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January 2017 Volume 19 Issue 1

416 James Street
Ozark, Alabama 36360
Phone (334) 774-5480
E-mail: olibrary@troycable.net

Board of Directors

Marie Black
Nathan Hodges Imogene Mixson
Marian Jenkins Beverly Raley
Library Staff
Full Time Staff
Director Sandra J. Holmes
Part Time Staff
Genealogy/Reference Librarian Jocelyn Rayford
Head Circulation Clerk Holly Burns
Admin. Assist/ILL Librarian Janet Shinaberry
Processor Karen Speck
Circulation Clerk Darnell Johnson
Children’s Librarian Ruth Rosentrater
Cataloger Lou Harry
Bookkeeper Donna Snell
IT/WebMaster Michael Walden
IT Jeff Devine
Custodian Victoria Spellman

Statistics for November 2016
Circulation 5,803
Attendance 10,885
New Materials 199
Site Visits 176,762 Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Borrowers on Roll 9,616
Employment Searches 2,248 The Society will meet Monday, January 9th in the
Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00. Everyone is
Internet Users 3,124
invited to attend.
Genealogy Users 410
E-Books 308
Quote of the Month Tuesday through Thursday
He that loves a book will never want a faithful
10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
friend, a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion,
an effectual comforter. By study, by reading, by
Friday and Saturday
thinking, one may innocently divert and pleasantly 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
entertain himself, as in all weathers, as in all fortunes. Closed on Sunday & Monday
--R. H. Barrow
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Continued)
We’ve had another great year, thanks to our many
patrons. The people of Ozark and Dale County are a
important street in the City of Ozark. It is where the Boys
special group and we express our gratitude for their
and Girls Club and the back portion of D. A. Smith Jr. High
continued patronage. As we begin a New Year we invite
School are located. Many people use this avenue to reach
the people in our City and County to join us by checking
roads running into and out of Ozark; it is also a location of
our Web Page at www.odcpl.com to see the many services
many lovely homes.
we offer. Our children’s programs are especially Mrs. Winnie Frazier, Coordinator of the Civic Center
enjoyable under the remarkable tutelage of Ruth Program that year, cut the ribbon, along with Ozark Mayor
Rosentrater. Many children enjoy outstanding stories, Billy Blackmon and Robert Baxter. According to the January
programs and free art classes given by Miss Ruth. We 21, 1987, edition of the Southern Star, the Mayor said: “This
also have a great Saturday afternoon program of Pokémon is a significant occasion to dedicate a lasting memorial and
that is growing bigger and better. This year we are one that forever recognizes one of the greatest American
planning a series of programs designed to inform and call leaders.”
attention to the many outstanding people and places found This celebration, organized as a result of much dedicated
in Alabama. We plan to have Dolores Hydock back again effort by Mr. Henry Jenkins, Sr., and many community
for her downhome programs on the culture and customs of leaders, continues today. Information about his year’s events
our state. We are also looking at programs on long will be available at the Ozark Dale County Public Library
forgotten towns, haunted places and things, and ghost Web Page later this month. Thirty years ago in 1987, those
stories handed down from generation to generation. who headed the gathering were: City Councilman James
We will also continue with our Dialogues on the Jarmon, Jr., former Principal of D. A. Smith, Jr. High School;
Experience of War series. Lou Hennies will facilitate our N.A. A. C. P. Chairman James Wright; Col. Terry Rosser,
first program in the series on Vietnam beginning January Commander of the 1st Aviation Brigade, Air Assault at Fort
19th at 6:30. The first discussion will feature Tim Rucker; and Rev. Ralph Neal who gave a “solo performance
O’Brien’s book The Things They Carried. Those who from the pulpit of ‘Precious Lord”.
participated in our World War I series should already have The Guest Speaker at the Courthouse event was J. L.
their books, but those first-timers may stop by the Library Chestnut who had been the Legal Councilor for Martin
to register and pick up a copy. Reading the material will Luther King, Jr. It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who gave the
enhance your participation. We are still looking for other now-famous “I Have a Dream” speech, often remembered for
veterans who are interested in joining these wonderful the words: “We must forever conduct our struggle on the high
discussions. Just give us a call at 774-5480 or stop by at plane of dignity and discipline”.
the Library at 416 James Street. We welcome all veterans, As with each Martin Luther King Celebration, the
especially those who have served during the Gulf Wars. Memorial Service and other events are sponsored by one of
We encourage all residents of Dale County to join us the churches of Ozark. On this occasion, Dr. W. C. Autrey
as we start a brand new year. With your help, we can was the Host Pastor. Today, this service still takes place on
make our Library the best in the Wiregrass. Remember the third Monday morning of January, each year. All people
these are YOUR tax dollars at work. are welcome to attend this Memorial ceremony to honor Dr.
We wish all of you a Happy and Prosperous New Year! Martin Luther King, Jr., which is held on the balcony of the
Courthouse. In 2015, a grammar school student was selected
to recite Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech;
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day he recited it flawlessly.
By Jocelyn Ross Rayford In 1987, this celebration was followed by a march of 500
Monday, January 19, 1987, was a special day in Ozark; people from the Courthouse to the Civic Center where they
it was one of Ozark’s first Martin Luther King, Jr. listened to choir music, directed by Keith Ellison. Recently,
days of celebration and fellowship. their choir has been directed by Mrs. Bethel Terry of Ozark.
The day began with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Audiences are moved by the joy they hear in the voices of her
Children’s Choir. The musicians, singers and speakers that
sponsored by Ozark’s Voter’s League. The cutting of
once performed at the Civic Center, recently, performed at
the ribbon was done by Robert Baxter, credited by the the Flower Center for the Performing Arts. They truly
Southern Star, with initiating the movement to have exemplify Martin Luther King, Jr’s “DREAM”! Someday,
Westside Avenue’s name changed to Martin Luther “all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and
King, Jr. Avenue. Robert Baxter was a prominent Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join
citizen in Ozark. Today, in 2016, this avenue is an hands”.
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Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb In Honor of Donor
As Death Draws Near by Anna Lee Huber Elaine Land Ozark-Dale County Public
At the Sign of Triumph by David Weber Library Staff
Award by Danielle Steel
Better Late Than Never by Jenn McKinlay In Memory of Donor
Cape Light: Because It’s Christmas by Katherine Whigham Mixson Imogene Mixson
Spencer Joanne Knight Alpha Delta Kappa
Chaos by Patricia Cornwell Joanne Knight Leanne Webster
Chasing Shadows by Karen Harper Joanne Knight Leesa L. Ray
Joanne Knight Ozark Literary Club
Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
Joanne Knight Imogene Mixson
Conclave by Robert Harris Joanne Knight Pamela Haisten
Cross the Line by James Patterson Donors
El Paso by Winston Groom Wiregrass United Way Jack Cumbie
Escape Clause by John Sandford Friends of the Library
Faithful by Alice Hoffman Ozark Literary Club
Flame Bearer by Bernard Cornwell Chris Wisham Jennie Jernigan
Mistletoe Secret by Richard Paul Evans Jennifer Dyche Jim & Elaine Land
Night School by Lee Child The Bookman Bette Byrd
No Man’s Land by David Baldacci Sue Switzer Brad Hudson
Odessa Sea by Clive Cussler Berta Blackwell Jim Head
Jim Martin Carleen Howell
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis by Anne Rice
Donations for Building Improvement Fund
Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clark Billy & Berta Blackwell Imogene Mixson
Strong Cold Dead by Jon Land
This Was a Man by Jeffrey Archer
Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich Memorials
Vince Flynn’s Order to Kill by Kyle Mills The Ozark-Dale County Public Library gratefully accepts
When all the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz donations for memorials. You may bring in your book or
When Falcons Fall by C.S. Harris you may give us a suggested subject and we’ll make the
Whistler by John Grisham selection. Your donation is tax deductible and a tax letter
Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg is mailed to each donor, along with a memorial card to the
Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly families of the designated person. Bookplates are placed in
BEST SELLER—LARGE PRINT all books to commemorate your gift.
Amish Family Christmas by Shelley Shepard Gray
Another Day, Another Dali by Sandra Orchard
Candidate by Lis Wiehl
Christmas at the Hummingbird House by Donna Ball Dothan Therapy Dogs will be at
Cottage by Michael Phillips the Library
Domino Effect by Davis Bunn
Drafter by Kim Harrison on January 19th, 2017.
Final Seven by Erica Spindler They will be here at both the
House on Honeysuckle Lane by Mary McDonough 10:30 and 4:30 Story Times.
Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
Leaving Blythe River by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Love Made New by Kathleen Fuller
Night Watch by Iris Johansen Dialogues on the Experience of War
One Man by Andrew Gross Join us on January 19th at 6:30pm in the
Rules of Love and Grammar by Mary Simses West Wing of the Library for discussion on the
Simple Vow by Charlotte Hubbard book The Things They Carried.
By President Chris Wisham
I wish you all a Happy New Year. My first year as president of the Friends of the Library (FOL) has gone by so
rapidly. It has been a rewarding learning experience for me. The traditional role of the FOL has been to be a support
system for the needs of the Ozark Dale County Public Library (ODCPL) but it seems we are opening our eyes to a
new role for the FOL. As the ODCPL board is approaching its big decision regarding the future of the library, we
believe that we, the FOL, should add a new responsibility to our support of the library. We believe that we should
add to the current building fund that will be the seed money of the community’s effort in raising the funds needed to
show the county’s and the city’s public support for a new library.
On November 5th the FOL held a Buy One Get One (BOGO book sale and raised over $400. We had help in the
set up and take down of books and display tables from some students from Carroll High School. We give a big
thanks to Mrs. Cindy Smith and her FBLA students. When one walks into the library now you will notice two TV’s
mounted on the walls in the entry way of the library. The FOL purchased the 50-inch TV that is used to display
announcements concerning the library that are viewable as one conducts business at the checkout desk.
The new officers’ committee has these recommendations for the 2017 slate of officers. President Chris
Wisham; Vice President Lou Harry; Secretary Liz Babine; and Treasurer Joan Carter. The nominations of these
people will take place on January 30, 2017 at the Annual meeting. The events committee announces the following
dates and events for the 2017 calendar. The FOL book room led by Pat Walker has set these dates for our book sales:
March 4th, July 8th, and November 5th. The community events are set: May 9th Terrorism –Dale county EMA
Director, Kurt McDaniel; July 18th Alabama’s role in WWI with the Rainbow Division; and October 17th a Peanut
boil and humorous speaker John Pruitt in an outdoor setting. I hope you can attend one or all of our offerings to the
citizens of Dale County and Ozark.



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Library Closed Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA 4:30—Story Time 2—IPad & Smart 10—Art Class—children
Phone Class 1—Pokémon

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10—Book Work Day Noon—AA Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time 2—IPad & Smart 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA 7—AA Noon—Color Therapy 2:30—Writers Forum Phone Class Kid’s Christmas
6—Gen/His Society 4:30—Story Time 6:30—NAR-ANON Party—noon

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MLK Day Noon—AA Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time 2—IPad & Smart 9-10—Computer Class
Library Closed 7—AA Noon—Color Therapy 4:30—Story Time Phone Class 10—Art Class—children
Noon—AA 6:30 — Dialogues 6:30—NAR-ANON Pop/Movie—12:45
on the Experience of 1—Pokémon

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10—Book Work Day Noon—AA Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA
Noon—AA 7—AA Noon—Color Therapy 2:30—Writers Forum 6:30—NAR-ANON
6—Concerned Citizens 4:30—Story Time

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10 Book Work Day Noon—AA
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