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October 2020 Volume 21 Issue 10

416 James Street
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 August 2020

Circulation 1,975
E-Books 479
Attendance 3,580
New Materials 310
Site Visits 1,112,903
Borrowers on Roll 12,363 See inside for details about our FOL Café Grand Opening &
Employment Searches 2,437 The FOL Book Sale Room Grand Reopening!
Facebook Lifetime Likes (current) 1,838
Quote of the Month Temporary Hours Until Further Notice
“Reading is the key that opens doors to many Tuesday through Thursday
good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
and more reading helped me make my dreams Friday and Saturday
come true.” 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
~Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1933-2020 Closed on Sunday & Monday
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From the Creel Richardson Room Staff Highlights

By: Joni Wood
Kristina Speck
Claybank Jamboree: The Early Years, Part I &
Debbie Mize
The following articles for October & November are based upon the
accounts provided by a 2009 Dale County Genealogical & Historical This month we are highlighting our Processer,
Society meeting presentation by Mrs. Jeannette Reeves, conversations
with Mrs. Nanci Brown Ludlam, and various Southern Star articles. Kristina Speck, who has been with us since November 2019.
She also previously worked with us as a Circulation Clerk.
This year we are celebrating the 50th Annual Kristina has a very important job here at the Library - she
Claybank Jamboree – a Dale County tradition that covers and repairs our materials to ensure that they will last
everyone from near and far loves to attend to support a very long time on our shelves for YOUR enjoyment!
our local artists, crafters, musicians, clubs, and more!
Did you know, though, it originally was not known as What brought you to Ozark? I was bor n and r aised
the Claybank Jamboree or even held in the Fall? Or it here.
at one point had grown so exponentially that it
expanded to include booths and activities at the What is your favorite part about working here? The
Martindale Plaza? staff! We’re like a giant family here! :)

According to Mrs. Jeannette Reeves’ 2009 What is your favorite book? My favor ite book is W itch
presentation, the Jamboree originally began & Wizard by James Patterson.
approximately in 1970 as the Spring Fling for the first
couple of years. The fling was organized and sponsored Who is your favorite author? My favor ite author is
by the Downtown Merchants Association after the definitely James Patterson!
downtown square underwent renovations as part of an
urban renewal project. Betty Brown, mother of Nanci **********
Brown Ludlam, Ed Hilboldt, Val McGee, and various
other prominent figures were key in its success. Later We are also highlighting our Bookkeeper, Debbie
in approximately 1973, the Greater Ozark Merchants Mize, who has been with us since December 2019. She also
Association was formed and agreed to rename the has a very important job of making sure all of our bills get
Spring Fling to honor and recognize Dale County’s rich paid and filed away!
history and heritage; thus, the name Claybank
Jamboree was adopted. In the 1980s, the Jamboree had What brought you to Ozark? My husband, J ohn who is
grown so exponentially that it required to expand into an aviation mechanic, got a job working for Pemco in 1997,
the Martindale Plaza where people were bussed back which was in nearby Napier Field. In 1999, he started
and forth to enjoy a wide variety of booths and working for DynCorp at Fort Rucker and has been there
activities. The early years had several different ever since. Ozark is a very nice place to end a “gypsy way of
activities in addition to the many vendor booths. There life”!
were quilt shows in the Holman House that was later
moved to the Bank of Ozark, antique show and sales in What is your favorite part about working here? I’ve
the Holman and Sollie House that was later moved to always wanted to be a Bookkeeper, and although it can be
the Civic Center, and a Fiddlers Convention in the Dale frustrating at times, I really do enjoy it. Fortunately, at this
County Arts Center which was located in the Sollie time in my life, a challenge is what I need to keep me on my
House back then. The 5K Run, which is still an event toes! It also helps that my fellow coworkers are so friendly
to this day, originally was held at the Carroll High and easy to work with.
School track; however, it was eventually moved to the
Ed Lisenby Lake. What is your favorite book? I don’t have a favorite book,
but I have several favorite genres. They included historical
To be continued in November’s newsletter. romances initially, but have since expanded to include
paranormal and humorous mysteries.
From the Creel Richardson Room - Correction
Mr. Joe Adams contacted me, after the publication of Who is your favorite author? I r eally don’t have a
favorite per se, it is whoever’s fascinating book I’m
September’s newsletter, to inform me that Mr. Joe
currently reading at the time.
Bond was also not responsible for the mural hanging in
the National Guard Armory.
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NEW MATERIALS Donors September 2020

BESTSELLER FICTION Wiregrass United Way Rachel Hauser
A List by J.A. Jance Friends of the Library Mercedes Devaney
Attempted Murder of Teddy Roosevelt by Burt Janelle Leach Dennis Hatcher
Solomon Caitlyn Hood Pat Coffey
Dangerous Man by Robert Crais Larry Wells Anna Lee
Fair Warning by Michael Connelly Porchlight Book Company Grabowski Family
Books-A-Million’s A Gift for You
Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes
Golden in Death by J.D. Robb In Memory of Donor
Astronauts (YA GRAPHIC OTT) Merle Carroll Dr. Imogene Mixson
Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Best at It by Maulik Pancholy
Chain of Gold: Last Hours, Book One by Cassandra NEW BUILDING FUND DONORS
Clare Dr. Imogene Mixson
Chirp by Kate Messner
Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore WIREGRASS UNITED WAY DONORS
Degrassio: The Next Generation: Extra credit by J. Not listed in September’s newsletter
Fault in Our Stars by John Green Gloriastine Driskell Marilyn Tamplin
Fire Season by David Weber Robert J. Kreutzmann, M.D. Shirley H. Woodie
AUDIOBOOK Melissa Robinson
Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine Dairy King c/o Dennis Powell
Final Judgment by Marcia Clark
Hindsight by Iris Johansen
Hit List by Stuart Woods Book Club
K Team by David Rosenfelt
Noel Street by Richard Paul Evans Coming Soon!
Outfox by Sandra Brown Readers, our Book Club resumes next month! Join us
Postscript by Cecelia Ahern on the 2nd Tuesday & Saturday at 2pm for a lively
Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler discussion on a great book.
Restless Hearts by B.J. Daniels Our first meetings will be on Tuesday, November 10th
Revenge by James Patterson and Saturday, November 14th. Stay tuned for further
River Murders by James Patterson announcements about next month’s book selection.
Dutch Girl: Aubrey Hepburn and World War II If you’re interested in
joining, please contact Ms.
(B HEPBURN MAT) Amber Chancy at
United States of Trump (B TRUMP ORE) 334-774-5480 or
Good Neighbor: Life and Work of Fred Rogers more details!
GENEALOGICAL/HISTORICAL MATERIALS Annual Food for Fines Drive Begins Next Month!
Dreams of Africa in Alabama (GEN 306.36 DIO)
November 3rd, 2020 - January 5th, 2021
Gold Star Soldiers of the Korean War from Dale
County, Alabama (GEN 920 BLA) It’s almost that time of year again for our annual Food
Gold Star Soldiers of World War II from Dale County for Fines drive to support our community during this
holiday season.
Alabama (GEN 975 BLA)
Pea River Reflections (GEN 817.5 BRU) For every 1 canned good or non-perishable item
donated, we’ll waive $4 of your overdue fines.
Rails of Freedom by Linda Robinson
*Overdue items must be returned to the Library.
Savage Waltz (GEN 973.7 JEN) Excludes fines due to lost or damaged materials.
Grand Opening of the FOL Café Kicks Off with Grand Reopening of Our Book Sale Room!
By: Amber Chancey, President

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting the Grand Opening of our FOL Café this month! The FOL
Café will be located in the old YA Room adjacent to the computer area in the front of the Library. This will be an
ongoing fundraiser for the library to support its mission to provide quality resources and programs for patrons of all
ages. Patrons will be able to buy snacks and drinks and enjoy a coffee shop atmosphere while they eat. We are
confident that this will add to the overall open and warm environment the Ozark Dale County Library patrons have
come to know and love!
In conjunction with the Café opening, we will be hosting a Grand Reopening of our Book Sale Room. Our
Book Sale Room is a hidden gem among the thrift stores and book shops in the Wiregrass area and, like any successful
business, we plan to draw people in with a great sale and a snack. If you feed them and give them a great deal, they will
We would love for you to stop by and see us during this week long event! Friends of the Library members will
receive a free cup of coffee and a snack from the Café. Festivities kick off Tuesday, October 6th and run through
Saturday October 10th from 10am-5pm each day.

Please join us at our next meeting, If you would like to join the
Saturday, October 10th at 10am - Friends of the Library, please
coffee and refreshments will be contact Amber Chancey at 774-
served. 5480 or


Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

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Friends of the Library Café Grand Opening Story Time Visit the FOL Booth 1pm-4pm Pokémon
& Registration Required at League at Home
10:30am Claybank Jamboree 1pm-4pm Magic the
Friends of the Library’s Book Sale Room 4:00pm on Saturday, 10/3
from 9am-3pm! Gathering Club at Home
Grand Reopening
4Tuesday, October
5 6th - Saturday,6October 10th 7 8 9 10
The agenda for the Story Time 10am - FOL Meeting
October 10th
10am-5pm Library Board Registration Required 10:30am - Art Club
10:30am Continued12:45pm - Popcorn & a
Meeting will be
available by close of 4:00pm 1pm-4pm Pokémon Movie
business. League at Home events continued on left
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9am - Library Board Story Time 1pm-4pm Pokémon
of Trustees Meeting Registration Required League at Home
- Open to the Public 10:30am 1pm-4pm Magic the
Read the above article from FOL President, Ms. Amber
4:00pm Gathering Club at Home
Chancey, for more details about these amazing events
happening this month!
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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
14th for schoolwork purposes.
25 26 27 28 29 30 31 12:45pm: Halloween
Story Time Movie - The Addams
They are guaranteed a minimum of 2 hours; however, more time can Registration Required Family
be allotted if there is no one waiting. 10:30am 1pm-4pm Pokémon
4:00pm League at Home