Issue 118, August 2015

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Friends Summer Book Sale set for August 13-15

Did you read all your new books while sitting on the beach this summer? Refresh your shelf at the Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale! The sale begins Thursday, August 13, and lasts through Saturday, August 15, at the Athens-Clarke County Library. The sales will feature thousands of gently used books, including fiction, non-fiction, children's books, hardbacks, paperbacks, audio books, CDs and more. It's our biggest summer sale yet!

Dates and times:

  • Thursday, August 13, 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 14, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 15, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • *Saturday is Bag Day: Fill a grocery bag with books for $10 all day!

All proceeds from the sale directly fund programs at the library.

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Library partners with OLLI @ UGA for Created Equal Film Series

Athens-Clarke County Library and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UGA will partner for a film series starting in August, Created Equal. Each film screening will be followed by a discussion led by a scholar.

Created Equal is a project of the National Endowment for Humanities and is a collection of four nationally acclaimed documentary films about the Civil Rights movement.

Saturday, Aug. 15, 10:00 a.m.:  The Abolitionists (shown in two parts with a break) Discussion led by Dr. Scott Nesbit, professor of digital humanities in UGA's College of Environment and Design.

Saturday, Aug. 29, 2:00 p.m.: Slavery by Another Name (facilitator to be announced)

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2:00 p.m.: The Freedom Riders (facilitator to be announced)

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2:00 p.m.: The Loving Story (facilitator to be announced)

The films will be shown in the library's Appleton Auditorium. Information on the films is here:

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Heritage Room and Digital Media Center to offer Saving Stuff: Preservation for the Family Historian

As family historians, genealogists, and citizen archivists, we are responsible for preserving the records of our family's past. But because memories are not made on one medium alone--just think of all the photographs, video footage, documents and recordings you've accrued over your lifetime--we must familiarize ourselves with a variety of tools for keeping our family treasures safe.

To help you take up this charge, we proudly introduce our Fall 2015 series, Saving Stuff: Preservation for the Family Historian, which provides free, public education classes and workshops on caring for analog and digital family treasures. The series is co-sponsored by the Athens-Clarke County Library's Heritage Room and Digital Media Center.  Programs will start in August and run through November. Here are the August offerings:

Personal Digital Archiving of Audio & Video
Tuesday, August 18, 6:00pm
Multipurpose Room A

Do you have one-of-a-kind family records you'd be devastated to lose? Are you the family historian, genealogist, or archivist? Do you have old home movies collecting dust, or audio recordings of lectures, recitals, or interviews with family members? Then this class is for you! As your family historian, you need to actively manage these beloved treasures to keep them available for years to come. In this class, you'll learn simple and practical strategies for keeping your personal audio and video recordings safe for future generations.

Registration is required. Please go to to reserve your spot.

Converting VHS to digital
Saturday, August 22, 2015: 1-hour sessions, 9am-1pm
Digital Media Center

Do you have old VHS tapes of family and friends but no VCR?  Convert your VHS tapes to DVD with the library's digital converter.  Natalie Wright, Digital Media Librarian, will walk you through the conversion process.  Once you learn how the converter works, it will be easy for you to come in any time the library is open to convert the rest of your tapes.  Sign up for a 1 hour session, and bring a VHS tape and a blank DVD-R.  Tapes must be full size and their content must clock in at less than an hour in order to finish the conversion process during the session. Don't lose your family memories to obsolete formats!  Videos brought in for conversion must be less than one hour. Please bring a Blank DVD-R to transfer your digital recording.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at (706) 613-3650 x354. Registration is required. Please call (706) 613-3650 x354 to reserve your spot.

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Reimagine Your Library!

Be on the lookout for Athens Regional Library System's new awareness campaign, Reimagine Your Library. Starting this fall, we'll be popping up at community events around the region, sharing fun videos online, and talking to everyone we can about all the amazing things you can find at our library branches! From learning a new language to enjoying musical performances and everything in between, your library offers a fantastic array of programs and services.

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Programming Spotlight: Food eTalk

Saturdays, August 1, 8, 15 & 22, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

This is an interactive online program designed to teach limited-resource individuals how to make healthy food and lifestyle choices. Presented in partnership with the UGA College of Family & Consumer Services. No registration required; participants do not need to attend all sessions. In Computer Training Lab.

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Programming Spotlight: Live! @ the Library: The Shawn Wilcox Band

Sunday, August 2, 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. Learn about the band here. In Appleton Auditorium.

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Programming Spotlight:
After The End Adult Book Discussion Group

Thursday, August 6, 7:00 p.m.

"This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper." - T. S. Eliot

The world has ended? What's not to love? We know it's not really over. There is still a story to tell. Sometimes it's a story about how the end came; sometimes it's a story of those who survive. If you enjoy these explorations, you will enjoy AFTER THE END, book discussion group dedicated to Post-Apocalyptic fiction and the readers who love it. AFTER THE END's first meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 6. Join us to discuss Richard Matheson's I AM LEGEND. Questions? Contact Eddie Whitlock, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Programming Spotlight: Unmask Your Talent: Draw Superheroes!

Tuesday, August 4, 4:00 p.m.

Come learn how to draw your own superhero! Robert Brown, local comic book know-it-all and art instructor, will be helping us out! Open to teen 11-18. Space is limited; registration required. 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: End of Summer Reading Puppet Show

Saturday, August 8, 11:00 a.m.

Celebrate the end of Summer Reading with a puppet show performance by David Stephens of All Hands Productions! Princess Penelope loves to read about dragons. Imagine her surprise when she actually meets and befriends a dragon! Their introduction coincides with the arrival of a much-touted dragon slayer, Sir Reginal Thwebes. Upon discovering the potential threat of a dragon in the palace, King Rhubarb charges Sir Reginald to fight the dragon. Will it be a fight to the death? Will it be a draw? Will they even fight at all? Find out in All Hands Productions version of The Reluctant Dragon. Loosely based on Kenneth Grahame's book, this production utilizes colorful moving-mouth hand puppets and rod puppets to tell a story about friendship and understanding. In Multipurpose Room A

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Programming Spotlight: Meet Your Young Adult Staff Party

Tuesday, August 18, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Come and meet all the members of the Young Adult Department and eat some snacks with us!!! We will let you know what we do, how to use the library and what we are reading now! We might even have some books to give away. Open to teens 11-18. 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: Lunchtime Learning: Introduction to Traditional Martial Arts

Thursday, August 27, 12:15 p.m.

Join Master Ken Blumreich as he demonstrates and teaches traditional martial arts techniques. This session will cover the historical origins of martial arts as well as practical self-defense techniques. This class is appropriate for all ages and skill levels; no previous martial arts experience is required! Wear comfortable athletic clothes, and feel free to bring your lunch! In Multipurpose Room A.

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