About Us

Chestatee Regional Library System enhances our community’s quality of life by offering lifelong learning opportunities, family and local history resources, and recreational materials to everyone in Dawson and Lumpkin Counties.



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About Us - General Information

Chestatee Regional Library System was established 1953 as a two-county regional system serving Hall and Lumpkin Counties. Dawson County joined the regional system in July 1994.  Hall County withdrew in July 1997, leaving a service area of two counties, Dawson (211 sq. mi.) and Lumpkin (284 sq. mi.).


“Chestatee” is from a Cherokee word meaning “place of the lights.”  It refers to the practice of hunting deer at night.  The area along the Chestatee River was popular hunting ground, and the hunters carried torches made of pine splints, which, reflected in the river, made an impressive array of lights.


Our libraries continue to grow and excel, providing the residents of Dawson and Lumpkin Counties with quality opportunities to free access of information and entertainment.  Our employees are here to help you locate anything you might want or need and we take pride and joy in making sure you are happy with the services provided.

Additional Information and Documents

 
Chestatee Regional Library System Board Print E-mail
About Us - Library Boards

Meeting Schedule:

  • Monday, October 28, 2013 at Dawson County Library, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 27, 2014 at Lumpkin County Library, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 28, 2014 at Dawson County Library, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, July 28, 2014 at Lumpkin County Library, 5:00 p.m.

All Chestatee Regional Library System board meetings are open to the public.

Current Board Members:

  • Judy Cahill, Chair
  • Donna Weaver, Vice Chair
  • Susan Roof, Secretary
  • Kay Black
  • Nancy Disharoon
  • Angela Harben
  • Ragin Hause
  • Leslie Kupkowski
  • Eydie Stegall

Board Meeting Minutes:

 
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About Us - Library Policies

 

 
Lumpkin County Library Board Print E-mail

Meeting Schedule:

  • Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Lumpkin County Library Board meetings are open to the public. Unless a change is posted, regularly scheduled library board meetings are held at Lumpkin County Library.

Current Board Members:

  • Elsa Ann Gaines, Chair
  • Dan Bowers, Vice Chair
  • Carol Hesse, Secretary
  • Tony Buesing
  • Paul Dunlap
  • Bonita Jacobs
  • Donna Logan
  • Denson Martin

Board Meeting Minutes:

 
Dawson County Library Board Print E-mail
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Meeting Schedule:

  • Monday, October 21, 2013 at 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 5 p.m. (Tuesday due to holiday falling on Monday)
  • Monday, April 21, 2014 at 5 p.m.
  • Monday, July 21, 2014 at 5 p.m.

All Dawson County Library Board meetings are open to the public. Unless a change is posted, regularly scheduled library board meetings are held at Dawson County Library.

Current Board Members:

  • Carol Hesse, Chair
  • Ragin Hause, Vice Chair
  • Dan Bowers, Secretary
  • Judy Cahill
  • Elsa Ann Gaines
  • Leslie Kupkowski
  • Denson Martin
  • Eydie Stegall

Board Meeting Minutes: