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December 2016

Volume 18 Issue 12

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
Marie Black
Nathan Hodges
Marian Jenkins
Library Staff
Full Time Staff
Director
Part Time Staff
Genealogy/Reference Librarian
Head Circulation Clerk
Processor
Circulation Clerk
Children’s Librarian
Cataloger
Bookkeeper
IT/WebMaster
IT
Custodian

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

Statistics for October 2016

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

6,478
10,070
258
253,469
9,530
3,973
3,024
435
286

Quote of the Month
You don’t have to burn books to
destroy a culture. Just get people to stop
reading them.
– Ray Bradbury

Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society

The Society will meet Monday, December 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
Christmas is coming and your Library is the
place for you to shop for special gifts for your
special friends! Our Friends of the Library
maintain a Book Sale Room that will delight you
with unique, hard-to-find books for the person who
has everything, and it’s open the same hours as the
Library for your convenience. Recently they held a
big book sale and sold many books, the proceeds of
which they donated to the Library. Stop by to take
a look; all books are priced to sell.
We continue with our special offer of fine-free
days that will last until December 31s.t. This means
that if you have overdue materials or outstanding
fines, you may bring in one non-perishable item for
each $4.00 you owe. This is a great way for you to
get your fines forgiven and help those less
fortunate in our community. We will donate the
items collected to the Rescue Mission for
distribution.
We completed the World War I series for our
Dialogues on the Experience of War in November
and begin now to prepare for our new series:
Vietnam War Discussions.
MG (Ret) Lou Hennies will facilitate our first of
three programs beginning on Thursday, January
19th at 6:30 in the Alice Doughtie Room of the
Library. We will read and discuss the book The
Things They Carried, a novel written by Tim
O’Brien. Please join us as we read this book and
then have an informative discussion. You may stop
by the Library to pick up your copy.
We wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and
a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
Christmas in the South
Jocelyn Ross Rayford
“Growing up Southern is a privilege, really. It’s
more than where you’re born, it’s an idea and state of
mind…It’s more than loving fried chicken, sweet tea,
football, beer, bourbon and country music. It’s being
hospitable, devoted to front porches, magnolias, moon
pies and coca–cola…and each other.
--Anonymous
From early in its history, the South loved
Christmas. In 1836, Alabama was the first state to

Christmas in the South (Continued)
declare Christmas a legal holiday, followed later by
Louisiana and Arkansas. According to Jessica Azar from
the Southern Weekend, Christmas was finally declared a
national holiday in 1870.
Most Southerners celebrated Christmas with what
they had around them. Pecans grew in the yards of most
people, so when the pecans ripened between September
and December, families spent evenings together,
shelling pecans to create Christmas gifts. Mothers,
grandmothers and children made gifts of Pralines,
Toasted Pecans, and Rum Balls. Family cooks saved
shelled pecans for Christmas dishes such as Apple,
Sausage and Pecan Turkey Dressing or sugared pecans
and Divinity to entertain guests. Often, the lady-of-the
house displayed her Mississippi Mud or Southern Tea
cakes to welcome guests.
Christmas dinner desserts always included Pecan Pie,
believed by some, to have been created by French
settlers from Louisiana. It is said they found pecans
lying around on the ground and they created the
masterpiece, Pecan Pie.
Come winter, the South had oranges. Orange trees
that came from Spain to Florida produced fruit used in
many ways. Orange skins were combined with Southern
cane syrup to become a delicious and colorful candy
used as treats, made into Christmas decorations, and
given as presents. Oranges and their leaves were used as
potpourri for the house and as gifts to young girls and
older ladies for their “hanky drawers”. Orange tree
foliage of bright green leaves were used to make
garlands for decorating. Children looked forward to
finding oranges in their Christmas stocking as special
treats.
Today, most Southerners, as well as those visiting
the South, look forward to seeing in almost every home
and church “The Star of Bethlehem”. This brilliant red
flower (originally from Mexico) is known in the USA as
a Poinsettia. It has become so popular in the South that
Congress declared a Poinsettia Day---December 12th.
On the big day in almost every home in the South,
on Christmas Day, there is a beautiful turkey, ham or
both, served on the table. Southern turkeys are usually
stuffed with cornbread or an apple-sausage-pecan
dressing baked inside the turkey. Sausages are made
during the winter from local or wild hogs. Some
Southerners look forward to an oyster dressing because
oysters are near during the winter, in the many bodies of
water surrounding the South.
Served along with the Turkey are must-haves:

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NEW MATERIALS
BEST SELLER--FICTION
Because it’s Christmas by Katherine Spencer
Better Late Than Never by Jenn McKinlay
Beyond the Ice Limit by Preston & Child
Bourne Enigma by Eric Van Lustbader
Christmas Message by Anne Perry
Faithful by Alice Hoffman
Final Seven by Erica Spindler
Foreign Agent by Brad Thor
Isis Orb by Piers Anthony
Mirror Sisters by V.C. Andrews
Obsidian Chamber by Preston & Child
Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen
Shadow of Victory by David Weber
Twenty-Three by Linwood Barclay
BESTSELLER NONFICTION
Empress of Art (709.47 JAQ)
Ghostland (133.1 DIC)
Is This the End? (236.9 JER)
Lowcountry Heart (818.54 CON)
Lynching (364.13 LEA)
My Sweet Angel (364.15 GLA)
My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency
(324.97 HEN)
BEST SELLER—LARGE PRINT
Lincoln League by Doug Peterson
NONFICTION
Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason (327.12 SHE)
D-Day Companion (940.54 PEN)
Diana: The Last Word (941.08 SIM)
Dispatches (959.7 HER)
Druids (936.4 ELL)
Dubai: Gilded Cage (953.57 ALI)
Empire of Sin (976.33 KRI)
Every Knee Shall Bow (979.69 WAL)
FDR’s Deadly Secret (973.91 LOM)
Fighting Fifteenth Alabama Infantry (973.74 FAU)
Fire Engines in North America (629.22 BUF)
First Family Detail (973.92 KES)
First Man-Made Man (306.76 KEN)
First Men in (940.54 RYG)
Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas National Park
(975.94 LAN)
Freedom: A History of US (973 HAK)
Full Fathom Five: A Daughter’s Search (306.87
FOW)
Georgetown Set (975.3 HER)
Ghost Mountain Boys (940.54 CAM)
Girl in the Cellar (362.76 HAL)

MEMORIAL/HONORARIUM GIFTS
In Honor of
Elaine Land
In Memory of
Whigham Mixson
Joanne Knight
Joanne Knight
Joanne Knight
Joanne Knight
Joanne Knight

Donor
Ozark-Dale County Public
Library Staff
Donor
Imogene Mixson
Betty Lou Ensor
Edith Turner
Jane Clark Taylor
Maj. David Kemmer, Jr.
LeeAnne Maund

Donors
Wiregrass United Way
Jack Cumbie
Friends of the Library
Ozark Literary Club
Alpha Kappa Chapter
Brenda Holbrook
William Chesser
Dennis Hatcher
Brenda Glenn
Bette Byrd
Sue Switzer
Bobbi Jo Hager
Berta Blackwell
Lynne Haakinson
Carole Taylor
Donations for Building Improvement Fund
Dr. Robert Crosby
Lael Walding

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
December 23-26—Closed for Christmas
December 30-31—Closed for New Year’s
January 1-2—Closed for New Year’s

Have A Merry Christmas
and A Very Happy New
Year!

Dialogues on the Experience of War
Join us on January 19th at 6:30pm in the
West Wing of the Library for discussion on the
book The Things They Carried.

Christmas in the South (Continued)
Macaroni and Cheese, Green Bean Casserole, Candied Yams in Brown Syrup, Collard Greens and Buttermilk
Biscuits. Normally, this meal is finished off with Sweet Potato Pie, Homemade Banana Pudding, White Coconut
Cake, Red Velvet Cake or Apple Pie.
Then begins the job of gossiping among the women, while the men figure out football scores, and the children do
the hard work of catching up on “What’s New?”

Dothan Therapy Dogs will
return to the Library
on January 19th, 2017.
They will be here at both the
10:30 and 4:30 Story Times.

GIVE A BOOK AS A GIFT
The Ozark-Dale County Public Library just may be
able to help you find the perfect gift for that person
who has everything. Give a book! We currently
have the following books authored by Judge Val
McGee for sale:

Claybank Memories: The History of Dale County by
Judge Val McGee. $30.00.
The History of Fort Rucker by Judge Val McGee.
$15.00
Selma: A Novel of the Civil War by Judge Val
McGee. $30 hardback & $20 soft cover
A Cross Above: History of First United Methodist
Church of Ozark by Judge Val McGee. $25.00

Have A Merry Christmas
and A Very Happy New
Year!

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Mon

5
10—Book Work Day
Noon—AA
6—Gen/His Society

Tue

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Noon—AA
7—AA

Wed

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Noon—AA
Noon—Color Therapy

Thu

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Sat

1
10:30—Story Time
4:30—Story Time

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

3
9-10—Computer Class

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

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

10
9-10—Computer Class
Kid’s Christmas
Party—noon

10—Art Class—children

1—Pokémon

1—Pokémon

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No Storytime

6:30—NAR-ANON

Library Closed

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7—AA

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Noon—AA
Noon—Color Therapy

4:30—Story Time

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10—Book Work Day
Noon—AA

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Noon—AA
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Noon—AA
Noon—Color Therapy

6—Concerned Citizens

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

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10—Book Work Day
Noon—AA

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Library Closed
Noon—AA

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10:30—Story Time

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

Pop/Movie—12:45
1—Pokémon

Library Closed
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Noon—AA
7—AA

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Noon—AA
Noon—Color Therapy

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No Storytime

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Noon—AA
6:30—NAR-ANON

Library Closed

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Library Closed