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October 2019 Volume 22 Issue 10

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

Gen Lib/Admin Assistant Joni Wood
Bookkeeper Jeff Devine
Cataloger Lou Harry
Circulation Clerk Darnell Johnson
Circulation Clerk/IT Andrew Godeke
Circ/Children’s Librarian Oscar Dunn
Circulation Clerk Alexander Matthews
Custodian Barbara Daniels

Statistics for August 2019

Circulation 3,223
E-Books 571
Attendance 9,782
New Materials 69
Site Visits 1,173,000
Borrowers on Roll 12,090
Employment Searches 6,567
Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Internet Use 2,892
Genealogy Use 130 The Society will meet on Monday, October 7th in the
Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00.
Facebook Engaged Users (unique) 470
Facebook Lifetime Likes 1,688 Everyone is invited to attend.


Tuesday through Thursday
If all of our patrons donated $10 to our New 10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
Building Fund, we would raise over $120,000
Friday and Saturday
for our new library building!
10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
Help us build a new state-of-the-art library for
our community and make a tax-deductible Closed on Sunday & Monday
donation today!
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From the Library Staff From the Creel Richardson Room

By: Joni Wood
Autumn is here, and we are certainly looking
forward to the cooler temperatures. As we shift into Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant
fall, there is still a lot happening at Ozark Dale County
Library (ODCL)! Beginning October 1, we will offer
Football season is going strong (Roll Tide!), and this
free access to Rosetta Stone’s top-rated language
month I want to share a little unknown story about the legendary
learning applications. All you need is a library card,
Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and his connections to Ozark.
and we will set you up with a free account. We have
identified the need for more services like this, so the Paul Bryant, a young 21-year-old football player from the
Library is offering access to this top-notch software. University of Alabama, and Mary Harmon Black, his Troy native
You can learn one or more from a selection of 30 fiancée and fellow student, visited Ozark the summer of 1935.
languages, including English, Spanish, French, They came down, along with others, to watch Paul’s fellow
German, Russian, Chinese (Mandarin), and many teammates play baseball for the Troy team in the Dixie Amateur
others. Whether you want to learn a new language or League. However, supporting his teammates (Don Hutson, Young
improve your English skills, we have just what you Boozer, and Dixie Howell) in Ozark is not the only reason Bryant
need. Available both online and on their mobile apps, has a connection here.
this software is user-friendly and allows users to learn a
On August 3, 1935 Paul and Mary married at the
language at their own pace. Be sure to stop by the Front
Desk of the Library to get your free login information. residence of Judge Frank O. Deese, on College Street, and Judge
Deese also performed the ceremony*. Samuel Kirke Adams, who
later became mayor of Ozark and a Dale County Probate Judge,
We would also like to praise Oscar for all of the
took the young athlete for his blood test with Dr. G.R. Smith.
hard work he has been putting into his children’s
programs. Oscar has taken on the responsibilities of the Samuel later attended the ceremony as a stand-in witness for the
Children’s Librarian and has succeeded in putting his couple. They were married for 48 years until Paul passed away on
own personal style into all of his programs. For January 26, 1983 and Mary later passed away on August 26,
instance, he will host the Library’s annual Children’s 1984.
Halloween Party on October 26 from 1:00pm-3:00pm. As always, to learn more visit the Creel Richardson Local
There will be a costume contest, fun activities, candy, History & Genealogy Room!
and more. The first-place winner and runner-up of the
contest will be awarded a prize pack that includes lots
*Thank you to the wonderful ladies at the Dale County Probate
of goodies plus a gift card.
Office who helped me confirm their marriage date!

Finally, we would like to thank all of the

individuals who have already contributed to the
Library’s current postcard fundraising campaign. The
purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness and
much-needed funds for the Library’s new building
project. If you have not received one of these postcards
in the mail and would like to make a tax-deductible
contribution to help us build the new library, there are
several ways in which you can donate: you can stop by
the library and make a contribution; you can mail a
donation (marked New Building Fundraiser) to 416
James Street, Ozark, AL 36360; or you can visit our
website,, and click on the yellow
“donate” button located on the home page. We want to
build you the library our community needs and
deserves; we just need your support.
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Wiregrass United Way Rachel Kanyah
BESTSELLER FICTION Friends of the Library Lisa Payne
Backlash by Brad Thor Sue Switzer Katrina Larsen
Inn by James Patterson Lou Harry Sonja Albritton
Irish Country Cottage by Patrick Taylor Richard Averett Karen Estep
Labyrinth by Catherine Coulter Sonic Drive In
Lost and Found by Danielle Steel
Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner In Memory of Donor
New Girl by Daniel Silva Danny Tarter James E. Hyers
One Good Deed by David Baldacci
In Honor of Donor
Oracle by Clive Cussler
Marian Jenkins Susann Garner Bates
Shameless by Ace Atkins
Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand
All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner Sandra Armstrong Logan Cleaners
Almost Midnight by Paul Doiron Michael Speck Bryant and Emily Williams
American Duchess by Karen Harper Patricia Corbitt Judith Mobley
Imogene Mixson Dr. Doug Williamson
Brides of the Big Valley by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Dr. Billy & Mrs. Carolyn Gaither
Death in Kew Gardens by Jennifer Ashley Dr. John & Sue Ellen Mosley
Enlightenment of Bees by Rachel Linden MG (Ret) Clyde & Mrs. Connie Hennies
Farmer’s Bride by Kathleen Fuller United States Health & Housing Foundation
Game of Snipers by Stephen Hunter Joseph & Peggy Brannon
Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey
King’s Mercy by Lori Benton Book Discussion Group
Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins
Little Teashop on Main by Jodi Thomas The Friends of the Library’s Book Club will
Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad meet on Tuesday, October 15 at 2:00. Read a book
Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate of your choice and join us for a lively
No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky discussion and refreshments.
Over the Line by Kelly Irvin
Paranoid by Lisa Jackson
Reconciliation by Susan Lantz Simpson GIVE A BOOK AS A GIFT
BOOKS ON CD The Ozark Dale County Library just may be able to
help you find the perfect gift for that person who
Bark of Night by David Rosenfelt
has everything. Give a book! We currently have
Lying Next to Me by Gregg Olsen the following books authored by Judge Val McGee
Skin Game by Stuart Woods for sale:
Sophia, Princess Among Beasts by James Patterson
Unsolved by James Patterson Claybank Memories: The History of Dale County
The History of Fort Rucker $15.00
Selma: A Novel of the Civil War $30 hardback &
$20 soft cover
A Cross Above: History of First United Methodist
Church of Ozark $25.00

We also have a good selection of newer books in

the Friends’ Book Sale Room that will make nice
by Jeff Devine

The Friends of the Library (FOL) will participate in the annual Claybank Jamboree this year. The event, which
is on Saturday, October 5, is one of Ozark’s oldest traditions. We will sell FOL Tote Bags, T-Shirts, and gift
certificates to be redeemed for materials from the Book Sale Room. We will also have face painting, “Who” hair,
and much more. All proceeds from this event will help the Library in its efforts to raise funds for the new building.
Please be sure to stop by our booth and support us. Anyone wishing to volunteer is strongly encouraged to do so.
Please contact me at the Library, at 774-5480, or by email, at to sign up for a volunteer
The FOL is also preparing for a big book sale, which will be held on Saturday, November 2, from 9am-12-
noon. The book sale will be a buy one, get one free event. Hardcover books will cost only $2 and softcovers will be
available for only $0.50. As always, there will be a wide selection available, and we will also have great Christmas
gift items available. We will also sell FOL Tote Bags and T-Shirts, and the proceeds of those sales will benefit the
Library’s new building project. You do not want to miss out on these great prices.
Finally, Saturday, October 26 is Make a Difference Day. This is an important day each year when many people
join together to promote community service and volunteerism. Each year in Ozark, people from local businesses,
churches, and other organizations work on projects to improve the community. This is always a rewarding day, and
it feels good to give back to the community we all love. If you are interested in volunteering for Make a Difference
Day, please meet the organizers at Ozark Baptist Church at 7:00 AM on October 26. If you would like more
information, please visit the Ozark Make a Difference Day Facebook page. Thank you to Dale Moates, Moates
Auto Xchange, and everyone else who has worked hard to plan for a successful event this year.


Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

1 10:30—Bill 2 3 4 5
Visit the FOL Booth at Saturday’s
Smith/Medicare 101 Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
Claybank Jamboree from 4—Lego Club 4:00—Story Time 2—Tech Class 10:30—Kids’ Art
9am-3pm! 5:30—AA 1—Pokémon

6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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

13 14 15 16 17 18 19
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

20 21 22 23 24 25 26
1-Pokémon 10—Book Work Day 1:30 - Jim Phillips’ Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
2:00—Writer’s Forum
Noon—AA Early Alabama 2-Tech Class 10:30—Kids’ Art
History 4:00—Story Time
1 - Halloween Party
5:30—AA 1—Pokémon

27 28 29 30 31
1-Pokémon 10—Book Work Day 5:30—AA Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time
Noon—AA 4:00—Story Time

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