
His report analyzed responses to questions asked of participants of focus groups from Dale County residents. His research is a
basis for making long-term decisions about this library or its replacement. As Mr. Steensland finished his report to the City Council about
focus group responses, he completed his report by reading a poem given to him by Ms. Joe Ellen Willis, a participant of a March 15,
2016 focus group.

OUR LIBRARY
Our library shares a history with a deep community pride. It has a variety of assets That we don’t want to hide.
Our library consistently thrives, With special projects and local drives. The books, the budgets, the patrons in sight,
The staff and volunteers manage just right! Our library serves by many gages, With interest areas for all ages.
The meeting rooms and the artwork shown Inspire the community in a positive tone! Our original library building, now,
Is in need of serious repair, With leaking roofs, crowded storage, And repetitive maintenance care.
So let’s do efficient planning For citizens to unite, In a design for the future with facilities that delight!
For this poem, the Ozark-Dale County Public Library has made Mrs. Willis its Laureate.
Her special gift to us, this poem about our library, “touched” so many persons present when read at City Hill, that the library wishes
to acknowledge her creative gift to us by, in turn, creating a gift for her by the participants of the Library’s Children’s program, with the
assistance of their Librarian, Ruth Rosentrater. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts; they will design a tribute for Mrs. Willis. On
this gift will be the signatures of all members of the library’s staff showing their appreciation for her wonderful and carefully chosen words.
Our library’s Laureate graduated from schools in Skipperville, Ozark, and Troy. Though she is a former local educator, Jo Ellen
began school and went through third grade in the states of Florida and Texas. Now retired, she compiled the book These Fascinating
Memories which can be found in the Genealogy/History Section of the library and has been a member of the Judge McGee Writer’s Group
that meets at the Library.
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SEPTEMBER 2016

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Sun

4

11

Mon

Tue

5 Labor Day—Library
Closed
Noon—AA
6—Gen/His Society

6

12
10—Book Work Day
Noon—AA

13

19
10—Book Work Day
Noon—AA

26
10—Book Work Day
Noon—AA

14
10:30—FOL Board
Noon—AA
Noon—Color Therapy

20

6—Concerned Citizens

25

7
Noon—AA
Noon—Color Therapy

6—Friends of Ozark

18

Wed

21
9—Library Board
Noon—AA
Noon—Color Therapy

27

28
Noon—AA
Noon—Color Therapy

Thu

Fri

Sat

1
10:30—Story Time
4:30—Story Time
(Therapy Dogs at
both Storytimes)

2 Noon—AA
2—IPad & Smart
Phone Class
6:30—NAR-ANON

3
9-10—Computer Class

8
10:30—Story Time
2—Writers Forum
4:30—Story Time

9 Noon—AA
2—IPad & Smart
Phone Class
6:30—NAR-ANON

10

15 10:30—Story Time
4:30—Story Time
6:30—Dialogues on
the Experience of
War

16 Noon—AA
2—IPad & Smart
Phone Class
6:30—NAR-ANON

17

22
10:30—Story Time
2—Writers Forum
4:30—Story Time

23
Noon—AA
2—IPad & Smart
Phone Class
6:30—NAR-ANON

24

29
10:30—Story Time
4:30—Story Time

30
Noon—AA
2—IPad & Smart
Phone
Class

10—Art Class—children

1—Pokémon

9-10—Computer Class

1—Pokémon

9-10—Computer Class
10—Art Class—children

1—Pokémon

9-10—Computer Class

1—Pokémon