Issue 113, March 2015

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Children's Area voted "Favorite Place to Take Kids on a Rainy Day" by Flagpole readers

Thank you, Athens, for choosing the library's Children's Area as your favorite place to take kids on a rainy day in the 2015 Flagpole Athens Favorites! We are truly honored, and we love you, too!

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Heritage Room joins with Reflecting, Sharing, Learning and Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library to present webinar: Buns, Beards, Bodices and Bustles: Understanding Ancestors through Clothing

Tuesday, March 3, 6:00 p.m.

Ancestral fashions and the industry that produced them left behind a fascinating legacy of images and information. Join us for a live webinar featuring Maureen Taylor. In this class you will learn about:

  • Paris fashion in America: north, south, east and west interpretations
  • Fashion icons from Charles Dickens to stage star Lillie Langtry
  • Fashion foibles and practical pastimes: how our ancestors designed and hand-crafted accessories
  • What’s old is new and what’s new is old? Repeating fashion trends and how to read the clues
  • Labor records relating to hat, hair and accessory factories and home-work

About the presenter: Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification, photo preservation and family history research. She is the author of several books on her topics of expertise, and has held distinguished leadership positions at the Boston History Collaborative, Rhode Island Historical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society, and Houghton-Mifflin. She has been featured on CNN, The Today Show and in magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens. The Wall Street Journal has called Taylor, "the nation's foremost historical photo detective." Visit for more information This event is co-sponsored by the Heritage Room, Reflecting, Sharing Learning and the Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library.

Registration is required. Please go to to reserve your spot.

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Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library announce Spring Book Sale

The Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library will hold their annual book sale March 10-14 at the library. Thousands of gently used books will be available at great prices!

Sale dates are:

  • Tuesday, March 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Members Only Preview Night... buy membership at the door!)
  • Wednesday, March 11, 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 12, 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 13, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 14, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Fill a bag for $10!)
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Young Adult Department and Digital Media Center team up for Teen Tech Week, March 9-13

Teens ages 11-18 will have the chance to explore new technologies during Teen Tech Week, a partnership between the Young Adult Department and Digital Media Center. We’ll offer a whole week of tech-related events and programs, ending with a special afterhours 3-D printing program!

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Monday, March 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Hour of Code - You love playing video games, but have you ever coded your own? In this workshop we will complete an Hour of Code challenge that will result in a playable jumper game. Use your laptop, tablet, phone or one of our computers. In the Computer Lab. Open to teens ages 11-18.

Tuesday, March 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Teen Tech Week Kickoff - Join us as we celebrate Teen Tech Week. Our kick-off starts with a tech craft AND a huge piano you can play with your feet! We’ll also offer tours of the new Digital Media Lab. Open to teens ages 11-18. In Storyroom.

Wednesday, March 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Podcasting Workshop for Teens - Ever wanted to create your own podcast but don’t know where to start? Natalie Wright will show you how! Space is limited; registration is required. Call (706) 613-3650, ext. 329, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot. Open to teens ages 11-18. In Computer Lab.

Thursday, March 12, 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon Teen Tech Movie - Join us for an afternoon movie with a tech bent. We haven’t decided on a film yet, so send us your recommendations! Open to teens 11-18. In Appleton Auditorium.

Friday, March 13, 6:00-8:-00 p.m.

Afterhours: 3D Printing - Want to learn how to use a 3-D printer? Here’s your chance! Create something cool, and print it using our new Makerbot. Space is limited to 10 people, so register early! Call (706) 613-3650, ext. 329, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Library launches 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is our new reading initiative to make sure our toddlers and preschoolers are ready for school. Studies show that children who listen to or read 1,000 books or more before entering school are better prepared. So grab one of our special reading logs, check out some books and get reading! We’ll have special shows geared toward younger audiences and their families on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. starting March 19!

Thursday, March 19 10:30 a.m.

Baby Music Jam - We’ll kick off 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten with a special Baby Music Jam with Miss Rebecca! Children ages 1 to3 and their caregivers get to play instruments, sing and dance together. In Storyroom.

Thursday, March 26 10:30 a.m.

Magic Show with Arthur Atsma - Arthur Atsma will perform his special comedy magic show especially for our toddler/preschooler attendees! Arthur is a veteran magician and is a master of close-up magic. Don’t miss this super fun show!

Image courtesy of the 1000 Books Foundation.

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Programming Spotlight: Live! @ the Library: Hooley featuring Repent at Leisure

Sunday, March 15, 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a special hooley! What’s a hooley? It’s Irish for party with music! Join us as this fun-loving Irish pub band plays lively traditional and modern Irish music, Sponsored by the Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library. In Appleton Auditorium.

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Programming Spotlight: Movie Night: Cyberpunk Edition: Akira

Thursday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.

(1988) Animated, 124 min. Rated R. D: Katsuhiro Otomo. In a near-future Neo-Tokyo, a young member of a biker gang crashes his motorcycle into a preternatural boy, the product of a secret government experiment involving psychokinesis, and soon exhibits strange powers that he can’t understand or control. Sci-fi mayhem ensues. Otomo adapts his 2,000+ page graphic novel into an epic cyberpunk thriller that's still considered one of the best and most influential Japanese animated films of all time. In Appleton Auditorium.

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Programming Spotlight: Lunchtime Learning @ Your Library: Green Bag Series: Water Conservation

Thursday, March 26, 12:15 p.m.

Marilyn Hall, Water Conservation Coordinator for Athens-Clarke Public Utilities, will talk about drip irrigation, looking for water leaks, Blue Restaurants in Athens, and why conservation is important. Feel free to bring your lunch! In Multipurpose Room B.

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Programming Spotlight: Mulling it Over: A Cookbook of Intangible Preservation for Athens

Thursday, March 26, 7:00 p.m.

Join us for an exposition of Athens & environs culinary habits, their almost invisible impact on our lives, and the ways that the preservation field is trying to maintain that heritage. Our featured speaker is Jordan Shoemaker, who is working on her Masters in Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia and is kept busy as a Preservation Intern for the North East Georgia Regional Commission. Part of Reflecting, Sharing, Learning’s programming. Visit or call (706) 613-3650, ext. 343, for information. Free and open to the public! In Appleton Auditorium.

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