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February 2020 Volume 21 Issue 2

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
Circulation Clerk Lucinda Blaney
Custodian Barbara Daniels

Statistics for December 2019

Circulation 2,273
E-Books 505
Attendance 8,104
New Materials 68
Site Visits 1,096,841
Borrowers on Roll 12,254
Dale County Genealogical/ Historical Society
Employment Searches 5,430
The Society will meet on Monday, February 3rd in the
Internet Use 5,039
Alice Doughtie Wing of the Library at 6:00.
Genealogy Use 130
Everyone is invited to attend.
Facebook Engaged Users (unique) 156
Facebook Lifetime Likes 1,727 LIBRARY HOURS
Tuesday through Thursday
10:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m.
Quote of the Month Friday and Saturday
“Do the best you can until you know better.
10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
Then when you know better, do better.” Closed on Sunday & Monday
~Maya Angelou
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From the Creel Richardson Room

By Joni Wood

Hanging in the Director’s office is a beautiful cartoon

painting of Mrs. Alice Doughtie, the former Librarian who served
from 1955-1975. The artist, Dorothy Crowley, presented it to her
at a special luncheon held in her honor in April 1975 that was co-
hosted by the Dale County Council of the Arts and Friends of the
Library. Her son, Gillis Doughtie and former Director of the
Montgomery Public Library, later donated the painting to the
Library in 1998. If you look closely at it, shown to the left, you
can see various elements that celebrate Mrs. Doughtie’s success
and hard work as Librarian.
The most prominent aspect of the painting would be Mrs.
_______________________________________________ Doughtie herself appearing to be stressed and surrounded by
paperwork. The quote, “How can we POSSIBLY raise $5,000 by
Staff Highlights
September???” gives us a small clue. In March 1975, the Library
Beginning this month, we’ll highlight our wonderful staff accepted a challenge from the Edythe and Dean Dowling
who work tirelessly at the Library to help YOU! This month Foundation to raise $5,000 and the Foundation would contribute a
we’re highlighting Darnell Johnson who was born and matching $5,000 to the Library to purchase books and reference
raised in Philadelphia, PA. Darnell is one of our Circulation materials. The catch - Mrs. Doughtie and the community had only
Clerks who has been with us since December 1999. He runs until September 20, 1975 to raise the funds. Mrs. Doughtie rallied
the circulation desk and teaches our technology and our community together, wrote weekly pleas and updates, and by
computer classes. May 1975, the Library reached in excess of its $5,000 goal. At
that juncture, the Foundation issued a new challenge, “The Dale
What brought you to Ozark? I was stationed at For t Double”, in which they would contribute matching funds up to
Rucker in June 1983. I was a sergeant specializing in $10,000 for any funds raised by September. The challenge was
helicopter systems weapons repair. accepted and, once again, our community proved their support of
the Library and far exceeded the goal. By September 20th, a total
How did you start working at the Library? Sonya Welch of $15,067.26 was raised through 301 donations from individuals,
worked here at the time and told me they were looking for organizations, and businesses. Together, with the community’s
someone to help maintain the computers. She believed I support and the generosity of the Edythe and Dean Dowling
would be perfect for the job since I often helped her with her Foundation, the Library raised a grand total of $25,067.26 to
computer. purchase new books and reference materials.
Other elements of the painting include a certificate naming
What is your favorite part about working here? My Mrs. Doughtie as Citizen of the Month in 1975. Earlier that year
favorite part is helping the people. It’s great to see them in February, the Board of Directors of the Ozark-Dale County
leaving with smiles on their faces after helping them. Chamber of Commerce named her the first citizen of the month
for her outstanding work, dedication, and contributions to our
What is your favorite book and author? My favor ite community as Librarian, resource speaker, and friend. On the
books are To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Old desk is a sign saying cultural activities that pays homage to her
Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. My favorite author many outreach activities she performed for the Library, the
is Stephen King. programs she hosted at the Library, and her involvement in our
What do you miss most about Philly? I miss that ther e’s Doughtie, in her article, “Dale County Library News” from
always something to do! There were museums, events, and the April 30, 1975 Southern Star issue, said, “Your librarian has a
lots of cultural events within walking distance. dream, perhaps an impossible dream, that we will go way over the
matching $5,000 and show the Dowling Foundation that the
What do you like the most about living here? The people of Dale County really do believe in their library.” It may
weather! have seemed impossible then, but our community pulled together
and proved their belief in our library. We share that same dream
I have to know, what is on an authentic Philly today in fundraising for our New Building Project. We hope you
Cheesesteak? Ther e is steak, White Amer ican Cheese or believe in us now as you did then and help us raise funds for our
Cheez Whiz, onions, and its all on an Italian roll. new state-of-the-art library.
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Child’s Play by Danielle Steel Friends of the Library
Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris Prosaic Press c/o Julia Kent
Criss Cross by James Patterson Richard Averett
Deserter by Nelson DeMille Alma Crowder
Katerina by James Frey William Chesser
Night Fire by Michael Connelly Robert McMullen
Quantum by Patricia Cornwell Alabama Power
Sins of the Fathers by J.A. Jance Annette Cokely
Spy by Danielle Steel Bill Murphy
Stealth by Stuart Woods Dennis Hatcher
Toil & Trouble by Augusten Burroughs Sue Switzer
Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Who Slays the Wicked by C.S. Harris In Memory of Donor
BESTSELLER NONFICTION Angelina “Angie” Jim and Elaine Land
Pioneers (977 MCC) Dell’Armo Walsh Roger and Kathleen Beiswenger
Rule: How I Beat the Odds in the Market and Life Sandra J. Holmes
(332.64 HIT) Everlie Bolton
Small Town, Big Rescue (823.9 GAL) Donna Crescenzi & Family of
Angelina Walsh
Amish Second Christmas by Shelley Shepart Gray Dr. Theron Michael Kathy Brogden
Amish Wedding Feast on Ice Mountain by Kelly Long Covin
Beneath the Attic by V.C. Andrews
Call Upon the Water by Stella Tillyard NEW BUILDING FUND DONATIONS
Camera Never Lies by David Rawlings
Christmas Gathering by Anne Perry Margaret Byrd
Christmas Home by Marta Perry Dale County Farmers Federation, Inc.
Alma Crowder
Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street by Karen White
Velma Bastin
Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris Ann Estes
Crimson Frost by Marcia Lynn McClure Jim and Elaine Land
Dark Ambitions by Irene Hannon
Darkwater Truth by Robin Caroll Book Discussion Group
Familiar Stranger by Christina Tarabochia The Friends of the Library’s Book Club will
Fatal Strike by DiAnn Mills meet on Tuesday, February 18 at 2:00. Read a
Fifth Column by Andrew Gross book of your choice and join us for a lively
Gryphon Heist by James R. Hannibal discussion and refreshments.
Her Deadly Secrets by Laura Griffin _________________________________________
In the Cradle Lies by Olivia Newport
Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai
I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi Show your love for that special someone and your
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera local library this Valentine’s Day!
Maker Comics: Draw a Comic!
(YA GRAPHIC COO) Donate to the Library’s New Building Fund in
honor of him or her!
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Refuge 87 by Ele Fountain It’s a lifetime sentiment any bookworm will love to
Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen get this Valentine’s Day!
Friends of the Library Memberships 2020
Henry Shaw Marie Mosher Robbie Harris
Charles Auman
Lael Walding Jean Beverly Deborah Mize
James Hyers Sallie Tarter Brenda Minton
W.E. Blackwell, Jr. Elizabeth Brown Sue Ellen Mosley
Imogene Mixson Patricia Walker
Elaine Land Steve Clouse
Frank Carroll Velma Bastin
Robert Harry Gail Bankston
Lou Harry Sally Covington
Sallie Lisenby Thank You for
SILVER joining the FOL and
Vera Parris FAMILY
Jennifer Whitman Dana and Jolaine Irish supporting YOUR
Linda Elliott Howard and Sonja Library!
Winston Jackson Tomlin
Suzanne Hicks
Ann Estes


Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

Fundraising Committee Meeting 1
February 6th @ 11am or 5pm 9—Computer Class
10:30 - Kids’ Art
Join our committee and volunteer your expertise in planning fundraising
events for the new library!
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1-Pokémon 10—Book Work Day 4—Lego Club Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
Noon—AA 4:00—Story Time 2—Tech Class 12:45—Popcorn & a
6-Genealogical/ Movie
Historical Society 1—Pokémon

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1-Pokémon Noon—AA 9-Library Board 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
6—Friends of Ozark 2:00—Writer’s Forum 2—Tech Class
10:30-FOL Board 1—Pokémon
4:00—Story Time
Noon—AA Happy Valentine’s

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1-Pokémon Library Closed Noon—AA 10:30—Story Time Noon—AA 9—Computer Class
Noon—AA 4—Lego Club 4:00—Story Time 2-Tech Class 1—Pokémon
6-—Concerned Citizens

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

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