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March 2017 Volume 19 Issue 3

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 January 2017
Circulation 6,446
Attendance 10,296
New Materials 241
Site Visits 185,492
Borrowers on Roll 9,754 Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Employment Searches 3,739 The Society will meet Monday, March 6th in the
Internet Users 2,446 Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00. Everyone is
Genealogy Users 491 invited to attend.
E-Books 395
Quote of the Month Tuesday through Thursday
Reading is a basic tool in the 10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
living of a good life. Friday and Saturday
--Mortimer J. Adler 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Sunday & Monday
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FROM THE DIRECTOR Our Wiregrass Songbird (Continued)
On March 16th we will have our final program in used her voice to accompany drummers and harmonica
our Dialogues on the Experience of War series. We players as they played for money in jukes of the South.
will watch the movie Platoon, a Vietnam era movie, Jukes were places where people gathered to listen to music
and then discuss the movie with other veterans. This while eating, imbibing, and socializing, often after payday.
has been a great series, and the Library thanks Lou Gradually, Ms. Thornton expanded her musical abilities
Hennies and Earl Hyers for graciously facilitating by learning to play the harmonica as well as becoming a
these programs. Without their expertise, we could not vocalist with a range and style of delivery that became
have made this a success. We also thank the veterans outstanding nationally and internationally.
who came out to join in the discussions and to make Ozark was a musical stew during the 1920’s and
this possible. We had good attendance. We invite the 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
16th. nationally famous women of the Blues during the 30’s and
Be sure to come to our Friends Annual Book, Bake 40’s, at the time Ms. Thornton, as an impressionable 14-
and Plant sale scheduled for April 1st 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 was from them she learned to focus her powerful voice
By Jocelyn Ross-Rayford accompanying drummers and harmonica players as they
“Alabama Blues” is the name of an essay by Billy toured the South.
Hutchinson that provides the reader with some very By 1953, Ms. Thornton recorded the song “Hound
interesting information about our area. Once upon a Dog”. Though her recording sold over 2 million copies
time, in this locale, there were tent shows of “the blues” and topped the R & B charts for seven weeks, Elvis
played in “juke houses” and house parties. These Presley’s version eclipsed Ms. Thornton’s version. His
occurred circa 1926, a time when Bessie Smith and Ma was in the newly emerging popular style of the 1950’s.
Rainey, two Blues singers, joined to perform in the During the 60’s, as Big Momma Thornton, she wrote
Harlem Frolics show in Ozark, Alabama. About this “Ball and Chain,” later popularized by Janice Joplin. Once
time, Alabama and the Wiregrass were producing their again, she did not receive much recognition for her work.
own musicians who gained national prominence such as Eventually, after singing with the Chicago Blues Band and
Dewey P. Williams and the Sacred Harp Singers, as well Muddy Waters, she was invited to play at the Filmore in
as Willie Mae “Big Mama Thornton”. San Francisco, and was featured at the Monterey Jazz
Originally, Ms. Thornton came from the same music Festival in San Francisco. Her talent was recognized! She
tradition as that of Mr. Williams --- singing religious had arrived!
songs both in and out of church. She was born in the These important appearances were followed by the
northeast corner of the county, in Ariton, on December American Folk Blues Festival throughout Europe and the
11, 1926, into the family of a Minister. She grew up Newport Jazz Festival in 1983. Big Momma from Ariton,
singing in their church choir with the other members of in Dale County, Alabama was so successful she was
her family until her mother died. She was 14 years of featured with Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Lloyd
age when she and her siblings became motherless. To Green. It was at the zenith of her success that she died,
support herself, she turned to that which she knew she passing away unexpectedly in Los Angeles on July 25,
could do well, singing. 1984, at the age of 57, from heart attack complications.
During this period, there was a very serious divide For those interested in learning more about Dale
between those who sang religious music and those who County’s songbird and Blues music of the Wiregrass, a
did not. The latter were looked down upon, especially if DVD is available in the Library, which is made possible
they sang in commercial settings. Songs were divided by the Dale County Historical and Genealogical
between the Sacred and the Blues. The Blues tradition Society. It features a program about the Blues in the
derived from music once conveying despair over the Wiregrass by Gil Anthony of the Power Hour Blues Show
difficult conditions of African-American life in the out of Dothan. He shares his love of the Blues in this
South. video, available for any person with a library card to take
At a young age, Willie Mae joined that tradition. She out and enjoy.
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1001 Dark Nights: Blood on the Bayou by Heather In Memory of Donor
A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury In Honor of Donor
Blood Vow by J.R. Ward
Born of Vengeance by Sherrilyn Kenyon Donors
Curtain of Death by W.E.B. Griffin Wiregrass United Way Jeff Devine
Death of Ghost by M.C. Beaton Lisa Marx Dianne Cobb
Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb Friends of the Library Woody Hilbolt
Emperor’s Revenge by Clive Cussler Ozark Literary Club Mary Patton
Sue Switzer Linda Harrison
Expecting To Die by Lisa Jackson
Janet & Lamar Brooks Berta Blackwell
Feversong by Karen Marie Moning Carolyn Sellers Gilbert Tim Adams
Ghosts of War by Brad Taylor Brad Hudson Sara Carroll
Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman Wayne Darling Linda Harrison
Hero by R. A. Salvatore Wilburn Potter Delilah Free
Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson Dennis Hatcher Melodie Burns
Midnight Bell by Jack Higgins Lou Harry DeAnn Medley
Most Dangerous Place by James Grippando Tim & Lynn Ivey Sonya Tomlin
Plain Deception by Tara Randel Chris Wisham The Bookman
Rag by Michael Connelly Juan & Gloria Fernandez Jennifer Dyche
Revenge in a Cold River by Anne Perry Bettie Sue Harris Lesia Grice
Melissa Underwood Dr. Larry Cochran
Robert B. Parkers’s Revelation by Robert Knott
Secrets of the Amish Diaryby Rachael Phillips Building Improvement Fund
Seventh Plague by James Rollins
small great things by Jodi Picoult Bettie Sue Harris
TomClancy:Duty and Honor by Grant Blackwood
Tom Clancy: True Faith and Allegiance by Mark New Building Fund
Greaney Bette Byrd Dale County Retired
Treachery at Lancaster Gate by Anne Perry Teachers Association
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 Dothan Therapy Dogs will be at
Finding Margo by Jen Turano
First Strike by Ben Coes the Library
Just Fine with Caroline by Annie England Noblin on March 16th, 2017.
Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley They will be here at both the
In the Blue Hour by Elizabeth Hall
Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman 10:30 and 4:30 Story Times.
Pines by Blake Crouch
A Fortunate Universe (576.83 LEW)
Dialogues on the Experience of War
American Miracle (277.3 MED)
Girl Behind The Door (362.28 BRO) Join us on March 16th at 6:30pm in the
Greeting From Alabama (976.1 HAL) West Wing of the Library for discussion on the
Human Evolution (155.7 DUN) movie Platoon.
You Are The Universe (111 CHO)
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. We will also tap into grants at the local, state, and federal level but
only after we have demonstrated actual commitments from our local community.
At the February meeting of the FOL we named our committee chairpersons. We decided to give
the local businesses who became members a framed certificate of appreciation. The entry level for
the framed certificates is $100.00. The FOL board is in need of 10 new members. 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 1st beginning at 9:00. The other book sale dates are July 8th and November
5th. Hope to see you there.

Chris Wisham
FOL president


MARCH 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4
Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
4:30—Story Time 2—IPad & Smart 10—Art Class—children
Phone Class 1—Pokémon

5 6 7 8 9 10 Noon—AA 11
10—Book Work Day 10:30—FOL Board 10:30—Story Time 2—IPad & Smart 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA Noon—AA 2:30—Writers Forum Phone Class 1—Pokémon
6—Gen/His Society Noon—Color Therapy 4:30—Story Time 6:30—NAR-ANON

12 13 14 15 16 17 Noon—AA 18
10—Book Work Day 9—Library Board 10:30—Story Time 2—IPad & Smart 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA Noon—AA 4:30—Story Time Phone Class 10—Art Class—children
Noon—Color Therapy 6:30 — Dialogues 6:30—NAR-ANON 12:45—Pop/Movie
on the Experience of 1—Pokémon

19 20 21 22 23 24 Noon—AA 25
10—Book Work Day Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time 2—IPad & Smart 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA Noon—Color Therapy 2:30—Writers Forum Phone Class 1—Pokémon
6—Concerned Citizens 4:30—Story Time 6:30—NAR-ANON

26 27 28 Two-by-Two 29 30 31 Noon—AA 1
10 Book Work Day Petting Zoo—2pm Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time 2—IPad & Smart 9—Book, Bake, Plant Sale
Noon—Color Therapy Surprise Project—2pm Phone Class 9-10—Computer Class
Planting—2pm 4:30—Story Time Rock Box—2pm 1—Pokémon
6:30—NAR-ANON 1:45—Pop/Movie