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.

POE-tober: A Month of Poe Events

Photo of a raven and the words Poe-tober - a Month of Edgar Allan Poe Programming in Athens

Celebrate the works of Edgar Allan Poe all month during "Poe-tober" in Athens, Georgia. Official activities begin Oct. 4 at the State Botanical Garden and end on All Soul's Day, Nov. 1, at the Georgia Museum of Art. Almost all events are free and will engage readers of all ages. Book prizes and bookmarks will be given out at events.

The Poe-Tober Forest: Improv Theater Games for Youth

Tuesday, October 4, 3:30 pm

At the State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Spooky Poe-etry

Thursday, October 6, 3:30 pm

Poetry and Crafts inspired by Edgar Allan Poe

At the Athens-Clarke County Library

Quoth the Raven Mask-Making Workshop

Wednesday, October 12, 5:00 pm

At the Lamar Dodd School of Art. *$10 donation for materials

Photo of Edgar Allen Poe from 1849.  Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Juried Poe-tober Art Awards and Poe Visit

Saturday, October 15, 3:30 pm

At the Athens-Clarke County Library

Poe Book Discussion and Rare Book Display

Wednesday, October 19, 10:30 am

At the Athens-Clarke County Library

"Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe"

Saturday, October 22, 7:00 pm

Performance, Seney-Stovall Chapel

Comics, Medicine and Healing Through Story: Lecture and Talk with Dr. Dana Walrath

Wednesday, October 26, 5:00 pm

At the Lamar Dodd School of Art

Poe-tober Family Gallery and Poetry Event

Thursday, October 27, 5:30 pm

At the Georgia Museum of Art

Return of The Son of Listening in The Dark: An Evening of Spooky Stories for Grownups

Thursday, October 27, 7:00 pm

At the Athens-Clarke County Library

A "Conspiracy of Ravens"

Saturday, October 29, 8:30 pm

At the Wild Rumpus Parade, downtown Athens

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Poetry Reading with Kimiko Hahn

Tuesday, November 1, 2:00 pm

Introductory remarks from the Consul General of Japan.

At the Georgia Museum of Art


  • The University of Georgia College of Education
  • Athens-Clarke County Library
  • Georgia Museum of Art
  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia
  • Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
  • Rose of Athens Theatre

For more information, visit UGA's Big Read website.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Play Pokemon Go at the Library!

Pokemon Go logo

Are you playing Pokemon Go? Come visit the library! Several of our locations are Gyms or Pokestops:

  • Athens-Clarke County Library: Gym and Pokestop
  • Bogart Library: Gym and Pokestop
  • Madison County Library: Gym with two Pokestops nearby
  • Oconee County Library: Pokestop, and there is a Gym at the post office next door

Can't get your fill of Pokemon? We have Pokemon books and DVDs for checkout.

TumbleBook Library

TumbleBook Library

Dear Parents!

Our Library has a subscription to TumbleBookLibrary, and your family can access it from home! It's unlimited, and it's FREE for you to use from home!

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of e-books for children.  They are a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading!

There are over 250 animated, talking picture books! The site also features Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and exciting games and puzzles!

We hope that you will get the chance to check out the collections with your child! Just use the GALILEO password to log in. If you don't know the current GALILEO password, visit your local library branch to find out.

You can use your computer, tablet, or mobile phone! All you need is an internet connection. There are no downloads: books are streamed right to your device at the click of a button.

Happy Tumbling, everyone!

An Afternoon with Terry Kay

Celebrate 40 years of Terry Kay's writings with the Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library! From 1976's The Year the Lights Came On to his latest novel, The King Who Made Paper Flowers, Kay has had an illustrious writing career. The author reads from and discusses his latest novel.

Recorded April 17, 2016, at Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens Georgia.