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 if you have any questions regarding library service during this time. We will update the community as more information becomes available.

Outlandish in Athens

Photo of standing stones in Scotland.

Saturday, December 2, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Calling all Outlander Fans! Join us for a day of celebrating Diana Gabaldon's epic bestselling series, Outlander. The event will feature Scottish music, dance, history and more. Learn about herbal remedies like Claire uses in the books, as well as the real story of the Jacobite rebellion. We'll even Skype with author Valerie Estelle Frankel, author of Of Pearls, Silver, and Plaid: Outlander’s Myths and Symbols. To learn more, visit

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Coping Skills and Support

Image of a grandfather holding a baby.

Thursday, November 30, 7:00 p.m.

Children are being raised by grandparents in greater numbers than ever before. According to the 2009 American Community Survey, approximately 102,000 grandparents in Georgia were responsible for raising their grandchildren. These new households represent a transfer of child-rearing responsibilities from an absent or incapacitated parent to an older adult.

Grandparent caregivers may also face a number of challenges, such as emotional, social, financial, and legal issues, as well as poverty, poor health, delaying retirement, inadequate housing, loss of personal freedom, and a host of other issues. Tonight Paige Powell, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program Director from the Athens Community Council on Aging, will give us some coping methods for this difficult role, and tell us about the resources available at the Council on Aging. She will be joined by Kelli McCain, ACCA Outreach Coordinator.

Mrs. Powell is a UGA graduate, and has done social work in the Athens area for nearly 10 years. Since 2009, she has been the Program Director for the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program in Northeast Georgia and Barrow/Walton counties, where she implements services to intergenerational caregiver families. Ms. McCain is the current Membership Chair for the Emerging Leaders of the United Way of Northeast Georgia and has served as the Chairperson of the Northeast Georgia Business Advisory Council. She was the 2013 recipient of the Georgia Society of Association Executive’s Chair Award, and is a frequent speaker at community events.

The event is sponsored by Reflecting, Sharing, Learning and is free and open to the public.

Café au Libris: Jason Thrasher

Book coverPhoto of Jason Thrasher

Thursday, November 16
7:00 p.m.

ATHENS POTLUCK is a "stream of consciousness" journey through the wildly diverse music scene of Athens, Georgia. Photographer Jason Thrasher chose the first of 33 musicians to be photographed at home, with each subsequent artist choosing the next, creating a rare glimpse into the interconnected and often private lives of Athens musicians.

We Salute Our Veterans! - At the Athens-Clarke County Library

Image of a row of red poppies.

Join the Athens-Clarke County Library in honoring the brave men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces this Veterans Day. Saturday, November 11.

The library will be open regular hours on Saturday, November 11. We have several programs dedicated to veterans this month. There's also a great display by the Daughters of the American Revolution of WWI artifacts in the library lobby.

African American Soldiers of WWI

Thursday, November 9, 7:00 p.m.

University of Georgia History Professor Dr. John Morrow joins us to talk about the role of the 369th regiment of African American soldiers who fought alongside the French Army during the First World War. Come learn about the legendary Harlem Rattlers! In Appleton Auditorium.

Researching WWI Ancestors

Saturday, November 11, 2:00 p.m.

Genealogist Rosemary Cantrell will present a brief history of WWI that will help genealogists understand the context of the war and its effect on different countries. Although the fire at the National Archives in St. Louis destroyed most of the WWI personnel records, there are many sources to help in researching the soldier in order to find his story. Co-sponsored by Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society. In Multipurpose Room A.

Film Screening: The Poppy Lady

Sunday, November 12, 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a screening and discussion of "The Poppy Lady," a documentary by Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters about the life of local educator and humanitarian Moina Belle Michael (1869-1944). Born in Good Hope, Moina Michael established the poppy as a universal symbol of tribute and support for veterans during the Firs World War. DeLois Gainey from the Elijah Clarke Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (of which Moina was a member) will discuss Ms. Michael's legacy and how the DAR continues to support the causes of American Veterans. In Appleton Auditorium.

VA Medical Foster Homes

Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.

"Where Heroes Meet Angels." Learn about an amazing program that helps disabled veterans who can no longer live independently but do not wish to live in a nursing home. Hallie Cheek, the Athens area coordinator for this Veterans Administration program, will explain the Medical Foster Home program and provide information on how you can become a medical foster home caregiver. In Multipurpose Room B.