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September 2017 Volume 19 Issue 9

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

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
Processor Karen Speck
Circulation Clerk Darnell Johnson
Bookkeeper Michael Walden
Children’s Librarian Cheryl Schwartzkopf
Cataloger Lou Harry
IT/WebMaster/Circulation Jeff Devine
Custodian Barbara Daniels

Statistics for August 2017

Circulation 6,888
Attendance 12,448
New Materials 343
Site Visits 201,089 Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Borrowers on Roll 10,309 The Society will meet Monday, October 2nd in the
Employment Searches 5,404 Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00. Everyone is
Internet Users 3,100 invited to attend.
Genealogy Users 569
Tuesday through Thursday
Quote of the Month
10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
We are drowning in information but Friday and Saturday
starved for knowledge. 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
--John Naisbitt, author
Closed on Sunday & Monday
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The History of The Southern Star (PT. 2)
By Jocelyn Ross-Rayford FROM THE DIRECTOR

In 1925, John Q. Adams was able to cash a check
sent to him by his insurance company for fire damages Wiregrass United Way Annual Fundraiser is now in
to his print shop, but at that time, many other persons full swing and will continue until late December. The
were unable to cash their checks. Like the rest of the Library has mailed out letters thanking those who
nation, Ozark was entering a period of economic donated last year and inviting those to continue with a
hardship. donation this year. United Way is a great way to give
Later in 1925, Jesse B. Adams followed John Q. back to people who have a need and are located right
(1907-1925) as the Editor after John Q’s death that here in our own community. If you would like to
year. Given considerable help by John Q’s widow, designate your donation, you must contribute $50 or
Vivian B. Adams, Jesse ran the Southern Star until his more and you must write in the name of the charity.
death in 1952. Her assistance enabled him to focus on Please stop by the Library for the donation forms.
the needs of his community due to the “hard times” that Remember to give United.
had been created by the Depression. Football season is here, along with cooler weather.
In an article published in the Southern Star May 15, For our non-football fans, be sure to check out all our
1935, Jesse Adams called the attention of farmers to an new Best Sellers. Remember, if we do not have the
opportunity offered by an agent of the federal book you want, give us a call and we will try to get that
government, advising them, “Sell him your land; he book for you, either as Inter Library Loan or through
will buy you a better farm, secure your work on the direct purchase.
project…and see to it that you are better provided than Auburn University has invited us to be a part of a
you have ever been in your life… Don’t let this bonus round on Dialogues on the Experience of War.
opportunity pass you by…” We will begin our program in January and continue
The “opportunity” Jesse Adams was referring to through March for three months on World War II by
became the Pea River Land Project, leading eventually reading and discussing Band of Brothers by Stephen
to Camp Rucker and Fort Rucker. With Camp Rucker, Ambrose and W ith the Old Breed by E. B. Sledge. The
Ozark developed a housing shortage, numerous movie final session will be a movie. MG (RET) Lou Hennies
houses, and a booming economy that lasted until the will facilitate the programs. If you would like to join us,
end of WWII. In 1952, another John Q. took charge of give us a call at 774-5480.
the family newspaper. Within a few years, in
1956, Joseph H. Adams, his son, became its editor and
publisher. Read Off Your Fines
Like Jesse B., our present editor and publisher’s Read Off Your Fines is a program for any patron
Joseph H.’s (Joe’s) writing often reflects a desire to who wishes to remove his/her Library fines without
focus on the needs of his community as well as its paying for them. Just read in the Library!
happenings. With Camp Rucker, Ozark developed Call 774-5480 for more information.
sophistication. Many of its citizens are diverse and
well traveled. However, Ozark and Dale County
lacked an adequate medical center. Therefore, Joseph
Adams took advantage of his opportunity to focus on COMPUTER CLASSES
community needs. His writing brought attention to the
advantages of a tax that could be used to fund a Basic computer classes are offered each Saturday
Medical Center, if the sale of alcoholic beverages were morning at 9:00. This is a 2-part class with basic
legal. It was a matter that required passage by the computer the first week and Internet tips the second
county voters. Dale County voters finally passed the week, Each enrollee must take the first part before
measure, and Dale County Medical Center was built. he/she is allowed to take the second part. For more
Many talented women have worked for the information, call the Library at 774-5480.
Southern Star: Mildred Deese Kingsley, whose photos
are on display in the Genealogy Room of the Library;
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BESTSELLER FICTION Wiregrass United Way Marsha John
Alexander Inheritance by Eric Flint Jack Cumbie Bette Byrd
Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson Friends of the Library Peggy Lewis
Armistice by Harry Turtledove Ozark Literary Club Amanda Smolinski
Barely Legal by Stuart Woods Sue Switzer Darrell Spraggins
Beautiful Tempest by Johanna Lindsey DeAnn Medley Ruth Rosentrater
Sticks and Bones by Carolyn Haines William Chesser
Take Out by Margaret Maron
Testimony by Scott Turow Wiregrass United Way
Tom Clancy Point of Contact by Mike Maden
Two Nights by Kathy Reichs We appreciate United Way and all they do for us
Ultimatum by Karen Robards each year. Their donations make so many of our special
Undaunted by Diana Palmer programs possible and are almost solely responsible for
Unsub by Meg Gardiner our Large Print collection of books and many of our
Use of Force by Brad Thor children’s books. Without their generous donation each
War Hawk by James Rollins year, we could not provide these readers’ services.
Wedding in Maine by James Patterson Something to remember about United Way is that all
Where the Dead Lie by C.S. Harris donations stay in our area for our non-profit organiza-
Wired by Julie Garwood tions. Soon you will receive a pledge card in the mail
Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams from us and we ask you to give to Wiregrass United
You Will Pay by Lisa Jackson Way and to give generously.
Chasing Down a Dream by Beverly Jenkins
His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray Tail Waggin’ Tutors
Legacy by Michael Phillips
Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren will be at the Library
Molly and the Cat Café by Melissa Daley on September 21, 2017 for the
Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard 10:30 & 4:30 Story Times.
Priority Unit by Susan Page Davis
Firstborn by Tosca Lee Friends of the Library Book Sale Area
House Among the Trees by Julia Glass
Knife Creek by Paul Doiron The Friends of the Library Book Sale Area is
Summer House by Hannah McKinnon open from 10:00 until 7:00 Tuesday through
Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter Thursday and 10:00 until 5:00 Friday and Saturday.
You Will Pay by Lisa Jackson We invite you to visit and see the great collection
BESTSELLER NONFICTION of good books at rock bottom prices. All proceeds
AA Effect (362.29 BUR) go directly to support the Library.
Alcoholics Not Anonymous, a Modern Way to Quit
Drinking (362.29 TRA)
Sinatra and the Jack Pack (782.4 SHE)
Framed (364.15 KEN)
Thank You for Being Late (303.48 FRI)
Jolly Roger Social Club (364.15 FOS)
This is What a Librarian Looks Like (020.92 C)
Not Pretty Enough (070.51 HIR)
Trial of Adolf Hitler (345.4302 K)
Prisoner in His Palace 956.7044 B)
Truth About Your Future (332.02 EDE)
Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Cam-
Hidden Lives of Tudor Women (942.05 NOR)
paign (324.973 A)
Life’s Healing Choices (241.53 BAK)
Women Who Flew for Hitler (920 MUL)
United States of Absurdity (973 ANT)
Written Out of History (973.3 LEE)
Reporter Who Knew too Much (070.92 SHA)
The History of The Southern Star (PT. 2) Cont.
By Jocelyn Ross-Rayford

Irene Mathis who worked for the newspaper for at least 36 years; Sarah Gilbert who, according to Joe
Adams, “has the distinction of having worked as a reporter for this newspaper longer than any other in its
history.” Dorothy Adams, his wife, has been his advertising “genius.” These are among the reasons why
Mr. Adams attributes the success of the Star to the Adams women, as well as the men.
The Southern Star newspaper is the historical record of Dale County in spite of the many other
newspapers that have come and gone in this county. Moreover, it is the newspaper many subscribe to,
wherever their destiny takes them; a 25-year old young man, who is an Eagle Scout, says, “This is our
hometown newspaper”. It doesn’t matter how old you are, The Southern Star belongs to all of us.



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