Issue 105, July 2014

Holiday Closing

Please note that the library will be closed on Friday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Summer Reading Programs for all ages at the Library this summer!

The Athens-Clarke County Library offers Summer Reading Programs for children, teens and adults!

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Fizz, Boom, READ!

Children are invited to explore the science of reading this year's Summer Reading Program. Sign up at the Children's Desk. Read books, attend great programs and earn prizes! Pick up your reading log at the Children's Desk starting May 16!

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Spark a Reaction

“Spark a Reaction” is the Athens-Clarke County Library's Teen Summer Challenge Program open to teens entering grades 6-12. You do not need a library card nor do you need to be a resi-dent of A-CC to attend our events & to earn awesome prizes! To participate in “Spark a Reaction”, stop by the Teen Desk starting May 16 to pick up your challenge log. You will earn 100 points for each book you read this summer AND you will earn points for attending our teen-only events! The more points you earn over the summer, the more awesome the prizes you'll have a chance to win at the End of Summer Party on August 8th!

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Literary Elements

Why should the kids have all the fun? Stop by the Reference Desk or visit our website for registration forms and information about our 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program, Literary Elements. Through books and programming, we will explore the thrill of science and literature.

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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, 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 to check out magazines using your library card, then create a free 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 via the link on the library's website; you will not be able to check out magazines through or the Zinio App.

Please see a library staff member or visit to learn more.

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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 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.

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Programming Spotlight:
Standing On My Sisters' Shoulders - Essay Exhibit and Ceremony

Tuesday, July 1, 7:00 p.m.

You are invited to a reception recognizing and honoring local teen groups who wrote essays based on the award-winning documentary Standing On My Sisters’ Shoulders. The award-winning documentary is the compelling story of the Mississippi Civil Rights movement from the point of view of its remarkable and courageous women who changed the course of history.

The essays are about the women who bravely faced adversity and became grassroots leaders during the Civil Rights era in Mississippi and other communities. The essays, exhibited during the recent National Civil Rights Conference in Mississippi's Meridian, will be exhibited in the Athens-Clarke County Library during the afternoon and evening of July 1, 2014 and subsequently in the Athens YMCA. For information about the film, visit

The reception's keynote speaker will be Mr. Valdon Daniel, retired Athens-Clarke County educator and Heritage Committee member. The reception will be held July 1st at 7:00 PM in the Multipurpose Room (Room C) of the Athens-Clarke County Library (2025 Baxter Street, Athens, GA 30606; 706-613-3650). The reception is free and open to the public!

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Programming Spotlight:
Summer Reading Performance Series:
Happy Hands Band

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

Which comes first, the band or the song? Instead of the band getting together to write songs, this band was formed because of a song written by singer-songwriter Dodd Ferrelle.  Happy, Dee Nanny and Ronnie invite you to join the Happy Hands Band to dance with wild abandon and sing at the top of your lungs! Sponsored by the Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library. In Multipurpose Rooms. Find the Happy Hands Band online.

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Programming Spotlight: Free Kaplan test preparation workshops for teens

Friday, July 11, 9:45 - 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Nervous about taking the ACT or SAT? Not sure which test will better showcase your skills? Register for one of these free workshops! Test Strategies 101 will take place 9:45-11:00 a.m., and Which Test is Right for You will be from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pre-register at 1-800-527-8378 or at (program codes: SKKH14118 & SKKH14119). Check out free ACT & SAT practice tests through the Learning Express database in GALILEO. Ask library staff how to access this database. In Multipurpose Rooms A&B.

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Programming Spotlight:
Space Elements: Doctor Who Celebration

Saturday, July 12, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Are you a fan of the Doctor? Join us as we celebrate our favorite British TV show with a costume contest, trivia and crafts. All ages are invited, so bring the family! Ribbons will be awarded for the best child, teen, adult and group costumes. Crafts will range from coloring pages for the little ones to some more advanced creations for teens and adults. We'll finish the event by watching a favorite episode, picked by you! Vote for your favorite Doctor Who episode in our online poll. So grab your sonic screwdriver and be ready to travel in space and time! In Multipurpose Room B.

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Programming Spotlight:
Summer Reading Performance Series:
Shadow Puppet Show

Thursday, July 17, 10:30 a.m.

Join the Children's Staff for a shadow puppet variety show! We’ll perform two short shows: "Happy Birthday, Frankie" and "A Corny Tale." The show is lively, full of music and fun for all ages. In Multipurpose Rooms.

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Programming Spotlight:
Teen French Fest

Thursday, July 17, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Bonjour! Francophiles unite! Celebrate Bastille Day & learn about French culture. Sample French food courtesy of Earth Fare, listen to French music, learn a few words in French & more. Pre-registration is required. Reserve your spot at the teen desk or call (706) 613-3650, ext. 329. Open to teens in grades 6-12. In Multipurpose Room A.

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Programming Spotlight:
Summer Reading Performance Series:
Silly Sock Hop!

Thursday, July 24, 10:30 a.m.

Join the Children’s Staff for a Sock Hop Dance and Party! Wear your silliest socks, and we’ll dance, play games and have a "hopping good time!" In Multipurpose Rooms.

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Programming Spotlight:
Meat and Three:
Athens Food Scene Then and Now

Thursday, July 24, 7:00 p.m.

Where do you want to go for dinner? There are and were so many great restaurants to choose from in Athens! Milton Leathers, local historian and Lee Epting, food and event master will talk about some of the food and unique restaurants that are now just memories, like chicken mull at the Riverside Café, and Poss' Barbeque. Next, Mary Charles Howard of Georgia Food Tours will describe the newer food trends and the local restaurants available today. Attend in person and register to win a $50 gift certificate for Heirloom Café and an Heirloom Café t-shirt! The program will also be streamed live over the internet and can be watched from a computer, tablet or phone and archived for later viewing on This program is 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 please contact Van Burns, 706-613-3650 ext. 343 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In Appleton Auditorium.

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Programming Spotlight: Afterhours Comic Con @ Your Library!

Friday, July 25, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

In celebration of the largest Comic Con in the U.S. going on this week in San Diego, CA, the ACC Library teen department will throw our very own mini Comic Con right here @ the library! Join us to celebrate your favorite comic and pop culture characters with face painting, photo booths, and games & activities featuring some of your favorite superheroes, manga characters, & quite possibly even the irrepressible Doctor Who. Teens will also get a chance to vote on their favorite costumes of the night. Bring comics and manga to swap. Pre-registration is required. Please 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.

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Programming Spotlight:
The World at Your Fingertips:
Ordering Microfilm through FamilySearch

Tuesday, July 29, 6:00 p.m.

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, possesses one of the world's largest genealogical collections, boasting over 2.4 million rolls and 727,000 microfiche of microfilmed genealogical records spanning the globe. These microforms can be mailed to you through The digitized records available freely online are only a tiny fraction of the total number of microfilmed records available to genealogists. In this class we will learn how to take advantage of this fantastic resource by using the FamilySearch catalog, setting up a free account, and learning how to order microfilm online to have it sent directly to the Heritage Room. Participants should have working familiarity with a computer and the internet. Call the Heritage Room at (706) 613-3650, ext. 350, or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot. In 2nd floor Computer Training Room.

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Programming Spotlight: Harry Potter's Birthday!

Children’s Area: Thursday, July 31, 10:30 a.m.
Teen Department: Thursday, July 31, 4:00 p.m.

Children and their families are invited to join the Children’s Staff for a trivia contest and fun Harry Potter activities in honor of “The Boy Who Lived” at 10:30 a.m. Activities will take place in the Appleton Auditorium and Storyroom.

Teens are invited to celebrate the day at 4:00 p.m. in Multipurpose Room A: Dress up as your favorite character for a chance to win prizes. We’ll have trivia, wand-making crafts, Potter-themed snacks, & more. Pre-registration is required. Please 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.

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Programming Spotlight:
Lunchtime Learning @ Your Library &Adult Summer Reading Wrap-up: Got Ether?

Thursday, July 31, 12:15 p.m.

"What do Queen Victoria, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., and frolic parties have in common? They are all part of the rich and sometimes controversial history of anesthesia." Join Sherri Burgess of the Crawford W. Long Museum as she covers the history of anesthesia from early uses of alcohol and cocaine up through some modern medical practices. After the lecture, we’ll draw for the grand prize winner of the Adult Summer Reading Program, and have a few crafts. Feel free to bring your lunch! Free and open to the public; in Multipurpose Room B.

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