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ODCPL Information The Library where all you need is imagination and a Library card to
ODCPL Information
The Library
all you need is imagination and a
Library card to enter a world of information.
September 2016
Volume 18 Issue 09
416 James Street
Ozark, Alabama 36360
Phone (334) 774-5480
Board of Directors
Earl Hyers
Marie Black
Imogene Mixson
Marian Jenkins
Beverly Raley
Library Staff
Full Time Staff
Sandra J. Holmes
Part Time Staff
Genealogy/Reference Librarian
Head Circulation Clerk
Admin. Assist/ILL Librarian
Jocelyn Rayford
Holly Burns
Elaine Land
Karen Speck
Circulation Clerk
Children’s Librarian
Darnell Johnson
Ruth Rosentrater
Lou Harry
Donna Snell
Michael Walden
Jeff Devine
Victoria Spellman
Statistics for July 2016
New Materials
Site Visits
Borrowers on Roll
Employment Searches
Internet Users
Genealogy Users
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.
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.
Tuesday through Thursday
10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday
10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
--Washington Irving, 1783-1859
Writer, historian, diplomat
Closed on Sunday & Monday
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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 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 16 th 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.

mobility aids that we see every day cannot be purchased

for a patient via Medicare participation.

that the patient must have the doctor write a specific prescription in order to get the mobility aid that they


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.

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.

It was surprising to learn that some common

We learned

Mobility aid suppliers like Aabon will work with

We hope that our

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


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


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?

about it by going to

and registering your phone number.

You can do something

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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10:30—Story Time
4:30—Story Time
(Therapy Dogs at
both Storytimes)
2—IPad & Smart
9-10—Computer Class
Phone Class
10—Art Class—children
5 Labor Day—Library
10:30—Story Time
2—IPad & Smart
9-10—Computer Class
Noon—Color Therapy
2—Writers Forum
Phone Class
6—Gen/His Society
4:30—Story Time
15 10:30—Story Time
10—Book Work Day
10:30—FOL Board
9-10—Computer Class
10—Art Class—children
16 Noon—AA
2—IPad & Smart
Phone Class
6—Friends of Ozark
Noon—Color Therapy
4:30—Story Time
6:30—Dialogues on
the Experience of
10—Book Work Day
9—Library Board
10:30—Story Time
2—IPad & Smart
Phone Class
9-10—Computer Class
2—Writers Forum
6—Concerned Citizens
Noon—Color Therapy
4:30—Story Time
10—Book Work Day
10:30—Story Time
Noon—Color Therapy
4:30—Story Time
2—IPad & Smart