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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 February 2017
Circulation 6,111
Attendance 9,650
New Materials 106
Site Visits 176,104
Borrowers on Roll 10,369 Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Employment Searches 2,879 The Society will meet Monday, April 3rd in the
Internet Users 2,806 Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00. Everyone is
Genealogy Users 511 invited to attend.
E-Books 334
Quote of the Month Tuesday through Thursday
Books let us into their souls and lay 10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
open to us the secrets of our own. Friday and Saturday
—William Hazlitt 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Sunday & Monday
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FROM THE DIRECTOR Dr. Carver, Mr. Sessions and Mr. Baton
By Jocelyn Horlacher Ross-Rayford
National Library Week is April 9-15th with the
2017 theme Libraries Transform. In celebration of this By coincidence, the former home of Congressman
event, we will offer Fine-Free Month. Return your Henry Steagall of the Glass-Steagall Banking Act, was
overdue library materials during the month of April previously the home of a young banker, H. M. Sessions,
and receive amnesty for any fines that you may owe. along with his wife Willie Dowling Sessions, and their
National Volunteer Week follows on April 23-29 with two children. During the late Nineteenth Century, he
the Friends Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on April was very active in Ozark’s civic life, but following the
18 at Noon. death of his young Ozark-born wife Willie, he moved to
The Friends of the Library will hold their big Coffee County. In its county seat, Enterprise, he was the
Book, Bake, and Plant Sale on Saturday, April 1. The city’s new banker. At this time, the boll weevil had
Plant Sale will open at 8:00, and the Book and Bake almost devastated local cotton farms. Therefore, H. M.,
Sale will open at 9:00. You will find an amazing being well read, acted upon the findings of a former
assortment of books, delicious baked goods prepared slave, young Alabama scientist, Dr. George Washington
by the hands of some of the best cooks in our county, Carver. Dr. Carver was studying an African plant that
and plants nurtured by Master Gardeners and ready to would grow in Alabama, the peanut; he had found at
be planted. Please note that many of these plants are least 300 uses for it.
hard to find and will be a great addition to your Thus, in 1916, when Mr. Baton, a very indebted
garden. As for the baked goods, you must get here Coffee County farmer came seeking a crop loan, H. M.
early so you won’t get left out. Sessions made him a daring proposal. He suggested the
On April 13 at 2:00, the Friends will host Dolores farmer use the crop-money loan he was going to lend
Hydock, noted storyteller and actor who will present a him to grow peanuts instead of cotton. He, H.M.
program “Close Encounters of the Storytelling Kind.” Sessions, would supply the peanuts, as well as pickers,
Please join us for a great program. Many thanks to our and a payment of $1.00 a bushel. Mr. Baton courage-
Friends of the Library who provide refreshments for ously agreed. When his crop of peanuts came in, it was
our special activities. so large that after he paid his debts, he had a
comfortable bank account. He had produced 8,000
APRIL IS FINE-FREE MONTH! bushels of peanuts and had some left as seed for other
April has National Volunteer Week AND Today, one-quarter of the peanuts in the United
States comes from our Wiregrass area. Every year after
National Library Week. In celebration, we are the harvest, Dothan, the center of the Wiregrass,
offering Fine-Free Month. Simply bring back recognizes this blessing with various forms of
your overdue materials and we will remove celebrations by hosting the National Peanut Festival.
your fines. Dr. George Washington Carver was the guest speaker at
the first festival held in 1938. In 1990, Garth Brooks a
national singer, performed in the Farm Center Arena of
INTERLIBRARY LOAN SERVICE Dothan. In 1996, the association dedicated a statue of
Dr. George Washington Carver to show their
We still offer Interlibrary Loan (ILL) appreciation for his discoveries. Today, the Wiregrass is
called “The Peanut Capital of the World”. It is where
service to all our patrons for a $5 returnable
the South and Southeast overcame the devastating
deposit. If you find a book that you’d like to effects of the boll weevil by diversifying their crops and
read and we don’t have it, stop by the Library growing the peanut.
to see if we can get it from ILL. Our system This miracle was due to the genius of Dr. George
allows us to search catalogues of libraries Washington Carver, the scientist; the wisdom of H. M.
located throughout the United States. Stop by Sessions, the banker; and the courage of Mr. Baton, the
farmer of Coffee County.
to see what we can do for you.
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Below the Belt by Stuart Woods Wiregrass United Way Sue Quick
Chase by James Patterson Jack Cumbie Michelle Glaze
Cutthroat by Clive Cussler Friends of the Library Bob Harry
Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel Ozark Literary Club Mary Patton
Devil’s Triangle by Catherine Coulter Sue Switzer Linda Harrison
Her Secret by Shelley Shepard Gray Janet & Lamar Brooks Berta Blackwell
Private: The Royals by James Patterson Carolyn Sellers Gilbert Tim Adams
Treachery’s Tools by L. E. Modesitt Jr. Brad Hudson Sara Carroll
Twelve Dogs of Christmas by David Rosenfelt Wayne Darling Linda Harrison
Wilburn Potter Jacqueline Murphy
Woman of God by James Patterson
Dennis Hatcher Christine Small
Wyoming Brave by Diana Palmer Lou Harry DeAnn Medley
Banana Cream Murder by Joanne Fluke Chris Wisham Glenda Lynch
Beneath A Golden Veil by Melanie Dobson Juan & Gloria Fernandez Elaine Land
Boat Rocker by Ha Jin Bettie Sue Harris Lesia Grice
Bone Box by Faye Kellerman Grace Weaver Dr. Larry Cochran
Guests on South Battery by Karen White
Joshua’s Mission by Vanetta Chapman Donations for Building Improvement Fund
Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green Bettie Sue Harris Imogene Mixson
Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering
Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander
Of Stillness and Storm by Michele Phoenix New Building Fund
Operator by Kim Harrison Bette Byrd Dale County Retired
Rescue Me by Susan May Warren Teachers Association
Seekers by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Silver Suitcase by Terrie Todd
Still Life by Dani Petrey Dothan Therapy Dogs will be at
Twelve Dogs of Christmas by David Rosenfelt the Library
Unpunished by Lisa Black
Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman
on April 20, 2017.
Visions Of Lake Ransom by Marcia Lynn McClure They will be here at both the
BESTSELLER NONFICTION 10:30 and 4:30 Story Times.
How the Hell did this happen? (324.03 O )
March 1917 On the Brink of War and Revolution BOOK SALE ROOM
(940.5309 E) Shop for good buys on books. The selection changes
NONFICTION weekly. We have paperbacks, hardbacks, nonfiction,
Against the Fires of Hell (956.7 HAW) National Geographic Magazines, fiction, videos and
Badasses of the Old West (364.3 TUR) audiobooks.
Ballroom Dancing (793.33 ALL)
Black Swan (003.54 TAL)
Black Douglas: James the Good (941.1 ROS) COMPUTER CLASSES
Blackwater the Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Basic computer classes are offered each Saturday
Mercenary Army (355.35 SCA) morning at 9:00. This is a 2-part class with basic computer
Blood of Emmett Till (364.1 TYS) the first week and Internet tips the second week, Each
Book of North American Birds (598.29 REA) enrollee must take the first part before he/she is allowed to
take the second part. For more information, call the
Book of War (355 KEE) Library at 774-5480. We can accommodate only 8 people,
so get your name on the list early.
Since 1970, Earth Day celebrations have grown. In 1990, Earth
Day went global, with 200 million people in over 140 nations partici-
pating, according to the Earth Day Network (EDN), a nonprofit organi-
zation that coordinates Earth Day activities. In 2000, Earth Day fo-
cused on clean energy and involved hundreds of millions of people in
184 countries and 5,000 environmental groups, according to EDN. Ac-
tivities ranged from a traveling, talking drum chain in Gabon, Africa,
to a gathering of hundreds of thousands of people at the National Mall
in Washington, D.C. Today, the Earth Day Network collaborates with
more than 17,000 partners and organizations in 174 countries. Accord-
ing to EDN, more than 1 billion people are involved in Earth Day ac-
tivities, making it “the largest secular civic event in the world.”


APRIL 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 Annual book, Bake and
Plant sale
9-10—Computer Class
10—Art Class—children
1:45 Popcorn and a Movie

2 3 4 5 6 7 Noon—AA 8
10—Book Work Day Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time 2—IPad & Smart 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA Noon—Color Therapy 4:30—Story Time Phone Class 1—Pokémon
6—Gen/His Society 6:30—NAR-ANON

9 10 11 12 13 14 Noon—AA 15
10—Book Work Day 10:30 FOL Board 10:30—Story Time 2—IPad & Smart 9-10—Computer Class
National Library Noon—AA Meeting 2:00—Dolores Phone Class 10—Art Class—
Week Noon—AA Hydock 6:30—NAR-ANON children
Noon—Color Therapy
2:30—Writers Forum
Good Friday 1—Pokémon
4:30—Story Time

16 17 18 19 20 21 Noon—AA 22
Happy Easter 10—Book Work Day FOL—Volunteer 9:00 Library Board 10:30—Story Time 2—IPad & Smart 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA Luncheon Meeting 4:30—Story Time Phone Class 1—Pokémon
6—Concerned Citizens Noon—AA 6:30—NAR-ANON 1:45—Popcorn and a
Noon—Color Therapy Movie

23 24 25 26 27 28 Noon—AA 29
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
4:30—Story Time 6:30—NAR-ANON