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August 2017 Volume 19 Issue 8

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
Assistant Director Joni Wood
Part Time Staff
Genealogy/Reference Librarian Jocelyn Rayford
Head Circulation Clerk Rosalie Lanning
Processor Karen Speck
Circulation Clerk Darnell Johnson
Children’s Librarian Cheryl Schwartzkopf
Cataloger Lou Harry
Bookkeeper Michael Walden
IT/WebMaster Jeff Devine
Custodian Victoria Spellman

Statistics for July 2017

Circulation 6,705
Attendance 12,903
New Materials 551
Site Visits 189,720 Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Borrowers on Roll 10,217 The Society will meet Monday, August 7th in the
Employment Searches 3,740 Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00. Everyone is
Internet Users 3,323 invited to attend.
Genealogy Users 583
Tuesday through Thursday
Quote of the Month
10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
The Library is like a place of sacredness. If
Friday and Saturday
we were fools at one time, perhaps we will not
be fools tomorrow, if we study.
10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
--Tom Porter, Mohawk Chief Closed on Sunday & Monday
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The History of The Southern Star (PT. 1)
By Jocelyn Ross-Rayford FROM THE DIRECTOR
Who is Joseph A. Adams? Most 20th Century persons
of Dale County would identify him as the editor of The It is back to school in Dale County, and the Library is
Southern Star. However, they would be wrong. Joseph A. getting ready. We are preparing for the required reading
Adams is the founder of The Southern Star. He was born in assignments and plan to have all books in place for our
1843 in Chambers County and served in the Confederate
young people. If the teachers have notified us, we will
Army before moving to “frontier country:” Dale County.
He set up shop in Newton, the then county seat. It was
have all books in place. You may call us to confirm.
1867 when he began to publish his four-page paper with a We are working hard to plan for our new facility.
hand press. This battle-worn and brave confederate was Our citizens want and deserve an up-to-date facility of
also an astute business man. He hired subscription agent which they can be proud. If you would like to assist us,
Rev. J. A. Parker and invited local men as stockholders: please call and we will put you to work.
Thomas, Carmichael, Fields, Milligan, Biggers and Brear. We have E-books that can be downloaded on your
To gain his audience quickly, he gave his readers the computer, mobile device, Kindle, iPad, or other
news they could use: information about illnesses, deaths, compatible devices. To access your selection, have your
visitors to town, townspeople visiting relatives, the opening Library card ready and you will either need to download
of schools around the county, and the beginning of clubs, the overdrive app to that device or log on to
such as the Debate Club, and/or Masons, as well as http://camillia.lib.overdrive.com on your computer. You
advertisements of local businesses. National and will use your 13-digit card number located on the back of
international news was included, along with local and your card, but drop the last digit. If you have difficulty
county news. During the latter part of the 19th Century, the
or need help, please do not hesitate to give us a call at
Star competed with many other start-up local newspapers,
all of whom are no longer in business.
774-5480, and a staff member will gladly assist you.
When Ozark became the new County seat, Joseph A. Each Monday the Book Committee, members from
Adams packed up his press, (his military training coming Friends of the Library, come together to sort, price, and
in handy) moving it over frontier roads and creeks to display books for their Book Sale Room. Their next
Ozark. He set his newspaper up on the northwest corner of book sale will not take place until October, but you can
the square. In this location, publisher Joseph A. Adams still find great buys. They have a good selection of
eventually turned the paper over to Joseph H. Adams who moderately priced books. If you would like to be a part
later, turned the paper over to John Q. Adams. of this energetic group, call the Library at 774-5480.
Unfortunately, a fire began at Taylor’s Barber Shop
located near the print shop of The Southern Star, gutting
the machinery and equipment. Worst of all, these were Read Off Your Fines
tricky times, financially. John Q. Adams received a check Read Off Your Fines is a program for any patron
to buy new equipment but the question was—would the who wishes to remove his/her Library fines without pay-
bank be able to honor it? Would he receive the money he ing for them. Just read in the Library!
needed to replace the printing equipment?
Fortunately, at a time when many banks had closed for lack Call 774-5480 for more information.
of funds, he was able to submit and cash his check. With
the new equipment, he moved to Reynolds Street. It was
there that John Q. Adams provided leadership in publishing
the Star until Joe Adams, his son, became head of the
Following the Great War, Alabama, like other Basic computer classes are offered each Saturday
Southern States, began to return to a new normal, as morning at 9:00. This is a 2-part class with basic com-
described by local scholar, Martin T. Oliff, in the book The puter the first week and Internet tips the second week,
Great War in the Heart of Dixie. It was during this period Each enrollee must take the first part before he/she is al-
of great transition that John Q. Adams overcame many new lowed to take the second part. For more information,
hardships. Eventually, he turned the Star over to present- call the Library at 774-5480.
day editor and owner, Joseph H. Adams.
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BESTSELLER FICTION Wiregrass United Way Mary Lewis
House of Spies by Daniel Silva Jack Cumbie Kelly Windus
Indecent Exposure by Stuart Woods Friends of the Library Wilma Sanders
Just a Little Christmas by Janet Dailey Ozark Literary Club Matthew Murphy
Knife Creek by Paul Doiron Sue Switzer Patricia Carlson
My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith Diane Hill Richard Averett
Nearness of You by Dorothy Garlock Brent A. Bell
Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White
In Honor of Donor
Nighthawk by Clive Cussler
Roberta Hyers Robert Crosby
No Middle Name by Lee Child Holly Burns Chuck Auman
Price of Duty by Dale Brown
Red Hunter by Lisa Unger In Memory of Donor
Robert Ludlum’s Bourne Initiative by Eric Van Merle Hataway Margaret Dykes
Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank
Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery “Build a Better World”
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon 2017 Summer Reading Program Donor
Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
Sin of a Woman by Kimberla Lawson Roby We want to extend a big thank you to our 2017
Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann Summer Reading Program Donor!
Your generosity helped us provide the best possible
Amish Brides by Jennifer Beckstrand summer programs for our community’s children!
Bertie Project by Alexander McCall Smith
Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar Domino’s Pizza
Dis Mem Ber by Joyce Carol Oates
Farmer’s Market Mishap by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Fatal Mistake by Susan Sleeman
Forbidden Garden by Ellen Herrick
Light of the Lovers’ Moon by Marcia Lynn McClure Friends of the Library Book Sale Area
Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer
Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne The Friends of the Library Book Sale Area is
Stars Over Clear Lake by Loretta Ellsworth open from 10:00 until 7:00 Tuesday through
Summer Dance by Nan Rossiter Thursday and 10:00 until 5:00 Friday and Saturday.
Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories by Celeste We invite you to visit and see the great collection of
Fletcher McHale good books at rock bottom prices. All proceeds go
Weaver’s Needle by Robin Caroll directly to support the Library.
What Hope Remembers by Johnnie Alexander
Where Jasmine Blooms by Holly S. Warah BOOK SALE ROOM
BESTSELLER NONFICTION Shop for good deals on books. The selection
All the Gallant Men (940.54 STR) changes weekly. We have paperbacks, hardbacks,
Breaking Through Power (322.4 NAD) nonfiction, National Geographic Magazines, fiction,
Dark Ambition: The Shocking Crime of Dellen Mil- videos and audiobooks.
lard & Mark Smich (364.15 BRO)
First Love Story: Adam, Eve, and Us (222.11 FEI)
Killers of the Flower Moon (976.6 GRA)
Tail Waggin’ Tutors
Norse Mythology (293.13 GAI) will be at the Library
Old School: Life in the Sane Lane (070.92 ORE) on August 17, 2017 for the
Pokémon Sun Pokémon Moon (794.8 S) 10:30 & 4:30 Story Times.
From the Friends of the Library
Chris Wisham
The Friends of the Library (FOL) held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 12, and it will go
down as a red-letter day for the FOL and the Ozark Dale County Public Library (ODCPL). On this date,
we pledged to financially support the Library’s new building fund. At the Library’s monthly meeting I
made a special presentation, and the Board accepted our proposal to open our own Vanguard account
under the umbrella of the Library. We are moving right along with plans for a new Library. The Library
Board selected the architect and selected a downtown Ozark site across from the Ozark City Hall. The
new facility is tentatively planned at 13,000 square feet, and we are beginning our public funding. The
ODCPL Board will reach out to the Wiregrass Foundation to help toward building our new library.
Without the estimates of the architect and just using rough building cost estimates, they put the
building of the new Ozark Dale County Public Library at a cost of 3+ million dollars. One funding source
that I have not mentioned is that the ODCPL Board is writing and seeking grants from many other
In other FOL business, we set the date for the Fall book and plant sale scheduled for Saturday,
October 14. Claybank Master Gardeners will present new fall plants. On August 29th, the FOL will host
EMA director Kirk McDaniel at 12 noon for a talk on the M.A.S.T. program, weather preparedness, and
terrorism. The FOL will provide a light lunch. We hosted Dr. Martin Oliff on Tuesday, July 18 for a talk
on the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I and how Alabama was part of the war
effort. We provided a light supper. The next executive committee meeting will be on Tuesday, August 8
at 9:30 am, and the next FOL Board meeting will be on Wednesday, August 9 at 10:30 am.



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

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10—Book Work Day 9:00 - Library Board 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA Meeting 2:00– Writer’s Forum 2—IPad & Smart 12:45—Popcorn & a
6— Genealogical/ 10:30—FOL Board 4:30—Story Time Phone Class Movie
Historical Society Meeting 6:30—NAR-ANON 1—Pokémon

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10—Book Work Day Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time
Noon—AA 4—Lego Club 4:30—Story Time