Issue 119, September 2015

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September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

What's the smartest card in your wallet? That's right! Your Library Card! September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Athens Regional Library System joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card.

Today's libraries aren't only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where students can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3D printer or just relax with peers. Our libraries offer access to a variety of print and digital resources, including GALILEO, Wandoo Reader,, Learning Express Library and more that can be accessed in person or online.

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Throughout September, each Athens Regional Library branch will have a weekly drawing for a "Reimagine Your Library" gift bag. Everyone who signs up for a library card during September will be entered to win. The bags will include a water bottle, pen, pencil, headphone wrap, book gift certificate and more! Tell your friends to sign up for a card if they don't already have one!

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Nominate your favorite librarian for the I Love My Librarian Award!

The American Library Association (ALA) asks library users to nominate librarians who have transformed lives and communities through education and lifelong learning for its coveted 2015 I Love My Librarian Award. Library users can nominate their favorite librarians now through Sept. 28 by visiting

Each year, the ALA selects up to 10 librarians from a pool of thousands of nominations. Award winners will each receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the I Love My Librarian Award ceremony and reception in New York City on Dec. 3, 2015, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master's degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies or hold a master's degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational program accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

The I Love My Librarian Award is generously sponsored by Carnegie Corporation of New York. This year the ALA welcomes The New York Public Library as a co-sponsor. The ALA administers the award through the ALA's Public Awareness Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.

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Parables of the Land: the Art of Claire and Robert Clements

Heritage Room and Quiet Gallery to feature Parables of the Land: The Art of Claire and Robert Clements

Wednesday, September 23, 7:00 p.m.

The Athens-Clarke County Library invites you to an intimate evening celebrating the lives and works of Athens artist couple Claire and Robert Clements. The Clements' works will be on display in the Quiet Gallery and the Heritage Room from September 23-November 20.

Claire and Robert Clements, formerly of the University of Georgia, now make art full-time and with friends. Library patrons will be familiar with Robert's 18' colorful metal sculpture, "Muse of Learning," which welcomes patrons outside the Athens-Clarke County Library. Bob also makes paintings of area landscapes, such as fields of yellow canola, tan grain fields of nodding heads of rye, and Queen Anne's lace. In her work, Claire draws, paints, prints and cuts by hand close-up views of people in botanical environments. She strives to communicate universal, intangible qualities, such as intuition, attitude, empathy, harmony, dissonance and growth. The two artists also create art together at the Oconee County Arts Foundation's Open Studio, painting from models.

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Programming Spotlight: Dungeons and Dragons

Tuesdays in September, 4:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Ever wanted to play Dungeons and Dragons? Join Athens Roleplaying for Kids for their weekly game at the library. No experience needed. Questions? 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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Programming Spotlight: Food Talk

Thursdays in September, 10:30 a.m.

Come to the library for this six-week series of free workshops designed to help you save money and plan healthy meals for your family. Presented in partnership with the UGA College of Family & Consumer Services. No registration required; participants do not need to attend all sessions. In Multipurpose Room A.

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Programming Spotlight: Created Equal Film Series: The Freedom Riders

Saturday, September 12, 2:00 p.m.

OLLI @ UGA has partnered with the library for the Created Equal film series. The second film in the series focuses on The Freedom Riders, a courageous band of Civil Rights activists who challenged segregation in 1961. Dr. Barbara McCaskill, associate English professor at UGA and co-director of the Civil Rights Digital Library Initiative. In Appleton Auditorium.

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Programming Spotlight: Live! @ the Library: The Athens Recorder Ensemble

Sunday, September 13, 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a free afternoon concert! The Athens Recorder Ensemble will perform music from Scotland. Sponsored by Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library. In Appleton Auditorium.

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Programming Spotlight: Afterhours: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Friday, September 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with food, drinks and fun! We'll sample snacks, learn to dance and have a trivia contest! Space is limited so preregistration is required. Open to teens 11-18. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (706) 613-3650, ext. 329.

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Saving Stuff

Programming Spotlight: Saving Stuff: Preservation for the Family Historian: Converting Vinyl to Digital

Tuesday, September 8, 6:00 p.m.

While nothing replaces the sound of vinyl, it's nice to play your old favorites on your phone or mp3 player. Learn about Digital Media Center's Album-to-Digital converter, including how the software works and tips to get the best results. This class is part of the series, Saving Stuff: Preservation for the Family Historian. Co-sponsored by the Heritage Room and Digital Media Center. Registration is required. Register online at In Multipurpose Room A.

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Programming Spotlight: Lunchtime Learning: Oil Infusion

Thursday, September 24, 12:15 p.m.

Learn the secrets to creating the perfect flavored olive oil. Using ingredients from your garden or the grocery store, you can make oils to give as gifts or use in your recipes. David Wells from The Healthy Gourmet will show you how! Feel free to bring your lunch; beverages provided. In Multipurpose Room B.

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Programming Spotlight: Introduction to Finding Grants and Proposal Writing

Wednesday, September 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Are you in need of a refresher course on foundation fundraising? This class will discuss:

  • Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations.
  • How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.
  • What to include in a standard proposal to a foundation
  • "Do's" and "Don'ts" of writing and submitting a proposal
  • Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process
  • Additional resources on grantseeking and proposal writing available from Foundation Center and your local library

Space is limited. Register online here ( or by calling (404) 880-0094. The Athens-Clarke County Library is a member of the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network. In Multipurpose Rooms A & B.

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