Please note the Library will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.
Be a Hero with Summer Reading!
This year’s Children’s Summer Reading theme is, “Every Hero Has a Story!” Find yours at the library. Stop by the Children’s Desk to pick up your reading log starting , and visit our Summer Reading Program webpage to learn more about the Children’s Summer Reading Program.
Teen patrons ages 11-18 can sign up for this summer’s Young Adult Summer Reading program, “Unmask!” For more information, stop by the Teen Desk or visit our Summer Reading Program webpage.
Information on the Adult Summer Reading program, “Escape the Ordinary,” will be available soon!
A man walks around his car during a dust storm, undated, H.H. Finnell Collection. Courtesy of Oklahoma State University Library, Special Collections & University Archives.
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:
Saturday, May 2, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Go! Green Day @ Your Library - Explore sustainability through activities, displays and more! We’ll also have storytelling and music all day long. Featuring music by the Hobohemians and the Old Fireworks, plus performances for children. This event is free and open to all ages. In Multipurpose Rooms and Appleton Auditorium.
Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, 3:00 p.m.
In Time for the Postman - A multimedia performance – In Time for the Postman, by playwright, Phillip Gerson. Directed by Bobby Norm Harris with actors Scotty Gannon, Joy Ovington, and Bowen Craig. Based on the book, Letters From the Dust Bowl, by Caroline Henderson, this one-act play/reading portrays life in the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, and catches a brief glimpse into the life of Caroline Henderson. Dr. David Saltz, Head of the Dept. of Theatre & Film Studies at the University of Georgia, will introduce the animated staged reading of the play on May 16th, and Dr. John Patrick Bray, Lecturer of Dramatic Writing at UGA, will introduce the play on May 17th. In Appleton Auditorium.
Tuesday, May 19, 6:30 p.m. (Part 1)
Thursday, May 21, 6:30 p.m. (Part 2)
Film Screening: The Dust Bowl - Survivor interviews, dramatic photos and rare film footage bring to life stories of incredible suffering and also incredible human perseverance. We’ll screen the film in two parts. Introduction by Andrew Shearer. In Appleton Auditorium.
Saturday, May 23, 2:00 p.m.
Tree Diseases and Sustainability During the Dust Bowl - Join us for an interactive presentation by Susan Best, plant pathologist with the U.S. Forestry Service. Part of the Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry traveling exhibit. In Multipurpose Room A.
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.
Programming Spotlight: Live! @ The Library: Dixieland Five
Sunday, May 3, 3:00 p.m.
The Dixieland Five are a Trad Jazz / Dixieland Band that features a front line of trumpet, clarinet and trombone and a rhythm section of piano and tenor banjo. They play jazz styles of the early 20th century that came from New Orleans and then spread across the country and around the world. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library. In Appleton Auditorium.
Programming Spotlight: Café au Libris: Mary Bondurant Warren
Tuesday, May 5, 7:00 p.m.
The Heritage Room and the Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library present author, researcher and genealogist Mary Bondurant Warren at 7:00pm on Tuesday, May 5. Warren will read from and discuss her Heritage Papers re-release of Augustus Longstreet Hull's Annals of Athens, Georgia, a charming and illuminating look at life in early Athens. Warren began her historical and genealogical writing career in 1962 with her Lives and Legends newspaper column, and soon afterwards launched her Family Puzzlers column through her company, Heritage Papers. She was founding member of the Athens Historical Society, and oversaw publication of the Society's Athens-Clarke County Cemeteries. She is still producing illuminating abstracts of records from Georgia's Colonial period, and has donated hundreds of books, family files and other personal papers to the University of Georgia and Athens-Clarke County Library. In 2010 she was recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board.
The program is co-sponsored by the Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room and the Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library, and is part of the Friends' on-going Cafe au Libris series. A light reception will follow the program, and books will be available for purchase and signing. In the Appleton Auditorium.
Programming Spotlight: Movie Night: Great Depression Edition: Paper Moon
Wednesday, May 13, 6:30 p.m.
Paper Moon (1973) 102 min, B&W, PG. D: Peter Bogdanovich. Real life father and daughter Ryan and Tatum O'Neal star in this comedy-drama about a possible father and daughter who run scams during the Great Depression. At age 10, Tatum O'Neal holds the record for the youngest actor to win an Oscar, for her supporting role in the film. In Appleton Auditorium.
Programming Spotlight: Afterhours Minute to Win It for Teens
Friday, May 22, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Programming Spotlight: Family Fun Day
Saturday, May 23, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (with puppet show at noon)
Bring the whole family to the library for our annual Family Fun Day celebration! Kids of all ages (and their grown-ups, too!) will enjoy meeting animals from Sam’s Petting Zoo and exploring science stations provided by the Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center. We’ll also have face painting by Mrs. Doodlebug, arts & crafts, fun outdoor activities including bubbles, hula hoops and sidewalk chalk, and more! Once we’ve played all morning, stick around for a special puppet show about Thomas Edison, Electricity, performed by The Red Herring Puppets, funded by the Athens Puppet Theater Company - Laura Cobb Hutchins Paddock Endowment. Don’t miss this exciting event, sponsored by the Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library!
Programming Spotlight: Letters in My Grandmother's Chifferobe
Tuesday, May 26, 7:00 p.m.
Join us for the dramatization of one family's experience during the Great War, using the primary sources of letters from a Georgia soldier. The presentation uses over 100 pages of correspondence between a Georgia Doughboy and his family members. Follow this soldier's journey from induction, to training in two Georgia Army Camps, to his voyage to England, and finally to his death in France. This program is geared toward an upper high school and adult audience. In Multipurpose Room A. Call the Heritage Room at (706) 613-3650, ext. 350, for information.
Migrant grandmother and sick baby, Arizona, 1940, Dorothea Lange, photographer. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.
Programming Spotlight: Documenting the Dust Bowl: Photojournalism, Propaganda, and the Democratization of Photography
Thursday, May 28, 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a special program examining the photography that preserves in time the devastation of the Dust Bowl, and shapes our opinions of it to this day. Mark E Johnson, Senior Lecturer in Photojournalism from the Grady College of Journalism at UGA, will talk about the photography and photographers from the New Deal’s Resettlement Administration and Farm Security Administration who documented the Great Depression - and particularly the Dust Bowl - during the 1930s.
Johnson has worked as a photojournalist and editor for the wire services and publications throughout the northeast. He now teaches photojournalism at the Henry W Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, and is a frequent lecturer at journalism conferences around the country.
The Dust Bowl in the Great Plains displaced thousands of tenant farmers, sharecroppers, and laborers, many of whom (known as "Okies" or "Arkies") moved on to California. The FSA operated camps for them, such as Weedpatch Camp as depicted in The Grapes of Wrath.
The photographers who took on this work (Ben Shahn, Arthur Rothstein, and Dorothea Lange among them) not only documented the terrible damage to the environment, but also to the lives of the inhabitants, and through these artists the FSA is most responsible for creating the image of the Depression in the US.