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November 2020 Volume 21 Issue 11

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 September 2020

Circulation 1,673
E-Books 530
Attendance 2,218
New Materials 310
Site Visits 969,482
Borrowers on Roll 12,363
Employment Searches 1,504
Internet Use 1,348
Facebook Lifetime Likes (current) 1,838 MASKS ARE REQUIRED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Quote of the Month Temporary Hours Until Further Notice
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what Tuesday through Thursday
we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It
can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a Friday and Saturday
stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our 10:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for
tomorrow.” Closed on Sunday & Monday
~Melody Beattie
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From the Creel Richardson Room Staff Highlights

By: Joni Wood
Amber Chancey
Claybank Jamboree: The Early Years, Part II &
Barbara Daniels
To continue from last month, we’ll learn more This month we are highlighting our Children’s
about the early years of the Claybank from Mrs. Nanci Library, Amber Chancey. She’s been working with us since
Brown Ludlam, who is the daughter of Mrs. Betty February 2020 and does a wonderful job planning fun and
Brown, one of the early organizers, as well as from educational programs for our community’s youth. She is
various Southern Star articles. also our Volunteer Coordinator, so if you’re interested in
volunteering at the Library, come talk to Ms. Amber! And
Mrs. Betty Brown, former Chamber of let’s not forget, she’s also the President of our Friends of the
Commerce Chairman, was recognized for her Library group!
dedication to organizing the Claybank Jamboree from
1974-1984, though she was involved with organizing it What brought you to Ozark? I wanted to ensur e that
earlier as noted in last month’s article. Mrs. Brown was my children would have a strong relationship with their
the owner of Betty’s Book & Gift Shop in downtown, father and grandparents who are native to the Ozark area.
and a member of the Greater Ozark Merchants
Association, a key organization in the early years of What is your favorite part about working here? I love
Claybank. In 1980 or 1981, Mrs. Ludlam and her helping people, and the library is one of the most resourceful
mother-in-law had a booth selling ceramics in front of and helpful places a person can go when they need help! I
the gift shop and they were the first ones to sell boiled also love working with the children and teens, making sure
peanuts. It was such a big hit that they sold over 250 they have a positive role model and mentor are my main
bags in less than 3 hours! Over the years, the Jamboree priority! I want everyone of all ages to feel loved when they
was, and remains, such a local favorite that heavy visit the library.
winds and rainstorms never hindered the festivities as
planned! She also recalled, like Mrs. Jeannette Reeves, What is your favorite book? I do not have a par ticular
that quilts were hung from the railings of the Bank of favorite book, I have read way too many to pick just one!
Ozark in the early years and antique shows were held My favorite genre of books is Young Adult (YA).
in the Civic Center.
Who is your favorite author? J ohn Gr een is my favor ite
The earliest Southern Star articles are from YA author.
October 22nd and 29th, 1975 in which the Jamboree was
held on Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November **********
1st with a wide variety of activities scheduled,
especially Halloween themed events for the kids! The We are also highlighting our custodian, Barbara
weekend’s Halloween activities included hay rides Daniels. She’s been working with us since 2017 and does an
around the square on a mule driven wagon, a amazing job of keeping our Library clean!
Halloween Costume Contest, and a Haunted House
sponsored by the Ozark Service League. Entertainment What brought you to Ozark? I was bor n her e.
included a dog show by the Southeast Kennel Club,
performances by Lola’s Dance Studio and Fort Rucker What is your favorite part about working here? My
Heel and Toe Dancers, spirituals sung by Dewey favorite part would be the people and the environment - it’s
Williams and his Sacred Harp Singers, an antique car time well spent for me. The access to computers is also a
show, and a Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus. Let’s favorite.
not forget all of the local artists displaying their arts
and crafts and the civic clubs selling delicious treats or What is your favorite book? Fir st and up most would be
beautiful plants! the Bible that serves as a foundation for my family. I also
enjoy books on education, history, science, reference, as
Visit the Creel Richardson Local History and well as the Sherlock Holmes books.
Genealogy Room to learn more about the early years of
Claybank Jamboree. Who is your favorite author? I have sever al! They ar e
Emily Dickenson, Charles Dickens, and Thomas Moore.
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NEW MATERIALS Donors October 2020

Friends of the Library


In Honor of Donor

In Memory of Donor



Thank you!

Ozark Queens
Brogden Law Firm

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FOL Book Club

Readers, join us on the 2nd Tuesday & Saturday at 2pm
for a lively discussion on a great book!
This month’s book is <?> and we’ll meet in the Li-
brary’s West Wing on Tuesday, November 10th and
Saturday, November 14th.
Please contact Ms. Amber Chancy at 334-774-5480 or to pick up a copy.
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By: Amber Chancey, President
Please join us at our next meeting, Saturday, November 14th at 10am - coffee and refreshments will be served!
If you would like to join the Friends of the Library, please contact Amber Chancey at 774-5480 or


Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Story Time 1pm-4pm Pokémon
Nov. 3rd - Jan. 5th, 2021 Registration Required League at Home
See insert for more details 10:30am 1pm-4pm Magic the
4:00pm Gathering Club at Home

8 9 10 11 12 9am - Library 13 14
2pm - FOL Book Board of Trustees November 14th 10am - FOL Christmas
Club LIBRARY IS Meeting
CLOSED Story Time 10:30am - Art Club
Ozark Dale County Library Board of Trustees Registration Required 1pm-4pm Pokémon
Regular Meetings 10:30am & 4:00pm League at Home events continued on left
**Note, this month’s meeting is postponed to 11/12 at 2pm - FOL Book
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
9am.** Club
Story Time 12:45pm - Popcorn & a
Patrons are encouraged to attend our monthly open Registration Required Movie
meetings of the Library Board of Trustees. 10:30am 1pm-4pm Pokémon League
4:00pm at Home
1pm-4pm Magic the
Please visit to view a preliminary Gathering Club at Home
agenda and minutes from previous meetings. Minutes &
22 agendas are also23 available to view 24
at the Library. 25 26 27 28

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Saturday, November 14th from 10am-2pm
Library’s West Wing See flyer for details

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