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January 2020 Volume 21 Issue 1

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

Cataloger Lou Harry
Processor Kristina Speck
Bookkeeper Debbie Mize
Circulation Clerk Darnell Johnson
Circulation Clerk/IT Andrew Godeke
Circ/Children’s Librarian Oscar Dunn
Circulation Clerk Alexander Matthews
Custodian Barbara Daniels

Statistics for November 2019

Circulation 2,933
E-Books 613
Attendance 7,392
New Materials 26
Site Visits 1,109,245
Borrowers on Roll 12,206
Employment Searches 4,948
Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Internet Use 5,664
Genealogy Use 43 The Society will meet on Monday, January 6th in the
Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00.
Facebook Engaged Users (unique) 373
Facebook Lifetime Likes 1,717 Everyone is invited to attend.

Quote of the Month
Tuesday through Thursday
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are 10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
going to put words on them ourselves. Friday and Saturday
10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter
is New Year's Day.” Closed on Sunday & Monday
~Edith Lovejoy Pierce, Poet
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From the Library Staff From the Creel Richardson Room

By: Joni Wood
Happy New Year!
Helen Keller once said, “Your success and The Library is celebrating its 75th Birthday on May 13th
happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and we have exciting plans for the whole year in store for it. A
and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” small part of our plan includes the “From the Creel Richardson
This new year we hope you visit us at the Library to take Room” articles highlighting various events and achievements
advantage of our multitude of available (and free) programs, over the years. This month I am sharing an excerpt from the
services, and materials to aid you in your path to success Southern Star article, “ The Birth of a Library” , published on
and happiness. September 30th, 1998, that highlights a community coming
We have a variety of ongoing programs for all ages. together to establish our library.
Join us on Fridays at 2pm for our Tech Class for one-on-one “On February 20, 1945, Judge Frank O. Deese, Judge
assistance with phones, tablets, laptops, e-readers, and more. of Probate, called a meeting of the Court of County
On Saturdays at 9am, we offer a Basic Computers Class to Commissioners to discuss the establishment of a county library
learn more about using computers, internet, and Microsoft and to appoint a county library committee of 5 members. The
Office products. The Friends of the Library host an informal
following members were present: R.R. Parker, R.H. Morris,
Book Club every month on the third Tuesday at 2pm to
J.T. Newman, and J.L. Baldwin.
discuss a variety of books read by attendees. Programs for
children include a Lego and Hot Wheels Club at 4pm on the At the called meeting the following Ozark City Council
first and third Tuesdays, Story Times on Thursdays at members were present in court: W.P. Price, Louie Tamplin,
10:30am and 4pm, an Art Club on the first and last and J.H.N. Woods.
Saturdays at 10:30am, and Popcorn & a Movie on the
second Saturday at 12:45pm. All ages (adults, too.) can The three City Council members addressed the court
battle Pokémon with each other during our weekly Pokémon on behalf of establishing a county library and stated that the
League on Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm. We also host Ozark City Council had voted to appropriate $1,000.00 for a
special events throughout the year – stay tuned to our library. They had also named one member of the Library
newsletters and our website for upcoming announcements. Board, Mrs. Louise Carroll, who would serve a term of 4
(Hint, this year we are celebrating the Library’s 75th years.
Birthday on May 13th and we have exciting plans
forthcoming.) …The above delegates [ten representatives from
various civic organizations] stated to the court that they had
In addition to all of our programs, we offer several sufficient subscriptions for donations to raise $3,000.00 for a
services to our patrons, free of charge. We offer Rosetta successful start of a library providing the commission would
Stone which allows you to learn any of 30 different provide $666.00 for the remainder of the fiscal year, from
languages on your mobile device or computer. We provide February 1st unto September 30, 1945.
access to to research your family history,
Alabama Virtual Library for your research needs using Commissioner Parker made a motion that $666.00 be
databases and journals, Chilton Manuals to work on your made available for the support of proposed library. The motion
vehicles, LearningExpress Library for practice tests and was seconded and all members voted for the motion…
guides, and so much more. Rosetta Stone is accessible
anywhere; however, you must sign up at the Library with … Commissioner Newman made a motion that was
your library card first. is only accessible at seconded by Commissioner Baldwin and voted by all members
the Library on our computers. to name the proposed library the Dale County War Memorial
Mrs. Joni, the Reference/Genealogy Librarian,
quoted, “In my humble opinion, the best way to achieve … On May 13, 1945 the Library officially opened in a
happiness is with a good book!” We have an amazing one room, wooden, World War II Chamber of Commerce
collection of books to read for enjoyment and enrichment. building that was located on the southeast corner of the
Our collection includes over 35,000 books and 2,000 DVDs courthouse square. “
and audiobooks. We have something for everyone.
To read the full article, visit the Library’s Creel Richardson
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Wiregrass United Way
BESTSELLER FICTION Friends of the Library
Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood Sue Switzer Patricia Carlson
Institute by Stephen King Jeff Devine Larry Wells
Lethal Agent by Vince Flynn Doug Williamson Jim Land
Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith Sandra Gulledge Carolyn Sinquefield
Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci Jimmy Grice Phyllis Hull
Perfect Couple by Elin HIlderbrand Bill & Lorraine Lewis Betty Brown
Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts Richard Averett Hugo Marx
Testaments by Margaret Atwood In Memory of Donor
Willing to Die by Lisa Jackson Dr. Bob McLaughlin Judy McLaughlin
Educated by Tara Westover
If: the Untold Stories of Kipling’s American Years Dr. Imogene Mixson The Daniel Foundation-
(828.8 BEN) Discretionary Funds by Dr. Jack
Only Plane in the Sky (973.93 GRA) Hawkins
Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations (359 MCR)
All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio Diane Brown
Bakeshop at Pumpkin and Spice by Donna Kauffman Sue Switzer
Becoming Beatriz by Tami Charles Sally L. Covington
The Daniel Foundation - Discretionary Funds by
Dig. By A.S. King Dr. Jack Hawkins
Fing’s War by Benny Lindelauf
George by Alex Gino THANK YOU!
Girl of the Southern Sea by Michelle Kadarusman A special thank you to our volunteers for helping make
our Kids’ Christmas Party a wonderful event for the
Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante
Happy Messy Scary Love by Leah Konen Alden Delaney, Debbie Mize, and Morgan Cheatwood
Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan Book Discussion Group
Hungry Hearts by Elsie Chapman The Friends of the Library’s Book Club will
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver meet on Tuesday, January 21 at 2:00. Read a book
Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian of your choice and join us for a lively
On Thin Ice by Michael Northrop discussion and refreshments.
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay _________________________________________

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.
From the Friends of the Library
By: Lou Harry, Vice President

I hope everyone had a great holiday and now looking forward to the New Year. Great things are coming our way this
year. We celebrate our 75th birthday this year. Plan to help us celebrate this awesome milestone.

We continue to work on fundraising plans for a new library. We are asking everyone to get on board the fundraising
train. Please use your talents to help make this dream come true.

Don’t miss the Annual Membership Luncheon on Monday, January 27th at noon. This is one of the best meals every
year. We are electing new officers, discussing plans for the new year, and enjoying a brief presentation by
Mrs. Berta Blackwell and Mrs. Donna Snell about their books.

Future plans will be in the newsletter, so stay tuned.


“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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Library Closed Library Closed Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
Noon—AA 2—Tech Class 1—Pokémon

5 6 7 10:30—Bill 8 9-Library Board 9 10 11

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

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1-Pokémon Noon—AA Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
6—Friends of Ozark 4:00—Story Time 2—Tech Class 1—Pokémon

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1-Pokémon Library Closed Smith/Medicare 101 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
6-—Concerned Citizens 4:00—Story Time
4—Lego Club 1—Pokémon

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1-Pokémon 10—Book Work Day Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA
Noon—AA 4:00—Story Time 2-Tech Class

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