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December 2017 Volume 19 Issue 12

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
Genealogy/Reference Librarian Jocelyn Rayford
Processor Karen Speck
Circulation Clerk Darnell Johnson
Circulation Clerk Kristina Speck
Bookkeeper /IT Michael Walden
Children’s Librarian Cheryl Schwartzkopf
Administrative Assistant Tonie Johnson
Cataloger Lou Harry
Custodian Barbara Daniels

Statistics for November 2017

Circulation 4,772
Attendance 11,626
New Materials 164 Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Site Visits 140,505
The Society will meet Monday, December 4th in the
Borrowers on Roll 11,626
Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00. Everyone is
Employment Searches 2,109
invited to attend.
Internet Users 1,302
Genealogy Users 972
Tuesday through Thursday
Quote of the Month 10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday
T’is the good reader that makes 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
the good book.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Closed on Sunday & Monday
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Ozark’s Dairy Queen Entrepreneur:
Ozark’s Dairy King Family
By Jocelyn Ross-Rayford Christmas is coming and your Library is the place
for you to shop for special gifts for your special friends!
It was in 1962 when Lamar and Peggy Powell stood Our Friends of the Library maintain a Book Sale Room
proudly in front of their new business on Union Street as the that will delight you with unique, hard-to-find books for
camera clicked. A Dairy Queen---the first in town. the person who has everything, and it’s open the same
According to his son, Mr. Powell was prepared for hours as the Library for your convenience. Recently
success. He had been an entrepreneur in Clanton, Alabama: they held a big book sale and sold many books, the
a gas station, a laundromat, a “Hole in the Wall” eatery, and
proceeds of which they donated to the Library. Stop by
a creator of his own brand of stick candy. Now, he and his
family were to begin a business in their hometown, Ozark, to take a look; all books are priced to sell.
AL. We continue with our special offer of fine-free days
It was during the Depression in Skipperville and the that will last until January 5, 2018. If you have overdue
nation, when Lamar Powell grew up and went off to World materials or outstanding fines, you may bring in one non
War II. Hard times, hard work, and serious concentration -perishable item for each $4.00 you owe. This is a great
made up Lamar Powell, according to his son who now runs way for you to get your fines forgiven and help those
the Dairy King on Broad Street. His father’s strong sense of less fortunate in our community. We will donate the
discipline had been woven into the family business that he items collected to the Rescue Mission for distribution.
shared with his beautiful wife Peggy, who was raised in We will begin our World War II series, Dialogues
on the Experience of War, on Thursday, January 18 at
Lamar and Peggy knew their community. They also
6:30 p.m. with a discussion of the book Band of
knew their short-order food preferences chicken “broasted,”
cold slaw specially cut with a creamy dressing, French fries, Brothers written by Stephen Ambrose. MG (Ret) Lou
soft, crunchy, golden---like no others in town. They even Hennies will facilitate our programs. We invite all
knew the way their fellow residents liked their ice cream veterans to join us for this very interesting discussion in
and ice tea served. It was the place where people went for the Alice Doughtie Room of the Library. You may stop
lunch, after church, after school and school events, or on by the Library to pick up your copy.
dates to the movies or drive-in movies. Customers always We wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a
found a reason to stop at the Dairy Queen before going Happy and Prosperous New Year!
However, as nearby Drive-In movies faded, they Ozark’s Dairy Queen (Cont.)
decided to move their location to Broad Street across from
Carroll High School, an ideal spot. Besides the high school
Many older customers, no matter where they live in the area,
students, there were at least 500 people employed in
travel there for their snacks and treats. The business is
nearby businesses within a 6-7 block radius. Then came a
located on Broad Street, which is also Highway 105 leading
cloud. Major investor Warren Buffet bought a controlling
to Skipperville, Arguta, Ariton and Barbour County. It is a
interest in national Dairy Queen’s stock requiring members
very well-traveled route home for those who work or study in
of his organization to cook and prepare their food “the
Ozark or Fort Rucker. While much of Dairy King’s business
Buffet Dair y Queen Way.” This did not fit with the
is drive-in, eating in their dining area is a treat. Marianne
“Powell Dairy Queen Way.” It was a way the family worked
Powell is a singer in musical bands with her husband Dennis,
together that created food considered “just right” by their
a musician. She decorates with pictures and other items that
customers. Lamar and Peggy decided to change their name
show the taste of an artist. Many of these pictures are of
rather than their ways so they became Ozark’s Dairy King.
musical artists and stars of the 60’s; their collection is a
Lamar Powell of the Dairy King became so successful, he
lovely trip back in time!
served the community as a member of the Kiwanis Club, the
While you are in the building, you should meet Laura
V.F.W., and American Legion, the Chamber of Commerce,
Galloway, a vital member of the Burger King family. She
the Ozark Country Club and other offices. Mrs. Powell
has not been absent from work for a single day in 30 years---
became a member of the Maude Martin Study Club. She -like many young people getting started, she found it a great
and her family became devoted members of the Ozark place to work---just as others have found it a great place to
Baptist Church. eat and visit. Now, it is Ozark’s fourth oldest business, one
Today, the Dairy King is still “a Family Affair”. Now, that most Ozarkians, of which Mayor Bunting are very
Lamar and Peggy’s son Dennis and his lovely wife proud, as are we at the Ozark-Dale County Library.
Marianne Powell run it. Though many of the 500 businesses
are no longer located near the Dairy King, it still thrives.
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A Casualty of War by Charles Todd Wiregrass United Way Bette Byrd
Armageddon File by Stephen Coonts Friends of the Library Lael Walding
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley Ozark Literary Club Glenda Lynch
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris Ozark Rotary Club Bill Murphy
Blade of Empire by Mercedes Lackey Sue Switzer Bill Libby
Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller Jack Cumbie Mary Garrett
Children of the Fleet by Orson Scott Card Holly Kennedy Lesia Grice
Paul W. Bryant Museum Katrina Larsen
Christmas Blessings by Katherine Spencer
Ellie Parker Patricia Carlson
Christmas Return by Anne Perry
Crazy Like a Fox by Rita Mae Brown In Memory of Donor
Deep Freeze by John Sandford
Even if it Kills Her by Kate White Patricia Auman Chuck Auman
Ozark High School Joanne P. Knight
Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark
Class of 1957
Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire
House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall
In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende Shop for good deals on books. The selection
It Girls by Karen Harper changes weekly. We have paperbacks, hardbacks,
Killing Season by Faye Kellerman nonfiction, National Geographic Magazines, fiction,
Lilac Lane by Sherryl Woods videos and audiobooks.
Midnight Line by Lee Child
Mind Game by Iris Johansen
Mongrel Mage by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Tail Waggin’ Tutors
Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans
Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay will be at the Library
Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne on Thursday, December 21,
Texas Fierce by Janet Dailey 2017 for the 10:30 & 4:30
Abiding Mercy by Ruth Reid
Story Times.
All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick
Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde GIVE A BOOK AS A GIFT
Ascension of Larks by Rachel Linden The Ozark-Dale County Public Library just may be
Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion able to help you find the perfect gift for that person
BESTSELLER NONFICTION who has everything. Give a book! We currently
Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans have the following books authored by Judge Val
(973.5239 K) McGee for sale:
Art of Stopping Time (158.1 S)
Claybank Memories: The History of Dale County
Be Fierce (658.3145 CAR) by Judge Val McGee. $30.00.
Darkest Hour (941.084 M) The History of Fort Rucker by Judge Val McGee.
Friends Divided (920 WOO) $15.00
God : A Human History (211 A) Selma: A Novel of the Civil War by Judge Val
Healing Arthritis (616.722 B) McGee. $30 hardback & $20 soft cover
Jeffrey Dahmer: A Terrifying True Story of Rape, A Cross Above: History of First United Methodist
Murder & Cannibalism (364.15 ROS) Church of Ozark by Judge Val McGee. $25.00
Lay of Aotrou & Itroun (821.912 T)
We also have a good selection of newer books in
Living in a Mindful Universe (153 ALE)
the Friends Book area that will make nice gifts.
Mayflower (974.402 F)
Book Discussion Group

The Friends of the Library will start a Book Discussion Group in January 2018. The dates in January
have been tentatively set for the second and fourth Tuesday of each month beginning at 2:00pm. Their
first book will be Standing in the Rainbow written by Alabama native Fannie Flagg. Stop by the Library
to pick up your copy of the book. Do not miss this first organizational meeting so you can be a part of the
important decision-making process.



Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
2—Tech Class 1—Pokémon

3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10—Book Work Day 4pm—Lego Club Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA 2:00—Writer’s Forum 2—Tech Class 10:30—Santa
6—GEN/HIS 4:30—Story Time 6:30—NAR-ANON 1—Pokémon

10 11 12 13 14 15 16
10—Book Work Day Baby & Me—11 Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA 4:30—Story Time 2—Tech Class 12:45pm—Popcorn & a
6—Concerned Citizens 6:30—NAR-ANON Movie

17 18 19 20 21 22 23
10—Book Work Day 4pm—Lego Club Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA 4:30—Story Time 2—Tech Class 1—Pokémon
Tail Waggin’ Tutors 6:30—NAR-ANON

24/31 25 26 27 28 29 30
Christmas Eve/ Merry Christmas! Library Closed Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA Library Closed
Library Closed 4:30—Story Time 2—Tech Class
New Year’s Eve Noon—AA
Library Closed

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