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August 2020 Volume 21 Issue 8

416 James Street
Ozark, Alabama 36360
Phone (334) 774-5480

Board of Directors
Marie Black
Marian Jenkins Mike Cairns
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 Amber Chancey
Circulation Clerk Alexander Matthews
Custodian Barbara Daniels

Statistics for June 2020

Circulation 2,196
E-Books 516
Attendance 3,550
New Materials 24 Have you completed your census? Don’t worry, there’s still time!
Visit the Library today to complete your census!
Site Visits 875,624
Internet Use 1,268 *********
Facebook Engaged Users (unique) 671 YEAR’S VIRTUAL SUMMER READING PROGRAM!
Facebook Lifetime Likes (current) 1,819
Quote of the Month Temporary Hours Until Further Notice
Tuesday through Thursday
“I love books. 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
I love that moment when you open one and sink Friday and Saturday
into it, you can escape from the world into a
story that’s way more interesting than yours will 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
ever be.”
~Elizabeth Scott
Closed on Sunday & Monday
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From the Creel Richardson Room Staff Highlights

By: Joni Wood Joni Wood
The Spanish Influenza in Alabama & Dale County This month we are highlighting our Reference/
According to the Alabama Department of Public Genealogy Librarian and Administrative Assistant Joni
Health, the 1918-1919 Spanish Influenza (or Spanish Flu), Wood. Joni first joined us in high school in 2007 as a
that caused 20 million to 50 million deaths worldwide, was Circulation Clerk for 6 years before accepting another
the most destructive in recorded history and widely position elsewhere in 2013. She came back home, as she
forgotten. Despite its name, the exact origins of the Spanish likes to call it, in 2017 where she ultimately became the
Flu is unknown; however, it earned its name since Spain Reference/Genealogy Librarian and the Administrative
experienced the first major outbreak. The flu surfaced in the Assistant.
United States at an Army camp in Kansas just as World War
I was winding down. The virus quickly spread throughout What brought you to Ozark? My Dad moved us her e
the States and the world with the majority of the deaths from Mississippi in December 1997 when I was in first
being among the 20 – 40 year olds. grade. Ozark has been my home sweet home ever since!
When my husband and I were trying to figure out where we
On September 27, 1918, Dr. C.A. Gote, the health wanted to live to raise a family, it was easy as pie to pick
officer of Madison County, reported to the State Board of Ozark. We both grew up here and could not imagine being
Health the first 11 cases in Alabama occurred in the anywhere else!
Northern part of Madison County. Dr. J.W. Haygood, the
health officer of Conecuh County, also reported six cases What is your favorite part about working here? Oh,
that developed in the rural section of the Conecuh. By where do I begin? I enjoy working here for the family
October 5, more than 1,100 cases were reported in atmosphere among our staff and our wonderful patrons! I
Huntsville and on October 7 the Governor ordered the love helping them with their local history and genealogy
closing of public places, such as schools, churches, theatres, research questions!
and picture shows, to defend against the spread of this
quickly spreading virus. Within a week, the City of What is your favorite book? How do I pick just one? I
Huntsville also ordered its businesses to curtail their hours love them all! I would have to cheat and say the entire Harry
of operation. Potter book series, though.
While Madison and Conecuh Counties reported the
Who is your favorite author? Another har d question, but
earliest cases in September, the first cases in Dale County
I would have to cheat (again!) and pick a few! My favorites
were not mentioned in The Southern Star until October 9,
are J.K. Rowling, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and
1918 when Dr. J.L. Reynolds, Dale County Health Officer,
James Patterson.
reported to the public that a limited number of cases existed
with new cases developing daily. At this time, he advised
that it will affect most of the population of our county and
provided a list of preventive measures to be taken, including
the isolating of the infected, reporting to your physicians if
you suspect to have it, and following the advice of your
physicians. He also advised the public to not get scared, eat
light, and to take a laxative while waiting to see your
physician. The public was urged to stay away from all Source:
gatherings which eventually lead to the postponing of local The Southern Star,
events and the closing of nearly all of the schools in the December 4, 1918
Alabama had a reported death toll of 5,446 in 1918
and 2,332 in 1919 according to the Annual Report of the
State Board of Health, 1919. Dale County had 20 cases and
20 deaths in 1918 according to the Annual Report of the
State Board of Health, 1918. According to the same report
published for the years January 1, 1919 - December 31,
1920, Dale County had 26 cases and 13 deaths.
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NEW MATERIALS Donors July 2020

BESTSELLER FICTION Wiregrass United Way Mary Beth Thayer
Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis Friends of the Library Dr. Imogene Mixson
Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar Sue Switzer
Boy From the Woods by Harlan Coben Melissa Lindstrom
Child of Auschwitz by Lily Graham Ft. Rucker Center Library
Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon Alabama Public Library Service
Crooked River by Preston & Child Dr. Steven Waterhouse
Dancing Girls by M.M. Chouinard In Honor of Donor
Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Final Option by Clive Cussler Ozark Dale County Dr. Imogene Mixson
Fluffy by Julia Kent Library Staff


200 Years of Forgotten Alabama (976.1 WIL) Eric Bruggink
Atomic Women (355.82 MON) Dr. Imogene Mixson
Chasing Vines (248.4 MOO) Patricia Corbitt

2020 Imagine Your Story Summer Reading

American Duchess by Caroline Fyffe (These were not listed in July’s newsletter)
Collision of Lies by Tom Threadgill
Daughter of Rome by Tessa Afshar Sonic Drive-In
Girl’s Guide to the Outback by Jessica Kate Commercial Bank
Goodbye Man by Jeffrey Deaver Kim Bartley
Innkeeper’s Bride by Kathleen Fuller Milky Moo’s
Love Protects by Julia David Kimberly Patterson
Ridgecrest Baptist Church
Mitford Scandal by Jessica Fellowes Ridgecrest Baptist Church
Net Force: Dark Web by Jerome Preisler
ODCL Partners with Local High Schools to Expand
our Services as an Education Focused
FICTION Institution
Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir
As You Wish by Jude Deveraux Students at both Carroll High School and G.W. Long
Big Easy Evil by Heather Graham High School can now request FREE access to the
Ozark Dale County Library’s eBook collection just by
Bishop’s Pawn by Steve Berry visiting their school’s library!
Chaos by Patricia Cornwell
Children’s Block by Otto Kraus We have over 30,000 titles in a variety of genres that
Damaged by Lisa Scottoline they can check out! Students may sign up at their
Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey school’s library or at the Library.
Dawn of Christmas by Cindy Woodsmall
Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
Duchess by Danielle Steel
Echoes of Evil by Heather Graham
Forgotten Road by Richard Paul Evans
German Midwife by Mandy Robotham
How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson
From the Friends of the Library
By: Amber Chancey, President

I would like to start off by thanking everyone for their support and generous donation to the Children’s Summer
Reading Program. Your donation allowed us to serve 200 children in the Ozark and Dale County community! Each
week we were able to include a small prize and snack in each craft bag we made, and every child who participated also
received a custom made canvas tote bag filled with candy and coupons from local restaurants.
Our next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, August 12th at 10:30am in the West Wing. We would love for all of
our members to join us! We will be practicing social distancing and masks will be required. Some of the topics we will
be discussing include:
 Claybank Jamboree
 The Book Sale Room
 Fundraising Ideas
It is my goal as your President to cultivate an atmosphere of growth, stability, and hospitality in this group that
will spread throughout the Library and into the community. I look forward to seeing everyone soon!


Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

1pm-4pm Pokémon
FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2020.

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The Library Board Story Time 1pm-4pm Pokémon
Ozark Dale County Library Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda for Registration Required League at Home
Regular Meetings August 12th will be 2:30pm-3:30pm
available by close of
Patrons are encouraged to attend our monthly open business.
9 meetings10
of the Library Board of 11
Trustees. 12 13 14 15
9am - Library Board Story Time Last day to have
Meeting Registration Required fines waived for LIBRARY
Please visit to view a preliminary 10:30am-11:30am
10:30am - Friends of any returned
agenda and minutes from previous meetings. Minutes & the Library Board 2:30pm-3:30pm CLOSES AT
overdue materials! 2PM.
agendas are also available to view at the Library. Meeting

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Story Time 1pm-4pm Pokémon
Registration Required League at Home
Student Priority Hours 10:30am-11:30am
All K-12 students will have priority on the computers between the 2:30pm-3:30pm
hours of 10am and 3pm Tuesday-Saturday beginning Friday, August
14th for schoolwork purposes.
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Story Time 1pm-4pm Pokémon
They are guaranteed a minimum of 2 hours; however, more time can Registration Required League at Home
be allotted if there is no one waiting. 10:30am-11:30am
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