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Rep. Paul Lee Commits $50,000 to Ashford Library Capital Campaign

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Date: Nov 16 2023 3:05 PM

ASHFORD, AL:On Wednesday, November 15, Alabama State Representative Paul Lee presented a check for $50,000 to the Dothan Houston County Library System (DHCLS) in support of the Ashford Library Capital Campaign.  Rep. Lee’s donation was celebrated by members of the DHCLS Board of Trustees, the Ashford Library Campaign Cabinet, and the DHCLS Management Team with a check presentation at the site of the future Ashford Library.

“This capital campaign is such a great opportunity for residents of Ashford, Houston County, and the Wiregrass,” says Rep. Lee. “These funds will help lay the foundation for what promises to be a successful project, one that will really have a tremendous positive impact on this community.”

The new Ashford Library will be located in the former MidSouth Bank IT/Data Center in the heart of Downtown Ashford.  The renovated facility will be nearly twice the size of the current Ashford Library, with a collection of approximately 20,000 items, a 500 square-foot program area, dedicated space for children and their families, and a wide range of public technology resources, including computers, printers, and Wi-Fi.  Construction is slated to begin in early 2024 and should be completed in the fall of 2024. J. Michael Lee Associates Inc. have been selected as architects for the project.

Established in 1949, DHCLS today serves a population of approximately 107,000 residents through its main library, two branches, a bookmobile, and an extensive selection of ebooks and digital resources. In FY 2023, DHCLS welcomed over 312,000 visitors, and DHCLS patrons borrowed over 201,000 items, including books, audiobooks, DVDs, and ebooks.  DHCLS offers a variety of innovative services, such as the Library of Things, a Seed Library, and Story Walks at Kiwanis Park and Walton Park. The library also offers programs for children, teens, and adults, ranging from story times, craft programs, technology help, and job search assistance.  

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