Where’s the “Love” in the Dothan library name?

Where’s the “Love” in the Dothan library name?

You’ve heard the Houston-Love Memorial Library will soon be demolished, and the new library next door is the Main Campus of the Dothan Houston-County Library System. We still see “Houston” in the library’s name, but what happened to the “Love?”
Bettye Forbus, director of the Dothan Houston-County Library System, discusses the reasoning behind the library board's decision to rename the main library.
Bettye Forbus, director of the Dothan Houston-County Library System, discusses the reasoning behind the library board's decision to rename the main library.
The George S. Houston Memorial Library was renamed the Houston-Love Memorial Library in 1983, after the death of director Wayne Love.
The George S. Houston Memorial Library was renamed the Houston-Love Memorial Library in 1983, after the death of director Wayne Love.
The main Dothan library’s name was changed from “Houston-Love Memorial Library” to the “Dothan Houston-County Library.”

But before those changes, “the library was named the George S. Houston Memorial Library," said Dothan Houston-County Library System Director Bettye Forbus.

It was named by two sons of the former governor and senator for whom Houston County is named. Forbus says that name continued until 1983, after the death of Director Wayne Love. The name was then changed to Houston-Love Memorial Library.

"However, when we were undertaking our building campaign, we wanted to re-brand our library and create a logo that would convey the idea that library service is county wide, not just one building," Forbus said.

And the result was the “Dothan Houston-County Library System.”

"If you're going to google “Dothan Public Library” or “library in Dothan,” or if you're visiting Houston County and you want to know about the library, it would be a search term that would come up,” said Forbus.

She says the current name is relevant to anyone moving into town without any knowledge of Mr. Love. But the library board also voted to recognize the library’s two largest funding sources, the City of Dothan and Houston County.

"Legally, this library is still the Houston-Love Memorial Library. But for people who are new to Dothan or not aware of the history of the name, we refer to this building as the main library.”

So, for those looking for the “Love,” just look a little deeper. It’s not just in the legal name of the main library. But it’s also in the books, and the people who visit the library to read them.

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