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August 2018 Volume 20 Issue 8

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/IT Andrew Godeke
Cataloger Lou Harry
Custodian Barbara Daniels
Circulation Clerk/Amazon Oscar Dunn

Statistics for July 2018

Circulation 4,744
Attendance 13,480
New Materials 276
Site Visits 10,561
Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Borrowers on Roll 11,126
Employment Searches 4,586 The Society will meet Monday, August 4th in the
Internet Use 4,260 Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00. Everyone is
invited to attend.
E-Books 425

Quote of the Month Tuesday through Thursday
When we build a public library, we 10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
don’t have to pay to get in, but when we build a Friday and Saturday
stadium, we have to pay the owner every time 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
we go to a game.
---Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura Closed on Sunday & Monday
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Sandra Holmes By Joni Wood
School starts August 10. This is just a reminder that German POWs in Alabama
school buses will be out again, and we all should drive During World War II, Alabama was home to
carefully, especially when the busses are loading and approximately 16,000 German (and some Italian) Prisoners of
unloading our children. This is also a time for parents War spread across four major camps and 20 branch camps.
and students to check out our supply of required reading The major camps were Camp Aliceville, Camp Opelika, Fort
materials. Be sure to visit our webpage or pick up a McClellan, and our own Camp Rucker. A few local branch
copy of the Children’s newsletter for a full array of all camps were located in Abbeville, Andalusia, Clio, Dothan,
our many programs and activities available. Elba, Geneva, Luverne, and Troy. The 16,000 POWs were
The Library is moving right along with our just a small fraction of the 275,000 enemy soldiers captured
fundraising for the new building, but we still have a long after an Allied Victory in North Africa against the German
way to go. As many of you know, our building was and Italian Armies in 1943. These POWs went to various
built in 1956 and is now showing its age. It has served camps throughout the United States, including 2,000 to Camp
us well, and we are grateful for forward thinking Rucker, where they remained until Germany’s surrender in
individuals such as Mayor Douglas Brown who had the 1945. Throughout their captivity, the prisoners experienced a
vision to build a Library for the people of Ozark and simple life of leisure and work.
Dale County. It takes not only much money to build, Life in the POW camps followed the parameters
but also takes much work to get the job done. We need established by the 1929 Geneva Convention for the treatment
all visionary people to step forward to help us plan and of prisoners of war. Thus, the Camp Rucker prisoners, who
make our new Library a reality. I am reminded of the lived behind stockades and barbed wire on Dilly Branch
words from Proverbs, “Where there is no vision the Road, had access to recreational, educational, and social
people perish.” We meet with the architects this week opportunities, as well as access to plenty of food and a
and hope we will soon have a preliminary drawing for canteen. According to the Encyclopedia of A labama, a
all to see. German prisoner at another camp described the camp “as a
A great lady, friend of the Library, and an altogether golden cage” in a letter written home to his family. The only
complaint from them, according to W.D. Thomason, Dale
special person passed away. Dr. Roberta Hyers passed
County agent, was the year round summer heat here in
on June 29, but her memory will be long remembered
Alabama. Naturally, this perceivable pampering of the
because of her many contributions to our community,
prisoners caused some resentment among Alabama residents
especially to our Library. She served as President of the who were experiencing rationing during the War.
Friends of the Library and for many years as head of our At Camp Rucker, prisoners worked at local farms,
Book Sale Area, during which time the Friends and the sawmills, and other various locations to help relieve the stress
Book Sale Area flourished. The Board and staff of the of the labor shortage caused by the war with a pay rate of .75
Library send our heartfelt condolences to Earl, former cents a day. In a May 2007 Southern Star article, “Rare
Chairman of the Library Board, and her family. Picture Shows German POWs on Farm in Barbour County”,
Keith Byrd and siblings Don & Dot Phillips recollect
All discarded books are FREE!! childhood memories of POWs working on their respective
family farms harvesting peanuts. All agreed the prisoners
seemed friendly and hardworking, often taking the time to
play and speak, in broken English, with them. The Phillips
Come check siblings also recalled picking them up from a branch camp in
Clio that had tents behind barbed wire. Mrs. Manonia Snell,
them out in a speech given at the July 2013 meeting of the Dale County
before they’re Genealogical & Historical Society, shared that her father, J.D.
Martin, picked up prisoners every morning to work at
all gone. Galloway Mill with the sawmill crew and later invited them
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Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky Wiregrass United Way
Between You and Me by Susan Wiggs Friends of the Library
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris Ozark Literary Club
Die By the Gun by William W. Johnstone Ozark Rotary Club
Dreams of Falling by Karen White Sue Switzer
Fade to Black by Heather Graham Jack Cumbie
Fall of Shannara by Terry Brooks Kimberly Cline
Mary Lee
Grace by Paul Lynch
Judy Alldredge
Gray Ghost by Clive Cussler William Chesser
Greed by Scott Bergstrom Lisa Payne
He by John Connolly Estate of Jewell B. Hudson
Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas Brenda Young
High Voltage by Karen Marie Moning Teresa Vernon
Hills Have Spies by Mercedes Lackey Buddy Bell
I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon William Libby
Becoming the Talbot Sisters by Rachel Linden In Memory of Donor
Don’t Call Me Cupcake by Tara Sheets
High Treason by DiAnn Mills Roberta Hyers Dr. Imogen Mixson
His Risk by Shelley Shepard Gray Jewell Hudson ALPHA KAPPA
Hold Back the Dark by Kay Hooper Chapter of Ozark
Home With You by Shirlee McCoy
Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh Giselle Garrett Sara Carroll
Giselle Garrett Woodland Grove
Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh
Baptist Church
House of Secrets by V.C. Andrews
Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman
In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen German POWs in Alabama (Cont.)
Insidious Intent by Val McDermid
to dinner and some even became friends that stayed in
Just One Thing by Holly Jacobs
touch after the war.
Today, although the buildings on Dilly Branch
Between Hope and Fear (614.47 K)
Road were demolished after the surrender of Germany
In the Enemy’s House (327.1247 B)
in 1945, there are other physical traces of their
Jefferson’s Daughters (920 KER) existence at Camp Rucker. According to a 2014
Killing the Deep State (973.933 C) article in the A rmy Flier, “History: If Walls Could
Lost City of the Monkey God (972.85 PRE) Talk, the Tales They’d Tell”, POWs were recruited to
Media Madness (973.933 K) perform various updates on the Camellia and
Member of the Family (364.1523 L) Magnolia Houses, and the Chapel on Shamrock
Murder Beyond the Grave (364.15 PAT) Street. German and Italian POW craftsmen modified
Murder, Interrupted (364.15 PAT) and enriched the Camellia and Magnolia Houses using
One Long Night (365.45 PIT) heart pine unique to Camp Rucker. The Chapel, today
Our Father (226.96 F) known as Headquarters Chapel, is one of the few
Out of the Ooze (368.4 ZAI) remaining wooden buildings from World War II and
Poland (943.8 POL) contains an altar, lectern, podium, rail, and four chairs
Portraits of Courage (759.13 BUS) all built by POWs.
President McKinley (973.88 MER) To learn more about the German POWs in
Purple Diaries (791.43 EGA) Alabama, visit the Creel Richardson Room today.
By Lou Harry

ATTENTION ALL FRIENDS! It is time to r eally get busy with plans for the new Libr ar y. As
we move forward, we need everyone (yes, that means YOU!). We need your ideas to make this new
library building a reality. So, please, come to the next Board Meeting of the Friends on August 8 at 10:30
in the West Wing. You will learn what is being done and how you can help.
School starts this month so the Children’s Story Time is back to Thursday at 10:30 and 4:30. Classes
continue on Fridays for electronic devices and on Saturday for computer class, just to mention a few of
the services that are offered by the Library (FREE). The Friends’ continued support helps make these
great. Be proud of what we do.
The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah is the book under review by our Book Club in August. We will
meet Tuesday, August 14 at 2:00 in the West Wing. We have read some great books with lively
discussions. Refreshments are served and a good time is had by all. Come join us.
Look here next month for upcoming events.


Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

1 1 2 3 4
Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon– AA 9-10—Computer Class
4:30—Story Time 2—Tech Class 10:30—Kids’ Art
6:30—NAR-ANON 1—Pokémon

5 6 7 8 9 10 11
10—Book Work Day 10:30—FOL Planning 9—Library Board Mtg 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA 4—Lego Club 10:30—FOL Board Mtg 2:00—Writer’s Forum 2—Tech Class 12:45—Popcorn & a
6—GEN/HIS Noon—AA 4:30—Story Time 6:30—NAR-ANON Movie

12 13 14 15 16 17 18
10—Book Work Day 2—FOL Book Club Noon—AA 10:30—Tail Waggin’ Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA Tutors 2—Tech Class 1—Pokémon
6—Friends of Ozark 4:30—Tail Waggin’ 6:30—NAR-ANON

19 20 21 22 23 24 25
10—Book Work Day 4—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—Kids’ Art
6—Concerned Citizens 4:30—Story Time 6:30—NAR-ANON 1—Pokémon

26 27 28 29 30 31
10—Book Work Day Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA
Noon—AA 4:30—Story Time 2—Tech Class

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