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All Libraries will be Closed on May 29

The library will be closed on Monday, May 29th to celebrate Memorial Day. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, May 30th.

Athens-Clarke Co. Library's African American Family Scan Day

Help preserve the story of the African American experience in Athens by bringing your family's historical documents (photos, letters, family Bibles, recipes, etc.) to be digitally scanned and preserved! The first Scan Day will take place at the Athens-Clarke County Library on June 3rd. Sign up for a scan appointment on our online calendar, or call for an appointment (706-613-3650 ext. 350).

This initiative is part of the National Endowment for Humanities' Common Heritage Grant. The goal of the grant is to preserve African American families' histories, which are often underdocumented. By helping families protect and preserve their heirloom documents, we hope to ensure that everyone's story is remembered.

Heritage Room Announces New Database: Find My Past

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The Heritage Room is pleased to present our new subscription to the database FindMyPast.com. FindMyPast provides access to:

  • British newspaper archives from England, Wales and Scotland
  • Parish records from across England and Wales dating back to 1538
  • Passenger lists of ships leaving the UK 1890-1960 to the U.S., Canada and Australia
  • British Army records 1760-1915
  • English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish records dating back to 1700, including school admissions, workhouse registers and apprenticeships records
  • Irish court records
  • Canadian records and newspaper archives
  • Extensive records from Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea.

There are over 1.5 billion historical records on findmypast.com and you have access to them ONLY at your local branch of the Athens Regional Library System.

Pandas at the Zoo!

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The Atlanta Zoo has a set of twin pandas born on September 3, 2016. Their names are Ya Lun And Xi Lun. They are now old enough to make public appearances. Follow updates about their adventures on the Zoo Atlanta website: zooatlanta.org/category/pandas.

Don't forget that all branches in the Athens Library Regional System have a Zoo Atlanta DVD for checkout. Checking out and returning the Zoo Atlanta DVD will get you a Zoo Atlanta Pass good for the admission of 2 adults and 2 children. Read all of the details about the Zoo Pass here.

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