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January 2018 Volume 20 Issue 1

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 November 2017

Circulation 4,452
Attendance 12,026
New Materials 248
Site Visits 144,588 Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Borrowers on Roll 10,706 The Society will meet Monday, February 5th in the
Employment Searches 2,735 Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00. Everyone is
Internet Users 1,537 invited to attend.
Genealogy Users 994
Tuesday through Thursday
Quote of the Month 10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
What is more important in a library than Friday and Saturday
anything else- than everything else – is the fact 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
that it exists.
-Archibald MacLeish Closed on Sunday & Monday
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My Letter of Thank You

From: Jocelyn Horlacher Ross-Rayford

I am leaving my position at the Library to return to being a wife and homemaker for my wonderful husband. I came
to Ozark in 1996 from an upper middle class suburb of San Francisco, not knowing what I would find when I arrived. I
was coming to Alabama, Dale County, and Ozark. A town located in a state of great importance during the 19 th, and the
20th Century. I wondered if I would find a friend.
It was very satisfying to find persons here of the same caliber as those where I lived in Miami, Dallas, San Francisco
and Tokyo while raising a family with an international economist/banker. I have found the people of Ozark to be equally
kind, caring, intelligent, and refined. This is especially true of those I have known in the Friends of Ozark, the Friends of
the Library, the Historical/Genealogical Society, the Heritage Book Committee, the Business Women of Ozark, St
John’s and Saint Michael’s Churches.
Most impressive were Florine Colvin, her family, and the family of Orester and Brenda Harper, as well as their
outstanding daughter Oretha. Other bright, busy, and caring persons were Mr. Jarmon, his wife Lily as well as the
Matthews sisters and their niece Mrs. Bethel Terry. All have been outstanding teachers. I have had the pleasure of
meeting such dear friends Lou Ethel Flowers, Marian Jenkins, a person of multiple talents; and Liz Babine, a woman of
compassion and deep faith.
Ozark has also given me the opportunity to enjoy the generous spirits and bright minds of Judge McLaughlin, Judge
Fred R. Steagall, and Judge Garner, father and son. They lead with kindness and reason, in much the same way as their
outstanding predecessors Judge Val McGee and Mr. Henry Jenkins. All have made Ozark a very desirable place in
which to live and raise children. As a person who loves the printed word, I think the Adams family, especially Joe
Adams and his multi-talented wife, have led this town and county in a very positive direction during difficult periods.
Ozark owes them much gratitude and respect.
In 1999, while making Alabama my home, I began to work at this library. It has provided me an opportunity to work
with a variety of interesting persons. Sandra Holmes, a woman of considerable intellect, has also earned my respect.
She knows from her travels that a town without a “good library” cannot be a “good town” for long. She gives to this
Library Continuously. For 17 years our incomparable Darnell Johnson has been giving to our library, which is why he is
known in our library and beyond for his kindness and caring. It was 35 years ago, while serving in the Army and
stationed at Fort Rucker, he met and married a local lady.
Ms. Sonja Jones a.k.a. “The Purple Princess” was the Library’s “STAR”. In 2001, she was chosen to carry the
Olympic torch along Highway 98 into Biloxi, MS. Sadly, in 2005, our “Princess” passed away. We also miss sweet
Charlene. Charlene Pachall treated every patron as special, which helped to make this library “special”.
Ruth Rosenstrater was our Creative Spirit. She ran the Children’s section. She now writes at home. Presently, Cheryl
Schwarzkopf inspires our children as their Librarian. We are fortunate; we continue to have Ruth’s “omniscient” son
Michael with us, and he is our outstanding computer guru. Ashley Speck, my fellow employee of almost 17 years, has
been my wise young owl; outstanding, she has “pitch-perfect” judgement. I have asked her advice for everything I have
ever written or designed for the public---her opinions are always right.
Elaine Land, Sandra’s sweet and devoted Administrative Assistant, has now retired. Her friend Minta, our
cataloguer, took pride in being “old fashioned”. Holly Burns of the Circulation Desk is another “modern woman”.
Equally glamorous is Kristina Speck. Lesley Macquet from South Africa brings “old-fashioned dignity” of the British
sort to the Front Desk. Of much importance is Keisha Newman, who we are very lucky to have as a valuable volunteer,
and Barbara Daniels who does an outstanding job caring for our cleaning needs. Last but not least is Andrew Godeke, a
computer “techie” that was so good I brought him home to become my wonderful grandson-in-law.
This Library has treated me well. Now I go to Arguta--- with the wish that Ozark and Dale County will give my
replacement Joni Wood, this library, and our Director Sandra Holmes, everything they will need to create Ozark and
Dale County’s new library for a new generation. (I hope to help too, will you?)
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American Drifter by Heather Graham Wiregrass United Way Dr. Imogene Mixson
Artemis by Andy Weir Friends of the Library Jim & Elaine Land
Black Bart by Loren D. Estleman Ozark Literary Club Vivian B. Adams
Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories by Charlaine Ozark Rotary Club School
Harris Sue Switzer Sarah W. Medley
Count to Ten by James Patterson Jack Cumbie Judy & Danny Tarter
End Game by David Baldacci Bobbi Jo Hager Chris Sinquefield
George & Christine Betty S. Brown
Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee
Small Roderick D. Swanson
Family Tree by Susan Wiggs Jeff & Elizabeth Babine Kenya Richardson
Fellside by M.R. Carey
Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich FOL Building Fund
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson Wilton and Roberts Segers
Penric’s Mission by Lois McMaster Bujold
People vs. Alex Cross by James Patterson In Memory of Donor
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La
Cruz Patricia Auman Chuck Auman
Pulse by Felix Francis Ozark High School Joanne P. Knight
Quick & Dirty by Stuart Woods Class of 1957
Robert B. Parker’s Hangman’s Sonnet by Reed Farrel
Romanov Ransom by Clive Cussler
Room of White Fire by T. Jefferson Parker Tail Waggin’ Tutors
Rooster Bar by John Grisham will be at the Library
Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
Saboteur by Andrew Gross on Thursday, January 18,
Scandal in Battersea by Mercedes Lackey 2018 for the 10:30 & 4:30
Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb Story Times.
Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain
Store by James Patterson Dialogues on the Experience of War
Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
Our Dialogues on the Experience of War, a
Summer that Made Us by Robyn Carr
BESTSELLER LARGE PRINT FICTION study of World War II will begin on Thursday, Jan-
Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon uary 18 at 6:30 in our West Wing. MG (Ret) Lou
Driver by Hart Hanson Hennies will facilitate the program, as we study the
Enemy of the State by Vince Flynn book, Band of Brothers. Stop by the
Hawke’s Prey by Reavis Z. Wortham Library to pick up your copy.
BESTSELLER NONFICTION We look forward to seeing you on January 8.
It Takes Two (791.45 SCO)
Mary “The” Last (204 HUN) Food for Fines
BESTSELLER BIOGRAPHY Our fine-free campaign worked, and we had
Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary (B STANTON) many patrons participate by turning in their
Tanker Pilot (B HASARA) overdue materials and receiving forgiveness by
Three Lives of James Madison (B MADISON) donating a can of food for every $4.00 owed. This
World of Laura Ingalls Wilder (B WILDER) was good for us and it was also good for the people
I Know a Secret by Texx Gerritsen in our community who needed assistance during the
Indian Summer by Marcia Willett
holiday season. We estimate that we had over 200
Maggie’s War by Terrie Todd
items returned or cleared.
Farewell Jocelyn Rayford! After 18 years, our Reference/Genealogy Librarian is retiring. We will miss
her greatly, but we wish her the very best. When she joined our family here at the Library, it was the best
thing she could have done for us, for our community, and me. She started as a volunteer and that is how I
discovered her. She was cutting and pasting obituaries on an index card because that is how we did it back
then. I spent some time with her and after talking with her, I realized she was talented, intelligent, and well
educated, exactly what we needed here to make our Library grow. I thought then and still believe that a
good mind is a terrible thing to waste, so I invited her to join the Library as an employee. In the early years,
we worked together to present programs to our community, and she led the way. We worked to improve the
Library by initiating safety issues throughout the building; we constantly looked for qualified, innovative
people who could be a part of our organization; we worked with Friends of the Library, Friends of Ozark;
and started the Ozark and Dale County Genealogical and Historical Society. Our programs were great
because our goal was to open this Library to everyone in our community. Everyone was welcome. She
always had my back in those difficult days, and she was always by my side as we ventured forward with a
new vision for out Library, something I have never forgotten. She was instrumental in ensuring that our
Library was friendly, helpful, and cared about our community. We will greatly miss you Jocelyn, but I also
know you will still be around. Best wishes in your retirement.
Happy New Year! Our Friends of the Library always prepare for a new year with new memberships
and their annual Membership Luncheon. This year it will be held on Monday, January 29 at Noon.
We are also bringing you a new Book Club, which will begin on Tuesday, January 9 at 2:00.
Originated by Lou Harry, we believe this will be a great opportunity for individuals in our community to
join together to read and study good current literature. Come by and pick up your copy of Standing in the
Rainbow, written by Alabama’s own Fannie Flagg. Get your copy now and join us in this great discussion.
We hope we can have a successful group for our community.


Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

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Noon—AA Library Closed Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Happy New Year! 4:30—Story Time 2—Tech Class 1—Pokémon
Library Closed 6:30—NAR-ANON

7 8 9 10 11 12 13
10—Book Work Day 10:30—FOL Mtg 9—Library Board 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA 2—Book Club 10:30—FOL Board 2:00—Writer’s Forum 2—Tech Class 12:45pm—Popcorn & a
11—Baby & Me Noon—AA 4:30—Story Time 6:30—NAR-ANON Movie

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Library Closed 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
6—Concerned Citizens Tail Waggin’ Tutors 6:30—NAR-ANON

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10—Book Work Day 11—Baby & Me Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA 2:00—Writer’s Forum 2—Tech Class 1—Pokémon
4:30—Story Time 6:30—NAR-ANON

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10—Book Work Day Noon—AA