Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Of Colorful Stories and Raising Flowers.

Small towns are a wonderful place to grow and learn. Sometimes a book signing becomes a reunion of sorts with family, friends, college buddies with local political favorites attending and purchasing your book.  Politics can be a hard road to travel; strong southern ideals, wisdom and serious humor are rampant in the new book written by Steve Flowers. This book is called Of Goats & Governors Six Decades of Colorful Alabama Political Stories.

Local historian and publisher of The Southern Star newspaper Joe Adams introduced Steve Flowers to the crowd. The Southern Star was one of the first newspapers to regularly run his weekly column. Steve's column is now read in over 60 papers.

Steve began his career in politics as a page in the Alabama Legislature at age 12 and worked

Reading is therapy and every dog has a story!

    We had the pleasure of having the therapy dogs visit us twice in one day. Both story hours had a wonderful time meeting these beautiful creatures. Both German Shepards were born with a sweet disposition and are actually father and son. Nothing like training a child in the ways of the world and how to be a model citizen of the therapy dog association.

Dogs are wonderful and always enjoy the book you choose.

Every young library patron had the chance to read to the dogs. This beautiful dog heard Dr. Seuss's

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Taste of S'mores and cookbook making

Every child, if given the chance, enjoys learning about cooking and choosing what to cook for the family. The cookbook craft chosen for the children to make included tons of easy snacks from the Taste of Home website. We had a difficult time deciding which recipes to add to the cookbook--there were so many choices! Our classes all agreed we made cool choices.

Basic family-friendly recipes were the choices of the day. These included things the children could

Friday, September 18, 2015

Bag O Jokes is a little brown bag of happiness.

Every child loves a great joke. Children hear, learn and tell others, especially if they find it funny.
Do you know what dog keeps the best time?.....A watch dog!...We bet you knew that once and we just helped you remember it again. Wait there's more....

What kind of paper makes you itch?....give up? The answer is scratch paper!

Everyone had a great time putting the jokes on a tongue depressor, joke on one side, answer on the

August Coloring Contest Winner

Another coloring contest has come and gone. Children's libraries can be busy places behind the scenes. We had 5 wonderful winners of the August coloring contest. Only one winner named Kaleb arrived to claim his prize. He got to choose a free book from our Children's Librarians free book collection. Kaleb also received a little brown bag of goodies like erasers, mini airplane and such.
Great job to everyone who turned in a color page.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Of Goats and Governors

The Ozark-Dale County Public Library and the 

Friends of the Library are pleased to invite you to a


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Tournament excitement and an Ancient Origins pre-release

This young man is the winner of the Prerelease Tourney. He is a really wonderful young man.
     My children played Pokemon and so did most of their friends. We had tons of the cards with the most beautiful character designs on them. Collecting the best deck with the most power is part of the process. Watching the children learn to

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Delightful D.M Raver imagions dragons.

     D. M. Raver came to Ozark and had a book signing during our Friends of the Library book sale. You couldn't have asked for a better book lovers event to meet potential readers. Meeting authors is a fun experience, you learn how they think and what drives them to write. Quite few times I have met authors and was personally reminded that I am on the correct path. Networking is a vital element in most every field and publishing is no different.  Danielle is a former Lisenby elementary teacher, quite a few of you will already know her from the when she worked in our local school system. Several other local authors had a chance to network with her as well.

Photo Credit: Danielle Raver

Squirrels, soldiers and Purple Hearts

      Value is measured sometimes in what we do for others, soldiers live this and sometimes we have no idea. My friend Micaela Bensko is the Vice President of Rebuilding America’s Warriors an organization whose mission is providing free reconstructive surgery to our troops returning from Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond. Micaela is the author of a beautiful book entitled The Soldier and The Squirrel, which is about a soldier who returns with a purple heart and severe injuries. We read this beautiful book during our story time.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Gifts, a Starfighter and higher powers

     Every gift has a story. Have you ever noticed the beautiful 6-  foot Star Wars Jedi Starfighter flying quietly in the children’s library? One of our patrons constructed the replica of Anakin Skywalker’s Starfighter from recycled and found materials. 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Cakes, books and fundraising with friends!

A morning filled with books, beautiful friends, mouthwatering homemade cakes and fundraising. These friends work hard to help you get books for cheap; some of those books were free. 

Always check the sign outside when you're driving past so you don't miss something you want to attend. We ALWAYS post the Friends of the Library Book Sale dates and times. We have it posted to Facebook, Twitter and our website as well.

Colorful elephants and lasagna noodle prints.

Did you know there is a book about a fish who had a hat? We read the book while having popsicles to cool us all off from the last wave of the summer heat before school starts. This is not my hat is by New York Times #1 bestselling author Jon Klassen. Winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal. Ozark-Dale County Public Library is widely known for keeping Caldecott and Newberry books on hand. Please check the card catalog to make sure the one you're interested in is available. 

Coming to terms with using the side of a lasagna noodle to make a print.
The early story time children had a great group of troopers who learned how to use an everyday object such as a lasagna noodle to make a print. They had a wonderful time learning to cut better, carefully use glue and paint with several different sizes of noodles.

 None of the children in the story time had ever seen this book before but they all enjoyed it very much.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Wildlife Biologist - Rick Tharp's Program July 2015

Wildlife Biologist Rick Tharp with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources came to visit on Wednesday July 29th. He presented an informative program of poisonous plants, snakes and information on how to identify both plants and snakes in our area. A number of children and adults attended this program and got answers to questions they had about a snake they had seen in their yard.

Photo Credit: Ruth Rosentrater ©2015 Ozark-Dale County Public Library
Rick Tharp  showing a pelt

Friday, July 24, 2015

Storytime - National Ice Cream Day

We got back in the swing of things with Storytime this week after our six week break during the Summer Reading Program.  Today we celebrated National Ice Cream Day!  Yum!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

2015 Summer Reading Program Party

On Thursday, July 16, 2015 we ended our Summer Reading Program with a celebration party!  We had a great turn out and all who attended had fun in the sun! ☼ 

Friday, July 10, 2015

2015 Summer Reading Program Week 5

We wrapped up week 5 of the Summer Reading Program with a visit from one of Ozark's finest!  

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Dig It!! Harvesting Potatoes!

Check out what Ms. Pat, one of our Master Gardeners helped us dig up today!! 

Earlier this year in February, the children planted potatoes and today the crop was ready to harvest!!   Layten, Anna Cate, Lela & Krislyan had a great time helping out!!

Wow!  Look at all these potatoes!  Yum!! Yum!!

Stay tuned for more gardening activities through the children's department at the Ozark-Dale County Public Library!  
For more information, please contact Amber Chancey at 334-774-5480. 

2015 Summer Reading Program Week 4

We celebrated Military Heroes and the Fourth of July during week 4 of the Summer Reading Program!  

Friday, June 26, 2015

Popcorn and Movie Summer Edition

Did you know that we offer Popcorn & a movie twice a month during the summer?  Get out of the heat and enjoy a cool movie on us! 

2015 Summer Reading Program Week 3

The Greek Gods ruled the Summer Reading Program this week as we celebrated Greek Mythology.  

Friday, June 19, 2015

2015 Summer Reading Week 2

Moving right along with week 2 of the Summer Reading Program, we welcomed Mrs. Jackilyn Garner!  Bus drivers are definitely heroes too! 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

July Coloring Contest

Every month we hold a coloring contest here at the Ozark-Dale County Public Library.  This month the picture was in honor of Father's Day.  The winner's are..............

Friday, June 12, 2015

2015 Summer Reading Program Week 1

Our first week of the 2015 summer reading program was a success!  

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

Storytime - Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day we made this adorable American flag craft!  

Keep reading to find out how you can make one too!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Getting crafty for summer reading!

Whoa, that's a lot of bottles!!  Yes, it sure is, but we have something pretty special planned for them!  We are getting ready for the 2015 summer reading program - Every Hero has a Story!  

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Taking it outside ☼

This morning we decided a little fresh air and sunshine was in order, so we took story time out front!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Storytime - National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

During Storytime today we celebrated a SWEET tradition - the chocolate chip cookie!! 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Have you been to our book sale room lately??

Come visit our book sale room!!
Open during normal Library hours of operation

Monday, May 11, 2015

Tail Waggin' Tutors a Success!!

Saturday May 9, 2015 we welcomed the Dothan Chapter of Therapy Dogs to the Ozark-Dale County Public Library.  

Friday, May 8, 2015

Registration for the Summer Reading Program is going on right now through May 29th. Don't miss out on all the fun things we have planned! 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Check out the new

Have you been to the new Ozark-Dale County Library's site yet??

If not maybe its time to see!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May is National Military Appericiation Month

May is

National Military 
Appreciation Month

Have you thanked a service member this month?