Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library partner with Town & Gown for “Oklahoma!” Fundraiser, April 3
The Friends will repeat their popular fundraiser by hosting the Town & Gown's dress rehearsal production of the fabulous musical “Oklahoma!” on Thursday, April 3, at 8:00 pm.
The performance features a new acoustic revitalization of this musical theatre classic with fresh orchestration requiring no electronic amplification. The gorgeous music of Rodgers and Hammerstein will feel brand new, but the delight is timeless!
Make your arrangements to join in the fun by making your voucher donations at the Library Store or by contacting Friends' President Marilynn Smith at 706.354.1028. Members are asked for $15 donations, and non-members $20. This is a great opportunity to have a delightful evening out, plus enjoy light refreshments during intermission, all while making a contribution to the Library in support of its many programs and services.
Money Smart Week @ Your Library, April 5-12
The Library will join with 700 libraries across the country to host a number of programs about financial literacy in several departments in honor of Money Smart Week @ Your Library, April 5–12:
Thursday, April 10, 4:30 p.m.
Book Jammers! - Children and their families are invited to join us for stories, trivia, craft activities and lots of fun! This month, we’ll celebrate Money Smart Week @ Your Library by learning about smart spending and making our own banks! Promotes literacy through the art of listening and helps to lengthen attention spans. Appropriate for children 6 to 10 years old. In Storyroom.
Friday, April 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Curiosity Shop: Snack Attack! - Join Larkin Merritt from The Daily Co-Op for this after-hours program to learn how to make inexpensive, healthy & delicious snacks. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Stop by the Teen Desk or call (706) 613-3650, ext. 329. In Storyroom. Part of Money Smart Week @ Your Library.
Saturday, April 5, 3:00 p.m.
Money Talks: A Chronology of the Use of Currency in Georgia - Local author and historian Gary Doster kicks off Money Smart Week @ Your Library with a presentation of the history of money used in Georgia, including examples from his collection of obsolete Georgia currency from colonial times to the Civil War. In Appleton Auditorium. A light reception will follow.
Monday, April 7, 11:00 a.m.
Incorporating Business Ventures in Antebellum Athens - As part of Money Smart Week, author and historian Dr. Michael Gagnon will talk about corporations in Athens by looking at the connections between banking, insurance and the capital finance of railroads and factories. Dr. Gagnon will sign copies of his book, Transition to an Industrial South: Athens, 1830-1870, (Louisiana State University Press, 2012) Copies will be available for purchase in the Library Store. In Multipurpose Room A.
Wednesday, April 9, 7:00 p.m.
How Did We Get This Way? - As part of Money Smart Week, life-long Athenian Peter Hodgson discusses the history and legacy of the First National Bank of Athens, the influence of the Southern Mutual Insurance Company, and familial relationships that influenced local investing. In Multipurpose Room A.
Wednesday, April 9, 4:00 p.m.
Saving and Investing on the Road to Retirement - Do you know what your retirement looks like? If you can't visualize where you're heading, it's hard to plan to make sure that you get there. Gary Tapp, Ph.D., of the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta leads this Money Smart Week workshop to help guide you to your goals. In Multipurpose Room B.
Thursday, April 17, 6:00 p.m.
Red Goes Green for a Day - The Library partners with the Zeta Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., to teach you how to be eco-friendly in a wallet-friendly manner! Free giveaways and refreshments provided. In Multipurpose Room A.
Saturday, April 19, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Shred Day - Bring your documents to shred! It’s a secure way to dispose of sensitive information and save the environment. In parking lot. In partnership with Athens Recycling Department and Athens-Clarke County Extension.
Money Smart Week @ Your Library is a partnership initiative between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to encourage libraries to present programs for all ages, and all stages of life, related to personal financial literacy.
Make Music at Your Library!
Patrons of the Athens-Clarke County Library can now check out ukuleles and their chord books for two weeks at a time. To take one home, library card holders must be over the age of 18 and must also sign an agreement accepting responsibility for any damage. The instrument can be renewed twice but may not be placed on hold. The late fee for an overdue ukulele is three dollars per day.
Visit www.athenslibrary.org/athens/departments/make-music-at-your-library for free ukulele lessons and the history of the instrument in addition to downloading free chord sheets. Patrons can also join the ukulele music meet up group at the library and can submit their own videos to the website through YouTube or email. The ukuleles are part of the “Make Music at Your Library” program. For more information, please call (706) 613-3650.
Help the Friends PAVE the way!
Have you ever wanted your or a loved one's name permanently etched in stone? Do you have a passion for reading, knowledge, or helping your community? The Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library have the perfect opportunity for you to show your support. Purchase an engraved paver at the Athens-Clarke County Library!
With the Athens-Clarke County Library's renovation nearing its end, engraved pavers have become available for purchase on the reading garden patio near the front entrance. An engraved paver can be inscribed with your choice of names or phrases (up to two lines with 17 characters each) for a tax-deductible donation of $100. Your contribution will go directly to the library to support its collection and programming.
Memorialize a loved one or proclaim your family's love of reading for all of Athens to see! Pavers are also a perfect way for local businesses and franchises to show support for their community.
To take advantage of this unique opportunity, visit the Friends of the Library "Pave the Way" website. You can mail in the completed form and payment or pay online via PayPal. For more information, please call (706) 613-3650, ext. 336.
Programming Spotlight: Film Screening: Persepolis
Thursday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a free screening of the 2007 animated film based on Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical - Join us for a free screening of the 2007 animated film based on Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel. Part of “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys.” In Appleton Auditorium. Rated PG-13.
Programming Spotlight: Live! @ the Library with the Lucky Jones
Sunday, April 6, 3:00 p.m.
The Lucky Jones is a three-piece rockin’ rhythm and blues band featuring drummer/vocalist Brian Crum, guitarist Mark Callahan and bass player Alex Cooper. They play a variety of dynamic music including blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, rockabilly, and classic rock standards. This concert is sponsored by the Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library. In Appleton Auditorium.
Programming Spotlight: "Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys Book Discussion"
Wednesday, April 9, 7:00 p.m.
Join us to discuss “Dreams of Trespass: Tales of Harem Girlhood,” by Fatima Mernissi. The discussion will be led by Dr. P. Daniel Silk. In Multipurpose Room A. For more information about Muslim Journeys, visit www.athenslibrary.org/muslim-journeys.
Programming Spotlight: “Community Snapshot: Good Nutrition Pays High Dividends”
Thursday, April 10, 5:30 p.m.
Daniel Kardouni MA, RD, LD will discuss psychological and nutrition related health concerns common in older adults, and provide guidelines to avoid increased risks for malnutrition and inflammation found in many older adults. This Community Snapshot is free and open to the public and is made possible by “Reflecting, Sharing, Learning,” a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded to the Athens Regional Library System and Lyndon House Arts Center. In Multipurpose Room A. For information, call (706) 613-3650, ext. 343 or visit www.boomersinathens.org or www.rslathens.org.
Programming Spotlight: “Athens-Clarke County Library Birthday Party and Puppet Show”
Saturday, April 12, 3:00 p.m.
Celebrate our library’s 101st birthday with a puppet show performance of “The Reluctant Dragon,” by David Stephens of All Hands Productions, and enjoy a slice of birthday cake after the show! Sponsored by Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library. In Multipurpose Rooms.
Programming Spotlight: “Café au Libris: Michelle Castleberry”
Sunday, April 13, 3:00 p.m.
The Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library present poet Michelle Castleberry, who will read from her latest book, Dissecting the Angel and Other Poems. Michelle is a poet, a sometime-saxophonist and a a clinical social worker whose writing is grounded yet inspiring. She examines a broad range of subjects: jazz, faith, love, divorce, nightmares, abuse, resilience and so much more. Books available for purchase and signing. In Appleton Auditorium. Reception to follow.
Programming Spotlight: “Baby Music Jam”
Thursday, April 17, 10:30 a.m.
Why rock-a-bye when you can rock, Baby? Join us for a sing-a-long and lots of fun! Children ages 1-3 and their caregivers get to play instruments, sing and dance together. In Storyroom.
Programming Spotlight: “Zine Workshop for Teens”
Friday, April 18, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Celebrate Fluke Mini Comics & Zines Fest! Learn about the history of zines from Ms. Brandy, make your own pocket zines, and swap or add to the library’s zine collection near the teen desk! No registration required. Open to teens ages 11-18.
Programming Spotlight: “Lunchtime Learning @ Your Library: Estate Planning”
Thursday, April 24, 12:15 p.m.
Mr. Kim Kimbrough of Kimbrough Consulting will present a program on estate planning, elder care and other vital issues for a sound future. Feel free to bring your lunch! Complimentary beverages will be available. In Multipurpose Room B.
Programming Spotlight: “Curiosity Shop: Fencing”
Friday, April 25, 4:00 p.m.
En garde! Join Allen Schneider, a local master of the craft and ACCL staffer, for a demonstration of the art and sport of fencing. Allen is a member of the Athens & UGA Fencing Club and is nationally ranked. No registration required. Open to teens ages 11-18. In Multipurpose Room A.
Programming Spotlight: Film Screening: “Before Memories Fade: Voices from the Civil Rights Movement”
Sunday, April 27, 3:00 p.m.
This documentary by local filmmaker Keith Plummer shares firsthand stories told by both prominent Civil Rights figures such as U.S. Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Dr. Benjamin Hooks and the Rev. Walter Fauntroy as well as students, ordinary citizens, community organizers and musicians who risked a lot to do what was right. 107 minutes. In Appleton Auditorium.
Programming Spotlight: “Annual Heritage Room Book Clinic with Ken Jewell of the National Library Bindery Company”
Wednesday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Do you have cookbooks, family Bibles, or other treasured books whose bindings are becoming weak or are 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. In the Heritage Room.