Issue 110, December 2014

Library Closings

Please note: The Library will be closed Wednesday, December 24, through Friday, December 26, in observance of Christmas. The Library will close at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31, and be closed on Thursday, January 1, in observance of New Year’s Day.

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Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library and Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room present Café au Libris: The Tangible Past in Athens, Georgia

Sunday, December 14 at 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a special Café au Libris with Charlotte Marshall, editor and publisher of The Tangible Past in Athens, Georgia, along with some of the other 12 well-known contributor of this new book! The 656-page book features more than 700 illustrations, 18 essays and eight appendices, all detailing the history and development of the place so many of us call "home." Contributors include: Amelia Andrews, Steven Brown, Patricia Cooper, Gary Doster, Theresa Flynn, Mary Anne Hodgson, Milton Leathers, Hubert McAlexander, Pete McCommons, Samuel Thomas and Mary Warren. Kenneth Storey designed the book and made many of the photographs. Other committee members include Janet Clarke, Marie Koenig, Henry Ramsey and Smith Wilson. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Reception to follow. For more information, call (706) 613-3650. Free and open to the public; co-sponsored by the Heritage Room and Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library. In Appleton Auditorium.

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Heritage Room showcases American Art pottery from the collection of Bill and Dorothy Paul

Beautiful and functional, pottery is a treasured, traditional art form for many cultures. The Heritage Room hosts a special exhibition, "Seldom Seen: American Art Pottery from the Collection of Bill and Dorothy Paul," through January 18. This exhibit features a sampling of the Pauls' renowned collection of American art pottery from all over the United States. The entire collection includes works from over 100 potters in 25 states from the first part of the 20th century with over 2,000 pieces in all. Visit the library to view representative selections from the Pauls' collection. Please check the Heritage Room website for exhibit hours.

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Digital Media Center announces one-on-one tutorials

Thursdays in December, 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

Sign up for a one-on-one class in the brand new Digital Media Center! Get individual instruction for a graphics, audio or video editing project. Interested in converting some albums or cassette tapes to DVDs or CDs? Get personalized step-by-step instruction from DMC staff. Sign up at the Information Services Desk, or call (706) 613-3650, ext. 354. Sessions are 45 minutes each starting at 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the Digital Media Center on the 2nd floor. No tutorials on Dec. 25. The Digital Media Center will also present an introduction to Adobe Photoshop in Multipurpose Room A at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9. This lecture-based class will introduce you to the basics of Photoshop and open up a world of possibilities! No registration is required for the Dec. 9 class. Please check the library’s website HERE for more details, and be on the lookout for our upcoming open house!

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Book Clubs announce December hiatus

The Library’s book clubs will not meet in December. The African American Authors Book Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 13, and they will discuss A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines. The Local History Book Club’s next meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 15, and they will discuss essays from The Tangible Past in Athens, Georgia. Talking About Books will meet Wednesday, Jan. 21, and they will discuss The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. Finally, Last Monday Book Club will meet Monday, Jan. 26, and they will discuss Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust.

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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!

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 You can mail in the completed form and payment or pay online via PayPal. For more information, please call (706) 613-3650, ext. 336.

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Programming Spotlight: Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

Thursday, December 4, 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate the season by making a beautiful wreath for your home! There are many different styles of wreaths, and your own imagination is your only limitation. Registration is required, and there will be a $15 supply fee. You may bring a favorite ribbon or special objects to include in your wreath, along with a good pair of work gloves. Call (706) 613-3650, ext. 343, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details and to register. At Michaels, 3055 Atlanta Highway, Athens.

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Programming Spotlight: Live! @ the Library: Repent at Leisure

Sunday, December 7, 3:00 p.m.

Come hear this fun-loving Irish pub band play lively renditions of traditional and modern Irish music, including some originals! Sponsored by the Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library. Free and open to the public. In Appleton Auditorium.

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Programming Spotlight: Annual Puppet Show Week: "Trouble with Trolls"

Monday, December 8 through Friday, December 12

Join the Children's Staff for our annual Winter Puppet Show Week! Trolls can be trouble, but they’re no match for Treva! Our golden-haired Norwegian heroine must outsmart the mountain trolls, who have hatched a plan to take her dog, Tuffi. The trolls will soon learn that you can’t just take what you want when it belongs to someone else! This lively puppet show is entertaining for all ages and is based on a book by Jan Brett.

  • Monday, Dec. 8, 7:00 p.m.*
  • Tuesday, Dec. 9, 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.**
  • Wednesday, Dec. 10, 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m
  • Thursday, Dec. 11, 10:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.

*Replaces Bedtime Stories
**Replaces Storytime

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Programming Spotlight: Afterhours @ Your Library: Open Gaming

Friday, December 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Bring your laptop or tablet or use one of our computers to game with your friends after the library closes! Snacks will be produced. Open to teens ages 11-18, but free pre-registration is required. Stop by the Teen Desk or call (706) 613-3650, ext. 329, to register.

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Programming Spotlight: Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Saturday, December 13, all day

Support the Library while you do your holiday shopping! Portion of sales will go to the Friends of the Library when you present voucher at checkout. Find vouchers at the Library and at Volunteers will wrap gifts, and entertainment will begin at 1 p.m. At Barnes & Noble, 3650 Atlanta Highway, Athens.

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Programming Spotlight: Make a Book Wreath

Tuesday, December 16, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Make a holiday wreath with us out of book pages. All supplies provided. Free and open to teens ages 11-18. In Multipurpose Room A.

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Programming Spotlight: Baby Music Jam!

Thursday, December 18, 10:30 a.m.

Why rock-a-bye when you can rock? 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.

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Programming Spotlight: Movie Afternoon for Teens

Thursday, December 18, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Come watch a movie with us! This month's choice will have a holiday theme. Popcorn will be served. Free and open to teens ages 11-18. In Multipurpose Room A.

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