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More public computers will be purchased for the Dickson County Library after the Tennessee secretary of state stopped in Dickson to present grant money — and promised more funds for the new library nearing completion across Henslee Drive. 

“We are really excited about what you are doing there, and the outreach you are going to be able to do for children in this community,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett on Oct. 3 at the current Dickson County Library. 

Hargett ceremoniously presented a “big check” with state Rep. Mary Littleton and Rep. Michael Curcio, both of Dickson, in attendance. The amount of the matching technology grant was for $1,305. 

Hargett added: “We are going to put some money into your new library.” 

A new Dickson County government facility is being built within the former Food Lion building on Henslee Drive. The new county library will be the primary tenant of the facility, but the site will also be the location for county government satellite office in Dickson, the UT-Extension office and the Dickson County Veterans Affairs office. 

Library Director Tamara Hammer said the grant would go toward purchasing more public desktop computers. 

“Every generation, if we miss that opportunity to help them understand what they have access to in a library, then we are missing a great opportunity,” Hargett said. “When you walk in the front door of a library, the library doesn’t care what zip code you live in, how many zeroes your bank account has or who your mom and daddy are. The library…you can come in and unleash your potential.” 

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