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Lending library at Kilough Elementary School officially open
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Students and staff at Kilough Elementary School, along with representatives from the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and the Dawson County Woman’s Club, cut the ribbon on the school’s new lending library. - photo by Erica Jones

On Tuesday Aug. 30, the Dawson County Woman’s Club and the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce officially cut the ribbon on the new lending library at Kilough Elementary School. 

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Representatives from the Dawson County Woman’s Club stand with Kilough Elementary School’s new lending library, which was funded by the club in memory of late member Helen Taylor. - photo by Erica Jones

The little lending library sits outside of the elementary school and contains books for a variety of reading levels and about a variety of subjects. Children in the community who come to the library will be encouraged to take a book home to read and leave another book for others to borrow. 

“It’s all about loving to read; as my dad would say, ‘if you love to read you’re never lonely’,” Woman’s Club member MG Finch explained to dozens of Kilough’s students during the ribbon cutting ceremony. 

According to Finch, the library was funded in memory of Woman’s Club member Helen Taylor, who passed away but whose love of reading will live on through projects like the lending library. 

The lending library was designed and built in great part by Kilough’s media specialist, Kristi Bearden, and the school resource officer, Officer Grizzle, KES Principal Teresa Conowal said. 

“Kristi is just amazing at creating things and Officer Grizzle helped us design and build it in partnership with her,” Conowal said. "I want to thank the Dawson County Woman’s Club, the Chamber of Commerce and all the partners that spent a lot of time making this happen for us.” 

Before cutting the ribbon on the new library, Dawson County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mandy Power encouraged the students in attendance to make use of the library and congratulated the school and the Woman’s Club on bringing the project to fruition. 

“We are so excited to be here to celebrate such an awesome new addition to Kilough Elementary,” Power said. “Now you have your very own lending library right here!” 

The new lending library is located in front of Kilough Elementary School, 1063 Kilough Church Road.