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416 James Street Ozark, Alabama 36360 Phone (334) 774-5480 E-mail:

416 James Street Ozark, Alabama 36360

Phone (334) 774-5480 E-mail:

Board of Directors

Nathan Hodges

Marian Jenkins

Marie Black

Imogene Mixson

Beverly Raley

Library Staff

Full Time Staff Director Assistant Director

Sandra J. Holmes Joni Wood

Part Time Staff Genealogy/Reference Librarian

Jocelyn Rayford

Head Circulation Clerk

Rosalie Lanning


Karen Speck

Circulation Clerk

Darnell Johnson

Children’s Librarian Cataloger Bookkeeper IT/WebMaster Custodian

Cheryl Schwartzkopf Lou Harry Michael Walden Jeff Devine Victoria Spellman

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Quote of the Month The Library is like a place of sacredness. If we were fools at one time, perhaps we will not

be fools tomorrow, if we study.

--Tom Porter, Mohawk Chief

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August 2017

Volume 19 Issue 8

Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society

The Society will meet Monday, August 7th in the Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00. Everyone is invited to attend.

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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The History of The Southern Star (PT. 1) By Jocelyn Ross-Rayford


It is back to school in Dale County, and the Library is

Who is Joseph A. Adams? Most 20th Century persons of Dale County would identify him as the editor of The Southern Star . However, they would be wrong. Joseph A.

Adams is the founder of The Southern Star. He was born in

1843 in Chambers County and served in the Confederate

Army before moving to “frontier country:” Dale County.

He set up shop in Newton, the then county seat. It was

1867 when he began to publish his four-page paper with a

hand press. This battle-worn and brave confederate was

also an astute business man. He hired subscription agent

Rev. J. A. Parker and invited local men as stockholders:

Thomas, Carmichael, Fields, Milligan, Biggers and Brear.

To gain his audience quickly, he gave his readers the news they could use: information about illnesses, deaths, visitors to town, townspeople visiting relatives, the opening of schools around the county, and the beginning of clubs, such as the Debate Club, and/or Masons, as well as advertisements of local businesses. National and international news was included, along with local and county news. During the latter part of the 19th Century, the Star competed with many other start-up local newspapers, all of whom are no longer in business.

When Ozark became the new County seat, Joseph A.

Adams packed up his press, (his military training coming in handy) moving it over frontier roads and creeks to Ozark. He set his newspaper up on the northwest corner of the square. In this location, publisher Joseph A. Adams eventually turned the paper over to Joseph H. Adams who later, turned the paper over to John Q. Adams. 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 tricky times, financially. John Q. Adams received a check to buy new equipment but the question waswould the bank be able to honor it? Would he receive the money he needed to replace the printing equipment? Fortunately, at a time when many banks had closed for lack 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 business. Following the Great War, Alabama, like other

Southern States, began to return to a new normal, as described by local scholar, Martin T. Oliff, in the book The Great War in the Heart of Dixie. It was during this period of great transition that John Q. Adams overcame many new

hardships. Eventually, he turned the Star over to present-

day editor and owner, Joseph H. Adams.

getting ready. We are preparing for the required reading assignments and plan to have all books in place for our young people. If the teachers have notified us, we will have all books in place. You may call us to confirm. We are working hard to plan for our new facility. Our citizens want and deserve an up-to-date facility of

which they can be proud. If you would like to assist us,

please call and we will put you to work. We have E-books that can be downloaded on your computer, mobile device, Kindle, iPad, or other compatible devices. To access your selection, have your Library card ready and you will either need to download the overdrive app to that device or log on to on your computer. You

will use your 13-digit card number located on the back of your card, but drop the last digit. If you have difficulty or need help, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 774-5480, and a staff member will gladly assist you.

Each Monday the Book Committee, members from

Friends of the Library, come together to sort, price, and display books for their Book Sale Room. Their next book sale will not take place until October, but you can still find great buys. They have a good selection of moderately priced books. If you would like to be a part of this energetic group, call the Library at 774-5480.

Read Off Your Fines Read Off Your Fines is a program for any patron

who wishes to remove his/her Library fines without pay-

ing for them. Just read in the Library!

Call 774-5480 for more information.


Basic computer classes are offered each Saturday morning at 9:00. This is a 2-part class with basic com-

puter the first week and Internet tips the second week, Each enrollee must take the first part before he/she is al- lowed to take the second part. For more information,

call the Library at 774-5480.

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NEW MATERIALS BESTSELLER FICTION House of Spies by Daniel Silva Indecent Exposure by Stuart Woods Just a Little Christmas by Janet Dailey Knife Creek by Paul Doiron My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith Nearness of You by Dorothy Garlock Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White Nighthawk by Clive Cussler No Middle Name by Lee Child

Price of Duty by Dale Brown

Red Hunter by Lisa Unger Robert Ludlum’s Bourne Initiative by Eric Van Lustbader Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon Silent Corner by Dean Koontz Sin of a Woman by Kimberla Lawson Roby Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

BESTSELLER LARGE PRINT FICTION Amish Brides by Jennifer Beckstrand

Bertie Project by Alexander McCall Smith

Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar 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 Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne Stars Over Clear Lake by Loretta Ellsworth Summer Dance by Nan Rossiter Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories by Celeste

Fletcher McHale

Weaver’s Needle by Robin Caroll What Hope Remembers by Johnnie Alexander Where Jasmine Blooms by Holly S. Warah

BESTSELLER NONFICTION All the Gallant Men (940.54 STR) Breaking Through Power (322.4 NAD)

Dark Ambition: The Shocking Crime of Dellen Mil- lard & Mark Smich (364.15 BRO) First Love Story: Adam, Eve, and Us (222.11 FEI) Killers of the Flower Moon (976.6 GRA)

Norse Mythology (293.13 GAI)

Old School: Life in the Sane Lane (070.92 ORE) Pokémon Sun Pokémon Moon (794.8 S)

Donors Wiregrass United Way Mary Lewis Jack Cumbie Kelly Windus Friends of the Library Wilma
Wiregrass United Way
Mary Lewis
Jack Cumbie
Kelly Windus
Friends of the Library
Wilma Sanders
Ozark Literary Club
Matthew Murphy
Sue Switzer
Patricia Carlson
Diane Hill
Richard Averett
Brent A. Bell
In Honor of
Roberta Hyers
Robert Crosby
Holly Burns
Chuck Auman
In Memory of
Merle Hataway
Margaret Dykes
“Build a Better World”
2017 Summer Reading Program Donor
We want to extend a big thank you to our 2017
Summer Reading Program Donor!
Your generosity helped us provide the best possible
summer programs for our community’s children!
Domino’s Pizza
Friends of the Library Book Sale Area
The Friends of the Library Book Sale Area is
open from 10:00 until 7:00 Tuesday through
Thursday and 10:00 until 5:00 Friday and Saturday.
We invite you to visit and see the great collection of
good books at rock bottom prices. All proceeds go
directly to support the Library.


Shop for good deals on books. The selection changes weekly. We have paperbacks, hardbacks, nonfiction, National Geographic Magazines, fiction, videos and audiobooks.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors

will be at the Library

on August 17, 2017 for the 10:30 & 4:30 Story Times.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors will be at the Library on August 17, 2017 for the 10:30 &

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. We have now begun the process of seeking and securing 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

sources. 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

We hosted Dr. Martin Oliff on Tuesday, July 18 for a talk

terrorism. The FOL will provide a light lunch.

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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10:30—Story Time
2—IPad & Smart
Phone Class
9-10—Computer Class
4:30—Story Time
10—Book Work Day
9:00 - Library Board
10:30—Story Time
2:00– Writer’s Forum
2—IPad & Smart
9-10—Computer Class
12:45—Popcorn & a
6— Genealogical/
10:30—FOL Board
4:30—Story Time
Phone Class
Historical Society
10—Book Work Day
10:30—Story Time
4:30—Story Time
Tail Waggin’ Tutors
2—IPad & Smart
Phone Class
9-10—Computer Class
10—Book Work Day
6—Concerned Citizens
10:30—Story Time
2:00– Writer’s Forum
4:30—Story Time
2—IPad & Smart
Phone Class
9-10—Computer Class
10—Book Work Day
10:30—Story Time
4—Lego Club
4:30—Story Time