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Library To Mark 50 Years' Service

Article copied from the Dawson News, 11/8/56


The 50-year story of Dawson's Library from which as been developed in a three-county regionally service will be dramatically unfolded next week in pageant form.  Climax of the week-long celebration will be open house at the Library Sunday afternoon, November 18 between 4 and 5 o'clock, to which the people of Terrell, Calhoun and Lee Counties are cordially invited.

Members of the Student Library group of Terrell High will present the pageant before various city and county organizations, beginning Monday afternoon, when the first presentation will be give at the meeting of the Graves Club at 3L30 o'clock.

On Tuesday afternoon, it will be presented before the Bronwood Home Demonstration Club; Wednesday noon, Rotary Club; Wednesday afternoon, combined meeting of Dawson, Terrell and Graves Parent-Teachers Associations; Thursday, New Bethel Home Demonstration Club.  Tentative arrangements have been made for its presentation before the Yeoman's Club Friday night.

Author of the script is Mrs. S. J. Smith, regional librarian.  Pageant director is Mrs. John Henry Brim, Terrell High librarian.

The present Terrell-Calhoun-Lee Regional Library emerged from a "Wednesday Afternoon Club" which liked to study ancient history and literature.

Its origninal members included, among others, Mrs. F.M. McNulty, Mrs. E.T. Jordan and Mrs. Lucious Lamar who were instrumental in the formation of the Dawson Library Association and who contributed the original 302 books.

The late Miss Pet Cheatham served as first librarian with headquarters provided by the late T.D. Lee over his drug store on Main street.

The library soon outgrew those quarters and it was moved to City Council room where it was located for some time. 

In 1910, a movement was initiated for a Carnegie Library and in 1914 the present Carnegie Library building was completed and occupied.  For 10 years, the library operated under the Carnegie plan.


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