For the safety of our patrons and with a continued effort to “flatten the curve," all Athens Regional Library System branches in Athens-Clarke, Franklin, Madison, Oconee and Oglethorpe counties will remain closed until such time that it is deemed safe to reopen to the public. Library staff remain on the job  serving our communities virtually.  Please feel free to contact us at http://athenslibrary.org/homepage/regional-information/contact-us if you have any questions regarding library service during this time. We will update the community as more information becomes available.

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Message from the Director

Updated May 23, 2020
Starting Wednesday, May 27, Athens Regional Library System will begin circulating library materials through curbside service.   Curbside service will be available to patrons Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Please read the Message from the Director for the full statement.

Thank you for your support! Our library has won the Public Libraries' Readers Choice Award!

Rhiannon Eades, PIOWe are proud to share that Public Information Officer Rhiannon Eades' article, "Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach," has won the 2020 Public Libraries' Feature Article Readers Choice Award! The article was published in the September/October 2019 issue of Public Libraries, the official magazine of the Public Library Association. The article highlights TILT, or Trauma Informed Library Transformation, a partnership between Athens-Clarke County Library and the University of Georgia School of Social Work, funded by a Community Catalyst grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Thank you to everyone who voted for our article! Read it here:  http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2020/04/implementing-a-trauma-informed-approach/  

Share your family's experiences as part of our library's community archive

Are you keeping a journal of your experiences during the coronavirus pandemic?share your story Did you post a photo on social media of empty shelves at the grocery store? Whether you’re writing in an old school diary or recording voice memos, everyone's experience is unique. The Heritage Room at Athens-Clarke County Library wants to help preserve our community’s story of this unprecedented time in our collective history. We are interested in stories from everyday people. No story is too small! How you collect your thoughts is up to you: write in a journal, take photos or videos, record voice memos or even save social media posts. Full details are available here using a Google account. If you don't have a Google account, use this link.

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Sign up now for a digital-only library card and take advantage of everything on our website, including our downloadable collection of digital eBooks, audiobooks and magazines.
It’s easy! Remember you must include your email address on the online form!

Getting to Know Us

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Storytimes & Events - check out our calendar, blog, or connect with us Facebook!

Need a good read? Here are some book reviews from our staff.

Find Fun & Games or search for a good book from the library, find a book to down at eReadsKids, or do research at GAILEOKids.

More Resources: Check out our Parents' resources and Our homeschooling guide. We participate in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and provide access to many other resources, like Muzzy Languages.

Finding Your Way Around: We are located on the first floor of the Athens-Clarke Library past the Teen Department. We have 3 study rooms, a storytime room, children's bathrooms, a photocopier and computer stations with educational games, programs, and filtered Internet access. All computers have headphones and access to a printer.

About Our Collections

  • PinesKids is a kid friendly catalog for search for library books & more.
  • GALILEOKids is a kid friendly suite of databases.
  • eReadsKids is a collection of kid and younger teen downloadable books & much more.

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Check out our Book Lists for information about how our books are organized or take a look at some book reviews from our staff.

Types of books:

  • Picture Books (storybooks and great read-alouds for birth to grade 2)
  • Board Books (for babies and toddlers)
  • Basic Readers (beginning readers and chapter books for children learning to read on their own, color-coded by grade level)
  • Non-Fiction (Information books for children of all ages)
  • Fiction (chapter books and novels for grades 2 - 5)

Highlights of our collections:

The Picture Book collection has a special section for Caldecott Medal Winners and many of the books have special browsing lables to help locate books by theme, like ABC's, 123's, colors, and holidays.

The Fiction collection has special labels that help you select an area of interest, such as fantasy, historical fiction, science fiction, and mystery. The bright pink "chapter book" labels in the fiction collection identify books that help a child graduate from picture books and basic readers to novels. They have chapters, are longer than 32 pages, have lots of illustrations throughout, and have larger size text. There is also a special section for Newbery Medal Winners.

The Basic Reader collection gathers together books for children just learning to read. Color coded labels on the book spine indicate the reading level.

  • Orange: very beginning reader
  • Dark Blue: first half of 1st grade
  • Light Blue: second half of 1st grade
  • Yellow: first half of 2nd grade
  • Purple: second half of 2nd grade
  • Pink: first half of 3rd grade
  • Green: second half of 3rd grade

Our catalog of books is online.

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Ereads Kids - Ebooks for Kids

GALILEO: Georgia's Virtual Library

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