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October 2018 Volume 20 Issue 9

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 August 2018

Circulation 4890
Attendance 11,949
New Materials 181
Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Site Visits 10,921
The Society will not have a meeting in October,
Borrowers on Roll 11,268
but will resume on Monday, November 5th in the
Employment Searches 8,969
Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00.
Internet Use 2,730
Everyone is invited to attend.
E-Books 597

Quote of the Month LIBRARY HOURS

Tuesday through Thursday
One of the greatest gifts my brother and I 10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
received from my mother was her love of literature
Friday and Saturday
and language. With their boundless energy,
libraries open the door to these worlds and so many
10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
others. I urge young and old alike to embrace all Closed on Sunday & Monday
that libraries have to offer.
--Caroline Kennedy
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Sandra Holmes By Joni Wood
Have we finally finished with the long, hot
The Legend of Bill Sketoe
summer? I certainly hope so, and it could not have
come soon enough. This October is a busy month, and “Forgive them…forgive them” were the last words of
we hope you will join us for all the different activities prayer uttered by Reverend Bill Sketoe who, according to
we have planned for you, both children and adults. legend, was wrongfully hanged as a deserter by Captain Breare
The big event for Ozark is the 48th Annual Claybank and six Newton Home Guards. Reverend Sketoe, a Methodist
Jamboree scheduled for Saturday, October 6 from 9:00 minister, enlisted at the beginning of the Civil War and
until 4:00. There will be arts, crafts, food, amusements dutifully served for three years before learning of his ailing
wife back home. He paid for a substitute and headed home to
for children, and live entertainment. It is a great time be at his wife’s bedside; however, the home guards never gave
to come out and see what the people in our community him a chance to share his side of the story.
have to share. On December 3, 1864, Captain Breare and his men
On Saturday, October 13 the Friends of the Library ambushed Sketoe, bound his hands and feet, and took him to a
will hold their Fall Book and Bake Sale from 9:00 point by the Choctawatchee River beneath the current day
until 12:00. This is a Buy One Get One Free event and Alabama Highway 134 Bridge outside of Newton. A passerby,
Wesley Dowling, saw the group and pleaded with the men for
incudes a large assortment of books with prices
a fair trial – they had no right to be judge, jury, and
marked to sell. They will also have an array of executioner. Unfortunately, the men threatened Dowling with
homemade baked items to sell. the same demise if he interfered and Dowling then left. The
The Friends of the Library will have a Peanut Boil men became agitated when Reverend Sketoe chose his last
on Tuesday, October 16 at 4:00. They have booked words in life to be prayers for the Lord’s forgiveness for the
Rev. Ed Shirley of Brundidge to speak about men and not his own. One man hurriedly placed the rope
humorous and informative topics. You can sit under around Sketoe’s neck and wrapped the other end around the
limb of an oak tree while another man slapped the horse to pull
our pergola and enjoy boiled peanuts, a southern the buggy out from under him causing Sketoe to hang…or so
tradition. they thought. They failed to account for Sketoe’s height and he
Then, just in time for Halloween, join us for Ghost was able to tiptoe to relieve tension from the rope. Not soon
Stories from Antebellum Alabama. It will be held on after, George Echols, a man on crutches, used them to his
Thursday, October 25th at 3:30 in the West Wing. advantage and quickly dug a hole underneath Sketoe until the
unfortunate happened and Sketoe died. Later, a group of his
Well known Alabama historian Jim Phillips has an
friends laid him out in a cotton house across the road until
array of ghost stories from old Alabama that he will burying him in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
share. It should be interesting. The hole, for generations to come, became legend as the
hole that never remained filled up. Various eyewitness
The Library is hosting a Peanut Boil Tuesday October accounts over the years convey the same story – no matter how
the hole was filled up, by morning it was mysteriously cleaned
16th beginning at 4 p.m.
out. One tale involved brothers, A.E. & Thomas Roundtree,
hired in the 1890s to cover the new bridge who decided to set
up camp near the hole. Each night they filled up the hole until
one morning, the hole was empty. However, Marcus Rosser, a
lifelong resident of Newton, believes it is more of an unspoken
custom of the community according to the article, “The
Newton Ghost Revisited” by Helen Youngpeter. Rosser
remembers, as a young child, that kids would empty it of any
trash as they walked by to keep the legend going.
Could this be Sketoe’s ghost reminding us of his wrongful
death? Or simply an unspoken custom by a community for
over 100 years? What do you believe?
To read more about the Legend of Bill Sketoe, visit the
Creel Richardson Room today!
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Safe and Sound by Fern Michaels Wiregrass United Way Sue Switzer
Second Time Sweeter by Beverly Jenkins Friends of the Library Cecelia Kane
Serpentine by Laurel K. Hamilton Ozark Literary Club Michael C. Smith
Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher Ozark Rotary Club Marcie Frier
Sinners by Ace Atkins Dr. Imogene Mixson Richard Averett
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King Herman Judah Estate Jimmy Grice
Snow Country Christmas by Linda Lael Miller. Jim Land
Springfield 1880 by William W. Johnstone
Spy Master by Brad Thor
Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve
Still Me by Jojo Moyes Friends of the Library Book Sale Area
Stygian by Sherrilyn Kenyon The Friends of the Library Book Sale Area is
Suffer the Children by Lisa Black open from 10:00 until 7:00 Tuesday through
Sunburn by Laura Lippman Thursday and 10:00 until 5:00 Friday and
Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green Saturday. We invite you to visit and see the
Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella great collection of good books at rock bottom
Sweet Vengeance by Fern Michaels prices. All proceeds go directly to support the
Swift Vengeance by T. Jefferson Parker
Tailspin by Sandra Brown
Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris Shop for good deals on books. The selection
Texas Free by Janet Dailey changes weekly. We have paperbacks,
Thief by J.R. Ward hardbacks, nonfiction, National Geographic
Thief’s Mark by Carla Neggers Magazines, fiction, videos and audiobooks.
This Scorched Earth by William Gear
To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon
To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear
Tom Clancy: Line of Sight by Mike Maden Come join us Saturday, October 27th in the West
Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty Wing of the Library for a Halloween Party
Tree Borne by Caleb Johnson Pokémon Style!
Turbulence by Stuart Woods
Unbridled by Diana Palmer
Vox by Christina Dalcher
Zoo 2 by James Patterson
Wedding on Bluebird Way by Lori Wilde
What the Bishop Saw by Vannetta Chapman
When the Bishop Needs an Alibi by Vannetta .
Where Hope Begins by Catherine West
Where Secrets Sleep by Marta Perry
Whispered Kiss by Marcia Lynn McClure
Woman in the Woods by John Connolly E-Books
Words From the Heart by Kathleen Fuller Simply log on
Ziegfeld Girls by Sarah Barthel and type in your Library card number, be sure
BESTSELLER NONFICTION to include the entire 13-digit number, except
Resistance is Futile! (320.513 C) the final number. Enjoy your chosen material
Strange Death of Europe (940.56 MUR) on your computer, mobile device, Kindle, iPad,
Wonder Weeks (649.12 VAN) or other compatible devices.
By Lou Harry

Spend October at Ozark Dale County Library! We start with a bang on the 13th with a
Book and Bake Sale. Please come to this great event. It will be Buy One Get One Free. You
should find some real bargains. We’ll begin calling for volunteers to contribute Baked Goods.
So, when you get the phone call, say yes and start baking! You may bring your item to the
Library on Friday or Saturday morning. Then plan to stay and browse.
The Ghosts are out and about on the 25th when we host historian Jim Philips. There will be
Scary entertainment in the West Wing from 3:30-4:30. Come enjoy Antebellum Ghost Stories
and light refreshments. Following the Ghost Stories, at 4:30, the kids will have a wonderful
time in the Children's Library with a spooktacular party!
The Party continues Pokémon style on Oct. 27th at 1:00 in the West Wing. Refreshments
will be served. On Tuesday, October 9, the Book Club will review Letters From the Earth
by Mark Twain. Don’t forget our Peanut Boil scheduled for Tuesday, October 16th at 4:00.
Local humorous speaker, John Pruitt, will entertain us with local news while we enjoy
our boiled peanuts under the pergola.

A PLEA TO ALL FRIENDS! We r eally need ideas or nominations for next year ’s
slate of officers. Without your support, we will not be able to have a successful Friends
of the Library group. Please tell all your friends how much we need you so we can move


Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

1 2 3 4 5 6
10—Book Work Day 4—Lego Club Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA 5:30—AA 4:30—Story Time 2—Tech Class 10:30—Kids’ Art
6:30—NAR-ANON 1—Pokémon
Claybank Jamboree

7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Noon—AA 10:30—FOL Planning 9—Library Board Mtg 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9—FOL Book/Bake Sale
Columbus Day—Closed 2—FOL Book Club 10:30—FOL Board Mtg 4:30—Story Time 2—Tech Class 9-10—Computer Class
6:30—NAR-ANON 10:30—Kid’s Art
4—Lego Club Noon—AA
12:45—Popcorn & a Movie
5:30—AA 1—Pokémon

14 15 16 17 18 19 20
10—Book Work Day 2—FOL Book Club Noon—AA 10:30—Tail Waggin’ Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA 4—Lego Club Tutors 2—Tech Class 10:30—Kid’s Art
6—Friends of Ozark 4—Peanut Boil 2:00—Writer’s Forum 6:30—NAR-ANON 1—Pokémon
4:30—Tail Waggin’
5:30—AA Tutors

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10—Book Work Day 5:30—AA Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9-10—Computer Class
Noon—AA 3:30—Ghost Stories 2—Tech Class 10:30—Kid’s Art
6—Concerned Citizens 4:30—Halloween 6:30—NAR-ANON 1—Pokémon

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10—Book Work Day 5:30—AA Noon—AA