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.

Indie Author Marketplace/Book Fair

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Saturday, February 18, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Indie Author marketplace has burgeoned in recent times. Never before in publishing history have so many hopeful and aspiring writers and authors had the opportunity and resources to self-publish. Traditional publishing houses, the ‘Big Six’, are very limited in the types of books they market and sell, thus blocking hopeful authors from ever publishing and receiving the added publicity in the marketplace.

Why do Indie Authors matter? All of us have stories to tell. Talented writers find themselves frustrated finding a good literary agent, or finding a large publishing house that will accept their manuscripts. With the ability to self-publish, and work hard to get their books into the hands of avid readers, authors are finding a new niche in the publishing world. Small publishing companies are also on the rise. The Athens-Clarke County Library will host Athens’ first ever Indie Author Marketplace & Fair on Saturday, February 18th, from 11 AM to 3 PM. During that time, we invite all book readers and lovers to visit our local author booths and peruse the abundance of books and talk to the authors about the stories behind those books.

Following the marketplace there will be a three-author symposium from 3:30—4:30 PM. The authors will discuss their experiences with self-publishing. A reception will take place at 4:30 PM. Read Local! Support our local authors!

New Exhibits at the Michael C. Carlos Museum

Georgia Public Library System has partnered with the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Patrons can check out a family pass at their local library, which covers up to six admissions to the museum. The Carlos Museum is now one of the Southeast's premier ancient art museums with major collections of art objects from ancient Egypt, Nubia, Near East, Greece, Rome, ancient Americas, Africa, and Asia, as well as a collection of works on paper from the Renaissance to the present.

The Museum has two new traveling exhibits opening on January 14th:

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In Search of Noble Marbles: The Earliest Travelers to Greece

January 14 – April 9, 2017

Discover the earliest published accounts of intrepid English, French, and Dutch explorers who visited Greece in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries and were moved to record their experiences in print. These publications reveal an organic growth of knowledge about Greece, from seventeenth-century fantasies familiar from Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” to the scholarly mapping out and minute recording of inscriptions and monuments. Visit the exhibit webpage for more information.


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Desire and Consumption: The New World in the Age of Shakespeare

January 14 - April 9, 2017

Although Shakespeare set “The Tempest” on a small island off the coast of Italy, many scholars argue that he drew inspiration for the setting, several narrative themes, and the figure of Caliban from the newly encountered Americas. "Desire and Consumption" will explore this argument by pairing the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library's Fourth Folio with several engravings from Theodor de Bry’s "Americae" volumes. Visit the exhibit webpage for more information.


More information on the Museum can be found at www.carlos.emory.edu.

For more information on checking out the pass, visit our Park and Museum Passes webpage.

Green Life Expo - Save the Date!

Green Life Expo - Save the Date!

Saturday, January 28th, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This year, the Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division and the Athens-Clarke County Library partner for the first time to present the 2017 Green Life Expo. The event is designed to educate businesses, families, and individuals on ways to lessen their carbon footprints while saving natural resources. The event has various exhibitors there to help educate guests, as well as kids activities and adult/family make-and-take workshops. The event will be held at The Athens-Clarke County Library, 2025 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30606.

In the past, booth prices were $250 for businesses, $150 for government funded organizations, and $60 for nonprofits. This year, all booths will have a flat fee of $60! There are multiple ways to submit payment:

  • Mail a check to (checks payable to ACC Solid Waste Department):
    Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department
    ATTN: Cema Wallace, Green Life Expo
    725 Hancock Industrial Way
    Athens, Georgia 30605
  • Come to the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department (725 Hancock Industrial Way Athens, GA 30605) to pay by credit card.
  • Fill out a Credit Card Authorization Form.

ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MONDAY JANUARY 2ND.

To sign up for a booth, please fill out this form. Booth space is limited!

Michael C. Carlos Museum Family Passes now available to check out!

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Georgia Public Library System has partnered with the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Patrons can check out a family pass at their local library, which covers up to six admissions to the museum.

The Carlos Museum is now one of the Southeast's premier ancient art museums with major collections of art objects from ancient Egypt, Nubia, Near East, Greece, Rome, ancient Americas, Africa, and Asia, as well as a collection of works on paper from the Renaissance to the present.

The Museum also features traveling exhibits, including the upcoming exhibition of Shakespeare's First Folio, set for Nov. 5-Dec. 11.

More information on the Museum can be found at www.carlos.emory.edu.

For more information on checking out the pass, visit our Park and Museum Passes webpage.

Just around the corner, starting November 5, our friends at the Michael C. Carlos Museum open The First Folio: The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare. At a vibrant and peppy 393 years old, the First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays. The Folio was compiled by his fellow actors and had they not, many of these plays would be lost to time. It also contains one of the only two likenesses of the man himself considered to be authentic. And it's in Atlanta.