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Dothan Houston County Library System Celebrates 75 Years

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Dothan, AL – The Dothan Houston County Library System (DHCLS) Board of Trustees celebrated the library’s 75th anniversary with a proclamation during their regular meeting on Wednesday, April 10. Dr. Ashli Wilkins, Chair of the Board of Trustees, presented the proclamation, on behalf of the entire board, which adopted the proclamation unanimously.

“Prior to 1949, [DHCLS] functioned as a subscription library, so patrons were required to pay an annual fee to use library resources,” says DHCLS Director Chris Warren. “In 1949, the library transitioned to what we consider a true public library, one that provides access to books and other library resources at no cost. A lot has changed in 75 years, but what hasn’t changed is our commitment to early literacy, lifelong learning, economic opportunity, and quality of life.”

Over the course of its history, DHCLS has operated out of a general store, a courthouse, a former elementary school, and even the Dothan Opera House. Today, DHCLS now serves residents of Dothan and Houston County with three physical facilities, a bookmobile, and a variety of online services and digital resources. Last fiscal year, DHCLS welcomed over 312,000 visitors, and DHCLS patrons borrowed over 201,000 items, including books, audiobooks, DVDs, and ebooks.

To further celebrate this milestone, the library has announced that Thursday, April 11 will be DHCLS Giving Day. During the 24-hour campaign, DHCLS has a goal of 75 donors to the DHCLS Annual Fund. Funds raised through DHCLS Giving Day will enhance library programs, expand library collections, and maintain library facilities. Donations can be made online at www.dhcls.org/give