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April 2018 Volume 20 Issue 4

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
Admin Assist/Bookkeeper Jennifer Simpson
Children’s Librarian Cheryl Schwartzkopf
Processor Karen Speck
Circulation Clerk Darnell Johnson
Circulation Clerk Kristina Speck
Cataloger Lou Harry
Custodian Barbara Daniels
IT Andrew Godeke

Statistics for February 2018

Circulation 6,111
Attendance 9,650
New Materials 106
Site Visits 176,104
Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Borrowers on Roll 10,369
Employment Searches 2,879 The Society will meet Monday, April 2nd in the
Internet Use 2,806 Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00. Everyone is
invited to attend.
Genealogy Users 511
E-Books 654
Quote of the Month Tuesday through Thursday
“I may not be an explorer, or an 10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
adventurer, or a treasure-seeker, or a gunfighter, Friday and Saturday
Mr. O’ Connell, but I am proud of what I am… 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
I, am a librarian!”
From the movie, The Mummy Closed on Sunday & Monday
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By Joni Wood
Our Children’s Librarian, Cheryl, had wonderful
The Brackin Theatres
educational activities planned for our children during
their Spring Break. On Tuesday, they planted
Let’s all take a step back in time to Ozark’s public
vegetables in their raised beds with the guidance of
square in late 1945. Can you imagine a busy square
Master Gardeners Pat Dunlap and Janet Shinaberry.
packed with men, women, children, and soldiers of all
On Thursday, Ted Sobay and Darnell Johnson
ages walking around the square? Can you imagine the
entertained the group with Magic Show tricks. On
time that Ozark was home to not one, but three theatres
Friday, we had Ozark native, professional Artist and
all open and operating at the same time? All thanks to
Illustrator Brett Brooks return to share his talent with
one man – Walter J. Brackin – this was a reality for our
us. This young man has made it big; he did not forget
small town. Brackin owned and operated the Dale,
his roots! Thanks to these volunteers who made the
Claire, and Brackin Theatres, collectively known as The
children’s Spring Break memorable. Thanks to Cheryl
Brackin Theatres, while his daughter, Etta Claire,
for making it all possible. We really have a great
managed the Claire Theatre.
community and a great Library. Many thanks to the
The Dale Theatre opened October 1937 on the
countless people who contribute and work together to
square’s north side at the location of the old J.W.
make us what we are.
Dowling building. The grand opening featured the
National Library Week is April 8-14 and is a time
movie “Love is on the Air” starring Ronald Reagan and
to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s public
tickets cost only a quarter for adults, or the equivalent of
libraries, library workers, and to promote library use
$4.26 today. The theatre closed temporarily for the
and support. From free access to books and online
summer in 1957; however, the Southern Star didn’t run
services for families to library business centers that
any show time ads again. The renovated theatre opened
help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries
as the Kenwin Shop in February 1962.
offer a wide variety of resources and a unique
The Claire Theatre opened April 1942 on the
opportunity for all. This year’s theme is “Libraries
square’s west side on Broad Street across from the Ford
Lead,” and indeed we do. In celebration of this event,
agency and next to Holman Furniture. Brackin opened
we will offer Fine-Free Month. Return your overdue
the theatre in response to the influx of 30,000 soldiers
library materials during the month of April and receive
stationed at Camp Rucker. The air-conditioned theatre
amnesty for any fines that you may owe.
had 1,000 comfortable opera chairs for seating.
National Volunteer Week follows on April 15-21.
Although the last show time ads appeared in October
The Friends’ Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon is
1945, miscellaneous meetings occurred in the theatre
scheduled for April 24 at Noon. We appreciate all our
until May 1947 when it opened as the Holman’s
Volunteers and want to express our appreciation by
Bargain Annex.
honoring them. Because of a generous donation from
The Brackin Theatre, also constructed to help
Bette Byrd, we are able to host our volunteers at a
accommodate the soldiers, opened October 1945 on
luncheon in their honor. Thank you, Bette!
West Broad Street. The theatre was host to Hank
Williams and his Drifting Cowboys in September 1950.
All discarded books are $1 or less! The world’s first 3D feature length motion picture,
“Bwana Devil”, showed in 1953. The last show time ads
ran in May 1975 and the building was demolished in
February 1999.
Come check Mr. Brackin also owned and operated the Ozark
Theatre after it reopened in early 1942, though show
them out before time ads stopped appearing by the end of 1942. Upon
his death in 1947, his wife, Fannie, assumed ownership
they’re all gone. of the theatres and opened the Fan Drive-In in 1952. To
learn more about the theatres of our past, visit the Creel
Richardson Room and browse through our files.
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Child of a Mad God by R.A. Salvatore Wiregrass United Way Harry Wistrand
Death in Live Oak by James Grippando Friends of the Library Dr. Imogene Mixson
Gate Keeper by Charles Todd Ozark Literary Club Thomas & Joan Dickey
Girl Unknown by Karen Perry Ozark Rotary Club Pat Coffey
Great Alone by Kristin Hannah Sue Switzer Regina Mobley
Here’s To Us by Elin Hilderbrand Jack Cumbie Mike Ziegler
Darrell Spraggins Ann Estes
Into the Black Nowhere by Med Gardiner
Robert Crosby Gertrude Talbert
Island House by Nancy Thayer
Ronn Roberts
Mississippi Roll by George R.R. Martin Bob Harry
Munich by Robert Harris
Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White
Operator Down by Brad Taylor In Honor of Donor
Past Perfect by Danielle Steel Herman Jackson Robert Crosby
Poison by John Lescroart In Memory of Donor
Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz
Refuge Cove by Janet Dailey
Right Time by Danielle Steel Patricia Auman Chuck Auman
Robert Walters Carol Dawson
Robicheaux by James Lee Burke
Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti
Space Between Words by Michele Phoenix
Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne APRIL IS FINE-FREE MONTH!
These Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart
Tiger in the House by Jacqueline Sheehan
Touch of Scarlet by Renee Ryan April has National Volunteer Week
Trap the Devil by Ben Coes AND National Library Week. In
Trapped Girl by Robert Dugoni celebration, we are offering Fine-Free
Two of Us by Victoria Bylin Month. Simply bring back your overdue
Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb materials and we will remove your fines.
Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris
Wayward by Blake Crouch
Where the Sweet Bird Sings by Ella Joy Olsen
Worman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne
Don’t forget
Queens of the Conquest (920 WEI)
Rossen to the Rescue (650.73 ROS) April 17,
Supreme Power (347.7326 S) 2018 is the
Washington’s Monument (975.3 GOR) deadline to
What Unites Us (323.6509 R)
Word By Word (413.02 STA) file taxes!
Endurance (B KELLY)
Grant (B GRANT)
Last Girl (B MURAD)
Man of the Hour (B CONANT)
Dare Not Linger (B MANDELA)
Lou Harry

The Book, Plant and Bake Sale was a great success with a total of $1342.35! We
would like to thank the Master Gardeners for their donation and their hard work. Thanks
to all the bakers and Book Sale Ladies for making this a success. Without your hard work,
this event would not have been possible.
Everyone is invited to our Book Club the second Tuesday of each month. On April
10th at 2:00, we will discuss A ll The Light We Can Not See by Anthony Doerr. Then on
May 8th at 2:00, we will discuss A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. We have a
great time discussing the books and sharing information. Join us for a great discussion.
Stop by the Library to pick up your book.
Come join the Friends of the Library (FOL) monthly Board Planning meeting on the
2nd Tuesday at 10:30, as we move forward with plans to build a New Library. Also, join
us on the following day, Wednesday, April 11 at 10:30 for the regular monthly Board
meeting. This is an exciting time for the Friends and the Library, and you do not want to
miss out. Be a part of the exciting things happening at your Library.

APRIL 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
10-Book Work Day 2--FOL Book Club Noon—AA 10:30– Story Time Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Noon — AA 4pm—Lego Club 4:30– Story Time 2—Tech Class 1—Pokémon

8 9 10 11 12 13 14
10:30—Story Time
10—Book Work Day 10:30— FOL Planning 9— Library Board Mtg Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
2:00—Writer’s Forum
Noon—AA 10:30 FOL Board Mts 4:30—Story Time 2—Tech Class 12:45—Popcorn & a
6—Concerned Citizens Noon—AA 6:30—NAR-ANON Movie

15 16 17 18 19 20 21
10-Book Work Day 4– Lego Club Noon—AA 10:30—Tail Waggin’ Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA Tutors 2—Tech Class 1—Pokémon
4:30—Tail Waggin’ 6:30—NAR-ANON

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10—Book Work Day Noon– FOL Vol. Luncheon 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