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June 2019 Volume 22 Issue 6

416 James Street

Ozark, Alabama 36360
Phone (334) 774-5480
Board of Directors

Marie Black
Imogene Mixson Bill Johnson
Marian Jenkins Christina Faulkner
Library Staff
Full Time Staff
Director Sandra J. Holmes
Part Time Staff
Admin Assist Jewnita Clark
Genealogy Librarian Joni Wood
Bookkeeper Jeff Devine
Children’s Librarian Cheryl Schwartzkopf
Cataloger Lou Harry
Processor Karen Speck
Circulation Clerk Darnell Johnson
Circulation Clerk/IT Andrew Godeke
Circulation Clerk/Amazon Oscar Dunn
Custodian Barbara Daniels

Statistics for April 2019

Circulation 2,981
E-Books 480
Attendance 8,131
New Materials 499
Site Visits 511,470
Borrowers on Roll 11,716
Employment Searches 8,526 Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Internet Use 1,908 The Society will meet on Monday, June 3rd in the
Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00.
Everyone is invited to attend.

Quote of the Month LIBRARY HOURS

The only thing you absolutely have to know, Tuesday through Thursday
is the location of the library. 10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
---Albert Einstein Friday and Saturday
10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Sunday & Monday
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Sandra J. Holmes From the Creel Richardson Room
By: Joni Wood
It is time for me to say good bye! It has been a
Kill Kare Kamp – Newton’s Own Summer Resort
great 22 years that I have thoroughly enjoyed, but it
is time to let go and let someone younger with more
Spurgeon T. Jones opened the once popular summer
enthusiasm and vigor take over. I will always have
resort, Kill Kare Kamp, in 1915 in Newton. The resort
my many memories of this wonderful place and all
remained open, albeit with several management changes,
the incredible people I have met. I remember the
until around the close of World War II. While under Jones’
early days and those who helped make this Library
management, it was a family affair in maintaining and
what it is today, but many are all gone now: running the resort and all of its amenities. Herbert,
Elizabeth Babine, Roberta Hyers, Val McGee, Spurgeon’s son, recalled spending his boyhood summers
Manonia Snell, and Mary Stewart just to name a few. learning to swim, enjoying the water, and helping maintain
I am especially grateful to the Board Chairmen and the pool, which they drained and cleaned weekly. According
the sage advice they gave: James Carroll who told to Spurgeon’s obituary in the February 28th 1946 issue of the
me to “run the library like a business, the customer Southern Star, he was “ one of Dale County’s most
(our patron) is always right, and ask the people what influential citizens and held in high esteem” by all who
they want in a Library”; Charles Auman who was knew him. Not only was he the proprietor of the resort, but
responsible for all the much needed safety features he was also a successful farmer and an active member in the
we installed because there were none; Earl Hyers, community’s civic, religious, political, business, and public
who started us on the road to preparing for a new education affairs.
Library; and Marie Black who has worked tirelessly Kill Kare Kamp was located in the Choctawhatchee
to help our dream of a new Library come true. And river basin on the south side of the river, about a quarter
thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who have mile from Hwy 231 and 2 miles from Newton. The resort
helped make us great, especially the Friends of the featured a large pool fed by frigid waters from three nearby
Library and members of the Book Sale Room flowing wells. The pool had three concrete sections with one
volunteers. deep enough for diving from both a high and a low board.
Our employees are incredibly talented people who For longer visits, the camp offered camping areas, cabins,
all are personable and hard workers. Even though and a 38-room hotel for guests. Other amenities included a
pavilion, restaurant, and a dance floor with a jukebox. They
their salaries are very low, they continue to serve the
also offered swimsuits available to rent for the day – 25
people in our county. I must commend each who
cents for adults and 10 cents for kids. Later during WWII
have contributed to this Library his or her individual
and the Korean War, the cabins were rented to people who
talents, knowledge, skills, and experience. This has
were working on Camp Rucker when available housing was
helped the Library run smoothly and effectively.
critically low.
Each employee is devoted to Library and community Although many adults at the time thought it was
service, and they have always been committed to scandalous for men and women to swim and frolic together,
making this Library the best it can possibly be. Many it didn’t stop the large crowds from visiting year after year
of our employees have served for many years, and from Newton, Daleville, Ozark, Troy, and the surrounding
we thank them for their dedication to public library Wiregrass towns. The camp was often host to family
service. I greatly appreciate all of the hard work they reunions as well as church and school picnics where all
have put in over the years, and we have certainly would have a fun time! Kill Kare Kamp was our own family
made a great team. I wish all of you the very best. friendly resort where visitors could “kill their cares away”
and just enjoy life! To learn more about Kill Kare Kamp and
its first proprietor, Spurgeon T. Jones, visit the Creel
Richardson Local History & Genealogy Room today!
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BESTSELLER FICTION Wiregrass United Way Sue Switzer
Big Kahuna by Janet Evanovich Friends of the Library Jerry W. Pair
Cornwalls are Gone by James Patterson Charles Holman Brenda S. Minton
Fall of Crazy House by James Patterson Commercial Bank William Chesser
First Lady by James Patterson Richard Averett Latisha Sample
Last Second by Catherine Coulter Jon Warrick Bill Smith
Neon Prey by John Sandford Samuel E. & Wanda Hawkins Betty Childree
Redemption by David Baldacci D.A. Smith Middle School Linda Paramore
Run Away by Harlan Coben Dolores Martin Edward R. White
Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline In Memory of Donor
As Time Goes By by Melody Carlson
Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar Carolyn Gaither Keloth A. Thompson
Early Riser by Jasper Fforde
Heart of Mine by Caroline Fyffe NEW BUILDING DONATIONS
Of Fire and Lions by Mesu Andrews Keloth A. Thompson Jewnita Clark
One Thing I Know by Kara Isaac William D. McLaughlin Mary E. Garrett
Perfect Alibi by Phillip Margolin WoodmenLife Chapter 1498 Barbara Daniels
Persian Gamble by Joel C. Rosenberg Autumn & April McReady Pamela G. Corbitt
Ransom of the Heart by Susan Page Davis Michael & Cynthia Smith
Beverly Ketchum
Secret Life of Mac by Melinda Metz
Silhouette Girl by V.C. Andrews
Sisters Hemingway by Annie England Noblin
Snow Gypsy by Lindsay Jayne Ashford Carnival Donations
Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen
Mueller Report (364 MUE)
Andrews Avenue Animal Hospital
Finisher by David Baldacci B & B Inflatables WalMart
Great Jeff by Tony Abbott Billy Donegan WDFX
Keeper by David Baldacci Circle Insurance Agency
Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts Dr. Kenneth Brown WTVY
Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare William McLaughlin
Warriors: New Prophecy: Midnight by Erin Hunter
West by Edith Pattou
Dr. Oliver & Bonnie Crawford
Width of the World by David Baldacci Farmer’s Furniture
Fay Hale Townsend Building Supply
Holman Funeral Home
Julie Davis TCH Southern Timber
Marvin’s Steve Clouse
Mayor Bob Bunting
McDonald’s Southern Star
Mike Arthur Sonic
Milky Moo’s Reddy Ice
by Jeff Devine
Summer is just around the corner, and we are already feeling the heat! This is the perfect time to stop by the Library
and pick up the latest books to enjoy over the summer. The Library also has a wide selection of e-books, and you can
borrow them for free on a supported device just like checking out printed books. We are also excited to remind everyone
that the Friends of the Library (FOL) and the Library are sponsoring a carnival! We will have a huge inflatable waterslide,
fun carnival games and prizes, a dunking booth, face painting, plenty of other fun activities, and some delicious food! We
are sponsoring this event to raise much-needed funds for the Library’s project to build a new library. Admission to the
event is free, and it will be held on the front lawn of the Library on Saturday, June 1 from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. This
event would not be possible without the support of area businesses and individuals. A full list of donors can be found on
page 3. If you would like to make a donation, you can mail it to the library or donate in person at the carnival.
We will hold a book club the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2pm. Our June 18 meeting will be a BYOB (bring your own
book!) Please be sure to attend and bring a few friends, too!
Finally, we would like to say a few words about a very special individual who has played an integral role in the
operation of the Library for over two decades in her role as Library Director. Mrs. Sandra J. Holmes will retire on June 6.
We are thrilled for her because she has fully dedicated herself to ensuring the success and expansion of the Library, she
has worked extremely hard for many years while improving the Library, and her leadership ushered it into the 21 st century.
She certainly deserves to retire; however, we are deeply saddened to see her leave. She has been such an important figure
at the Library, and it will be difficult to imagine this place without her vital presence. She has touched so many lives and
has helped countless people in myriad ways. She exemplifies the best qualities of a director: strong, effective, and kind
leadership; a desire to mentor and help employees become the best they can possibly be; a determination to make this
Library the finest institution possible; a profound commitment to duty and service to the community; a deep desire to help
others; an unmatched kindness and generosity that has made working with her a privilege and a pleasure; and many other
qualities that make this lady such a special individual. Sandra has served this Library exceptionally well, and she will be
greatly missed. We wish her the best in her future and hope she enjoys a well-deserved retirement.

JUNE 2019

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2 3 4 4—Lego Club 5 Noon—AA 6 7 8

1-Pokémon 10—Book Work Day 5:30—AA 2:00—SRP Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
Noon—AA 2—Tech Class 12:45—Popcorn & a
6-GEN/HIS Movie

9 10 11 12 13 14 15
1-Pokémon 10—Book Work Day 5:30—AA Noon—AA 2:00—Writer’s Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
Noon—AA Forum 2—Tech Class 1—Pokémon
6—Friends of Ozark 2:00—SRP

16 17 18 19 20 21 22
1-Pokémon 10—Book Work Day 2—FOL Book Club Noon—AA 2:00—SRP Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
Noon—AA 4—Lego Club 2-Tech Class 1—Pokémon
6-—Concerned Citizens 5:30—AA

23/30 24 25 26 27 28 `29
1-Pokémon 10—Book Work Day 5:30—AA Noon—AA 2:00—Writer’s Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
Noon—AA Forum 2—Tech Class 10:30—Kids’ Art
2:00—SRP 1—Pokémon