Issue 111, January 2015

Library Closings

Please note: 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. The Library will be closed on Monday, January 19, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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Digital Media Center announces January classes and Grand Opening!

Thursdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22 & 29, 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.

The Digital Media Center will also present an introduction to Adobe Photoshop in 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 6. This hands-on class will introduce you to the basics of Photoshop and open up a world of possibilities! Podcasting for Beginners will supply you with the basics of sound editing using Audacity on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 7:00 p.m.

Finally, mark your calendar for the Digital Media Center’s official Grand Opening: Saturday, Jan. 24 from 2-4 p.m. Meet our staff, ask us questions and see what software and hardware we have available to help you create innovative digital projects! We’ll even have our 3D printer going! Please check the library’s website HERE for more details.

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Reflecting, Sharing, Learning announces Dust Collectors series, starting Jan. 24 with “Quilts: The Tapestry of Life”

Quilt archivist and historian Madeline Hawley will host an Antiques Roadshow-type event at the library at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, where you are invited to bring a favorite quilt and learn about its history and value. In Multipurpose Room A. Hawley will give a slide lecture in the Appleton Auditorium at 1:30 p.m. A collection of antique quilts owned by Hawley and other members of the Cotton Patch Quilters may be seen in the Heritage Room Gallery from Jan. 20 - Feb. 22. Presented by Reflecting, Sharing, Learning as the first in its Dust Collectors series. For more information, visit or call (706) 613-3650, ext. 343.

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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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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: Live! @ the Library: The Solstice Sisters

Sunday, January 4, 3:00 p.m.

The Solstice Sisters are Susan Staley, Anna Durden and Maggie Hunter, three women harmonizing oldtime country ballads, traditional folk and 40's styled swing. The Solstice Sisters are known for their three-part harmonies and their energetic live shows. Free and open to the public; sponsored by Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library. In Appleton Auditorium.

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Programming Spotlight: Affordable Care Act

Monday, January 12, 12:00 p.m.

Harold Weber is a trained navigator for the Affordable Care Act. He'll provide information about signing up, answer questions and be available to assist those who want to sign up at In Multipurpose Room A. On Jan. 12, 14 and 16, representatives from Athens Neighborhood Health Clinic will be available in the second floor computer lab from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to offer assistance to anyone signing up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act. No appointment is necessary.

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Programming Spotlight: Ringling Bros. Visit

Friday, January 16, 9:30 a.m.

Join us for a visit from a Ringling Bros. clown! The clown will read a circus-themed book then perform some silly juggling and magic tricks. In Storyroom.

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Programming Spotlight: Afterhours @ Your Library: Karaoke and Dance Party

Friday, January 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Celebrate the new year late with us! There will be karaoke and dancing. Snacks will be provided. Open to teens 11-18. Pre-registration is required. Stop by the Teen Desk or call (706) 613-3650, ext. 329 to reserve your spot.

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Programming Spotlight: Trivia Night!

Tuesday, January 20, 7:00 p.m.

Join the Friends of the Library for a free, fun Trivia Night at the library, led by staff member Eddie Whitlock. Eddie regularly entertains friends and family with trivia contests, and everyone has a great time! You might do so well that you win a prize! Everyone is welcome! In Multipurpose Room A.

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Programming Spotlight: Movie Night: Snowed-In Edition

Thursday, January 22, 6:30 p.m.

The Gold Rush (1925) B&W, Silent, 95 min. Not Rated. D: Charlie Chaplin. Put Georgia’s winter in perspective with The Gold Rush, the film that the great Charlie Chaplin wanted people to remember him for. Containing some of celluloid's best slapstick comedy mixed with romance, satire and commentary on what else--The Great American Dream--The Gold Rush makes looking hungry, cold and miserable downright cozy. In Appleton Auditorium.

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Programming Spotlight: South American Storytime

Friday, January 23, 4:30 p.m.

Join us for a fascinating trip through South America as we explore its many native languages! Enjoy stories, music, crafts and more! Brought to you by UGA's Department of Romance Languages. Open to all ages, but best for 3rd grade and up. In Storyroom.

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Programming Spotlight: Zine Workshop for Teens

Friday, January 23, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Ever wanted to create a zine? Want to improve your zine making skills? Want to know what a zine is? Brandy, our zine expert, will show you how! Materials will be provided. Open to teens 11-18. In Multipurpose Room A.

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Programming Spotlight: Lunchtime Learning @ Your Library: Healthy Habits for Seniors

Thursday, January 29, 12:15 p.m.

No matter what age you are, you can benefit from healthy habits. Nutrition, exercise and hobbies will keep you going longer and stronger. Presented by Kadee Holt of the Athens Area Council On Aging. Bring your lunch! Beverages provided. In Multipurpose Room B.

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