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May 2017 Volume 19 Issue 5

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 Mary Smith
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 April 2017
Circulation ?,???
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, May 1st 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
bushels of peanuts and had some left as seed for other
Today, one-quarter of the peanuts in the United
States comes from our Wiregrass area. Every year after
the harvest, Dothan, the center of the Wiregrass,
recognizes this blessing with various forms of
celebrations by hosting the National Peanut Festival.
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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A Perfect Obsession by Heather Graham Wiregrass United Way Barnes & Noble
Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb
Black Book by James Patterson Jack Cumbie Carol Dean
Blind Sight by Carol O’Connell Friends of the Library Michelle Glaze
Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb
Ozark Literary Club Mary Lewis
Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb
Escape Clause by John Sandford Sue Switzer Reverend Holmes
Extreme Prey by John Sandford Mr. Bookman Kathy DeJardin
Find Her by Lisa Gardner
Melodie and Charles Burns Jennia Beecher
Finding Fraser by KC Dyer
Forever A Hero by Linda Lael Miller Ashley Szpek George McCleary
Ghost Writer in the Sky by Piers Anthony Nancy Moody Jean Newman
If Not For You by Debbie Macomber
Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear Patricia White Mary Garrett
Killer Look by Linda Fairstein Jewell Hudson
Mangrove Lightning by Randy Wayne White
Man Overboard by J.A. Jance Donations for Building Improvement Fund
Miramar Bay by Davis Bunn
Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles
Miss Julia Weathers the Storm by Ann B. Ross New Building Fund
Murder on the Serpentine by Anne Perry Bette Byrd
No Cats Allowed by Miranda James
No Shred of Evidence by Charles Todd
One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline
Private Paris by James Patterson
Ring of Fire by Brad Taylor
Staked by Kevine Hearne Dothan Therapy Dogs will be at
Skymaster by Weis & Krammes the Library
Tall Tail by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown
The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver
on May 18, 2017.
The Chosen by J.R. Ward They will be here at both the
The Last Chance Olive Ranch by Susan Witting Albert 10:30 and 4:30 Story Times.
The Lost Order by Steve Berry
The Mistletoe Murder by P.D. James
The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon
Shop for good deals on books. The selection changes
The Obsidian Chamber by Preston & Child
weekly. We have paperbacks, hardbacks, nonfiction,
The Photographer’s Wife by Suzanne Joinson
National Geographic Magazines, fiction, videos and
The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd
The Shores of Tripoli by James L. Haley
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley
Two from the Heart by James Patterson
Vicious Circle by C.J. Box COMPUTER CLASSES
Wait for Dark by Kay Hooper Basic computer classes are offered each Saturday
morning at 9:00. This is a 2-part class with basic computer
When Falcons Fall by C.S. Harris
the first week and Internet tips the second week, Each
BESTSELLER LARGE PRINT FICTION enrollee must take the first part before he/she is allowed to
A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner take the second part. For more information, call the
A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd Library at 774-5480. We can accommodate only 8 people,
Always by Sarah Jio so get your name on the list early.
Cinco de Mayo—May 5th
Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862
victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-
1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has
evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with
large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mar-
iachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and
the United States.

Memorial Day—May 29th
Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, hon-
ors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as
Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an offi-
cial federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cem-
eteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unoffi-
cially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.


MAY 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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10—Book Work Day Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA Noon—Color Therapy 4:30—Story Time 2—IPad & Smart 10—Art Class—
6—Gen/His Society Phone Class children
6:30—NAR-ANON 1—Pokémon

7 8 9 10 11 12 13
10—Book Work Day 10:30 FOL Board Meet- 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA ing 2:30—Writers Forum 2—IPad & Smart 12:45—Popcorn and a
Noon—AA 4:30—Story Time Phone Class Movie
Noon—Color Therapy 6:30—NAR-ANON 1—Pokémon

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10—Book Work Day 9:00 Library Board 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Happy Mother’s Noon—AA Meeting 4:30—Story Time 2—IPad & Smart 10—Art Class—
Day Noon—AA Phone Class children
Noon—Color Therapy 6:30—NAR-ANON 1—Pokémon

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10—Book Work Day Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA Noon—Color Therapy 4:30—Story Time 2—IPad & Smart 1—Pokémon
6—Concerned Citizens Phone Class

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Memorial Day Noon—Color Therapy