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September 2019 Volume 22 Issue 9

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 July 2019

Circulation 3,223
E-Books 480
Attendance 12,022
New Materials 62
Site Visits 1,228,600
Borrowers on Roll 11,979
Employment Searches 8,055 Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Internet Use 4,876 The Society will not be meeting in September in
Genealogy Use 149 observance of Labor Day.
Facebook Engaged Users (unique) 429 We invite everyone to join us on Monday, October 7th at
6:00pm in the Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library.
Facebook Lifetime Likes 1,674

Quote of the Month LIBRARY HOURS

Tuesday through Thursday
“Libr ar ies ar e community tr easur e 10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
chests, loaded with a wealth of information Friday and Saturday
available to everyone equally, and the key to 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
that treasure chest is the library card.”
Closed on Sunday & Monday
~Laura Bush
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From the Creel Richardson Room

By: Joni Wood
The Lawrence Reynolds Building

On February 26, 1956 the Dale County War Memorial

Library building, pictured, was formally opened and
dedicated as the Lawrence Reynolds Building in honor of
Dr. Lawrence Reynolds, an avid supporter of the library.
________________________________________ Prior to the opening of this building on James Street, its
From the Library Staff fourth home, the Library was housed in the following
former buildings: Dale County Office Building, (1949-
Plenty of fun and exciting things are happening right 1956), Dale County City Hall (1947-1949), and the World
now at your Library! In an effort to develop and expand War II Chamber of Commerce on the southeast corner of the
access to language learning materials, we will begin offering courthouse lawn (1945-1947).
free access to Rosetta Stone. The content will be available Dr. Lawrence Reynolds, February 11, 1889-August 17,
both online and through apps you can use on your mobile 1961, was a vital benefactor to the Library in its early years.
devices. We will offer the best learning materials for over 30 Correspondence between Mrs. Alice Doughtie, former
languages, including Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Librarian, and him revealed that he had a genuine interest in
Russian, English, and many more. All you will need to the Library and often provided sage advice in addition to his
utilize this free service is a library card. We will begin monetary and book donations. Over the years, he
offering access to Rosetta Stone in early October. We will contributed greatly to the construction of the 1956 building
have more details on this very soon, and we will include it in as well as the James Douglas Brown, Jr Memorial Wing in
the October newsletter. We are all very excited to begin 1966. This wing, which then housed the Lawrence Reynolds
offering this great service to our library patrons. Children’s Library, now houses the adult fiction and non-
fiction collections. A unique donation included a facsimile
We continue to offer fun, interesting, and exciting
copy of the Rosetta Stone in 1957 because he said it was “a
children’s programs every week. On September 14, we have
fascinating thing and of extreme interest to the library” that
our monthly Popcorn & a Movie program. Pokémon fans
hung by the front door until one fateful day when it fell and
will be especially excited to learn that we will show the new broke.
release, Detective Pikachu. There is no charge for this event. Truer words have never been spoken than Dr. Lawrence
Popcorn and ice-cold soda will be served at 12:45, and the Reynolds’ inspirational excerpt from his Acceptance Speech
movie begins at 1pm. We also have Story Time every for the great honor of the Library’s dedication –
Thursday at 10:30am and at 4pm. Story Time is a fun way to
provide your child with learning and enrichment. Lou and “A library is man’s most intimate possession
Oscar work hard to encourage children to develop a love of and it has been said that books are the friends
reading, and each week’s program features an interesting which can inflict neither failure nor
theme or area of focus. On September 19, our furry, four- disappointment. They grow old with your
legged friends will be here for Tail Waggin’ Tutors. This is blood and buckle their friendship to you with
a great way for children to practice reading aloud to a the passing years – and often one finds his
comforting and attentive friend. The dogs are specially real inspiration in books, the kindest
trained, and children love interacting with them. companions which man can encounter on this
The Wiregrass United Way’s annual fundraising earthly pilgrimage. One can never tell what
campaign is underway. This is an important fundraiser the fruits of a library such as this may be…A
because this is how the United Way is able to assist the library such as this may stimulate some
Library and many other deserving organizations with much- young boy or girl to attain undreamed-of
needed funds. The United Way gives to many area heights of intellects and wisdom.”
organizations and agencies. Without their support, we would
not be able to purchase as many books and library materials. I challenge you to visit the Library to read the dedication
If you are interested in contributing to this important plaques for Dr. Reynolds and continue his legacy by helping
fundraiser, please stop by the library or give us a call for a us build a new library for you and your fellow community
pledge form. members!
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BESTSELLER FICTION Wiregrass United Way Sue Switzer
Paranoid by Lisa Jackson Friends of the Library William Chesser
Throw Me to the Wolves by Patrick McGuinness Diane & Charles Holman Brad Nicholas
Unsolved by James Patterson Ray Strickland Robert Trawick
Verses for the Dead by Preston & Child Janet Brooks Kay Nicholas
Wild Card by Stuart Woods Patricia Williams Lou Harry
Weight of a Piano by Chris Cander Holly Kennedy Frank Carroll
Willing to Die by Lisa Jackson Earl Hyers
Fatal Conceit by Robert K. Tanenbaum In Memory of Donor
In Danger’s Path by W.E.B. Griffin Betty Brown Carl & Virginia Hess
Infamy by Robert K. Tanenbaum Betty Brown James & Beverly Ketcham
Retreat, Hell! by W.E.B. Griffin
Trap by Robert K. Tanenbaum
Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand
BOOKS ON CD Brenda Bell
Brush with Shadows by Anna Lee Huber Joni Wood
Burn by James Patterson Sue Switzer
Cornwalls are Gone by James Patterson James & Beverly Ketcham
Duel to the Death by J.A. Jance
Field of Bones by J.A. Jance
Final Shadows by Kay Hooper Book Discussion Group
If She Wakes by Michael Koryta
Match Made in Manhattan by Amanda Stauffer The Friends of the Library’s Book Club will
Miracle at St. Andrews by James Patterson meet on Tuesday, September 17 at 2:00. Read a
book of your choice and join us for a lively
Parade by Dave Eggers
discussion and refreshments.
River by Peter Heller
Road Home by Richard Paul Evans
Robert B. Parker’s Buckskin by Robert Knott September is National Library Card
Vacuum in the Dark by Jen Beagin Sign-Up Month!
Who killed the Fonz? by James Boice Mrs. Bush couldn’t have said it better - a library
MATERIALS FOR YOUNG ADULTS card is definitely the key to the community treasure
Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare chest that is the library.
Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee A library card with Ozark Dale County Library
Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring gives you access to a wealth of knowledge and
Blake entertainment through books, DVDs, audiobooks,
computer access, and online databases.
BUT wait, there’s more! We also offer computer
and technology classes, kids’ art classes, Story
Time, access to a formidable local history and
genealogy collection, and many more.
These are just a few of the amazing programs and
services our Library offers for YOU.
by Jeff Devine
I hope everyone is staying cool as we enter the last month of summer. My thoughts now begin to turn as I start
looking forward to all of the activities we enjoy in the fall. The crisp autumn days are getting closer. Before we know it,
it will be time for sweaters, bonfires, and pumpkin patches! I can hardly wait!
It is now more important than ever that the Friends of the Library (FOL) continue to support our local Library. The
Library needs our help with fundraising activities. As many of you already know, the Library has been working on plans
to build a new state-of-the-art facility. Additionally, the Library can use all the help it can get with funding. Everyone
on the staff works so hard with the limited funds they receive to provide the best library services to the people of Dale
County. We can aid them in a number of ways, such as volunteering to help with using the phones and putting together
mailing materials during fundraising campaigns. There is much that we can do. I encourage anyone with any ideas for
ways we can help the Library raise funds to reach out to me by email at I appreciate the
members who have already done so.
I would like to take a moment to give a special thank you to all of our wonderful Book Sale Room volunteers. You
all work very hard to keep everything running smoothly in the Book Sale Room. I know the Library also greatly
appreciates your hard work and dedication.
I would also like to remind everyone that the FOL Board meets on the second Wednesday of every month at
10:30am in the Library’s Board Room. I will be sending out an email to all members very soon. It will include more
information about our efforts to help the Library. If you are not currently a member of Friends of the Library but would
be interested in supporting the Library in its important mission, please consider joining today. The Library continues to
be one of the most important public institutions society can have. Let’s all continue to work hard and help our local
library in every way we possibly can!


Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

1 2 3 10:30—Bill 4 5 6 7
1-Pokémon Noon—AA Smith/Medicare 101 Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
4—Lego Club 4:00—Story Time 2—Tech Class 10:30—Kids’ Art
LABOR DAY 5:30—AA 1—Pokémon

8 9 10 11 12 13 14
1-Pokémon 10—Book Work Day 5:30—AA 9-Library Board 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
Noon—AA 2:00—Writer’s Forum 2—Tech Class 12:45—Popcorn & a
10:30-FOL Board
6—Friends of Ozark 4:00—Story Time Movie

15 16 17 18 19 20 21
1-Pokémon 10—Book Work Day 10:30—Bill Smith/ Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
Noon—AA Medicare 101 4:00—Story Time 2—Tech Class 1—Pokémon
6-—Concerned Citizens 2—FOL Book Club
4—Lego Club

22 23 24 25 26 27 28
1-Pokémon 10—Book Work Day 5:30—AA Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
2:00—Writer’s Forum
Noon—AA 2-Tech Class 10:30—Kids’ Art
4:00—Story Time



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