Please note that the library will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.
Athens Maker Fest 2014 promises interactive, creative afternoon
Spend an interactive afternoon at the Lyndon House Arts Center on Saturday, August 9, celebrating technology, innovation and creativity at Athens Maker Fest 2014.
Athens Maker Fest is the first event of its kind in the Athens area, bringing together artists, crafters, software and hardware developers, tinkerers, and other creative people to teach and demonstrate, helping others advance or begin their own creative projects.
About 40 different kinds of makers such woodcarvers, felt makers, metalsmiths, and even the teen Lego Club from Athens-Clarke County Library will demonstrate. There will be three interactive technology based exhibitions available for participants to explore and enjoy, as well as someone demonstrating 3D printing and other technology-based endeavors.
The event is free and open to the public and will take place from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Lyndon House Arts Center. Athens Maker Fest 2014 is sponsored by Reflecting, Sharing, Learning, a leadership grant awarded to the Athens Regional Library System and Lyndon House Arts Center by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Hatch Athens, an organization of artists, software and hardware developers, creatives, tinkerers, thinkers, and doers that strive to educate, collaborate, and innovate, has partnered with Reflecting, Sharing, Learning for Athens Maker Fest 2014.
A limited number of parking spaces is available at Lyndon House Arts Center. Other options for parking include onstreet parking and downtown parking decks. Also, Athens Transit has a bus stop at the corner of Dougherty and Jackson streets. Check www.athensclarkecounty.org/transit for schedules.For more information about Athens Maker Fest 2014, log on to www.RSLathens.org or call the Athens-Clarke County Library at (706) 613-3650, ext. 343. The Lyndon House Arts Center is located at 293 Hoyt Street, Athens.
Friends of the Library announce Summer Book Sale!
Stock up on some good reads at great prices while supporting the Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library! The Friends will hold a summer book sale in the library's Multipurpose Rooms on Saturday, August 16, and Sunday, August 17, during library hours. Thousands of gently used books will be available, and all books will be priced $2 or less! Admission to the sale is free. All proceeds of the book sale benefit the Athens-Clarke County Library.
We now offer digital magazines through Zinio for Libraries!
Now our patrons can check out downloadable digital magazines through our website with no due dates, no need for holds, and no expiration dates!
Through www.athenslibrary.org, Athens Regional Library System patrons now have access to complete digital magazines, which can be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library. Zinio's unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video.
A wide range of titles is available, including "Seventeen," "Car and Driver," "Newsweek," and many others. To use this service, you must have an Athens Regional Library System card in good standing. Create a free account with RBDigital.com to check out magazines using your library card, then create a free Zinio.com account to read the issues in your web browser or the Zinio app, which is available on both Apple and Android devices. Please note: You can only check out magazines for free through RBdigital.com via the link on the library's website; you will not be able to check out magazines through Zinio.com or the Zinio App.
Please see a library staff member or visit www.athenslibrary.org/services/library-card-services/zinio-for-libraries to learn more.
Programming Spotlight: Shawn Wilcox Live! @ the Library
Sunday, August 3, 3:00 p.m.
The grandson of a Tennessee moonshiner, Shawn Wilcox is a guitarist, composer, arranger and producer who may change your notions about what old-time mountain music is by artfully embroidering hillbilly sounds with modern techniques. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library. In Appleton Auditorium.
Programming Spotlight: After Hours End of the Summer Party: MythBusters Program
Friday, August 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Join us to celebrate all of the amazing reading & teen program-attending you've done all summer long. Get a chance to turn in your challenge logs, bid on prize packages, & receive other fun rewards. Teens will be voting on a winner for the summer's alternative book cover art contest and the short story contest winner will also be announced. For the MythBusters portion of the evening, teens will get a chance to test out theories & bust open some crazy myths using science. Sponsored by the UGA Chemistry Grad Students Association. Space is limited & pre-registration is required. Stop by the teen desk or call us at (706) 613-3650, ext. 329, to reserve your spot. Open to teens in grades 6-12.
Programming Spotlight: Celebrate Summer's End with a Puppet Show!
Saturday, August 9, 2:30 p.m.
Join David Stephens of All Hands Productions for his show, "The New Adventures of Br'er Rabbit," which combines classic characters with new, original stories, music and lots of laughs. Visit David and his puppets at www.allhandsproductions.com. In Multipurpose Rooms.
Programming Spotlight: Beech Haven: An Historic Arts & Crafts Garden in the Heart of Athens
Tuesday, August 12, 6:00 p.m.
Learn about the Rowland family's historic rustic retreat along the Middle Oconee River. The site has a long history as a social and religious gathering place in Athens and, with new public ownership, may once again be a hub for the community. Representatives from Leisure Services and the Athens Clarke Heritage Foundation will discuss efforts to protect the site and Beech Haven's potential as part of the Athens-Clarke County Greenway Network. In Multipurpose Rooms B & C.
Now You Have Time: Write That Book!
Thursday, August 14, 7:00 p.m.
Have a good idea for book to write someday when you have time? It's not too late. Author Bill Hale wrote "that book" which was his first book, in his ninth decade. The Village and Beyond: Memoirs of a Cotton Mill Boy, is a collection of stories where Hale, one of nine children, recalls his boyhood in Greenville, SC. The public is invited to the free program given by Hale and his daughter, Karen Hankins, about the process of writing the book itself and some of the stories that inspired the book. The book will be available for purchase through Avid Bookstore after the program. This program is made possible through a leadership grant called Reflecting, Sharing, Learning from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded to the Athens Regional Library System and the Lyndon House Arts Center. The program is also streamed live to your computer, tablet or phone, and archived on the project's website rslathens.org. To join the live stream visit rslathens.org for the link. In Appleton Auditorium.
Programming Spotlight: COGS Meeting featuring Karen Thompson Ledford
Saturday, August 16, 2:00 p.m.
Join the Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society as they welcome author and researcher Karen Thompson Ledford, author of the These Men Wore Grey series. Her books contain genealogical, military and internment records of Confederate Soldiers of Northeast Georgia. Membership information will be available and light refreshments will be served. In Appleton Auditorium.
Programming Spotlight: Free ACT/SAT Combo Practice Test
Saturday, August 23, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
This practice test will give you a chance to experience questions from both the ACT and SAT. Each student will receive detailed analyses of their test performance. Space is limited. Register at 1-800-527-8378 or at http://www.kaptest.com/class/SKKH14120. Bring sharpened #2 pencils and a calculator, and arrive at 9:30 a.m. Check out free ACT & SAT practice tests through the Learning Express database in GALILEO. Ask a library staff member if you have any questions on how to access this database or if you need the current GALILEO password for access outside of the library. In Multipurpose Rooms B & C.
Programming Spotlight: This Side Up: Overhead Book Scanner Training
Tuesday, August 26, 3:00 p.m.
Have personal books, scrapbooks or over-sized images you'd like to preserve digitally? Or does your research require tedious copying of selections of books and citations that you could scan more efficiently? Then let us introduce you to your new best friend: the Indus Book Scanner 9000. Learn how to use the overhead book scanner to get the optimum digital image. Attendees will have an opportunity to scan their own materials as well. Bring your flash drive or have your email address ready so you can take your images home with you. In the Heritage Room.
Programming Spotlight: Books & Bites: Georgia Women, Volume II
Thursday, August 28, 12:00 p.m.
UGA Associate Professor of History Kathleen Ann Clark will discuss her work on the second volume of Georgia Women, which she co-edited with Ann Short Chirhart. The essays portray a wide array of Georgia women who played important roles in the state's history, from little-known Progressive Era activists to famous present-day figures. Collectively, the stories in this volume deepen our understanding of the multifaceted history of not only Georgia women but also the state itself. Bring your own lunch. Lemonade and cookies will be provided. Books will be available for purchase in the Library Store before and after the event. In Multipurpose Room A.
Lunchtime Learning @ Your Library: Mindfulness
Thursday, August 28, 12:15 p.m.
Join us for a taste of Mindfulness - an Introduction to the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workshop and take away a practice that can help you reduce your stress today. Mike Healy, certified instructor at the Mind Body Institute at Athens Regional Medical Center, will lead this informative and interactive workshop. Wear comfortable clothing. Free and open to the public. In Multipurpose Room B.