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416 James Street Ozark, Alabama 36360
Phone (334) 774-5480 E-mail:
Board of Directors Earl Hyers Marie Black Imogene Mixson Beverly Raley Mary Stewart Library Staff Sandra J. Holmes Elaine Land Donna Crescenzi Jocelyn Rayford Karen Speck Darnell Johnson Minta Forester Pat Mangum Kathryn Clark Joni Mize Lou Harry Patrick Clark Aroa Rhodes

January 2012

Volume 14 Issue 01

Full Time Staff Director Part Time Staff Admin Assist. /ILL Circulation Librarian Genealogy/Reference Librarian Processor Circulation Clerk Cataloger Circulation Clerk Marketing & Media WebMaster Children’s Librarian Circulation Clark Custodian

Statistics for November 2011
Circulation Attendance New Materials Site Visits Borrowers on roll Employment searches Internet Users Genealogy Users 5,742 7,087 324 278,059 13,510 3,045 2,010 795

Quote of the Month
To furnish the means of acquiring knowledge is the greatest benefit that can be conferred upon mankind. It prolongs life itself and enlarges the sphere of existence. --John Quincy Adams

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

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Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and is now ready to start a new year. It’s now time to evaluate our past year and set goals for the New Year. The Library has accomplished much this past year. Thanks to a generous donation from Mr. Hugo Marx, we converted all our lighting to electronic ballasts. We’ve already seen a decrease in our electrical consumption and it’s nice to get reasonable bills from Alabama Power. The Wiregrass United Way gave us funds to purchase new handicap doors for the main entrance and the West Wing entrance. This money was made possible by a donation from Wiregrass Foundation because United Way met their goal and passed the funds on down to their recipients. These new doors help us meet standards as set forth by the American Disabilities Act. We also added 15 new computers and new computer chairs and tables as a part of a federal grant using LSTA funds. In August we received 17 new computers from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) in partnership with Auburn University, Tuskegee University, and Alabama Public Library Service to place computers in rural areas. This new equipment has enabled us to provide services for those individuals searching for jobs, applying for jobs, or registering for unemployment compensation, and they can do so without having to wait for computer time. In addition, we have sponsored over 500 juvenile and adult programs, processed over 3,000 new books and materials and spent over $28,000 on new books and materials this year. We’ve had a very busy year. Once again we’ve resisted the temptation to charge for our services as many libraries have done recently because we firmly believe that Library services should remain free and open to all our patrons. After all, we are the great equalizer that enables all our people to have the opportunity to excel. It’s a little more difficult to be short of staff and to have to spend much time writing grants, but as long as we have the support of our City, County and dear Friends of the Library, we will continue to expend that extra effort so we will be able to provide free Library services. Our Friends of the Library play a big part in the success of our Library. Under the direction of President Elizabeth Babine, they just recently purchased new chairs for our West Wing to replace the worn out ones, and they have sponsored several successful programs for the public. Book Sale Chairpersons Roberta Hyers and Pat Walker, along with their volunteers, have worked diligently each week to ensure that our Book Sale area is well stocked and kept neat for you to visit and purchase books. They have also worked all year placing books online through and have held book sales. The proceeds from these sales come directly to the Library and total $16,353.00. This helps us financially so that we may offer programs and services to you, the patron. On Monday, January 30th, they will hold their yearly Membership Luncheon to recruit new members, renew old memberships, and elect new officers for 2012. It has been a

(Continued) very special year for them and for us. We say thank you to our Friends for all their hard work and devotion to our Library. We are now ready to prepare for a new year and a new beginning. Because you are our most important asset, we must not lose sight of the fact that without you, we would not exist. Therefore, we pledge our service to you and encourage you to make suggestions for ways we can improve our services to our community. We are never too busy to listen to your constructive criticism.

By Jocelyn Rayford Researchers of North Carolina will be pleased to find a selection of books about census, wills and the heritage of some of North Carolina’s counties. We have two books containing information from the 1790 Census: Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States 1790 North Carolina, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., and the book 1790 Federal Census Anson and Mecklenburg Counties, N. C., published by Now and Then. Also, we have an Index to the 1800 Census of North Carolina, compiled by Elizabeth Petty Bentley, and the book 1850 Federal Census Halifax County, North Carolina compiled by David Bryant Gammon. Information about wills in North Carolina are contained in Abstract of North Carolina Wills by J. Bryan Grimes, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Abstracts of Early Wills 1763-1790 (1749-1790) and Anson County North Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1749-1766, Abstracts of Wills & Estates, 1749-1795, both books compiled by Brent H. Holcomb, C.A.L.S. Also, quite helpful to researchers of North Carolina are the Heritage books. We have Heritage books for the North Carolina counties of Burke, Cherokee, Cleveland, Davidson, and Iredell. Each book contains sections on the county’s history, families and pictures of local scenes; the format is similar to our Alabama Heritage books. There is one for each county in Alabama in the Genealogy Room.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY Friends of the Library Annual Meeting – Put this on your calendar: The Friends’ Annual Luncheon will be held in the West Wing of the Library on Monday, January 30th at noon. Come a little early with a covered dish and enjoy one of Ozark’s best meals. If you work and find cooking difficult, don’t let this keep you away. You may prefer to make a donation toward the meat course or purchase a tray from a local grocery or restaurant. The Annual Meeting is the occasion for year-end reports, payment of dues, election of officers, and some light entertainment. Letters will be sent to members in early January to allow early payment of dues to avoid waiting in line at the luncheon. Anyone who wants to join the Friends is invited to attend. Membership forms are always available at the Library Circulation Desk.

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NEW MATERIALS Berrybender Narratives by Larry McMurtry Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys Deeper Than the Dead by Tami Hoage 11/22/63 by Stephen King Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich Fall From Pride by Karen Harper Forgotten Affairs of Youth by Alexander McCall-Smith Hotel Vendome by Danielle Steel I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman Kill Switch by Jonathan Greene Mister X by John Lutz Priest’s Graveyard by Ted Dekker Richest Hill on Earth by Richard Wheeler Soft Target by Stephen Hunter Supervolcano Eruption by Harry Turtledove The Drop by Michael Connelly 1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton Vigilante by Stephen Cannell Well Tempered Clavicle by Piers Anthony Zero Day by David Baldacci BEST SELLERS—NONFICTION Alzheimers Prevention Program (616.831 S) Beginnings, Middles, & Ends (808.3 KRE) Killing Lincoln: Shocking Assassination That Changed American Forever (973.7 ORE) No Higher Honor—Condoleezza Rice (327.7 RIC) 100 Worst Bosses (658 STO) Sold Down the River (306.3 CAR) Steve Jobs (621.39 ISA) The End: Defiance & Destruction of Hitler’s Germany (940.5 KER) BEST SELLERS—LARGE PRINT A Lawman’s Christmas by Linda Lael Miller A Plain & Fancy Christmas by Cynthia Keller An O’Brien Family Christmas by Sherryl Woods Bad Moon Rising by Kathleen Eagle Cain by Jose Saramago Christmas on Nutcracker Court by Judy Duarte Christmas Treasures by Thomas Kinkade Coming Up for Air by Patti Callahan Henry Died in the Wool by Elizabeth Ludwig Family Blessings by Fern Michaels Heartbreak Creek by Kaki Warner

MEMORIAL/HONORARIUM GIFTS In Memory of Donor Nora Matthews Sandra Holmes In Honor of Donor Jenny Lamberth Ozark Literary Club Karen Ashley Speck Kathryn Clark Deanna McDaniel—Little Miss Ozark Danny & Gloria McDaniel Other Donors Wiregrass United Way Jack Cumbie Friends of the Library Henry Shaw Gail Kiracofe David Bowen Julie Wood Sadia Potts Reta Dyson James & Merle Carroll Stephanie Land Joseph W. Adams Dennis Hatcher Barbara Traenkner Dottie Brown Teresa Tucker Jessica Morrow Sandra Holmes Jeff & Elizabeth Babine Katrina Faulk Deborah Mize Kathy DeFord Sam & Penny Griffith Sheila McInturf Gail Simmons Val McGee Avis Joan Autrey Frank Estes Sheila McInturf Barbara Sink Imogene Mixson Jean Breaux Jerrold Forester Building Improvement Fund Donations Harry and Elisabeth LeMonte, Jr Alpha Delta Kappa Fidelis Eta Memorial for Mixon Byrd from Mrs. Joe Outlaw Margie Morrison Memorials for Mary O’Leary Baldauf and Stanley Butler from Roses Stephens Bridlewood Chapel Mary Garrett Sam and Penny Griffith Alpha Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma

Dale County Genealogical & Historical Society The Society will meet Monday, January 2nd at 6:00 in the Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library. Judge Val McGee will give the program, “Dale County History”. Please join us.

From all of the Staff and Board at your Library, we wish you a Happy and prosperous New Year.




1 New Year’s Day

2 6—Dale County Gen/ Hist. Society

4:30-5:30—Game Day

4 Noon—AA
5:30-6:30—Wii Zumba

5 10:30—Story Time

6 Noon—AA 7—NA

7 9—Computer Class
12:45—Popcorn & Movie


4—Pokemon 14 9—Computer Class 4—Pokemon


9 2—Book Work Day

4:30-5:30—Game Day

9—Library Board 10:30—FOL Board Noon—AA 5:30-6:30—Wii Zumba


12 10:30—Story Time 3:30—Judge McGee Forum 19 10:30—Story Time

13 Noon—AA 7—NA


16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

4:30-5:30—Game Day


18 Noon—AA
5:30-6:30—Wii Zumba

20 Noon—AA 7—NA

9—Computer Class 12:45—Popcorn & Movie 4—Pokemon


23 2—Book Work Day

4:30-5:30—Game Day


25 Noon—AA
5:30-6:30—Wii Zumba

26 10:30—Story Time 3:30—Judge McGee Forum

27 Noon—AA 7—NA

28 9—Computer Class


30 Noon—FOL Annual Luncheon

4:30-5:30—Game Day


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