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December 2019 Volume 22 Issue 12

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 October 2019

Circulation 3,207
E-Books 577
Attendance 10,656
New Materials 64
Site Visits 1,368,402
Borrowers on Roll 12,206
Employment Searches 7,136
Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Internet Use 5,580
Genealogy Use 141 The Society will meet on Monday, December 2nd in the
Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00.
Facebook Engaged Users (unique) 1,143
Facebook Lifetime Likes 1,716 Everyone is invited to attend.

Tuesday through Thursday
Quote of the Month 10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday
“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers.
A librarian can bring you back the right one.” 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Sunday & Monday
~Neil Gaiman, Author
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From the Library Staff From the Creel Richardson Room

By: Joni Wood
The staff would like to congratulate longtime
employee Karen Speck for her appointment as our newest
Library Director! She has served our Library and our
The Earliest Settlers of Dale County, Alabama
patrons for almost 19 years in various roles and has great
plans in store for us all. We look forward to working with Military campaigns during the Creek War marched on all
sides of the Wiregrass area from 1813-1818; however, no battles
her as she leads us into a new era.
occurred in what was to become Dale County. Private Joseph
Beverett, of Captain John E. Hussey’s Company of Infantry, 3rd
Our Friends of the Library’s recent book sale was Regiment, North Carolina Militia, and Private Jeremiah Pate, of
very successful. We raised about $400 that comes back to General Jackson’s Tennessee Militia, were soldiers in those
the Library to support our various programs and services. campaigns who both later returned with family to settle down
Don’t forget the FOL’s Book Sale Room is open anytime after their enlistment ended.
the Library is open to browse for the perfect gift for your
loved one or even yourself. Private Joseph Beverett served from October 17, 1814 to
March 1815 and re-enlisted in 1818 when General Andrew
Thank you to everyone who attended our program, Jackson made his fray into Florida. His unit marched west
200 Years of Forgotten Alabama, presented by through what is now Dale County to join up with General Andrew
photographer and author, Glenn Wills! His program was a Jackson. While he served, he used his father, Jacob Beverett’s,
delightful insight into Alabama’s history through photos of bayonet that he used during his own service in the Revolutionary
abandoned buildings, cars, bridges, and more. A special War. After his enlistment ended, he walked home and persuaded
thank you goes out to the Friends of the Library and the his family to join him in the “beautiful land” he discovered during
Ozark Literary Club for collaborating together and bringing his service. His persuasion was a success and his parents, along
such a wonderful program to our community. with a couple of brothers and sisters, returned to now Dale
County to settle down. Beverett helped build the first grist mill,
The Library has copies of his books, Forgotten Huccaby Mill, or Crim Mill as it was later called, and the first
Alabama, More Forgotten Alabama, and 200 Years of store house, known as Ledbetter’s Old Store between Echo and
Forgotten Alabama available for checkout! Please call us to Clopton. The last known record of him was in the 1870 census
reserve a copy today. when he was 85 years old.

Our Food for Fines program is going strong and we Private Jeremiah Pate, later promoted to Captain, joined
invite anyone who has overdue books or overdue fines to the Tennessee militia when he was only 12 years old in the fall of
participate in this amazing opportunity. For every 1 canned 1813. When his enlistment expired in 1818, he was in the area of
good or non-perishable item donated, we will waive $4 of the Chattahoochee River in Henry County and began his journey
your fines. Hurry in today, this opportunity ends January back home to Tennessee. However, he soon ran out of money to
10th, 2020! Please note, all overdue items must be returned make it home and decided to settle down in Southeast Alabama.
and excludes fines due to lost or damaged items. This is where he later met Pelatiah and Jack Whitehurst and Isaac
Ledbetter’s family near Sylvan Grove. In 1821, he married
Mr. Oscar, our Children’s Librarian, wants to invite Martha Tindell and together they settled down near the
every child to our Kids’ Christmas Party on December 14th Choctawhatchee River near Pate’s Landing. Their first-born son,
from 1:30pm-3:30pm in the Library’s West Wing! Santa is Green, was born in 1823 and was the first child born in the area
making a special stop to visit for pictures and hear all your that is to become Dale County. Captain Pate, along with his
Christmas wishes. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon with company of infantry, helped protect the Dale County inhabitants
games, crafts, and refreshments. against Indian hostilities between 1837 and 1839.

The Library is closed December 23rd through On an interesting sidenote, according to Val McGee’s book,
December 26th and December 30th through January 1st, “Claybank Memories,” Private Beverett’s unit may have been the
2020. Don’t forget to stop by and stock up on plenty of same unit responsible for constructing the Block House in 1814.
books for the holidays. This log structure was the first public structure and was located
two miles east of today’s twin bridges on Hwy 231 near the
Choctawhatchee River. The Historic Chattahoochee Commission
erected a historical marker in 1979 on the northbound lane right
of way.
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Wiregrass United Way DeAnn Medley
BESTSELLER FICTION Friends of the Library Jim Land
19th Christmas by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro Sue Switzer Cynthia Yeomans
Hush, Hush by James Patterson and Candice Fox Patricia Carlson Carolyn Sinquefield
Institute by Stephen King Grocery Outlet Rapha Conrad
Outfox by Sandra Brown Super Sav Frank Carroll
Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen Walter Atwell Richard Averett
LTG (Ret) Dan Petrosky
All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio Jack Cumbie Jim & Elaine Land
Bakeshop at Pumpkin and Spice by Donna Kauffman, Jack Cumbie Dale County Genealogical &
Kate Angell, and Allyson Charles Historical Society
Beantown Girls by Jane Healey LTC (Ret) Frank Janice Barbour
Breaking News by Susan Page Davis Barbour
Darkwater Lies by Robin Carroll
In Honor of Donor
Home at Last by Shirlee McCoy Bonnie Crawford Marilyn Tamplin
Light from Distant Stars by Shawn Smucker
Noel Stranger by Richard Paul Evans NEW BUILDING FUND DONATIONS
One More River to Cross by Jane Kirkpatrick
Russian by Ben Coes Jim & Elaine Land Suzanne Hicks
Sara N. Carroll Woody Hilboldt
Shamed by Linda Castillo
Deborah Mize Mackie Jordan
String by Caleb Breakey Mary Gramling Sandra Crawford
We’ll Meet Again by Melody Carlson J. William Murphy Keloth Thompson
Winemaker’s Wife by Kristin Harmel Steven Durbin Barbara Pattberg
Allen Miller Linda C. Elliot
BOOKS ON CD Kate Morgan Robin Kelly
Faye Huey Voncile Andrews
Big Sky by Kate Atkinson
Marilyn Tamplin
Dark in Death by JD Robb Winston & Barbara Jackson
Devil Triangle by Catherine Coulter Edwin & Bridget Peters
First Lady by James Patterson
Mrs. Miracle Christmas by Debbie Macomber Book Discussion Group
Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead The Friends of the Library’s Book Club will
Privail by Mark Sullivan meet on Tuesday, December 17 at 2:00. Read a
Riots I Have Known by Ryan Chapman book of your choice and join us for a lively
Stealth by Steward Woods discussion and refreshments.
Total Mayhem by John Gilstap _________________________________________
World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman
Southern Star Campaign to Raise Funds for the
New Library!

A campaign is underway to help build a NEW

library in Ozark! The Friends of the Ozark Dale
County Library are selling subscriptions to The
Southern Star with a commission of $10 for each
new subscription sold at regular price and $5 for
each new discounted subscription sold to seniors
over 75 years of age.
“How do libraries benefit from Friends groups? They benefit by the expansion of their resources to serve the
public. Friends extend a library’s capacity through dollar gifts, volunteer and program support, and through advocacy.
Few libraries are in a position to turn away help from their supporters – in fact, even if a library were so well heeled that
additional funding wasn’t needed, libraries without a well developed group of Friends will find the going tough when
they need to bring in additional precious funds in an increasingly competitive environment, when they need a new
building, or when they need to grow their collections and services. Additionally, any library that seeks grant funding
will find themselves in a much more competitive position for those grants if they can show that they receive tangible
support from the very people who use and benefit from the library.

Politically, Friends are very important and effective for libraries of all types. Friends are advocates by default!
Friends wouldn’t be giving their time, energy and financial support to an entity they’re not willing to fight for – that
entity is the library. When the case needs to be made for your library, the group most able to step up to the plate is the
Friends of the Library.

Every day across America, Friends are making a difference for the libraries they serve. Think about the most
successful library you know and look behind the curtains. There you will almost inevitably find Friends working behind
the scenes, at city hall, with the school or academic administration, and in the public at large making sure that their
library is strong, relevant, and well funded!”

“Libraries need Friends – it’s just that simple. In fact, across America many public libraries were
established through the efforts of community members who understood the value of libraries to their
communities and also understood that libraries needed community support to survive”


Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

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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 2:00—Writer’s Forum 2—Tech Class 10:30—Kids’ Art
6-Genealogical/ 4—Lego Club 4:00—Story Time
Historical Society

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1-Pokémon 10—Book Work Day Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
Noon—AA 2:00—Writer’s Forum 2—Tech Class 1—Pokémon
4:00—Story Time 1:30-- Kids’ Christmas

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1-Pokémon Noon—AA 10:30—Bill Smith/ 9-Library Board 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
6—Friends of Ozark Medicare 101 10:30-FOL Board 4:00—Story Time 2—Tech Class 12:45—Popcorn & a
4—Lego Club Noon—AA Movie
1-200 Years of 1—Pokémon

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Pokémon Library Closed Library Closed Library Closed Library Closed Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
Cancelled No Book Work Day Noon—AA 2-Tech Class 1—Pokémon
6-—Concerned Citizens Merry Christmas!

29 30 31 January 1, 2020
Pokémon Library Closed Library Closed
Cancelled No Book Work Day Library Closed
Noon—AA Happy New Year!

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