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March 2017

Volume 19 Issue 3

416 James Street Ozark, Alabama 36360 Phone (334) 774-5480 E-mail:
416 James Street
Ozark, Alabama 36360
Phone (334) 774-5480
Board of Directors
Marie Black
Nathan Hodges
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
Janet Shinaberry
Karen Speck
Circulation Clerk
Children’s Librarian
Darnell Johnson
Ruth Rosentrater
Lou Harry
Donna Snell
Michael Walden
Jeff Devine
Victoria Spellman
Statistics for January 2017
New Materials
Site Visits
Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Borrowers on Roll
Employment Searches
Internet Users
Genealogy Users
The Society will meet Monday, March 6th in the
Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00. Everyone is
invited to attend.

Quote of the Month Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.

--Mortimer J. Adler

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

through Thursday 10:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. Closed
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Our Wiregrass Songbird (Continued)

On March 16 th we will have our final program in our Dialogues on the Experience of War series. We will watch the movie Platoon, a Vietnam era movie, and then discuss the movie with other veterans. This has been a great series, and the Library thanks Lou Hennies and Earl Hyers for graciously facilitating these programs. Without their expertise, we could not have made this a success. We also thank the veterans who came out to join in the discussions and to make this possible. We had good attendance. We invite the

used her voice to accompany drummers and harmonica players as they played for money in jukes of the South. Jukes were places where people gathered to listen to music

while eating, imbibing, and socializing, often after payday. Gradually, Ms. Thornton expanded her musical abilities by learning to play the harmonica as well as becoming a vocalist with a range and style of delivery that became outstanding nationally and internationally. Ozark was a musical stew during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Into Willie Mae Thornton’s home territory, came

public to join us as we have our final program at 6:30

Ma Rainey and her famous troops of entertainers known


in the West Wing of the Library on Thursday, March

as the Harlem Frolics Company. They were nationally famous women of the Blues during the 30’s and 40’s, at the time Ms. Thornton, as an impressionable 14-


th .

Be sure to come to our Friends Annual Book, Bake and Plant sale scheduled for April 1 st at 9:00.


year old, started to sing for a living. These outstanding women artists brought great changes to Blues music. It


Our Wiregrass Songbird By Jocelyn Ross-Rayford

was from them she learned to focus her powerful voice accompanying drummers and harmonica players as they toured the South. By 1953, Ms. Thornton recorded the song “Hound Dog”. Though her recording sold over 2 million copies and topped the R & B charts for seven weeks, Elvis

Presley’s version eclipsed Ms. Thornton’s version. His

“Alabama Blues” is the name of an essay by Billy Hutchinson that provides the reader with some very interesting information about our area. Once upon a time, in this locale, there were tent shows of “the blues” played in “juke houses” and house parties. These occurred circa 1926, a time when Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey, two Blues singers, joined to perform in the Harlem Frolics show in Ozark, Alabama. About this time, Alabama and the Wiregrass were producing their own musicians who gained national prominence such as Dewey P. Williams and the Sacred Harp Singers, as well as Willie Mae “Big Mama Thornton”. Originally, Ms. Thornton came from the same music tradition as that of Mr. Williams --- singing religious

songs both in and out of church. She was born in the northeast corner of the county, in Ariton, on December

11, 1926, into the family of a Minister. She grew up

singing in their church choir with the other members of her family until her mother died. She was 14 years of age when she and her siblings became motherless. To support herself, she turned to that which she knew she could do well, singing.

was in the newly emerging popular style of the 1950’s. During the 60’s, as Big Momma Thornton, she wrote “Ball and Chain,” later popularized by Janice Joplin. Once again, she did not receive much recognition for her work. Eventually, after singing with the Chicago Blues Band and

Muddy Waters, she was invited to play at the Filmore in San Francisco, and was featured at the Monterey Jazz


Festival in San Francisco. Her talent was recognized! She had arrived! These important appearances were followed by the American Folk Blues Festival throughout Europe and the

Newport Jazz Festival in 1983. Big Momma from Ariton,

in Dale County, Alabama was so successful she was featured with Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Lloyd Green. It was at the zenith of her success that she died, passing away unexpectedly in Los Angeles on July 25, 1984, at the age of 57, from heart attack complications. For those interested in learning more about Dale County’s songbird and Blues music of the Wiregrass, a DVD is available in the Library, which is made possible by the Dale County Historical and Genealogical

During this period, there was a very serious divide

between those who sang religious music and those who did not. The latter were looked down upon, especially if they sang in commercial settings. Songs were divided between the Sacred and the Blues. The Blues tradition derived from music once conveying despair over the

difficult conditions of African-American life in the


It features a program about the Blues in the

Wiregrass by Gil Anthony of the Power Hour Blues Show out of Dothan. He shares his love of the Blues in this video, available for any person with a library card to take out and enjoy.

South. At a young age, Willie Mae joined that tradition. She

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BESTSELLER FICTION 1001 Dark Nights: Blood on the Bayou by Heather Graham

A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury

Blood Vow by J.R. Ward Born of Vengeance by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Curtain of Death by W.E.B. Griffin Death of Ghost by M.C. Beaton Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb

Emperor’s Revenge by Clive Cussler

Expecting To Die by Lisa Jackson

Feversong by Karen Marie Moning Ghosts of War by Brad Taylor Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman Hero by R. A. Salvatore Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson Midnight Bell by Jack Higgins Most Dangerous Place by James Grippando Plain Deception by Tara Randel Rag by Michael Connelly

Revenge in a Cold River by Anne Perry Robert B. Parkers’s Revelation by Robert Knott

Secrets of the Amish Diaryby Rachael Phillips

Seventh Plague by James Rollins small great things by Jodi Picoult TomClancy:Duty and Honor by Grant Blackwood Tom Clancy: True Faith and Allegiance by Mark Greaney Treachery at Lancaster Gate by Anne Perry BESTSELLER LARGE PRINT FICTION Amish Weddings by Leslie Gould An Amish Man of Ice Mountain by Kelly Long Barbecue aand Bad News by Nancy Naigle Carolina Gold by Dorothy Gold

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Finding Margo by Jen Turano First Strike by Ben Coes Just Fine with Caroline by Annie England Noblin Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley In the Blue Hour by Elizabeth Hall Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman Pines by Blake Crouch


A Fortunate Universe (576.83 LEW)

American Miracle (277.3 MED) Girl Behind The Door (362.28 BRO)

Greeting From Alabama (976.1 HAL) Human Evolution (155.7 DUN) You Are The Universe (111 CHO)

MEMORIAL/HONORARIUM GIFTS In Memory of Donor In Honor of Donor Donors Wiregrass United Way Lisa
In Memory of
In Honor of
Wiregrass United Way
Lisa Marx
Friends of the Library
Ozark Literary Club
Sue Switzer
Janet & Lamar Brooks
Carolyn Sellers Gilbert
Brad Hudson
Wayne Darling
Wilburn Potter
Dennis Hatcher
Lou Harry
Tim & Lynn Ivey
Chris Wisham
Juan & Gloria Fernandez
Bettie Sue Harris
Melissa Underwood
Jeff Devine
Dianne Cobb
Woody Hilbolt
Mary Patton
Linda Harrison
Berta Blackwell
Tim Adams
Sara Carroll
Linda Harrison
Delilah Free
Melodie Burns
DeAnn Medley
Sonya Tomlin
The Bookman
Jennifer Dyche
Lesia Grice
Dr. Larry Cochran
Building Improvement Fund
Bettie Sue Harris
New Building Fund
Bette Byrd
Dale County Retired
Teachers Association

Dothan Therapy Dogs will be at the Library on March 16th, 2017. They will be here at both the 10:30 and 4:30 Story Times.

Dialogues on the Experience of War

Join us on March 16th at 6:30pm in the

West Wing of the Library for discussion on the

movie Platoon.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY We begin 2017 by actively organizing a building fund for our Library. This will be our Nest Egg

to be ready to jumpstart the main Building Fund effort. Once the Board of the Library has decided

where we will build, we will start raising funds. The Friends of the Library (FOL) will hold these funds in a separate account earmarked solely for the creation of a new facility. We need pledges from the Dale County Commission and the Ozark City Council to provide funding. We also need the citizens of Ozark and Dale County, and businesses to step forward by putting in their pennies,

nickels, dimes, and quarters.

only after we have demonstrated actual commitments from our local community. At the February meeting of the FOL we named our committee chairpersons. the local businesses who became members a framed certificate of appreciation.

the framed certificates is $100.00. The FOL board is in need of 10 new members.

We will also tap into grants at the local, state, and federal level but

We decided to give The entry level for The president, in

consultation with the board members and other officers, will send out letters of invitation to FOL

members to join the Board. We are also checking on the possibility of using funds currently in CD's

to be used as investments to start our building fund. This is seed money that will show Dale County’s commitment toward a new Library for everyone. We have one correction to our 2017 calendar of events. Our major Book, Bake, and Plant sale will be held on April 1 st beginning at 9:00. The other book sale dates are July 8th and November 5th. Hope to see you there.

Chris Wisham

FOL president

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Rock Box—2pm