Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mother's Day Basket Winner

Michele Dunn of Sparta was the winner of the Mother’s Day basket drawing sponsored by Friends of the Christian County Library.

Dunn is homeschooling her four children who are currently in 1st, 5th, 6th, and 8th grade.  This busy mom also enjoys her flower garden and playing the hammer dulcimer.  She likes to read books on classical education which uses a three-part learning process.   Her children like coming with her to the library to check out their books.

All dads are encouraged to come in to the library and enter to win the next basket that will be on display for Father’s Day.  

Monday, April 6, 2015

FOL announces Easter basket winner

The winner of the Friends of the Library Easter basket drawing was Jesse Ormiston.

Jesse is 12 years old and in sixth grade at Sparta Middle School.  He enjoys reading a variety of subjects and playing video games, especially Mine Craft.  While at the library he not only checks out books, but also checks out movies.  Winning an Easter basket has been a family tradition.  In 2011 Jesse’s sister won the Easter basket.

The first book sale of the year sponsored by Friends of the Library will be held April 11-18.  Funds from these sales are used to help support programs, events, and activities at the library.  For information on how to join Friends, or information about the book sale, contact the Christian County Library located at 1005 N. 4th Avenue, in Ozark, at (417) 581-2432, or at

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

2015 Valentine Basket Winners

The winner of the Friends of the Library (FOL) Valentines’ Day children’s basket drawing is Marissa Sartor.  Marissa is nine years old and in 4th grade at East Elementary in Ozark.  Her family moved to Ozark one year ago from Michigan.  Marissa and her mother, Lisa, are the readers in the family.  They love to come to the library to check out books.  Her mother said that when the whole family comes to the library, some of the family members borrow movies instead of books.  Marissa’s favorite book is The Snow Day.  Marissa is currently reading a book titled The Mouse and the Motorcycle . She can hardly wait to see how it ends.  She says that sometimes a book may start out boring, but once she gets into reading it, the book turns out fun. 

The winner of the FOL Valentines’ Day adult basket drawing is Carlie Gibson from Sparta.  Carlie just turned five years old and is looking forward to starting school next year.  Her two older sisters sometimes read to her. She enjoys books from the Junie B. Jones and Heloise series.  She also likes to play games on her e-tablet.  Carlie and her sisters enjoy coming to the library to check out books and to participate in the summer reading program.  When asked why she put her name in the drawing for the adult basket, she said she was eyeing the chocolate for herself.  Mom, Jill, can have the rest of the items.

The next general meeting of FOL will be held Saturday, March 21, at 10:00 at the library.  Not a member of Friends!  A yearly individual membership is $6.00 and a family membership is $10.00.  You can join before the meeting at the Christian County Library located at 1005 N. 4th Avenue in Ozark.  Information on Friends and future book sales can be found at or by contacting the library at 417-581-2432.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Thank You Volunteers and Customers!

The Friends of the Christian County Library (FOL) would like to thank our customers for shopping at our Fall book sale October 18-25. Your support enables FOL to fund programs and events at the library such as International Game Day on November 15. Also a big thank you to our volunteers who sort donations throughout the year and set up, run, and take down the twice a year book sales. Our next FOL book sale is scheduled for April 11-18, 2015. We are now accepting donations of books, magazines, puzzles, and audiovisuals for this sale.

Elizabeth Barns
President, Friends of the Library

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

The Christian County Friends of the Library will host their fall book sale in October in the Netzer Room at the Christian County Library. Most items are priced $0.50 to $1.00. Cash and checks accepted. Items for sale include books of all kinds, videos and DVDs, puzzles, magazines, and more. Want first pick? Friends of the Library members are invited to a preview sale on Friday, October 17th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Get an annual  membership at the door, or in the library anytime, for $5.00 per family. The public sale is open during the following times:

Saturday, October 18th, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, October 20th-23rd, 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday, October 24,  12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (Items Half Price)
Saturday, October 25th, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ($2 /Plastic Grocery Bag)

The Clever Public Library Friends of the Library also host their sale in October. The Clever Book Sale takes place at the Clever Fire Station   Community Room, located at 406 N. Elm St. in Clever. Sale dates and times are as follows:

Friday, October  10, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 11, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Every book sale purchase supports these Friends of the Library organizations, which in turn fund important projects at the libraries.  You can also help by donating used books, movies, music and more to your library. Donations of materials for the sales are accepted anytime the  libraries are open. The Christian County Library will accept donations up to October 11th, 2014, and again after October 29th.

Monday, August 11, 2014


Noah Grisaffe, 6 years old from Ozark, won a backpack filled with school supplies.  His mom, Amy, said that this was the first thing he had ever won.  The drawing was sponsored by Friends of the Christian County Library.  In August Noah will be entering first grade at North Elementary. While attending summer camp, one of the field trips that Noah enjoyed was coming to the library for story hour.  He especially likes books on dogs, firemen, policemen, and the Army.

The next general meeting of Friends of the Library will be held on September 20, at 10:00 a.m., at the library.   Not a member of Friends!  A family membership is still only $5.  You can join before the meeting at the Christian County Library located at 1005 N. 4th Avenue, in Ozark.  Information on Friends is also at, or contact the library at (417) 581-2432.

Noah and his sister, Hannah, who is helping him hold his backpack

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Friends of the Library names Father’s Day basket winner

James Scott from Sparta was the winner of the Christian County Library Father’s Day gift basket sponsored by Friends of the Library.  The basket was a tool box filled with items used by dads along with two books.

James is retired and now enjoys working on and driving his 1949 Studebaker ¾ ton pickup truck and 1960 Studebaker Lark sedan.  He also belongs to a Studebaker club and the American Truck Historical Society.  He likes to read novels by John Grisham and Elmore Leonard and detective stories. 

When asked why he comes to the Christian County Library, James said it was to read magazines he doesn’t receive at home, to check reference books on subjects like Photography, and to see what new books are now available.  He and his wife, Pat, come to the library about once a week.

FOL also sponsors free movies and refreshments every Saturday during the summer.  Summer movies will be shown at 12:30 p.m. on June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19, July 26, and August 2.  Contact the library at (417) 581-2432 for the titles of these movies.  The Christian County Library is located at 1005 N. Fourth Ave., Ozark.  For additional information about the library and FOL, check out the library website at