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September 2020 Volume 21 Issue 9

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

Board of Trustees
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 July 2020

Circulation 1,673 Julius Caesar Hamlet King Lear
E-Books 530 King John Macbeth Twelfth Night
Attendance 2,218
Henry V Coriolanus
New Materials 19
Site Visits 969,482 Richard III The Tempest
Borrowers on Roll 12,266 Cymbeline Othello
Employment Searches 1,504
Internet Use 1,348
Facebook Engaged Users (unique) 973
Facebook Lifetime Likes (current) 1,829
Quote of the Month Temporary Hours Until Further Notice
“A growing body of evidence suggests that Tuesday through Thursday
students’ academic success is linked to library 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
usage, including improved student retention and Friday and Saturday
an enhanced academic experience.” 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
~Academic Library Impact on Student Learning and
Success: Findings from the Assessment in Action Team Closed on Sunday & Monday
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From the Creel Richardson Room Staff Highlights

By: Joni Wood Andrew Godeke, IT/Circulation Clerk
Mural in the National Guard Armory Alexander Matthews, Circulation Clerk
Recently, a post was shared to the “Our Dale
This month we are highlighting our IT/Circulation
County, Alabama Connections” Facebook group about
Clerk Andrew Godeke who has been with us for four years.
this mural residing in the National Guard Armory. He is our go to guy for anything and everything for our
computers & technology - we don’t know what we would do
without his expertise! He also runs our Pokémon League on
the weekends and all of the kids and teens have a blast at

What brought you to Ozark? Both of my par ents moved

here from Texas with their parents due to being military.

What is your favorite part about working here? My

favorite part is helping people learn new skills.

What is your favorite book? My favor ite book is EON by

Greg Bear.

Who is your favorite author? My favor ite author is

J.R.R. Tolkien.
We are also highlighting Alexander Matthews, one of our
The same image was placed on commemorative wonderful hard-working Circulation Clerks. He first began
dinner plates in 1970 in celebration of Ozark’s 100th volunteering here in February 2019 and we liked him so
birthday. The Ozark Centennial Commission sold them much, we just had to hire him in May 2019! When we can
as a fundraiser to support the various celebrations held start having more face-to-face programs, he will be leading a
in October 1970. new Magic the Gathering Club for teens and older!
According to the article, “Centennial Plate What brought you to Ozark? I was bor n and r aised
Depicts Scenes of Ozark’s Past-Present” in the October here.
1st, 1970 Southern Star, the image was done from
photographs that represent the historical significance of What is your favorite part about working here? My
Ozark’s past and present. Mr. Jack Deloney, local favorite thing about working here is the peace and quiet and
artist, arranged and designed it, including the my wonderful coworkers and boss.
Centennial Seal that appears at the top of the image.
What is your favorite book? My favor ite book has to be
That same seal was later adapted as the City of Ozark’s the Chronicles of A ncient Darkness #1: W olf Brother. I
official seal in April 1971. bought it at a book fair in elementary school and it has
Mr. Joe Adams, the editor of The Southern Star, remained my favorite ever since.
spoke with Mr. Jack Deloney about the centennial
Who is your favorite author? I do not r eally have a
plates and his involvement with the mural at the
favorite author. I usually just pick a book that I find
armory. Mr. Joe informed me that a Mr. Joe Bond was interesting and read it. I do not really care who wrote it as
responsible for the mural replica of the plates located in long as I like it.
the Armory.
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NEW MATERIALS Donors August 2020

BESTSELLER FICTION Wiregrass United Way Mary Garrett
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins Friends of the Library Brenda Minton
Beating About the bush by M.C. Beaton Barbara Sink Daniel Rodriguez
Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner Mercedes Devaney Doris Baker
Bitterroots by C.J. Box Jim Martin
Bombshell by Stuart Woods Bob Harry
Cajun Justice by James Patterson All In Credit Union
Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg In Memory of Donor
Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs
Credible Threat by J.A. Jance Lynda Louise Walker Polly Price
Daddy’s Girls by Danielle Steel
Becoming (B OBAMA OBA) Judy Mobley
Broken Road (B KENNEDY KEN) Anonymous

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline
Wiregrass United Way Donors
Beach Road by James Patterson
Come Sundown by Nora Roberts Mackie Jordan Judith Tarter
Demon Crown by James Rollins Bobbi Jo Hager Sara N. Carroll
Dr. Imogene Mixson Sally Covington
12 Rules for Life (170.44 PET)
Visit the Friends of the Library’s Booth at the
Accessory to War (355 TYS) 50th Annual Claybank Jamboree!
Barracoon: Story of the Last “Black Cargo” (306.36
HUR) The FOL are excited to announce their booth this
Churchill: Walking With Destiny (941.08 ROB) year! There will be FREE make & take crafts for
Cop Under Fire (320.52 CLA) kids, book and bag sales, and a mini bake sale!
Dead Weight (813.6 HUM) You know you can’t resist our FOL baked goods,
Double Death (973.78 MOR) it’s the talk of the town!!
First Conspiracy (973.41 MEL)
We need volunteers to help man the booth as
BOOKS ON CD well as to help donate baked goods!
19th Christmas by James Patterson
Akin by Emma Donoghue Please contact Amber Chancey at 774-5480 or
Book Thief by Markus Zusak for details on how YOU
Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje can help the FOL booth be a big success this year!
Contraband by Stuart Woods
Criss Cross by James Patterson
Deep State by Chris Hauty
Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
Inn by James Patterson
Killer Instinct by James Patterson
Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry by Mary Higgins
Last Day by Luanne Rice
Liar Liar by James Patterson
Lost by James Patterson
Membership is up and the Friends of the Ozark Dale County Library is growing in leaps and bounds!
By: Amber Chancey, President

With the help of social media, we have seen an increase in membership since our last meeting on August 12th, 2020. We
received 8 new membership applications with dues, gained nearly 90 new followers on our Facebook page, and increased our book
sale room sales, as well! Facebook has been a wonderful resource and other organizations, such as Everything Ozark and the
Ozark Chamber of Commerce, have stepped up to help by sharing our information on their pages, as well.
I am confident that by getting the word out we will gain more members, which will enable us to staff several different
volunteer committees. The Friends of the Ozark Dale County Library group is growing and we are excited to see what new
opportunities await us.
We are so excited about our next adventure, we will have a spot at the Claybank festival Saturday, October 3rd from 9am-
3pm. We are planning a fun filled and productive day complete with book and bag sales, a mini bake sale, and a free make and
take craft for kids! Putting ourselves out there is the best way to let Ozark know that The Friends of the Ozark Dale County Library
is a hard working and supportive group focused on the growth and success of our library.
Please join us at our next meeting, Saturday, September 12th at 10am - coffee and refreshments will be served!

**New Meeting Time** **Officer Opening: Secretary**

This is a volunteer position.
The monthly FOL meetings are now held on the 2nd Requirements:
Saturday at 10am in the Library’s West Wing! All current  Member of the Friends of the Ozark Dale County
and prospective members are encouraged to attend. Library
 Available to attend the monthly meetings
We hope you join us for a great year of supporting the  Ability to take notes
Library’s services and programs!  Available to volunteer throughout the year

If you would like to volunteer as the Secretary, volunteer during Claybank Jamboree, and/or donate baked goods for
Claybank, please contact Amber Chancey at 774-5480 or


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The agenda for the Story Time 1pm-4pm Pokémon
Ozark Dale County Library Board of Trustees Registration Required
9/9/20 Board Meeting League at Home
Regular Meetings will be available by 10:30am
close of business. 4:00pm
Skyscraper Day
Patrons are encouraged to attend our monthly open
6 meetings of7the Library Board of
8 Trustees. 9 10 11 12
9am - Library Board of Story Time 10am - FOL Meeting
Please visit to view a preliminary Trustees Meeting Registration Required 12:45pm - Popcorn & a
10:30am Movie
agenda and minutes from previous meetings. Minutes & 4:00pm
1pm-4pm Pokémon
agendas are also available to view at the Library. Remembering 9/11
League at Home
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Story Time 1pm-4pm Pokémon
Registration Required League at Home
Student Priority Hours 10:30am
All K-12 students will have priority on the computers between the 4:00pm
hours of 10am and 3pm Tuesday-Saturday beginning Friday, August Cheeseburger Day
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
National Comic Book

Popcorn & a29Movie 30 Social Distancing Enforced
Limited to 20 Attendees
Resumes Saturday, September 12th Call 774-5480 to Register
this Month! 12:45pm Registrations begins Sept. 1st