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.

New! Tumble Book Cloud

Click here for Tumble Book Cloud's collection of graphic novels

TumbleBookCloud is an online database of eBooks and educator resources. We offer a robust selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks. The collection is available online around the clock. No downloads, no waiting! If you can access the internet, you can be reading, watching, or listening to fantastic content.

Like Graphic Novels? With TumbleBookCloud you will have unlimited access to a fantastic collection. Our selection of Graphic Novels is perfect for readers both young and young at heart.

Next you'll want to check out our Enhanced Novels. This collection of classic literature, YA novels, middle school chapter books, and foundational non-fiction texts features professional narration paired with line by line highlighting. Follow along with the narrator until you are ready to read on your own!

In our Enhanced novels and our eBooks you can make notes as you read, or create bookmarks so you'll never lose your place! Adjust the size of the text, or the background color for a fun customizable reading experience.

And don't forget to check out the hundreds of Audiobooks, National Geographic videos, and common core aligned educator resources available around the clock! All of our titles and resources are available anywhere you have an internet connection: scroll through a Graphic Novel on your iPad, read a classic novel on your computer, or listen to an audiobook on your smartphone!

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.

How Much Money Do You Save Using the Library?

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February is Library Lover's Month! The library offers many services in additions to books and all for free! Want to find out how much you save by using your local library? Try our Library Value Calculator. And please post your results on Facebook.

In celebration of Library Lover's Month, the Athens Regional Library System is running a special promotion in February. If you haven't stopped by to see us for a while because you have high fines on your library card, WE WANT YOU BACK!

If you owe $50 or more on your library card, come to your local branch and pay half your fine. We'll forgive the other half! You'll be able to fully enjoy all the library has to offer again!

This promotion is only for patrons who have cards issued through the Athens Regional Library System, and it's only available through the end of February.

HURRY! Call your local library if you have questions. Please spread the word to your family and friends!