Issue 114, April 2015


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Holiday Closing

Please note the Library will be closed on Sunday, April 5, in observance of Easter.

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative continues with special programs

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. throughout April!

Thursday, April 2, 10:30 a.m.

Dewayne Reynolds - Get ready for a show filled with music, magic and balloon artistry!

Thursday, April 9, 10:30 a.m.

Josie S. Bailey - Travel on a voyage of discovery, humor and understanding as storyteller Josie S. Bailey captures your imagination and transports you to another place and time.

Thursday, April 16, 10:30 a.m.

Possum Kingdom Ramblers - Join quite possibly the greatest faux-grass, cheesy rock and pop-done-in-bluegrass-style band on the planet for an exciting performance.

Thursday, April 23, 10:30 a.m.

Ron Anglin - This master juggler will amaze you and make you laugh with his fun-filled educational show.

Thursday, April 30, 10:30 a.m.

Drumming Up Stories with David Holland - Learn how the drum was first used to communicate, how instruments can be created from ordinary objects, and how music has been used for centuries to enhance the storytelling experience. It's our series' grand finale!

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National Library Week is April 12-18

During the week of April 12, the Athens-Clarke County Library will join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than warehouses for books. Instead, libraries and librarians are change agents within their communities - transforming lives through innovative educational resources and forward-thinking programming. Libraries are doing their part to close the digital divide and level the playing field by providing free access to information and technologies that many in their communities would be hard pressed to find elsewhere.

Libraries help to ensure the American dream and promote democracy by providing service to all regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic status.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and meet the needs of their communities. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or offering a safe haven in times of crisis, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

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Library celebrates Money Smart Week @ Your Library, April 18-25

We want to help you get smart about money! Join the library for special programs for all ages in celebration of Money Smart Week!

Teen Department - Join us at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, as we assemble a team of teen entrepreneurs to create and market a project to sell in The Library Store. If our team reaches the goal of $75 in sales throughout the month, we'll celebrate with a pizza party on Thursday, April 30!

Children's Department - Kids ages 6 to 11 and their families are invited to a special money-themed Book Jammers! At 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23.

Information Services - Join us for two programs to help get your financial house in order!

Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 p.m.

Avoiding Fraud and Identity Theft - ACC Police Detective Beverly Russell will share tips and resources on how to recognize schemes and scams and project yourself. She'll also share information about what to do if you do become a victim of identity theft or fraud. In Multipurpose Room B.

Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.

Managing Debt: Best Ways to Maximize Your Finances - Charles Vickery of Vickery Financial Services, Inc., will guide you through steps to eliminate debt and suggest ways to capitalize on sound saving strategies. In Multipurpose Room A.

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Migrant grandmother and sick baby, Arizona, 1940, Dorothea Lange, photographer. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Migrant grandmother and sick baby, Arizona, 1940, Dorothea Lange, photographer. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Library announces traveling exhibit: Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry

Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry, a national traveling exhibition about the causes and aftermath of the historic Dust Bowl period, will be on display at Athens-Clarke County Library from April 29 to June 26, 2015. The exhibition recalls a tragic period in our history -- the drought and dust storms that wreaked havoc on the Great Plains in the 1930s -- and explores its environmental and cultural consequences. It raises several thought-provoking questions: What caused fertile farms to turn to dust? How did people survive? What lessons can we learn? The Dust Bowl was one of the worst man-made ecological disasters in American history.

Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry will be accompanied by a series of free library programs, including lectures and film screenings. The exhibition and programs feature several overlapping humanities themes: the nature of the connection between humans and nature; the many ways human beings respond to adversity; and how people came to understand and to describe their experiences living through the Dust Bowl:

April 29, 6:30 p.m.

Opening Reception - Celebrate the opening of the exhibit with a special program featuring Dr. Forrest Stegelin, University of Georgia Associate Professor of Agriculture and Applied Economics. Dr. Stegelin will speak on "How the Dust Bowl Led to the Deepening of the Depression." A reception hosted by the Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library will follow the lecture. In Appleton Auditorium.

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"Go Green" Day @ Your Library

Saturday, May 2, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Explore sustainability through activities, displays and more! We'll also have storytelling and music all day long. This event is free and open to all ages. In Multipurpose Rooms and Appleton Auditorium.

The exhibition was organized by the American Library Association Public Programs Office, the Oklahoma State University Library, and the Mount Holyoke College Library. It was made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. The exhibition and associated programs are free and open to the public. For information and a schedule of events, visit athenslibrary.org or contact Tammy Gerson at 706-613-3650.




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Electric Car Charging Stations now available at the Library

The Library now has two electric car charging stations in the parking lot. These stations can recharge an electric car's battery from empty to 100% in four hours.

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Programming Spotlight: At Home: Athens Women During the Civil War

Thursday, April 9, 12:00 p.m.

Relive the experiences of those women left behind to carry on during the Civil War. Their trials and tribulations, pleasures and companionship. At a time when rumors flew, and accurate news was scarce, how did they manage? Featuring Mary Bondurant Warren, a native of Athens, whose roots in Georgia run back to the American Revolution. In Multipurpose Room C. Call the Heritage Room at (706) 613-3650, ext. 350, for information.

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Programming Spotlight: Afterhours Extreme Scavenger Hunt

Friday, April 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Teens, do you have what it takes to win? Join us for an extreme scavenger hunt after the library closes! We'll have pizza before we start. Free 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.. For ages 11-18.

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Programming Spotlight: Library Birthday Party & Puppet Show

Saturday, April 11, 11:00 a.m.

Celebrate the library's birthday party with a puppet show performance of "Jack and the Bean Stalk" by David Stephens of All Hands Productions. Enjoy a slice of birthday cake after the show! Visit David and his puppets at www.allhandsproductions.com Sponsored by the Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library. Fun for all ages; In Multipurpose Rooms.

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Programming Spotlight: The Many Voices of Memoir Writing

Sunday, April 12, 3:00 p.m.

Memoirs can be humorous or poignant - sometimes both - and insightful. The OLLI @ UGA Memoirs Writers group presents this program featuring 10 writers who will read selections from their memoirs. Roger Bailey will serve as facilitator. A reception will follow, and anthologies will be available for purchase. In Appleton Auditorium.

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Programming Spotlight: The Art of Contemporary Poetry: A Writing Workshop

Wednesday, April 15, 10:30 a.m.

Local poet Clela Reed leads this workshop as part of National Poetry Month. In Multipurpose Room B. Call (706) 613-3650, ext. 324.

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Programming Spotlight: Advanced Census Research

Tuesday, April 21, 6:00 p.m.

Are you really getting everything out of that census record? Learn how to use your census records - the backbone of your genealogy research - to learn more about your ancestors than you thought possible! Registration is required. Please go to http://www.athenslibrary.org/athens/departments/heritage to reserve your spot.

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Programming Spotlight: Trivia Night @ the Your Library

Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 p.m.

Join the Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library for a free, fun Trivia Night, led by the library's own Eddie Whitlock. Test your knowledge and win a prize! In Multipurpose Room C. Free and open to the public!

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Programming Spotlight: Earth Day @ Your Library

Wednesday, April 22, 4:30 p.m.

Both the Children's and Teen departments will hold programming at 4:30 p.m. for Earth Day. In the Appleton Auditorium, join the Children's Department for a special all-ages program celebrating our love for the earth. Or, teens ages 11-18 are invited to the Teen Department's Earth Day Crafternoon in Multipurpose Room A, where they will repurpose old CDs into picture frames!

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Programming Spotlight: The Silk Road: The Art of Margaret Agner

Thursday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.

Athens artist Margaret Agner will give a slide talk on the art of silk painting, accompanied by a live demonstration of her technique. The talk and demonstration will be accompanied by an exhibition of Agner's work upstairs Quiet Gallery through May 24. Agner has been painting on silk for over 30 years, and makes wearable art as well as wall hangings. Her work is widely seen and is available locally at Lyndon House Arts Center, Aurum, the Chappelle Gallery and the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia, among other locations. Besides silk painting, Margaret works in a wide variety of media, including oils, watercolor, acrylics and pastels. She is a member of The Studio Group, Oconee County Arts Foundation, the Visual Arts Guild of Athens, and other local, regional and national arts organizations. She is an enthusiastic plein air painter and you may find her painting outside on pleasant days! This program will be streamed live online at www.RSLathens.org. For more information, go to the website or call (706) 613-3650, ext. 343. In Multipurpose Room A.

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Programming Spotlight: Beyond Ferguson: A Community Empowerment Summit

Saturday, April 25, All Day.

Join us for a day of workshops and discussions on individual rights, economic justice, positive self image, participating in local government and more. Featuring keynote speaker Robin Shipp, author of Justice While Black, plus music and poetry. Co-sponsored by the library, Athens Hip Hop Awards, Athens Immigration Rights Coalition, UGA Black Affairs Council, Destined Learning Center, Economic Justice Coalition, UGA Office of Institutional Diversity, sapph.fire, Under the Rainbow and many more. For information, contact Ricky Roberts, (706) 372-3161 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Programming Spotlight: Annual Heritage Room Book Clinic

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. & 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Do you have cookbooks, family Bibles, or other treasured books in need of repair? Then bring them to the Heritage Room's Book Clinic, where Ken Jewell, a representative of the National Library Bindery Company, will be on-hand to give estimates and advise on repairing and re-binding your materials. Books will be returned to the Library within two months and payment will be due in advance of pick-up. No registration required; patrons will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions? Contact the Heritage Room at (706) 613-3650, ext. 350.

Programming Spotlight: Green Bag Series: Roof Top Solar Panels: How Sun Power Can Save the Planet

Thursday, April 30, 12:15 p.m.

Learn about solar energy! Presented by Solar Sun World of Madison as part of our Green Bag Series on sustainability. Bring your lunch; beverages provided. In Multipurpose Room B.

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