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.

How to Help After Irma


How to help people affected by the storm:
Check this page for a list of trusted organizations:

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Tips from FEMA for after the hurricane:


National Center for Disaster Fraud at (866) 720-5721 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


To find temporary housing after a hurricane:


National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
Check to see if you are eligible for reimbursement of actions taken to protect your property.


Use the Hurricane Irma pet resources on this page to look for a lost dog or cat or post a found stranded animal.


Information on power outages or to report an outage:


Report Price Gouging
Call: 1-866-966-7226



Getting financial assistance for small businesses affected by the storms: Allan Adams, director of the UGA Small Business Development Center, 706-542-6626, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., can speak to the availability of business disaster loans offered through the U.S. Small Business Administration.


How to replace vital documents destroyed by the hurricane:

Governor Deal announces launch of Words2Reading website

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Gov. Nathan Deal, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), today announced the launch of the Words2Reading website, a web tool with curated resources for families, caregivers and teachers to help develop and sharpen early childhood language and literacy skills.

"Strong language and reading skills lay the foundation for a student’s long-term academic success," said Deal. "Words2Reading promotes increased engagement in childhood education by putting effective learning resources in the hands of families and early educators anywhere in the state. By making these resources readily available for families, caregivers and educators, we are further investing in Georgia’s greatest resource, the minds of our youngest learners, for generations to come."

GOSA developed Words2Reading to build awareness of the importance of early language and literacy development in students from birth to age 8. The tool, which is easily accessible on mobile devices, helps to enhance school readiness and success by providing quick access to easy-to-use resources, strategies and learning tips, all categorized by age and type.

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To build the platform, GOSA partnered with Georgia-based organizations and other education providers to compile the best resources for developing early language skills. One partner, Ready4KGA, is an evidence-based text messaging program for parents of newborns and children ages 1 to 5. Each week, Ready4KGA subscribers receive fun facts and easy tips to boost early learning. Parents can sign up for these age-specific messages at no cost here.

Metal Visions: The Work of Harold Rittenberry

Photo of one of Mr Rittenberry's Sculptures

Where: Athens-Clarke County Library
The Quiet Gallery & The Appleton Auditorium

When:Slide Talk/Reception Sunday, July 16, 2:30 p.m.
Exhibition: July 16 - September 17

Join us at the Library for a celebration of the life and work of Athens folk artist Harold Rittenberry this July. By coincidence, he was born on what was to become the site of this very ACC Library, and has lived his life just a few blocks away. His sculpture is widely collected and known around the world; he has done numerous commissioned sculptures, including those at the College Park Library and for the East Point Library of the Fulton County Arts Commission; for the Atlanta City Court Gate, for the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs; for the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation’s Sculpture Garden; for Landmark Properties' various office parks, shopping malls, and residential developments throughout the Southeast; and for the Georgia Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden, to name a few. Rittenberry has made steel and stainless steel benches and commemorative benches for the Schwartz Library at Emory University; for the African-American Art Museum in Macon, Ga; and in Athens for the Sandy Creek Park’s Eve Carson Memorial, for the Greenway Trail Riverwalk, for Bob Hart’s 9/11 Memorial Garden, and sculptures and benches for the 1996 Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta’s Folk Art Park. Mr. Rittenberry, at 78 years of age, continues to prolifically create sculptures in his studio/home on nearby Colima Avenue.

On Sunday, July 16 at 2:30 pm, Mr Rittenberry, introduced by his friend Robert Clements (UGA Professor of Art Emeritus), will give a slide talk about his work in the Appleton Auditorium in the Athens-Clarke County Library on Baxter Street. A reception with light refreshments will follow, and the Quiet Gallery on the second floor will open the exhibition, which will run through September 17.

New Resource: A to Z World Travel

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Planning an international trip? Do you want to know about the nightlife in London? Maybe you need currency exchange rates for a visit to Barcelona. And will your hair dryer work in Dubai? Don’t pack your bags without first checking out the A-Z World Travel database! This amazing resource is your ultimate insider’s guide, covering everything from attractions to travel warnings in many of the most popular cities around the world. Try it at!