The board of commissioners last week approved a request by Dawson County Family Connection to allow for a partnership between the county and four organizations whereby "little lending libraries" will be placed on county land.
The libraries are tiny houses that are stocked with free books for anyone to take or borrow and provide a place for community members to donate gently used books for others to enjoy. The idea is to "take one now, leave one later."
Four groups- Family Connection, Kiwanis Club, WEE Books and Rotary Club- have agreed to have the libraries built as well maintain and stock them with books.
The libraries will be placed in locations around the county where foot traffic is common: the Dawson County Public Health Office, Veteran's Memorial Park, War Hill Park and Rock Creek Park.
The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce will also have a lending library at its office.
According to Margie Weaver Senior Center Director Dawn Pruett, the library located at Veteran's Memorial near the senior center will be a project for the seniors.
Family Connection Coordinator Nancy Stites said that the libraries will be a way for the community to promote the importance of early learning and grade-level reading by third grade.
Stites said that children who can't read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than proficient readers.
The commission voted unanimously to allow the little lending libraries to be placed on county property.