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Library rent-a-tent helps locals explore outdoors
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A few months ago, an employee at the Chestatee Regional Library System hatched a plan that many were skeptical of: Stocking the library with a few tents and other camping essentials for people to check out, just as they would check out a book or a DVD. Today the library branch has three tents in Dawsonville and three in Lumpkin County, and each can be checked out for two weeks at a time. STEAM, or science, technology, engineering, arts and math, grants from the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) helped the library purchase the tents. Branch Manager Stacey Leonhardt, who works at the Dawson County Public Library and its satellite location on Hwy. 53, said the tents are for families who want to try camping, but aren't sure they want to spend the money on tents and camping supplies without trying it first.