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February 2018 Volume 20 Issue 2

416 James Street

Ozark, Alabama 36360
Phone (334) 774-5480

Board of Directors

Marie Black
Imogene Mixson Beverly Raley
Marian Jenkins Jewnita Clark

Library Staff

Full Time Staff

Director Sandra J. Holmes
Genealogy/Reference Librarian Joni Wood
Part Time Staff
Processor Karen Speck
Circulation Clerk Darnell Johnson
Circulation Clerk Kristina Speck
Bookkeeper /IT Michael Walden
Children’s Librarian Cheryl Schwartzkopf
Administrative Assistant Jennifer Simpson
Cataloger Lou Harry
Custodian Barbara Daniels

Statistics for December 2017

Circulation 5,572
Attendance 11,626
New Materials 162
Site Visits 11,046
Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Borrowers on Roll 10,721
Employment Searches 4,002 The Society will meet Monday, February 5th in the
Internet Users 3,317 Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00. Everyone is
invited to attend.
Genealogy Users 350
E-Books 653
Quote of the Month Tuesday through Thursday
It is no more necessary that a man should
remember the different dinners and suppers which 10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
have made him healthy, than the different books which Friday and Saturday
have made him wise. Let us see the results of good 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
food in a strong body and the results of great reading
in a full and powerful mind. Closed on Sunday & Monday
-Sydney Smith
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FROM THE DIRECTOR Introducing Our New Reference/Genealogy

The Friends of the Library (FOL) held their Annual
Membership Luncheon on January 29. At that time Hello patrons. I am Joni Wood, the new
they elected new officers for 2018: Chris Wisham, Reference/Genealogy Librarian at your Library. I want
to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My family
President; Lou Harry, Vice-president; Joan Carter,
moved to Ozark about 20 years ago when I was in the
Treasurer; and Elizabeth Babine, Secretary. We all first grade, and I graduated from Carroll High School in
enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by some of the best 2009. After high school, I attended Troy University
cooks in our county. Our special speaker was Mike where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology
Schmitz, former Mayor of Dothan and currently serving with a Math Minor in 2013. I continued my education
on the Board of Dothan City Schools. He gave a and earned my Master’s degree in Library and
motivating talk that was exactly what we needed to get Information Science at Valdosta State University in
started on our Building Campaign. We are all grateful Georgia in 2016. Although I moved around quite
to our President, Chris Wisham, for taking the initiative frequently during college, I never strayed too far from
home. I am happy to say (and sure my mother is, too)
to invite him to our event. Attendance was great, such
that my husband and I found our forever home in Ozark
that we had to add an additional table to accommodate in 2016. When we thought about where we wanted our
everyone. We also had our Architects from J. Michael future kids to grow up, we could think of nowhere better
Lee; our Consultant, Ron Steensland and wife, Nancy; than our hometown of Ozark,
and his brother Judge Steensland. I have always known since I was a young girl that as
We are currently working on new FOL long as I worked in a library somewhere, I would be
memberships and have included new members as of happy. I worked here during my years at Carroll High
January 19. Those coming in after that date will be School and Troy University from 2007-2013. After a
brief stint at another library from 2013-2017, I came
included in our March Newsletter. The Friends have
back in May of 2017. However, it was working here
many good programs planned for 2018 and hope you that I fully realized exactly what I wanted as a career –
will be a part of our group. If you have not already my young girl’s dream of just working in a library
completed your membership form, be sure to complete developed into something much more. I wanted to work
it today and mail it to the Library. in a public library, add my passion for research, and you
We will have a special Dialogues meeting on have a career as a reference librarian. As a result, I
Thursday, February 8th at 6:30 p.m. to further discuss focused on the reference track in my studies at Valdosta
State University where I learned the best ways to help
Band of Brothers. Brownies will be served. Our
our patrons in their research endeavors. Now, two years
regular Dialogues meeting will be on Thursday, after graduation and 10 years of working in public
February 15th at 6:30. We will discuss W ith the Old libraries, I’m proud to say I’m exactly who I want to be
Breed. Please join us for this exciting and informative – a Reference/Genealogy Librarian.
program. I am excited to continue the legacy of the hard-
working Mrs. Jocelyn Rayford. Mrs. Jocelyn has done a
wonderful job of creating a local history and genealogy
Tail Waggin’ Tutors room full of amazing, and sometimes rare, resources for
will be at the Library our community throughout her career here. I am
on Thursday, grateful for her training and guidance these past few
months and I look forward to putting my newly gained
February 15, knowledge to work helping YOU. I invite you all to
2018 for the visit the Creel Richardson Room to explore our
10:30 & 4:30 collection of materials and discover facts about your
family and community that you may not have known
Story Times. before.
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1636: Vatican Sanction by Eric Flint Wiregrass United Way Jo Ellen Willis
Act of Revenge by Dale Brown Friends of the Library Friends of the Library
All That Glitters by Diana Palmer Ozark Literary Club Bob Harry
Blood Fury by J.R. Ward Ozark Rotary Club Dale County Retired
Bloody Spur by Mickey Spillane Sue Switzer Teachers Assn.
Body in the Casket by Katherine Hall Page Jack Cumbie Henry Shaw
City of Endless Night by Preston & Child Dorinda Lytle Bill Libby
Oakview Manor Dr. Imogene Mixson
Dark in Death by J.D. Robb
Claudia Allred Charles C. Holman
Days When Birds Come Back by Deborah Reed Katrina Larsen Rep. Steve Clouse
Death at Nuremberg by W.E.B. Griffin William Chesser Adams School
Demon Crown by James Rollins George & Ramona Wright
Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini
Eternal by Dara Horn FOL Building Fund
Fall From Grace by Danielle Steel In Memory of Donor
Family 4 Business by Carl Weber
Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell Patricia Auman Chuck Auman
House of Secrets by V.C. Andrews Joanne P. Knight Ozark High School
After Anatevka by Alexandra Silber
Amish Courtship on Ice Mountain by Kelly Long
Austen Escape by Katherine Reay
Because It’s Christmas by Katherine Spencer Valentine’s Day Party
Beneath the Honeysuckle Vine by Marcia Lynn Our Children’s Library
McClure will have a Valentine’s Day
Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti party on February 8th, during
Blessing by Wanda E. Brunstetter
their 10:30 and 4:30 Story
Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey
Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter Times.
Book Club Babies by Ashton Lee
Captain’s Daughter by Meg Mitchell Moore
Dialogues on the Experience of War
Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander
Christmas Return by Anne Perry Our Dialogues on the Experience of War, a
Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig study of World War II will begin on Thursday,
Deadly Proof: Atlanta Justice by Rachel Dylan February 15 at 6:30 in our West Wing. MG (Ret)
Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering Lou Hennies will facilitate the program, as we
Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips study the book, The Pacific Theatre With the Old
Faded Photo by Sarah Price Breed. Stop by the Library and pick up your copy.
Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray
Lilac Lane by Sherryl Woods
BESTSELLER NONFICTION Friends of the Library Book Sale Area
1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World The Friends of the Library Book Sale
Disorder (940.3 H) Area is open from 10:00 until 7:00 Tuesday
All-American Murder (364.1523 P) through Thursday and 10:00 until 5:00
Friday and Saturday. We invite you to visit
Becoming Hitler (B HITLER)
and see the great collection of good books at
Breaking Free (B JEFFS JEF)
Choice: Embrace the Possible (B EGER)
rock bottom prices. All proceeds go directly
to support the Library.
Elizabeth Babine

The Friends of the Library (FOL) Adult Discussion Reading group met on January 9, 2018,
the first meeting for this group. Lou Harry served as the facilitator, and seven people attended.
Members discussed the book Standing in the Rainbow written by Alabama author Fannie Flag.
The group will meet once a month, the 2nd Tuesday of the month. The next meeting will be on
February 13, 2018, at 2PM, at the library. The book for discussion will be Go Set a W atchman by
Harper Lee.
The FOL Annual Luncheon was held on Monday, January 29, 2018. FOL members were
asked to bring their favorite dessert, casserole, salad, or main dish to share; which they did, and
everything was delicious. Georgianna Seymour and her helpers set up the tables beautifully.
Our speaker, Mike Schmitz, was wonderful and gave us much information to help with getting a
new library built. Attendance was better than ever.
Liz Babine, chair of the planned auction, will have a meeting on January 31 at 10:30 to meet
and plan the auction. All volunteers are welcome. Chris Wisham developed a donation form for
people wanting to donate. Michael Walden explained the Go Fund Me Account. It will connect
to Facebook. Christina Faulkner, a reporter with the Southern Star, will write to promote the


Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

1 2 3
Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
2—Tech Class 1—Pokémon

4 5 6 7 8 9 10
10:30—Story Time/
10—Book Work Day 2—FOL Book Club 10:30—FOL Board Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Valentine’s Day Party
Noon—AA 4pm—Lego Club Noon—AA 2:00—Writer’s Forum 2—Tech Class 12:45—Popcorn & a
6—GEN/HIS 4:30—Story Time/ 6:30—NAR-ANON Movie
Valentines Day Party 1—Pokémon
6:30– Dialogues

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10-Book Work Day 10:30—FOL Mtg 9– Library Board Mtg 10:30—Tail Waggin’ Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA 11– Baby & Me 10:30 FOL Board Mtg Tutors 2—Tech Class 1—Pokémon
6—Concerned Citizens 2-Book Discussion Noon—AA 4:30—Tail Waggin’ 6:30—NAR-ANON

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Library Closed 4– Lego Club Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Presidents Day 2:00—Writer’s Forum 2—Tech Class 1—Pokémon
10—Book Work Day 4:30—Story Time 6:30—NAR-ANON

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10—Book Work Day 11– Baby & Me Noon—AA