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November 2017 Volume 19 Issue 11

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

Board of Directors

Marie Black
Imogene Mixson
Marian Jenkins Beverly Raley

Library Staff

Full Time Staff
Director Sandra J. Holmes
Administrative Assistant Joni Wood

Part Time Staff
Genealogy/Reference Librarian Jocelyn Rayford
Processor Karen Speck
Circulation Clerk Darnell Johnson
Circulation Clerk Kristina Speck
Bookkeeper /IT Michael Walden
Children’s Librarian Cheryl Schwartzkopf
Cataloger Lou Harry
Custodian Barbara Daniels

Statistics for October 2017

Circulation 5,430
Attendance 9,330
New Materials 214 Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Site Visits 142,444
The Society will meet Monday, November 6th in the
Borrowers on Roll 10,528
Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00. Everyone is
Employment Searches 1,771
invited to attend.
Internet Users 2,010
Genealogy Users 950
Tuesday through Thursday
Quote of the Month 10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday
Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
is transitory, the other perpetual.
Closed on Sunday & Monday
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Hallowed Eve
By Jocelyn Ross Rayford
Before Christianity, Europe was the home of many For the past 20 years since I first met Fred
Celtic groups. The most important day of their calendar Gissendanner, I have found him to be a generous, caring,
is still observed. It was not only the first day of winter; thoughtful and unselfish person. I am proud to have
it was also the first day of their New Year. known him and to call him my friend. I was saddened to
Farmers would move their the cattle and sheep closer learn of his passing on Tuesday, October 23 in Flowers
to home. Sometimes, they moved them into barns hospital. He supported our community by helping those
attached to their homes. This was also a time when who needed assistance and often went out of his way to
families and communities spent hours and days drive veterans to Montgomery or Tuskegee for various
preserving their harvest so that it would last throughout appointments. He was always available to lend a helping
the many dark winter months. Winter was a season that
hand because he wanted to give back to the community
was hard on all, especially for the elderly or fragile. It
who helped him. He called Judge Val McGee a friend.
was a time of goodbye to their loved ones because they
were unable to live through the dark days and chill of Many years ago, Judge McGee reached out to Fred to give
winter. him the opportunity to find a new path. Fred took the
So, the beginning of winter, November 1 became the outstretched hand and never looked back. He became a
first day of their New Year. It was a day of friend to all those who could not help themselves. It was
celebrating those who had passed on, a day named All not the important people in our community who knew him,
Saints Day, in honor of their Saints. Like many pre- but those who had lost their way that knew Fred, and he
Christian societies, the honoring of the dead involved was their friend. He was a friend of Bill and he was there
concepts of an underworld populated by demonic gods for those, who became a friend of Bill or wanted to know
and spirits. When Christianity became the norm for Bill better. Fred did not care which station in life a person
these agricultural societies, what began as Demonic gods had; he helped all and he did it without fanfare, boasting,
and spirits evolved into “visitations” by the Souls on the
glory or trying to get recognition. He quietly went about
eve of their Holy Day of November 1. Because they
his business doing good for all those who needed it. He
believed the souls visiting them were their former loved
ones, they not only prayed for them, but they also left was a member of Carroll High Band Boosters and often
out food and drinks for them. took young people to the Troy University football games to
The foods they put out for their saintly loved ones let them experience college life and know that there is a big
who came to visit the night before were known as “soul world out there beyond their imagination, but only if they
cakes” (a form of shortcake with a hole in the middle) worked for it. Often he was responsible for feeding the
shaped like a doughnut. October 31 the day before New Band members, and nobody knew. He loved his wife, his
Year, the family would gather for a day of prayer and children, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren.
grave visits. Later, the family would gather round a We offer his family our prayers, condolences, and heartfelt
supper of pancakes and apple cider. This was followed sympathy. We will truly miss him.
by the Townsmen walking through the
community, ringing a bell and warning people this was
the night of returning souls---some, suspected of being
evil. They demanded food and/or drinks or “there would Hallowed Eve Cont.
be consequences”. By Jocelyn Horlacher Ross-Rayford
Thus, the night before New Year’s was the Hallowed when “returning souls” warn members of the
Eve of All Saints, when the saints returned, as well as community “Trick or Treat”!
the tricksters. Ironically, today, few people celebrate It is also a time of parties, often celebrating
November 1, All Saints Day, but celebrate the night “Halloween” with cider, doughnuts, candy corn, and hot
before, known as “Halloween.” October 31 is celebrated chocolate and decorated cakes along with the favorite
not only in many countries, but also on many activity of bobbing for apples. It is a night most young
continents. It is usually celebrated with minimal people look forward to all year. I doubt those who
religious overtones. However, it is often combined with once celebrated Hallowed Eve at home or with those
celebrating Harvest time and the coming of winter. It is with whom they felt close, would recognize today’s
universally known as “Hallowed Eve” Hallowed Eve.
The times they are a’changing.
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Chuckwagon Trail by William W. Johnstone Wiregrass United Way Brenda Minton
Column of Fire by Ken Follett Friends of the Library Cornelia Page
Cuban Affair by Nelson Demille Ozark Literary Club AL Dept. of Archives
Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey Ozark Rotary Club & History
Death in St. Petersburg by Tasha Alexander Sue Switzer Wal-Mart
Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben Brian Stokes Super-Sav
Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica George McCleary Olivia Burden
Fairytale by Danielle Steel Alan Graham Roderick D. Swanson
Ghost on the Case by Carolyn Hart Brad & Kay Nicholas George W. Small
Alpha Kappa Chapter Mr.& Mrs. Gerald
Gifts of Joy by Helen Taylor Andrews
of Ozark, AL Sammons
Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
Good as Gone by Amy Gentry In Memory of Donor
Holly and Ivy by Fern Michaels
Patricia Auman Chuck Auman
Irish Country Practice by Patrick Taylor
Map of the heart by Susan Wiggs
Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber BOOK SALE ROOM
Missing Persons by Michael Brandman Shop for good deals on books. The selection
Need to Know by Fern Michaels changes weekly. We have paperbacks, hardbacks,
One That Got Away by Melissa Pimentel nonfiction, National Geographic Magazines, fiction,
Origin by Dan Brown videos and audiobooks.
Other Girl by Erica Spindler
Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling
Proof of Life by J.A. Jance Tail Waggin’ Tutors
Proving by Beverly Lewis
Redemption Road by John Hart will be at the Library
Right Time by Danielle Steel on Thursday, November 16,
BESTSELLER LARGE PRINT FICTION 2017 for the 10:30 & 4:30
Innkeeper’s Sister by Linda Goodnight
Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley
Story Times.
Lost in Lumby by Gail Fraser
Promise of a Letter by Kathleen Fuller GIVE A BOOK AS A GIFT
Red Hunter by Lisa Unger The Ozark-Dale County Public Library just may be
Rejected Writers Take the Stage by Suzanne Kelman able to help you find the perfect gift for that person
Saboteur by Andrew Gross who has everything. Give a book! We currently
Separatists by Lis Wiehl have the following books authored by Judge Val
Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne McGee for sale:
13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do Claybank Memories: The History of Dale County
(649.1 M) by Judge Val McGee. $30.00.
Alone (940.5421 K) The History of Fort Rucker by Judge Val McGee.
Angels in the Sky (956.0424 G)
Selma: A Novel of the Civil War by Judge Val
Chinaberry Girls (810.8 AND) McGee. $30 hardback & $20 soft cover
Devil You Know (277.3 SPA) A Cross Above: History of First United Methodist
End of Alzheimer’s (616.8311 B) Church of Ozark by Judge Val McGee. $25.00
Guinness World Records 2018 (031 G)
Killing England (973.3 ORE) We also have a good selection of newer books in
Odyssey of Echo Company (959.7043 S) the Friends Book area that will make nice gifts.
From the Desk of the Friends of the Library President
It has been a busy year as the Friends of the Library (FOL) more intently turn their focus toward the
public funding aspect of a new Ozark-Dale County Public Library (ODCPL). We are working on several
different funding ideas that will grow and prosper in the coming year. I think that the work of the FOL
with public funding and the Board of the ODCPL with all the other aspects of building a new library are
nearing the peak of the mountain as we all push that big snowball up. The ODCPL Board is taking a
deliberate approach toward building a new library and the FOL is taking the same approach.
On October 14, the FOL had a Buy One Get One Free (BOGO) book sale that made a little over $400.
The library’s good friends the Master Gardeners also held a plant sale and out of the goodness of their
heart gave the FOL a little over $100 from their plant sales. The ladies that handle the book room have
been working hard with the enormous amount of donations that have been coming into the library. I
would like to thank the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts that volunteered to set up tables, move chairs, and
carry the many boxes of books as they set up and broke down the BOGO book sale.
The FOL on October 17 held a Peanut Boil outside in front of the Library. We had about two dozen
people attend the event. We had popcorn and boiled peanuts as well as water for all as we listened to Rev.
Ed Shirley sing the Star Spangled Banner dressed as its author Frances Scott Key. After we all finished
singing, Reverend Shirley told the audience the story of how the song came to be written during a naval
battle against the British during the War of 1812. Our last speaker was a Dale County native, John Pruitt,
who was thoroughly entertaining telling us stories from his life as he grew up in Dale County. Many of us
remembered shopping in the rolling store, fishing and encountering water moccasins, and just possibly
hunting deer and shooting a bull by mistake. I want to thank my vice president Lou Harry for coming up
with the idea for a peanut boil and pushing it to its completion.

Chris Wisham



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Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
4:30—Story Time 2—Tech Class 12:45pm - Popcorn & a
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10—Book Work Day 4pm - Lego Club 9:00 - Library Board 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA Veterans Day
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Noon—AA 4:30—Story Time
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