Issue 107, September 2014


Holiday Closing

Please note that the library will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

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Café au Libris presents author Terry Kay, September 11

Join us at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, to welcome author Terry Kay to the Athens-Clarke County Library! Kay will read from and discuss his new book, Song of the Vagabond Bird, a story of five men, each obsessed with a woman in his life, who meet on an island off the coast of South Carolina for 10 days of intensive group therapy. Vastly different as individuals, the five find camaraderie in following the antics of a bizarre and unorthodox psychiatrist named Carson X. Willingham. Yet, it is there, on the island of ghosts and secrets, that the five learn the meaning of honesty. This program is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library as part of their on-going Café au Libris author series. Books will be available for purchase and autographing. In the Appleton Auditorium.

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Café au Libris presents author Philip Lee Williams, September 14

The Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library present author Philip Lee Williams at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 14. Williams is the author of 17 books, including 12 novels, three works of non-fiction and two volumes of poetry. He will come to the Library to discuss his newest, long anticipated book, It is Written: My Life in Letters. In addition to a successful writing career, Williams is also an accomplished composer with more than 18 full symphonies, an opera and a requiem mass to his credit. Now, Williams tells the story of his creative life in this open and thoroughly entertaining autobiography. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is part of their on-going Café au Libris series. Books will be available for purchase and autographing. In the Appleton Auditorium.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Amy Sweetapple

"I have a mental image of standing over my mom while she was taking a nap, thinking to myself: 'I can't wait to read by myself.'"

Library Store volunteer Amy Sweetapple has loved reading - and libraries - her whole life. From working in the public library in her hometown as a teenager to teaching English to students for 13 years, Sweetapple has dedicated her life to spreading her affection of books. Sweetapple considers libraries to be a crucial step in her mission, which is one of the reasons that she earned her master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Alabama after already receiving two degrees in English Education from the University of Georgia.

At the Athens-Clarke County Library, Sweetapple enjoys a two-hour shift in The Library Store every Wednesday. While she credits her happiness of the position to her fellow volunteers (who are also avid readers, she's discovered) as well as the people who frequent the store as shoppers, Sweetapple also takes pleasure in knowing that the library benefits from her presence.

"All of the resources earned from the store help the library," said Sweetapple. "It is really serving the community."

The Library Store sells a variety of items, including puzzles, ukuleles and, of course, books. All profits from the store benefit the Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library. To volunteer in the store, or to learn more about other volunteer opportunities with the Athens Regional Library System, contact Eddie Whitlock at 706-613-3650, ext. 318 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Volunteer Spotlight is a new feature by Molly Nicholson highlighting a Library volunteer each month.

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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.

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Programming Spotlight: Back to School Carnival!

Saturday, September 6, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Join us to play carnival games and to learn about various databases & resources the library has to offer local Athens parents and students. Popcorn will be served. No registration required. All ages are welcome. In Multipurpose Rooms.

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Programming Spotlight: Classic City Swing Live! @ at the Library

Sunday, September 7, 3:00 p.m.

Come tap your feet as the 18-member Classic City Swing brings the music of the '40s Big Band Era to life! Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library. In Appleton Auditorium.

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Programming Spotlight: Thomas B. Moss: Professor and Map Maker

Tuesday, September 9, 6:00 p.m.

Thomas B. Moss was a remarkable educator and surveyor in Oglethorpe County throughout the second half of the 19th century. Educated at the University of Georgia, he returned home to teach at the renowned Meson Academy in Lexington. He taught or was headmaster for 41 consecutive years. Later in life he became a surveyor and drew dozens of plats for land transactions. His grand achievement was the production of a very accurate, detailed map of Oglethorpe County that was published in 1894. Presenter Tom Gresham is co-founder and president of an Athens-based archaeological consulting firm and president of the Oglethorpe County Historical Society. In Multipurpose Room A.

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Programming Spotlight: Film Screening & Discussion: The New Black

Wednesday, September 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Join us for a screening and discussion of the documentary, The New Black. This film tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film is 74 minutes long, and a brief discussion will follow. Co-sponsored by the Athens PRIDE Film Festival and Athens-Clarke County Library. Free and open to the public. In Appleton Auditorium.

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Programming Spotlight:
Afterhours: Banned Books Scavenger Hunt

Friday, September 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Join us to celebrate Banned Books Week a little early! Using clues, teens will team up to search for banned books hidden throughout the library. Snacks will be served. 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. In Multipurpose Rooms.

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Programming Spotlight: Pirate Week and Pirate Un-School

Monday, September 15 – Friday, September 19

Shiver me timbers! Every Storytime program this week be all pirate, all the time! Join us at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 19 for Pirate Un-School: a multimedia voyage through the world of pirates. Learn to talk like a pirate. We'll do pirate crafts and more! All landlubbers, all ages, welcome! In Storyroom.

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Programming Spotlight: COGS Meeting: FamilySearch

Saturday, September 13, 2:00 p.m.

Join the Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society for this month's free, informative program on how to order microfilm from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, one of the world's largest genealogical collections. These microforms can be mailed to you for use in the Heritage Room through FamilySearch.org. In this presentation, Heritage Room Librarian Angela Stanley will teach you how to take advantage of this fantastic resource by using the FamilySearch catalog and online film ordering system. The presentation will conclude with a tour of the Heritage Room. In Multipurpose Room A.

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Back to School: How you can attend UGA FREE (if you're over 62)

Thursday, September 18, 7:00 p.m.

A little-known law allows Georgia residents aged 62 and up to enroll in any of the 31 colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia tuition-free! We'll have two speakers who are doing just that, plus a representative from the UGA Admissions Department to tell you exactly how to jump through the hoops to get yourself into a college classroom – without paying any tuition. The program will be streamed live online and can be watched from a computer, tablet or phone and archived for later viewing on RSLathens.org. Made possible through a leadership grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services called Reflecting, Sharing, Learning, awarded to the Athens Regional Library System and Lyndon House Arts Center. For more information, call (706) 613-3650, ext. 343, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In Appleton Auditorium.

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Programming Spotlight: Lunchtime Learning @ Your Library: The Benefits of Yoga

Thursday, September 25, 12:30 p.m.

Yoga is an ancient system of healing, awareness and rejuvenation that uses gentle movement, postures, breath, relaxation and meditation to reach physical and emotional health. The postures strengthen, stretch and tone the entire body, including the internal organs. Proper breathing brings energy and vitality and calms the mind. Relaxation and meditation relieve stress and rejuvenate memory and thinking. Led by Robin Johnson, manager of Athens Regional Medical Center's Mind Body Institute. Wear comfortable clothing, and feel free to bring your lunch! Free and open to the public; in Multipurpose Room B.

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Programming Spotlight:
Japanese Storytime

Friday, September 26, 5:00 p.m.

Konnichiwa! Join us for a bilingual program led by volunteers from UGA's Japan Club. Learn about Japanese culture through literacy-based activities. All ages. In Storyroom.

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