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July 2020 Volume 21 Issue 7

416 James Street
Ozark, Alabama 36360
Phone (334) 774-5480
Board of Directors
Marie Black
Marian Jenkins TBA - July 7th
Dr. Imogene Mixson 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
Children’s Librarian Oscar Dunn
Circulation Clerk Amber Chancey
Circulation Clerk Alexander Matthews
Custodian Barbara Daniels
Statistics for February - May 2020 COUNT FUNDING STATISTICS
Circulation 6,595 DALE GOVERNMENT USA
E-Books 2,082 DATA ONLINE
Attendance 17,316
New Materials 187 Have you completed your census? Don’t worry, there’s still time!
Visit the Library today to complete your census!
Site Visits 2,817,098
Internet Use 12,938 *********
Facebook Engaged Users (unique) 3,220 YEAR’S VIRTUAL SUMMER READING PROGRAM!
Facebook Lifetime Likes (current) 1,803
Quote of the Month Temporary Hours Until Further Notice
“The stakes are high for Alabama in the 2020 U.S. Tuesday through Thursday
Census, and our success depends greatly on helping each 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
Alabamian understand the importance of completing and Friday and Saturday
submitting their census forms in the spring of 2020. When
we all do our civic duty, we ensure that the state gets our 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
fair share of funding for dozens of critical programs and
ensure we maintain fair representation in Congress.” Closed on Sunday & Monday
~Governor Kay Ivey
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From the Creel Richardson Room Staff Highlights

By Joni Wood This month we’re highlighting Lou Harry who joined us in
At a special ceremony held April 25, 1971, Mrs. Linda early 2007 as our Children’s Librarian and currently serves
McGregor Byron and Mrs. Gail McGregor Fearing presented as our Cataloger. She is also the Vice President of the
the Dale County War Memorial Library a beautiful boudoir Friends of the Ozark Dale County Library!
chair that once belonged to the late Mrs. Jefferson Davis in
honor of their grandmother, Mrs. Allie Pilcher Hardzog. The What brought you to Ozark? I was asked that at my
chair, which still has its original needlepoint upholstery, class reunion. It’s because when I married Bob Harry he
currently resides in a glass case in front of the Library’s insisted I live with him!
nonfiction bookshelves. Mrs. Alice Doughtie, in her acceptance
speech, described the similarities of these two Southern What is your favorite part about working here? The
women. Mrs. Virginia Howell Davis and Mrs. Allie Pilcher people - we are a great group that work so well together!
Hardzog were both homemakers who loved their husbands and And I love the Story Time kids! They’re great!
were “Southern ladies who possessed a deeply abiding love of
the South”. (“Library Gets Davis Chair”, Southern Star, April What is your favorite book? My favor ite book is T o K ill
29, 1971) a Mockingbird bv Harper Lee.
In a frame hanging just above the glass case is a letter
of authenticity written by George S. Clark from Philadelphia, Who is your favorite author? My favor ite author is
PA dated August 29, 1913. The letter reads as follows – whoever I’m currently reading!
Philadelphia, PA **********
August 19, 1913
This month we’re also highlighting Oscar Dunn, our
1925 Girard Avenue Children’s Librarian, who is leaving us later this month to
I, George S. Clark of the City of Philadelphia and State of attend Troy University majoring in Computer Science. He’s
Pennsylvania, do hereby declare that a certain “Carved- chosen Computer Science as a career path because he loves
Walnut-Reception-Chair,” to which, this certificate is attached, computers, programming, and learning how operating
was once the property of the late Mrs. Jefferson Davis, when systems work. He first joined our staff as a Circulation Clerk
her illustrious husband was the President of the Confederate in 2018 and ultimately became our Children’s Librarian in
States of America. The said chair was used by Mrs. Davis in 2019.
her Parlor Suite,, in her home at Richmond, Virginia. After the
entry of the Union Army into Richmond, in April 1865, the How did you start working at the Library? While I was
property of the Southern Confederacy was seized and cutting grass for my neighbor, he told me the Library was
subsequently sold by the Provost-Marshal-General of the looking for some help with Amazon, computers, and more.
Union Army. At this sale, this chair, together with other He put in a good word for me with Mrs. Sandra, the former
articles of the Davis household, were sold. The chair was Director, and I had an interview soon after. She really liked
bought by Col. John G. Chandler, Deputy Quartermaster me and decided to give me a job starting out as an Amazon
General, U.S.A., who presented it to his friend, Mrs. MG. Clerk listing books for sale. Later I became a Circulation
Kimball, of Phila, who in turn, presented it to me, in 1894 Clerk working at the front desk, and now I’m a Children’s
giving me, at the same time, its history. It has been since that Librarian planning children’s programs.
date, continuously in my possession. The above statement is
true to the best of my knowledge and belief. What is your favorite part about working here? I get to
George S. Clark meet new people and even see the regular people come in
and out of the Library every day. I get to work with amazing
Sworn to and subscribed before me, a Notary Public, this 29th people who love working here as much as I do.
day of August, 1913.
What is your favorite book and author? My favor ite
book at the moment is Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck,
Visit the Library today to view this amazing piece of but my favorite author now would be Clive Cussler. I love
history right here at your Library! how his books are such thrillers and are adventurous.

Although we are sad to see him leave, we are more than proud of
him for all of his hard work here at the Library and in school!
The kids adore him and he will be greatly missed by us all!
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NEW MATERIALS Donors for March - June 2020

BESTSELLER FICTION Wiregrass United Way DeAnn Medley
Dutch Girl: Aubrey Hepburn and World War II by Friends of the Library Marie Weeks
Robert Matzen Tamaran Scarborough Jim Martin
Dutch House by Ann Patchett Jackie Gulledge Sally Covington
Golden in Death by J.D. Robb Alice Folmar Kelley Joni Wood
Hindsight by Iris Johansen Walter Garner Marvin’s
One Minute Out by Mark Greaney Arcadia Publishing Berta Blackwell
Redemption by David Baldacci Sue Switzer Jim & Elaine Land
River Murders by James Patterson Elizabeth Wyse DeAnn Medley
Salt River by Randy Wayne White James Jenkins Lesia Grace
Auburn University Research & Economic
Warning (973.93 ANO) Dothan National Golf Course & Hotel
Harris Security Systems
Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson In Memory of Donor
Daughter’s Tale by Armando Lucas Correa
Dead Wrong by Vannetta Chapman Mary Loman Snell Alabama State University
Deadly Commitment by Kathy Harris Mary Colvin Loman Ozark-Dale County Alumni
Deadly Intentions by Lisa Harris Daisy Watts Chapter
Empire of Lies by Raymond Khoury
Amelia Katherine Melissa Robinson
End Game by Rachel Dylan Kelley
Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin
Long Time Comin’ by Robin W. Pearson Clayra Wisham Dr. Imogene Mixson
Love Flies by Julia David
Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms NEW BUILDING FUND DONATIONS
Peppermint Tea Chronicles by Alexander McCall
Smith Jerry & Ann Andrews Faye D. Huey
Pursuit by Joyce Carol Oates Carol Lee Dawson Myles O’Reilly
Room to Breathe by Liz Talley Betty Walker Melissa Robinson
Dr. Imogene Mixson Brenda Cox
Mary Garrett Nancy Dworek
MATERIALS FOR YOUNG ADULTS Alpha Delta Kappa - Alabama Alpha Beta Chapter
Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo
Girls Can’t Hit by J.S. Easton 2020 Imagine Your Story Summer Reading
Hidden by P.C. Cast Program Donors
Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee Rachel Hauser Donna Culp
Revealed by P.C. Cast McDonald’s Suzanne Harrell
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Anonymous Melody Melton
Laura Ruby Jamie Duke Donna Tharp
Nancy Gresco Dairy King
Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black by ODCL Renews Reciprocal Agreement with Wallace
Marcus Sedgwick Community College’s Learning Resources Center
We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund The Ozark Dale County Library has renewed our
We Walked the Sky by Lisa Fiedler reciprocal agreement with the Wallace Community
When the Ground is Hard by Malla Nunn College’s Learning Resources Center.
Where the World Ends by Geralding McCaughrean
This agreement allows any WCC student access to our
collection and services and any ODCL patron access to
their collection & services!
WCC students must present their school ID and ODCL patrons
must present their library card.
From the Friends of the Library
By: Amber Chancey, President
Hello and Welcome Friends!
My name is Amber Chancey and I am new to the Ozark Dale County Library. I am currently working with Oscar in the
Children's Area and will be taking over as the new Children's Librarian after Oscar heads off to college in the Fall. I will also be
your new FOL President, and head of our Fundraising Committee. I have three amazing children! Dorian, who is about to turn 19
years old, is a freshman at Chipola University in Marianna, Florida majoring in Theatre and hopes to someday become a Master
Carpenter; Jack, who is 16 years old (10th grade), is a baseball player for Carroll High School and Edie, who is 14 years old (8th
grade), is a cheerleader for D.A. Smith Middle School.
For the past 10 years, I worked in the school system, first as a substitute teacher for grades 1-12, and eventually settling
into a permanent position as the ISS teacher for the middle school. During my time as a substitute, I was able to gain experience
working with kids of all ages, as well as working in all areas of the school system including Art, Computer, Cosmetology,
Masonry, Music, P.E., Special Ed, and office work. I have also held the office of PTO President at Mixon and D.A. Smith
Middle schools and sat on the boards/booster clubs for the Band, Basketball, Baseball, Cheer, and Track. My children are in the
National Honor Society and take AP classes, so I have had experience with those areas as well. Lastly, while school was out I
worked for the Boys and Girls Club of Ozark teaching children ages 5-14 about nutrition, how to cook, and how to make simple
snacks in the Healthy Habits class. During the summer months, I was a driver and led field trips every day with groups ranging in
size from fifteen to well over eighty. I have a strong passion to help others and my goal is to be a role model and mentor for
children of all ages.
I am excited to be the new FOL President and promise to do whatever it takes to cultivate relationships throughout the
community and bring people together for the greater good of this Library. I love books and reading and feel strongly that our
Library is a pillar of this community.
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this amazing journey, I look forward to working with and for each one of you!!
~Amber Chancey
FOL MEMBERSHIPS 2020: Shirley & Ed Woodie (Silver), Beverly Raley (Silver), and Beverly Ketcham (Individual)

JULY 2020

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

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1pm-3pm - You’re
the Hero of Your
Own Story SRP
Visit the Library today to complete your census! Grab & Go

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9am - Library Board 1pm-3pm - SRP 12pm-4pm Pokémon
Ozark Dale County Library Board of Trustees Meeting Drive - Thru Grand League at Home
10:30am - FOL Board Finale
Regular Meetings Meeting

Patrons are encouraged to attend our monthly open

12 meetings 13
of the Library Board of 14
Trustees. 15 16 17 18
Story Time 12pm-4pm Pokémon
Registration Required League at Home
Please visit to view a preliminary 10:30am-11:30am
agenda and minutes from previous meetings. Minutes & 2:30pm-3:30pm
agendas are also available to view at the Library.

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Story Time 12pm-4pm Pokémon
Story Time Registration Required League at Home
Story Time Kids & Parents! We are excited to announce we have a 2:30pm-3:30pm
limited seating Story Time program resuming Thursday, July 16th! Pokémon League at Home
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED Pokémon League is back on Saturdays as a
virtual program! However, we will also have
26 Please register
27 by the Tuesday 28
before each week’s29program. 30 31 a limited number of available computers
First come, first serve, with limited supplies, for all non-registrants. Story Time
Registration Required you may use to participate while following
SEE FLYER FOR MORE DETAILS! 10:30am-11:30am social distancing protocols.
Call 774-5480 or email 2:30pm-3:30pm SEE FLYER FOR MORE DETAILS!