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Athens-Clarke County Library


Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m
Friday-Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Please visit the Heritage Room webpage for their hours.


2025 Baxter St
Athens, GA 30606

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We need your Book Recommendations!

The Athens-Clarke County Library wants to know your favorite books! We're putting up a display in June of books recommended by you. Who better to recommend books to the local community than our own patrons? So please tell us what books you would like to see featured in our display.

Documenting the Dust Bowl: Photojournalism, Propaganda, and the Democratization of Photography

Migrant grandmother and sick baby, Arizona, 1940, Dorothea Lange, photographer. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Migrant grandmother and sick baby, Arizona, 1940, Dorothea Lange, photographer. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Thursday, May 28, 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a special program examining the photography that preserves in time the devastation of the Dust Bowl, and shapes our opinions of it to this day.

Mark E Johnson, Senior Lecturer in Photojournalism from the Grady College of Journalism at UGA, will talk about the photography and photographers from the New Deal’s Resettlement Administration and Farm Security Administration who documented the Great Depression - and particularly the Dust Bowl - during the 1930s.

The photographers who took on this work (Ben Shahn, Arthur Rothstein, and Dorothea Lange among them) not only documented the terrible damage to the environment, but also to the lives of the inhabitants, and through these artists the FSA is most responsible for creating the image of the Depression in the US.

The photo reproductions in the Quiet Gallery feature the work of Rothstein, Lange and others, including her most famous image, Migrant Mother. The exhibition may be seen through June 27.

The lecture, presented by Reflecting, Sharing, Learning, is free and open to the public. It will take place in Multipurpose Room A and will be streamed live (and archived) at For information, please call (706) 613-3650, ext. 343 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Letters in My Grandmother's Chifferobe

Photo of a soldier in a foxhole.

Tuesday, May 26, 7:00 p.m.

Join us for the dramatization of one family's experience during the Great War, using the primary sources of letters from a Georgia soldier. The presentation uses over 100 pages of correspondence between a Georgia Doughboy and his family members. Follow this soldier's journey from induction, to training in two Georgia Army Camps, to his voyage to England, and finally to his death in France. This program is geared toward an upper high school and adult audience. In Multipurpose Room A. Call the Heritage Room at (706) 613-3650, ext. 350, for information.

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