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August 2019 Volume 22 Issue 8

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
Part Time Staff

Interim Director/Processor Karen Speck

Genealogy Librarian Joni Wood
Bookkeeper Jeff Devine
Cataloger Lou Harry
Circulation Clerk Darnell Johnson
Circulation Clerk/IT Andrew Godeke
Circulation Clerk/Amazon Oscar Dunn
Circulation Clerk Alexander Matthews
Custodian Barbara Daniels

Statistics for June 2019

Circulation 2,832
E-Books 461
Attendance 16,040
New Materials 94
Site Visits 1,029,290
Borrowers on Roll 11,898
Employment Searches 9.691 Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Internet Use 2,106 The Society will meet on Monday, August 5th in the
Genealogy Use 156 Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00.
Facebook Engaged User 950 Everyone is invited to attend.
Facebook Lifetime Likes 1,664

Quote of the Month LIBRARY HOURS

Tuesday through Thursday
“Libr ar ians ar e almost always ver y 10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
helpful and often almost absurdly Friday and Saturday
knowledgeable. Their skills are probably very 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
underestimated and largely underemployed.”
Closed on Sunday & Monday
~Charles Medawar
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From the Creel Richardson Room
It is that time again! This month, students will be By: Joni Wood
experiencing that exciting feeling associated with
heading back to school after summer break. We would Dr. A.D. Matthews – The Man Behind the Bronze Bust
like to invite students to bring in their required reading
lists for school so we can ensure that we have enough
copies of the books to meet their needs. We hope On September 8, 1957, Carroll High School’s football
everyone has enjoyed their summer vacation and that stadium was dedicated as the Dr. A.D. Matthews Stadium
everyone has a great start to the new school year. and a bronze bust, with a striking likeness to Dr. Matthews,
was erected in front of the ticket windows in his honor. This
The Library always has something going on for honor was bestowed upon him for his invaluable
everybody. Art Club, for instance, is a great program contributions and service to Dale County during his lifetime.
for children that helps to nurture artistic knowledge and He was a member of the Dale County Board of Education
skills. It is held on the 1st and last Saturday of each for 36 years (1921-1957) and served as chairman for 20 of
month from 10:30 a.m. until noon. We supply all those years. In addition to his contributions to education, he
materials, so just bring your enthusiasm and come have was also an exemplary physician for 42 years.
a great time learning and exploring different art
techniques. Dr. A.D. Matthews was born October 9, 1886 in Rocky
Head, AL. After graduating from the Baptist Collegiate
We unfortunately have some sad news to report. Institute in Newton, he attended the Alabama Medical
Cheryl Schwartzkopf, our Children’s Librarian, will be College at Mobile from 1907 – 1911. He interned in New
moving away from the Ozark-Dale County area. She York from 1911-1913 and returned home to open a practice
wishes to say farewell to everyone and has prepared the in Ariton in 1913. For a few months during World War I, he
following remarks: “With regret, I have to resign my was away serving as a 1st Lieutenant in the Medical Corps of
position as Children’s Librarian at the Library. My the 81st Wildcat Division. In 1933, Dr. Matthews moved his
husband accepted employment in Warner Robins, practice to Ozark and his office was located in the Ozark
Georgia, where we previously lived and worked for City Bank building. He was the team physician for Carroll’s
nine years. There, the schools start back August 1, so football team and sat bench side with them during all home
and away games. During the latter part of World War II, he
we must move quickly in time for our youngest son to
was the only physician in Ozark. Three others had passed
begin the school year with his new classmates. I have away over a period of a year and two were serving in the
thoroughly enjoyed serving as the Children’s Librarian War. As you can imagine, this kept him busy working
at the Ozark Dale County Library! I am so thankful to around the clock and required three shifts of nurses to help
have known so many wonderful people and him! A few years after the war ended, the Dale County
experienced so much joy being a part of the Ozark and Hospital opened in 1951 and Dr. A.D. Matthews became its
Dale County community. I treasure your kindnesses. first chief of staff. After almost 42 years of continuous
Your best days are still ahead!” service to the Dale County community, Dr. Matthews retired
in 1955 due to his ill health.
Don’t worry, though. In preparation for her
departure, Cheryl has trained Oscar to continue Dr. A.D. Matthews passed away on February 20, 1959
offering the excellent children’s programs you have all after a long illness. According to the front-page news article
come to enjoy. We will certainly feel Cheryl’s absence. in the Southern Star, “Dr. A.D. Matthews Passes Fri. After
She has been a vital member of the Ozark Dale County Long Illness”, “…he has always been respected and loved
Library family since she came on board a couple of by his patients. His steady forbearance was always
years ago. Although we will miss her greatly, we reassuring to those who sought his aid.”
certainly wish her family all of the best as they enter
the next chapter of their lives. Visit the Creel Richardson Room to learn more about
Dr. A.D. Matthews!
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BESTSELLER FICTION Wiregrass United Way Sue Switzer
48 Hours by William R. Forstchen Friends of the Library Brian Courtney
Blessing in Disguise by Danielle Steel Susan McBryde William Chesser
Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler Jabe J. Fincher, Jr Chuck Auman
Kremlin Strike by Dale Brown John Wallace
Never Game by Jeffrey Deaver
Night Window by Dean Koontz
Reckoning by John Grisham
Robert B. Parker’s Buckskin by Robert Knott In Memory of Donor
Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews Danny Tarter Sue L. Tarter
Danny Tarter Robert & Kathy Brogden
Danny Tarter Sherri Snell
BESTSELLER LARGE PRINT FICTION Danny Tarter Mr. & Mrs. Jack Jackson
All Made Up by Kara Isaac Doug Marshall Mr. & Mrs. Jack Jackson
Amish Cookie Club by Sarah Price Danny Tarter Joan Dickey
Brunch at Bittersweet Café by Carla Laureano Bea Pasterczyk Lael Walding
Heaven Adjacent by Catherine Ryan Hyde Danny Tarter John & Sue Ellen Mosley
Killer Collective by Barry Eisler Doug Marshall John & Sue Ellen Mosley
Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin
Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
Open Carry by Marc Cameron NEW BUILDING DONATIONS
Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay
Refuge by Ann B. Gabhart Sue L. Tarter
String of Pearls by Melody Carlson Robert & Kathy Brogden
Sherri Snell
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Jackson
FICTION Joan Dickey
Bad Faith by Robert K. Tanenbaum Lael Walding
Betrayed by Robert K. Tanenbaum John & Sue Ellen Mosley
Capture by Robert K. Tanenbaum
18th Abduction by James Patterson Shop for good deals on books. The selection
A List by J.A. Jance changes weekly. We have paperbacks, hardbacks,
nonfiction, National Geographic Magazines, fiction,
Big Kahuna by Janet Evanovich
videos and audiobooks.
Blood Echo by Christopher Rice


Fear of Missing Out by Kate McGovern
The Library’s Community Room & Board Room in
In the Key of Nira Ghani by Natasha Deen the Alice Doughtie Wing is available to rent by any
organization or individual for programs or celebra-
tions that charge no admission? The bookworm in
your family may just enjoy having their birthday
party, baby shower, graduation party, or any cele-
bration at the Library! Contact us at 334-774-5480
for more information about available dates, poli-
cies, and fees for renting our rooms.
by Jeff Devine
The Friends of the Library (FOL) will host some interesting programs in the coming months. Bob Harry, owner
of AABON, will return to present his highly informative program on medical equipment and Medicare. This
informative program provides plenty of helpful information for people of all ages. Surprisingly, this is an important
topic that is relevant to everyone; however, it is often the case that many young adults do not consider the importance of
preparing for the care of their aging parents. Bob’s discussion will provide everyone with all of the information one
could possibly need to know about Medicare and the process of securing the vital medical equipment needed to provide
adequate care for a range of health conditions. He will also bring examples of medical equipment and will answer any
questions about the equipment and Medicare and insurance claims. The program will be on August 27 at 2 p.m. in the
Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library. Light refreshments will be provided, and everyone is invited to attend.
October will be a busy month for the FOL. We will participate in this year’s Claybank Jamboree, which will be held
Sat., October 5, from 9am-4pm. We desperately need volunteers to help out! We will have a tent and booth, and we will
have Tote Bags, T-Shirts, and FOL Book Sale Room gift certificates for sale. The purpose of this function is both to
raise awareness for the Library’s project to build a new state-of-the-art library and to hopefully attract new prospective
members to join FOL.
Alabama author and historian, Jim Phillips, will give an insightful and edifying presentation on Alabama history to
celebrate the state’s bicentennial. The program will be on October 22 at 1:30. Refreshments will be provided.
Finally, our next regular FOL board meeting will be held August 14 at 10:30 a.m. I invite all members of FOL to
attend. We have plenty to discuss, and we need your input! We need to come together and collaborate on some creative
ideas to help boost the Library’s efforts to raise money for the new building project. This is going to take a community-
wide effort, but I know that we can do this. Sandra Holmes, former Director of the Library, along with her staff, paved
the way and got much of the project completed. Now, we must work on raising the necessary funds to bring this
important project to completion. I hope to see you there and look forward to your comments, ideas, and suggestions!


Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

1 2 3
10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
4:00—Story Time 2—Tech Class 10:30—Kids’ Art

4 5 6 7 8 10:30—Story 9 10
1-Pokémon 10—Book Work Day 10:30—Bill Smith/ Noon—AA Time Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
Noon—AA Medicare 2:00—Writer’s 2—Tech Class 12:45—Popcorn & a
6-GEN/HIS 5:30—AA Forum Movie
4:00—Story Time 1—Pokémon

11 12 13 14 15 16 17
1-Pokémon 10—Book Work Day 4—Lego Club 9-Library Board 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
Noon—AA 5:30—AA 10:30-FOL Board 4:00—Story Time 2—Tech Class 1—Pokémon
6—Friends of Ozark Noon—AA

18 19 20 21 22 23 24
1-Pokémon 10—Book Work Day 10:30—Bill Smith/ Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
Noon—AA Medicare 2:00—Writer’s 2-Tech Class 1—Pokémon
6-—Concerned Citizens 2—FOL Book Club Forum
5:30—AA 4:00—Story Time

25 26 27 2—AABON 28 29 30 31
1-Pokémon 10—Book Work Day 4—Lego Club Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
Noon—AA 5:30—AA 4:00—Story Time 2—Tech Class 10:30—Kids’ Art

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