"Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys"
Please make plans to join us for March's events, which include a book discussion and some exciting workshops! Visit www.athenslibrary.org/muslim-journeys for details.
Wednesday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m.
Book Discussion: "Broken Verses," by Kamila Shamsie. UGA's Dr. Dan Silk will lead the discussion. In Multipurpose Room A.
Saturday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m.
Baklava Demonstration: Turkish native Fatma Kazanci will show you how to make this delicious Middle Eastern dessert. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Call (706) 613- 3650, ext. 356, to register. In Multipurpose Room A.
Wednesday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Teen Henna Workshop: We will learn about the rich history of henna tattoo art, choose a design, and learn how to apply it with all-natural henna. No registration is required. Open to teens ages 11-18. In Multipurpose Room A.
Saturday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m.
Paper Marbling Workshop: The written word is extremely important to Islamic culture, and as such many methods were developed to beautifully display the written word from decorative book-binding to ornate calligraphy styles. One technique is paper marbling which provides colorful and unique backgrounds for calligraphy or decorative borders in books. Join us to learn how to create your own marbled papers and be part of an artistic tradition which dates back to the 15th century. Limited to 10 participants. Please register by calling 706-613-3650, ext. 356.
Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for Humanities and the American Library Association.
All of the books to be discussed in this series are part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. The books and films comprising the Bookshelf were selected with the advice of librarians and cultural programming experts, as well as distinguished scholars in the fields of anthropology, world history, religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, world literature, Middle East studies, Southeast Asian studies, African studies, and Islamic studies. The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf is a project of NEH, conducted in cooperation with the ALA Public Programs Office, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts.
Welcome to the Curiosity Shop!
Friday, March 21, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Curiosity Shop: Fragrance Workshop – Join Suzanee from our local Verdae Skin Therapy shop to create your own homemade, 100% natural and amazing-smelling body spray. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Stop by the Teen Services Desk to register or call (706) 613-3650, ext. 329. Open to teens ages 11-18. In Storyroom.
Friday, March 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m. (afterhours)
Curiosity Shop: Screen Printing Workshop – Learn the basics of screen printing and then create your own tote bag and/or poster with the awesome artists from Double Dutch Press. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Stop by the Teen Services Desk to register or call (706) 613-3650, ext. 329. Open to teens ages 11-18. In Storyroom.
Library Lovers Month Recap
February was Library Lovers Month, and we hope you had a chance to stop by and see our display of valentines from patrons. Here are some of our favorites from the month:
I Love My Library Because...
- There are more books here than I could ever fit in my own house. THANK YOU!
- They offer great service and care to each person who needs assistance.
- You can read and have fun!
- It enriches my thirst for knowledge, and the staff are so supportive and kind to each one's need.
- In this crazy, hectic world, in the library I can find peace to write, research, start projects, find books (of course) to open new worlds; polite staff; computers, and again, peace. - Jennifer
- It's an Athenian force to be reckoned with!
- My grandmother raised me on the Summer Reading Program. - Violet Athena James
- It's a great resource for the community with great employees.
- I love my library because they do awesome teen programs.
- It's resourceful fun for my family. We love you!
- Books, movies, magazines, programs … all FREE! No one is poor who uses the library.
- I love my Library because it loves me!
- It provides me a place to study, read, do my homework, and best of all, a place to hang out.
- Storytime is the best! My kids love books so much that we come here weekly. We can never get enough of such a good thing!
- It connects me to the whole world and lets me learn many things.
- I love reading books, and it has TONS of them! - Kinsey, age 9
Help the Friends PAVE the way!
Have you ever wanted your or a loved one's name permanently etched in stone? Do you have a passion for reading, knowledge, or helping your community? The Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library have the perfect opportunity for you to show your support. Purchase an engraved paver at the Athens-Clarke County Library!
With the Athens-Clarke County Library's renovation nearing its end, engraved pavers have become available for purchase on the reading garden patio near the front entrance. An engraved paver can be inscribed with your choice of names or phrases (up to two lines with 17 characters each) for a tax-deductible donation of $100. Your contribution will go directly to the library to support its collection and programming.
Memorialize a loved one or proclaim your family's love of reading for all of Athens to see! Pavers are also a perfect way for local businesses and franchises to show support for their community.
To take advantage of this unique opportunity, visit the Friends of the Library "Pave the Way" website. You can mail in the completed form and payment or pay online via PayPal. For more information, please call (706) 613-3650, ext. 336.
The Book Sale is Here!
It's time for the annual Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library Book Sale! Sale dates/times are:
Wednesday, March 5, 2-6 p.m. (open only to Friends members; join at the door)
Open to the Public:
Wednesday, March 5, 6-9 p.m.
Thursday, March 6, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday, March 7, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
*Saturday, March 8, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
*Fill a bag for $10 or pay $25 for as many books as you can carry (from noon to 1 p.m.)!
The Book Sale will take place in the Library's Multipurpose Rooms. All proceeds benefit the Athens-Clarke County Library. The Friends are currently seeking donations for the sale. Please bring your gently used books to the library.
Programming Spotlight: Read Across America, "Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!"
Saturday, March 1, 2:30 p.m.
Join us for a special storytelling program as we get ready for the National Education Association's Read Across America, an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, Dr. Seuss's birthday. In Appleton Auditorium.
Programming Spotlight: Live! @ the Library with Hans Holzen and the Square Roots
Sunday, March 2, 3:00 p.m.
Guitarist Hans Holzen grew up playing fiddle and guitar in Nashville where he was influenced by traditional music. After studying jazz performance, Hans hit the road with Americana and folk acts including Carrie Rodriguez, Chip Taylor and violinist/composer Mark O'Conner. This concert is sponsored by the Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library. In Appleton Auditorium.
Programming Spotlight: "Winter Candy Olympics"
Wednesday, March 5, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Rescheduled from last month's snow closure! Compete with your friends in multiple rounds of ultimate candy challenges: Oreo towers, candy bar cross section trivia, and the candy bar ingredient guessing game. No registration required. Open to teens ages 11-18. In Storyroom.
Programming Spotlight: "Making Plans: When to Apply for Social Security and How to Plan for Long-term Care"
Wednesday, March 12, 2:00 p.m.
Michael Walker from the Social Security Administration will discuss when and how to apply for Social Security payments to maximize your benefits. Local attorney Al Fargione will talk about planning for nursing home care and how to shield your assets from Medicaid. Sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded to Lyndon House Arts Center and Athens Regional Library System called, "Reflecting, Sharing, Learning." At Lyndon House Arts Center, 135 Hoyt Street, Athens. For information, call (706) 613-3650, ext. 343 or visit www.boomersinathens.org.
"Researching American Conflicts: The American Revolution, The War of 1812, and the Civil War"
Saturday, March 15, 2:00 p.m.
Genealogist Barbara McCay will discuss researching American conflicts with emphasis on the War of 1812. Co-sponsored by the Clarke Oconee Genealogical Society and the Heritage Room. In Multipurpose Room A.
"Divergent Movie Release Party"
Thursday, March 20, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Which faction do you belong to? Get together with other fans of the book trilogy the day before the movie comes out for trivia, games, food, and temporary tattoos. No registration is required; open to teens ages 11-18. In Multipurpose Room A.
Programming Spotlight: "Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders: Film screening and discussion"
Sunday, March 23, 3:00 p.m.
Join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary about the women who bravely faced adversity and became grassroots leaders during the Civil Rights era in Mississippi. Stay for a discussion after the film. For information about the film, visit www.sisters-shoulders.org. In Appleton Auditorium.
"Lunchtime Learning @ Your Library: Better Choices, Better Health: Diabetes Workshop"
Thursday, March 27, 12:15 p.m.
This month, learn how to help manage day-to-day living with diabetes. ARMC dietitian Margaret Earnest will demonstrate techniques and guidelines that will ensure healthy menu planning and goal setting. Sample some healthy foods and get the information you need for yourself or a loved one. Feel free to bring your lunch to this program. In Multipurpose Room B.