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Historic Clermont DIP Library to host open house
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The Clermont Historical Society is hoping for a bit of good luck on Friday the 13th. The society is celebrating the opening of the Historic Clermont DIP Library, from 4-8 p.m. April 13.

The Historic Clermont DIP Library and History Center is an effort to provide the community with resources, due to Hall County closing the old Clermont library.

"We used DIP in the name, since that’s what Clermont used to be called, and it preserves the history of the town," said Sandra Cantrell, president of the Clermont Historical Society. "This is a very unique place."

Over the course of a year, the library was created using only donations and volunteer work.

"Volunteers can help out for one time, or as many as they would like."

Local donations were made from surrounding counties such as Habersham and White County.

The DIP Library is not only a home for books but also a center for programs. Music lessons, art classes and other activities will be offered here regularly.

"The historical society is coordinating these efforts in service to our community," said Cantrell. "We want to offer a numerous amount of discovery programs."

There will be bluegrass music, book signings by various authors, a full model display of the town of Clermont, and opportunities for people to sign up to volunteer.

"It is a great opportunity for people to come out and learn the history of Clermont and also find out just what small towns can do."

The Historic Clermont DIP Library is located at 639 Main St., Clermont. The event is free and open to the public.