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November 2019 Volume 22 Issue 11

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 Karen Speck
Gen Lib/Admin Assistant Joni Wood

Part Time Staff

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 September 2019

Circulation 2,597
E-Books 437
Attendance 8,784
New Materials 103
Site Visits 1,098,742
Borrowers on Roll 12,159
Employment Searches 5,857
Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Internet Use 2,644
Genealogy Use 139 The Society will meet on Monday, November 4th in the
Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00.
Facebook Engaged Users (unique) 290
Facebook Lifetime Likes 1,697 Everyone is invited to attend.


Tuesday through Thursday
Thank you to all of our generous patrons who 10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
donated to our recent New Building Fund
Friday and Saturday
postcard campaign!
10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
With your help, we raised over $5,000 towards
our new library! Closed on Sunday & Monday
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From the Library Staff From the Creel Richardson Room

By Joni Wood
Wow! We are completely speechless about the
Halloween Party’s turnout! There were so many MSG John L. Mims:
amazing and creative costumes. Thank you to all of the Driver for General George S. Patton
parents and kids who joined us for a very successful
party! We hope you all had as much fun as we did! We Master Sergeant John L. Mims, born May 29, 1917 in
want to extend a great big thank you to our volunteers, Dale County, began his military career with the United States
Liz, Ally, Hillary, Marie M., and Marie B., as well as Army in 1937 at Fort Benning, GA. However, his assignment
with F Company 67th Infantry (Medium Tanks) was short-lived
our pumpkin donors, Super Sav and Grocery Outlet!
due to an injury he received in 1940. As a result, his reassignment
We could not have made this party such a success as a driver first began with Brigadier General McGruder, then
without your hard work and dedication to the Library! with Major General Scott, and finally with General George S.
THANK YOU! Patton.

We have a lot of exciting programs coming MSG Mims served as GEN Patton’s driver from 1940
your way for all ages! The Friends of the Library will until 1945. As his driver, Mims chauffeured the four-star general
hold a huge book sale on Saturday, November 2, from from just before he left the U.S., during the European Campaigns,
9am-12pm. This will be a special buy one, get one free and until just prior to Patton’s death. During the intense Battle of
the Bulge, Mims was his primary assistant while Patton
sale on all books! All hardbacks will be $2.00 each,
effectively led the Third Army from his jeep. Together the two
and paperbacks will be $0.50 each. Friends’ Book Sale drove between the different U.S. Infantry units to provide
always has plenty of wonderful books from which to personal leadership and guidance during the battle. After the war
choose! And don’t forget, books always make great in Europe was over, Patton insisted he go home to visit his family.
gifts for the upcoming holiday season! Please be sure It was shortly later that Patton passed away in December 1945
to stop by for a sale you certainly do not want to miss! due to an accident while another soldier was driving for him.

On November 13 at 1pm, come revisit Mims later served in the Korean War and retired from
Alabama's past through the eyes of photographer Glenn active service in 1959. After his retirement, he settled down in
nearby Henry County until he passed away in 1990.
Wills as we celebrate the last 200 years in this special
presentation, 200 Years of Forgotten Alabama! To learn more, visit the Creel Richardson Local History
and Genealogy Room today!
Pokémon Players! We are having a Pokémon
Tournament on Saturday, November 23, from 12pm- Southern Star Campaign to Raise Funds for the New
4pm. The event is free to attend, and registration is Library!
from 12pm-1pm the day of the event. All you need to
participate is a 60-card deck; however, we have a A campaign is underway to help build a NEW
limited supply of decks we can loan. library in Ozark!

It’s time for our annual Food for Fines canned The Friends of the Ozark Dale County Library are selling
food drive! If you have accumulated late fees, don’t subscriptions to The Southern Star with a commission of
worry! All you need to do is return the late library $10 for each new subscription sold at regular price and $5
materials, and bring one canned good or nonperishable for each new discounted subscription sold to seniors over 75
food item for every $4 in fines. This is an excellent years of age!
way to not only help those in need, but also waive any
outstanding overdue fines! For more information, contact the Library!

The Library needs volunteers of all ages and From the Library Staff, continued
skillsets! Opportunities to volunteer include assisting This is an excellent opportunity not only for young students who
with programs, working in the genealogy room, need volunteer hours, but community members of all ages looking
assisting with fundraising, and much more! to give back to their community!
continued right... Please call the Library at 774-5480 for more information!
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Wiregrass United Way Charles Holman
BESTSELLER FICTION Friends of the Library Joni Wood
Backlash by Brad Thor Sue Switzer Jeanine Heilman
Inn by James Patterson Lou Harry Patricia Carlson
Irish Country Cottage by Patrick Taylor Richard Averett Jo-Ellen Willis
Labyrinth by Catherine Coulter Jennia Beecher Diane Holman
Lost and Found by Danielle Steel
Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner In Memory of Donor
New Girl by Daniel Silva Betty Brown Ozark Literary Club
One Good Deed by David Baldacci
In Honor of Donor
Oracle by Clive Cussler
Joni Wood James Mize
Shameless by Ace Atkins Sandra Holmes Ben & Bobbie McLauchlin
Skin Game by Stuart Woods Joni Wood Deborah Mize
Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand
All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner
Almost Midnight by Paul Doiron Susan Wright George Wright
American Duchess by Karen Harper Commercial Bank Roberta Segers
Brides of the Big Valley by Wanda E. Brunstetter Kathy Brogden Angie Adams
Death in Kew Gardens by Jennifer Ashley Martha Overstreet Sallie Tarter
Ouida Outlaw Bobbi Hager
Enlightenment of Bees by Rachel Linden
Dairy King Gail Bankston
Farmer’s Bride by Kathleen Fuller Barbara Petrosky Dorothy Kirk
Game of Snipers by Stephen Hunter Faye Swinehart J. Walker
Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey Lynn Ivey Sallie Lisenby, Jr.
King’s Mercy by Lori Benton Shirley Tillman Beverly Raley
Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins Shirley Woodie Patricia Sand
Little Teashop on Main by Jodi Thomas Georgianna Seymour Peter Berry
Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad Imogene Mixson Ben McLauchlin
Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate Bryant Mixon Barefield’s Store
No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky James Mize Lisa Harrison
Over the Line by Kelly Irvin Deborah Mize
Hagler Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Paranoid by Lisa Jackson
Pea River Electric Cooperative
Reconciliation by Susan Lantz Simpson Kreutzmann Medical Clinic
BOOKS ON CD TCH, Inc. : DBA Southern Timber Company
Bark of Night by David Rosenfelt
Lying Next to Me by Gregg Olsen Book Discussion Group
Skin Game by Stuart Woods The Friends of the Library’s Book Club will
Sophia, Princess Among Beasts by James Patterson meet on Tuesday, November 19 at 2:00. Read a
book of your choice and join us for a lively
Unsolved by James Patterson
discussion and refreshments.

This is a friendly
reminder to turn
your clocks back
an hour on
November 3rd at
by Jeff Devine
We have certainly had a busy time over the past few months. I would like to thank all of the Friends who helped
make the Claybank Jamboree a success! We also hosted a very informative program, featuring Alabama historian, Jim
Phillips, who gave a wonderful presentation on Alabama’s early history! We greatly appreciate everyone who came out
and supported the library!

I would like to let everyone know the Friends of the Library has a few important upcoming events to keep in
mind! First, a huge Book Sale is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, from 9am-12pm in the Library’s West Wing! The
sale is a special buy one, get one free on all of our books! All books are priced $0.50 for paperbacks and $2 for

Second, the Friends will partner with the Ozark Literary Club to host Alabama author, Glenn Wills. Wills,
author of the Forgotten Alabama books, will present a program about Alabama’s forgotten places through his collection
of images taken on his journeys across our great state! This great program continues the Library’s celebrations of
Alabama’s Bicentennial! You don’t want to miss this exciting program on November 13th at 1pm!

Lastly, the Friends will also host a library fundraiser, “Brunch with Santa”, on December 7 from 10am-12pm.
Everyone is invited to bring their whole family out to enjoy a delicious brunch and photos with Santa Claus! Tickets are
free for kids ages 3 and under, $6.00 for kids ages 4-12, and $12.00 for teens and adults ages 13 and older. This is an
important fundraiser for the library, and everyone who purchases a ticket receives a free printed photo with Santa!
Tickets are available to purchase at the Library now through December 6th and tickets increase in by $1 at the door.
These are great photos to use as Christmas cards or to hang up in your home!

For more information about any of these great upcoming programs, please call the Library at 774-5480!


Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

Friends of the Library Book Sale 1 2
Buy One, Get Saturday, November 2nd Hardbacks: $2 Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
2—Tech Class 10:30—Kids’ Art
One Free! 9am-12pm Paperbacks: $0.50

3 4 5 10:30—Bill 6 7 8 9
1-Pokémon 10—Book Work Day Smith/Medicare 101 Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
Noon—AA 2:00—Writer’s Forum 2—Tech Class 12:45—Popcorn & a
4—Lego Club
6-Genealogical/ 5:30—AA 4:00—Story Time Movie
Historical Society 1—Pokémon

10 11 12 13 14 15 16
1-Pokémon No Book Work Day 5:30—AA 9-Library Board 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
10:30-FOL Board 4:00—Story Time 2—Tech Class 1—Pokémon
Noon—AA Noon—AA
6—Friends of Ozark 1-200 Years of
Forgotten Alabama
17 18 19 10:30—Bill 20 21 22 23
1-Pokémon 10—Book Work Day Smith/Medicare 101 Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
2:00—Writer’s Forum
Noon—AA 2—FOL Book Club 2-Tech Class 12—Pokémon
6-—Concerned Citizens 4:00—Story Time
4—Lego Club Tournament

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1-Pokémon 10—Book Work Day 5:30—AA Noon—AA LIBRARY LIBRARY LIBRARY
No Pokémon on Happy
December 1st. Thanksgiving!

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