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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 Jocelyn Rayford Donna Crescenzi Elaine Land Karen Speck Darnell Johnson Minta Forester Kathryn Clark Joni Mize Angela Olivier Patrick Clark Frank Crescenzi

August 2012

Volume 14 Issue 08

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

Statistics for June 2012
Circulation Attendance New Materials Site Visits Borrowers on roll Employment searches Internet Users Genealogy Users 8,733 9,725 189 302,500 12,476 2,705 2,276 746

Quote of the Month
When I consider what some books have done for the world, and what they are doing, how they keep up our hope, awaken new courage and faith, soothe pain, give an ideal life to those whose hours are cold and hard, bind together distant ages and foreign lands, create new worlds of beauty, bring down truth from heaven; I give eternal blessings for the gift, and thank God for books. --James Freeman Clarke

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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The annual United Way Pacesetter Campaign starts August 1st and since we are a Pacesetter, we are currently soliciting funds in support of Wiregrass United Way (WUW). You should have received a letter from us asking you to consider giving a donation to this most worthy organization. United Way has been very generous to us by providing a donation of over $800 each month that covers the cost of books and library materials and/or programs. If we did not receive these additional funds, we would not be able to fund our large print books. If you’d like to make a donation to WUW, complete the donation form and send to the Library. Once again we have Tim Richardson’s Earth’s Past, a realistic looking T-Rex dinosaur on display. Our patrons, especially our children, have thoroughly enjoyed this display. We thank Tim for allowing T-Rex to use the Library as his number one home so that more people in our community can view this wonderful artwork. Judge Val McGee continues to hold creative fiction classes on the 2d and 4th Thursday of each month. His classes continue to grow and more and more people in our community are learning how to write fiction and get their books in print. Recently Val and some of his students participated in the Arts Center sponsored “Poets in the Park” program by reading their original work. He is also interested in starting a History Forum for persons interested in local history. Since Val is our local historian and a master storyteller, it should be most interesting and informative. It’s a perfect way to share stories and events of the past. If you’re interested or want more information, please call the Library at 774-5480 and ask for Jocelyn or Sandra. Tuesday, August 28th is Election Day as we vote for our Mayor and five City Council members. Take some time to study the candidates and find out who you want to best represent you in our City affairs. They’re all good people so it may be difficult to make your decision, but it will be easier if you know for what each candidate stands. We do have information on each candidate for you to review. Remember, we cannot complain about our representatives, if we do not exercise our right to vote. We have a great Library because we have donors who want to see us grow. For example, we have an outstanding Genealogy Section and an exceptional collection of religious books and materials made possible by generous donations made to our Auman Genealogy Fund and our Patricia P. Auman Religious Fund. We have one donor who gives each year to fund our subscription that enables patrons to have access to Ancestry free of charge. If you have suggestions for particular religious or genealogy books, please complete a New Materials Request Form and we will try to purchase it for you.

FROM THE CREEL RICHARDSON ROOM by Jocelyn Rayford Mr. Frank and Mrs. Sylvia White, owners of the large white two story Colonial Revival Style house on 644 North Union Avenue, state this house was built as a residence for Joseph E. Acker. He was “a widely known Ozark lawyer and former Mayor of Ozark”, as well as the Chairman of the Ozark School Board. She records that “the house was originally built in 1924 by Arthur and Luther Boykin for Mayor Joseph Acker.” Oliver Kingsley, a longtime resident of Union Street, wrote that he observed the mayor walking daily to his law office during rain or shine. According to a poem written for the Centennial Creative Writing Contest in 1970, by Ms. Catherine Carr Watson, “Upstairs, above the Opera House, the Western Union could be found. Miss Lucy’s tapping, sending a message, was the usual sound. Lawyer Acker’s office was upstairs, too.” The Mayor and his wife lived in this house until their deaths. They had no children so Acker Avenue was named in his honor. He was born January 16, 1863, and died in March 4, 1947. His wife, “Miss Laura”, was born July 23, 1870 and died July 11, 1935. They were laid to rest in Ozark’s Morning View Cemetery on South Union Avenue in Ozark. According to some sources, the Mayor sold the house to J. D. Holman, Jr. before Mr. Holman moved to Texas. He, in turn, sold the house to Isaac Riley. Isaac Riley, born December 24, 1906, married Saralee Barbaree from Louisville, AL. Ike Riley’s mother-in-law lived with them while operating her beauty shop from their home. It is said Mr. Riley started his Riley Bus lines by carrying passengers in a 1928 Chevrolet from Ozark to Georgia. Attached to the Chevrolet, was a trailer in which he carried mail bags. Later, expanding this passenger service to create a Riley Bus Line, he began investing in real estate holdings. Because of his importance to the community, this house is sometimes referred to as the “Acker/Riley” house. Isaac Riley died in December 1999, seven months after his wife Saralee passed away. They were buried in Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery in Echo. Since the year 2000, the large two story mansion with a house in the rear, on North Union Street, has been beautifully restored by the family of Whites from New Jersey. Additionally, Mrs. White succeeded in having the mansion placed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage as an Alabama Historic Site, on September 29, 2005. Ozark, Alabama is special to her, as this is where she grew up.

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NEW MATERIALS BEST SELLERS—FICTION Back Fire by Catherine Coulter Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar Blood Line by James Rollins Bonefire of the Vanities by Carolyn Haines Bourne Imperative by Eric Van Lustbader Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card 15 Seconds by Andrew Gross Fireproof by Alex Kava Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips Heartbroken by Lisa Unger History of a Pleasure Seeker by Richard Mason I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton Line Between Here and Gone by Andrea Kane Little Night by Luanne Rice Never Tell by Alafair Burke Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner Night Watch by Linda Fairstein Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig Potboiler by Jesse Kellerman Ransom River by Meg Gardiner Shame the Devil by Debra Brenegan Sky Dragons by Anne McCaffrey Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce Some Like It Hawk by Donna Andrews Summer Breeze by Nancy Thayer The Discovery by Dan Walsh The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye Tuesdays Child by Fern Michaels War Maids Choice by David Weber Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich XO by Jeffrey Deaver BEST SELLERS—NONFICTION Best Care Possible: Physician’s Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life (616.02 BYO) Forks Over Knives: Plant-Based Way to Health (613.28 STO) Giant in the Shadows: Life of Robert T. Lincoln (B LINCOLN EME) Have a New Kid by Friday (649.64 LEM) Roots of Obama’s Rage (973.9 DSO) The Mommy Diet (618.2 SWE) BEST SELLERS—LARGE PRINT A Conspiracy of Friends by Alexander McCall Smith A Lancaster County Christmas by Suzanne Woods Fisher An American Spy by Olen Steinhauer Big Sky Country by Linda Lael Miller Coming Home by Karen Kingsbury Downfall by Terri Blackstock Edge of Forever by Sherryl Woods

MEMORIAL/HONORARIUM GIFTS In Memory of Ramon “Pop” Allen Tom Mathison In Honor of Sonja Sallas Jeff May Donor Joni Mize Imogene Mixson

Donor Claybank Master Gardeners Dale County Genealogical & Historical Society Other Donors Wiregrass United Way Jack Cumbie Friends of the Library Diane Murphy Gail Simmons Avis Joan Autrey Janine Liebenguth Robert McClellan Debra Shiver Carol McKenny Betty Brown Sara Carroll Sharon Price Melanie Gibbs John Woodall Georgianna Seymour David Claassen Rex Bryan Cliff Brown Wendy DuBose U. S. Health & Housing Foundation, Inc Skipperville United Methodist Church Living Word Church in Niceville, FL Building Improvement Fund Donations Harry and Elisabeth LeMonte, Jr Bridlewood Chapel Given by Robbie Harris to honor Elaine Potts, Mary Vaeth, Imogene Mixson

BOOK SALE ROOM Shop for good buys on books. The selection changes weekly. We have paperbacks, hardbacks, nonfiction, National Geographic Magazines, fiction, videos and audiobooks. All proceeds go directly to support the Library.

Dale County Genealogical & Historical Society The Society will meet Monday, August 6th, at 6:00 in the Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library. The program, “Dale County Sheriffs,” will be presented by Sheriff Wally Olson. Please join us.




Sun Mon Tue Wed

2 10:30—Story Time

3 Noon—AA 7—AA

4 9-10—Computer Class 4-7—Pokemon

Noon—AA 5:30-6:30—Wii Zumba 5 6 9—Book Work Day 6—Dale County Geneal/Hist. Society 12 13 9—Book Work Day 6—Friends of Ozark 7
4:30-5:30—Game Day

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


9 10:30—Story Time 3:30— Judge McGee Forum 16 10:30—Story Time

10 Noon—AA 7—AA

11 9-10—Computer Class
12:45—Popcorn & Movie


4:30-5:30—Game Day

15 Noon—AA
5:30-6:30—Wii Zumba


17 Noon—AA 7—AA

18 9-10—Computer Class 4-7—Pokemon


20 9—Book Work Day First Day of School

4:30-5:30—Game Day

22 Noon—AA
5:30-6:30—Wii Zumba


23 10:30—Story Time 3:30— Judge McGee Forum 30 10:30—Story Time

24 Noon—AA 7—AA

25 9-10—Computer Class
12:45—Popcorn & Movie



27 9—Book Work Day

4:30-5:30—Game Day

Election Day

29 Noon—AA 5:30-6:30—Wii Zumba

31 Noon—AA 7—AA