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The Friends of Lumpkin County Library needs some new Friends. Won’t you show your support for our local library by joining us?

Lumpkin Friends is a non-profit group with the mission of supporting, promoting, and advocating for the Lumpkin County Library. The Friends provides volunteers for library activities and as well as financial support when needed.
Here is just a sample of what the Lumpkin Friends chapter is involved with this year:

  • Funding the library’s summer Vacation Reading Program for hundreds of local children, teens and adults.
  • Raising funds with our annual Year of Chocolate fundraiser.
  • Sponsoring genealogy speakers and author events at the library.
  • Advocating for a very much needed new library building.
  • Hosting the “Thanks for Giving” breakfast in November for staff and volunteers.
  • Sponsoring an annual community “shred day” for sensitive documents.
  • Raising awareness within the community of the many people the library serves – it’s not just a place to store books!

Come join us and be a part of something wonderful in Lumpkin County. You can become a member by donating your time, cash, or both! Applications are available at the library’s front desk.

Friends of the Library News

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Rare Books for Sale!

Old favorites, new, favorites, and the wonderful scent of history.
The Friends of Lumpkin County Library have curated a special collection of rare books for you to peruse. Please view titles currently available for purchase by clicking on the link below:

Rare Books For Sale

All proceeds will benefit Lumpkin County Library.

Lumpkin Library Marks 100th Anniversary with 10 Week Celebration

Logo for Lumpkin County Library's Centennial

In 1917, using donated books, donated furniture and a rented room in the Hall House, the Dahlonega Woman’s Club opened Lumpkin County’s first public library.

For 100 years, the library has continually served the people of Lumpkin. The Lumpkin Library Centennial Committee plans to honor that service with a ten week celebration of the library and a community-focused 100th anniversary party on November 4 in Downtown Dahlonega.

The celebration starts August 11 and runs for ten weeks, culminating with Centennial Day, November 4, highlighted by a parade around Dahlonega Square, speeches by dignitaries, and a county-wide anniversary party at the Lumpkin library with hot dogs, drinks, and a giant anniversary cake.

Hosting the Lumpkin Library Centennial celebration are the Lumpkin County Commission and the City of Dahlonega along with the Lumpkin County School System, the Lumpkin-Dahlonega Chamber of Commerce, Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority, the Chestatee Regional Library System, the Dahlonega Nugget, Dahlonega Jaycees, Dahlonega Lions Club, Dahlonega Sunrise Rotary, Dahlonega Woman’s Club, the Friends of Lumpkin Library, the Lumpkin County Library Board, Lumpkin Historical Society, Lumpkin Literacy, and the Lumpkin Retired Teachers Association.

A representative from each hosting organization makes up the Library Centennial Committee, which is chaired by Diane N. Bates and Nan Peters, both of the Friends of Lumpkin Library.

The Centennial ten-week celebration focuses on the ten decades of Lumpkin library service. Each participating organization plans to host an event or events during an assigned week. Those events will correspond with a specific decade. For example, the Dahlonega Woman’s Club plans to host a 1930’s luncheon during third week of the celebration.

Among the other activities planned during the celebration are children’s book readings; a historical timeline display; a 1917 – 2017 time capsule; a merchant door decorating contest; a book-themed scarecrow contest; an Adopt-A-Book campaign; poster, essay, and bookmark contests; and a Harry Potter event.

The Dahlonega Nugget officially kicks off the Centennial Celebration with a feature story on the library’s history, and nine weeks later, Saturday, November 4, the celebration ends with Lumpkin Library Day, a day of activities honoring Lumpkin’s library and its history.

A walking parade through downtown Dahlonega at 10 a.m. starts the Lumpkin Library Day festivities. “We’re asking children and adults to dress as their favorite storybook characters for the parade,” said Peters. “We’ll have a band, prizes and even some special storybook ‘celebrities’ in the parade.”

After the parade, state and local dignitaries will recognize the library for its impact on the county and people of Lumpkin. Then at 11:30 a.m., the party begins with a cake; free hot dogs and drinks provided by Dahlonega Rotary Club; a dozen local authors autographing books; centennial displays in the county administration building; and a number of children’s activities taking place in and around the library.

Elsa of the Disney’s Frozen book series, a Star Wars Storm Trooper, Harry Potter, Darren the DARE Lion, and the Chick-fil-Cow are among the special guests scheduled to appear at the parade or party.

“Everyone in Lumpkin is invited to Centennial Day,” said Bates. “This is a rare opportunity to commemorate our library and celebrate what makes Lumpkin a wonderful place to call home.”

For more information, please go to the Lumpkin Library Centennial’s Facebook page.

Become a Friend

Becoming a Lumpkin Library Friend is easy! Just complete our downloadable Membership Application and mail or deliver it to the Lumpkin County Library, 342 Courthouse Hill Street, Dahlonega, 30533.

To learn more about the Lumpkin Friends organization: