Free diabetes education class offered at Demopolis Public Library

The Demopolis Public Library is partnering with The University of West Alabama’s Division of Nursing to present a free diabetes class on Thursday, April 20 at 10 a.m. at the Demopolis Public Library.
Rhonda Gonzalez and Jennifer Harwell will lead the class. The class is free and open to the public. During the class participants will be educated on diabetes, given helpful handouts and have the opportunity to have their sugar checked.
Rhonda Gonzalez, MSN, RN is an Associate Professor of Nursing at The University of West Alabama. She graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing from UWA (2007), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2010) and Master of Science in Nursing (2012) from The University of Alabama. She has worked on a Medical-Surgical floor, Medical Intensive Care Unit, and in Case Management prior to her position at UWA.
Jennifer Harwell, MSN, RN is an Associate Professor of Nursing at The University of West Alabama. She graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing from UWA (1998), Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Southern Mississippi (2007) and Master of Science in Nursing from The University of South Alabama (2010). She has worked on a Pediatric Medical-Surgical floor and in multiple areas of Community Health.
For more information contact Morgan at 334.289.1595 or visit demopolislibrary.info.

Two Rivers Arts Council hosting Artist Showcase Sunday

More than a dozen artists are slated to exhibit their work in the Two Rivers Arts Council’s Artist Showcase.

The event will take place on Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m. at the Demopolis Public Library. The event started in 2003 and was an annual event until 2008.

“We are very excited to bring this event back to our community,” said Two Rivers Arts Council President Carolyn Cowling. “It’s an opportunity to see what the community is doing by way of art and hobbies. We hope everyone will come out and see the talent that we are fortunate to have here in the Black Belt.”

The event is free to the public and refreshments will be served. Artists may choose to sell their pieces during the showcase. If you are interested in displaying your art in the Artist Showcase, contact Carolyn Cowling at cowling@mindspring.com or 334.341.3375.

DPL Lunch & Learn featuring Randall Williams Feb. 16

The Demopolis Public Library will present Lunch & Learn with author Randall Williams Thursday, Feb. 16 at noon.

Lunch and Learn will feature two of his books: This Day in Civil Rights History and 100 Things You Need to Know About Alabama.

Williams is the editor-in-chief of NewSouth Books, which he co-founded with publisher Suzanne La Rosa in 2000. He is responsible for the acquisitions, editorial, and production parts of NewSouth’s publishing program. Since publishing his first book in 1989, he has published or co-published more than 500 titles, more than any other trade book publisher in Alabama history. He has worked as a reporter, editor, and publisher for newspapers and magazines, and he worked a decade at the Southern Poverty Law Center, where he was the founding director of the Klanwatch Project.

A unique catalog of historic civil rights events, This Day in Civil Rights History details the struggles, sacrifices, and triumphs on the road to equal rights for all U.S. citizens. From the Quakers’ seventeenth-century antislavery resolution, to slave uprisings during the Civil War, to the infamous Orangeburg Massacre in 1968, and beyond, authors Horace Randall Williams and Ben Beard present a vivid collection of 366 events—one for every day of the year plus Leap Day—chronicling African Americans’ battle for human dignity and self-determination. Every day of the year has witnessed significant events in the struggle for civil rights. This Day in Civil Rights History is an illuminating collection of these cultural turning points.

In anticipation of Alabama’s bicentennial in 2019, Randall Williams takes a look back at the events, places, and people that have shaped the Heart of Dixie from the times of the first Native Americans to the arrivals of today s most recent immigrants. In 100 insightful vignettes, readers will discover little-known details about the state’s geophysical characteristics, key dates in history, significant people, and interesting places to visit. Some like Rosa Parks and Helen Keller are household names, but others like Ned Cobb and Clifford Durr will be revelations to most. Similarly, Alabama’s role in Civil War and Civil Rights is well known, but the state’s rank as the world leader in a type of fossil or as the birthplace of two of the fastest men on the planet are less known facts. From the Freedom Rides to NASCAR, from peanuts to prosthetics, Alabama has many surprises. Come along for a stroll through Sweet Home Alabama!

You can call 334.289.1595 to reserve a plate lunch for $7 or bring your own lunch. The Friends of the Library will provide drinks and dessert. Copies of the books will be available. For more information contact Morgan at 334.289.1595 or visit www.demopolislibrary.info.

Free AARP Tax Aide coming to Demopolis Public Library

The AARP Tax Aide Volunteers are coming to prepare free tax returns at the Demopolis Public Library. This is a free service to the public that can be done by appointment only. You do not have to be a member of AARP and there are no age or income restrictions. They will not prepare tax returns for people with small businesses or rental property. AARP will prepare taxes on February 13, March 13, and April 3 from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, contact Vanessa Barley at 334.289.6423.

“As the District Coordinator, I will be looking for a few people who are interested in helping us get the Demopolis Public Library site started,” says Sam Colburn. “If you are interested in helping prepare tax returns for your friends, neighbors, and your community, you can contact me at scolburn@centurytel.net.”

All counselors are required to attend tax classes and be certified. Tax classes start in January 2016 and tax season runs from the first week in February until April 15. Contact Sam Colburn atscolburn@centurytel.net or the Demopolis Public Library at 334.289.1595 for more information.

Road Scholar to speak at DPL Lunch and Learn

Sarah Bliss Wright, a member of the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, will present “Alabama Cotton and Bemis Bags, Pieced into History” on Thursday, Sept. 29 at noon at Demopolis Public Library.

Feedsack quilts represent the artistic expression of American women in a distinctive textile era, 1930‒1960, when such bed coverings were created from colorful, patterned fabrics that started out as feed or flour sacks.  Many of these textile bags had their genesis in the cotton fields of Alabama because Bemis Bro. Bag Company, the largest textile bag manufacturer in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century, operated a cotton mill and bag plant in Bemiston, Alabama.  In this presentation, we trace the evolution of cotton bags from a rural-household convenience, to a Depression Era necessity, to a wartime way of life, to an urban re-purposing fad.  This progression, steered by the textile bag industry and its extensive research and development, led to improvements in cotton bags and to changes in marketing psychology and advertising strategies. By virtue of the fact that it was the largest textile bag company, Bemis led the way, capitalizing on ideas that would boost sales, make a profit, and keep the textile bag a viable choice in the packaging industry―resulting in millions of yards of free fabric in the hands of creative women. The availability of feedsack prints undoubtedly encouraged the making of pieced quilts.  By placing these quilts in the historical context of the textile industry, we examine the role that Bemis Bro. Bag Company and Alabama cotton played in providing feedsacks, and ultimately feedsack quilts, for the nation.

To read about more Road Scholar Speakers Bureau presentations, visit http://www.alabamahumanities.org/programs/road/.

About the scholar

Alabama native Sarah Bliss Wright spent 30 years in performing arts before quilts captured her attention.  Though she grew up surrounded by quilts, it was not until 2006 that the idea of turning her talents to textile art was born.  A crazy quilt that she made from her late father’s silk neckties ignited a desire to add quilting to her creative pursuits.  Serious study of quilt history began after a serendipitous meeting of fellow Alabamian Mary Elizabeth Johnson Huff, well-known author of numerous quilt books.

Wright holds a BA in Psychology from Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.) and studied at the University of Exeter, England as a Rotary International Fellow.  She is curator for “Our Quilted Past,” an exhibit of Alabama feedsack quilts and Bemis Bro. Bag Company, and her research on the subject is published in Uncoverings 2013.   A member of the American Quilt Study Group, Sarah lives in Mobile.

The library will have poppy seed chicken plates from Simply Delicious Bakery available for$ 7 or you can bring your own lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided by the Friends of the Demopolis Public Library.

About the Alabama Humanities Foundation

The Alabama Humanities Foundation fosters learning, understanding and appreciation of our people, communities and cultures. As the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, AHF supports humanities projects through grantmaking and conducts statewide programs including Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, SUPER Teacher Institutes and PRIME TIME Family Reading Time. For more information on AHF and its programs, please visit alabamahumanities.org or call (205) 558-3980.

Demopolis Public Library presents seminar on Creek Indians

The public is invited to “’The Original Great Tye’ and How It Was Broken: Creek Indian History in Three Acts,” a talk by Auburn University professor Kathryn Braund on Friday, March 4 at noon at the Demopolis Public Library.

Alabamians rightly take pride in the early history of their state, including the exotic and complex history of the Creek people who once claimed this land as their own. In this retrospective, Kathryn H. Braund will look at the major eras of Creek Indian history, touching on their link to the British through the deerskin trade, their material culture and economy, and the changing nature of tribal authority as plantation agriculture and herding replaced trade as the “way to wealth” in the Indian nation.

Kathryn Holland Braund is Hollifield Professor of Southern History at Auburn University. She is the author of Deerskins and Duffels: The Creek Indian Trade with Anglo-America, 1685−1815, coeditor of Fields of Vision: Essays on the “Travels” of William Bartram and William Bartram on the Southeastern Indians, and editor of Tohopeka: Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812.

This lecture is a part of the Draughon Seminars in State and Local History, a series of lectures sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University. For more information about Draughon Seminars, please visit www.auburn.edu/cah. The series is funded by the Kelly Mosley Endowment in honor of Dr. Ralph B. Draughon, president of Auburn University from 1947 to 1965. Draughon was a historian with a deep commitment to both state history and public education.

The event is free and open to the public. Bring your own lunch OR reserve a sandwich plate from Lulu’s for $6.50. The Friends of the Library will provide drinks and dessert. Reserve your lunch plate by March 1 by calling the library at 334.289.1595.

For more information on the program, contact Morgan Allen at 334.289.1595

Santa Claus is coming to the Demopolis Public Library

He’s making a list, checking it twice, and visiting the Demopolis Public Library to see who’s been naughty or nice. Santa Claus is coming to DPL on Monday, Nov. 30 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Stop by for a photo with Santa and write and drop off your letters to the North Pole. All ages are invited to this free event and families are encouraged to come. Parents may bring their own cameras for pictures too. The library will also take pictures and post them to our website and Facebook.

Need ideas for holiday gifts? Visit our Scholastic Book Fair Nov. 16 through Nov. 30. Books are gifts you can open again and again. We have books for children and teens. The book fair will be open until 6:30 p.m. during Santa’s visit on Nov. 30.

“We are very excited that the book fair is going on during Santa’s visit,” says library director Morgan Allen. The Friends of the Library are sponsoring Santa’s visit and providing a goody bag for each child. We hope the community will start their holiday season at our library!”

For more information, call the library at 334.289.1595 or visit our website at www.demopolislibrary.info.

Friends of DPL hosting ‘Ghost Tales of Antebellum Alabama’

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DEMOPOLIS, Ala. — History buffs, ghost hunters, and people interested in the antebellum period of Alabama have a chance to learn more at the Demopolis Public Library. The Friends of the Demopolis Public Library are excited to present “Ghost Tales of Antebellum Alabama” with historian Jim Phillips on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Demopolis Public Library.

Can a ghost be benevolent…a peaceful, kind spirit? Can a ghost be dangerous and threatening? Come to the library and hear what some people have told Jim Phillips about unexpected visitations like entities in their daily lives. He’s had some people almost reluctantly relate sightings of apparitions that have appeared. These stories deal with what would appear to be spirits returning to where they lived in their lives in Alabama in the 1800s. Phillips will bring these stories to life through his program “Ghost Tales of Antebellum Alabama.”

Phillips, who holds a master’s degree in educational media, has produced several                      educational and historical videos on places in Alabama. This program is free and sponsored by The Friends of the Demopolis Public Library. For more information contact Morgan Allen at (334) 289-1595.

The Marengo County Public Library in Linden will offer “Ghost Tales of Antebellum Alabama” at noon on Thursday, Oct. 15.

AARP Tax Aide is coming to Demopolis Public Library

DEMOPOLIS, Ala. — The AARP Tax Aide Volunteers are coming to prepare tax returns at the Demopolis Public Library. This is a free service to the public that can be done by appointment only. You do not have to be a member of AARP and there are no age or income restrictions. They will not prepare tax returns for people with small businesses or rental property.

“As the District Coordinator, I will be looking for a few people who are interested in helping us get the Demopolis Public Library site started,” said Sam Colburn. “If you are interested in helping prepare tax returns for your friends, neighbors, and your community, you can contact me at scolburn@centurytel.net.”

All counselors are required to attend tax classes and be certified. Tax classes start in January 2016 and tax season runs from the first week in Feb. until April 15. Contact Sam Colburn at scolburn@centurytel.net or the Demopolis Public Library at 334.289.1595 for more information.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Demopolis Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card.

Resources at the Demopolis Public Library are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement.  You can even renew your books and reserve books online with your library card!

Today’s libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where students can collaborate using new technologies or just relax with peers.  Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including eBooks for adults and children, Learning Express Library that offers free ACT practice tests, and Homework Alabama that can be accessed in person or online.

“Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages,” says Library Director Morgan Allen. “For preschool age children we offer early literacy and storytimes to encourage school readiness, for older children and teens we supplement education with educational apps on iPads, and for older teens we have information and tools to help prepare for college and mentoring programs. There’s really something for everyone and it’s all free with a library card.”

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Demopolis Public Library in person or visit the library online at www.demopolislibrary.info.