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.

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Message from the Director

Updated May 23, 2020
Starting Wednesday, May 27, Athens Regional Library System will begin circulating library materials through curbside service.   Curbside service will be available to patrons Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Please read the Message from the Director for the full statement.

Thank you for your support! Our library has won the Public Libraries' Readers Choice Award!

Rhiannon Eades, PIOWe are proud to share that Public Information Officer Rhiannon Eades' article, "Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach," has won the 2020 Public Libraries' Feature Article Readers Choice Award! The article was published in the September/October 2019 issue of Public Libraries, the official magazine of the Public Library Association. The article highlights TILT, or Trauma Informed Library Transformation, a partnership between Athens-Clarke County Library and the University of Georgia School of Social Work, funded by a Community Catalyst grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Thank you to everyone who voted for our article! Read it here:  http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2020/04/implementing-a-trauma-informed-approach/  

Share your family's experiences as part of our library's community archive

Are you keeping a journal of your experiences during the coronavirus pandemic?share your story Did you post a photo on social media of empty shelves at the grocery store? Whether you’re writing in an old school diary or recording voice memos, everyone's experience is unique. The Heritage Room at Athens-Clarke County Library wants to help preserve our community’s story of this unprecedented time in our collective history. We are interested in stories from everyday people. No story is too small! How you collect your thoughts is up to you: write in a journal, take photos or videos, record voice memos or even save social media posts. Full details are available here using a Google account. If you don't have a Google account, use this link.

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Sign up now for a digital-only library card and take advantage of everything on our website, including our downloadable collection of digital eBooks, audiobooks and magazines.
It’s easy! Remember you must include your email address on the online form!

Athens-Clarke County Library receives “The Great American Read” programming grants from ALA and PBS

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The Athens-Clarke County Library will receive a grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and PBS to host programs related to The Great American Read, an eight-part television series and multi-platform initiative that celebrates the joy of reading and the books we love.

“We are honored to be one of a few libraries nationwide to be awarded this grant from the American Library Association and PBS,” said Athens Regional Library System Executive Director Valerie Bell. “ We look forward to hosting some exciting events around The Great American Read series. I would like to personally invite all of the Athens community to participate in this engaging literary event.”

More than 220 public libraries applied for the $2,000 grants, which will support public programs around the series. Athens-Clarke County Library was one of just 50 libraries nationwide to be selected.

While the PBS show kicks off later this month, the library’s programs will begin in August. Each of the library’s five book clubs will lead discussions based on titles featured on The Great American Read list. Later in the fall, the library will partner with local nonprofit Rabbit Box for a special storytelling event associated with the series.

In addition to the grant money, the library will receive a DVD collection of the series with public performance rights; a hardcover copy of the companion book, The Great American Read: The Book of Books, by PBS (Black Dog & Leventhal, August 21, 2018); and other resources.

Premiering May 22 on PBS, The Great American Read will engage audiences with a list of 100 diverse books, encouraging audiences to read the books, vote from the list of 100, and share their personal connections to the titles.

The two-hour launch episode will kick off a summer of reading and voting. In fall 2018, seven new episodes will air, featuring appearances by celebrities, athletes, experts, authors and everyday Americans advocating for their favorite book, culminating with a finale that reveals America’s best-loved novel as chosen by the American public.

Patrons of the Talking Book program can also participate by reading books available through GLASS (Georgia Libraries for Statewide Accessible Services.) GLASS provides digital players and recorded books to those who are unable to read printed material due to a visual or physical issue. Talking Books users can also access an iOS or Android application to download books directly, BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). Several of the books are offered in English and Spanish. All available titles on the list include catalog numbers. Check out old favorites and new reads and participate!

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