Expansion and Renovation at the Library:
Phase 3 of Construction!
August marks our transition to the third and final phase of the Library's renovation and expansion project! Be prepared for lots of changes this month, as well as previews of what's to come!
For starters, our departments will be temporarily moved this month so every part of the library can be renovated. The temporary entrance at the back of the building will be closed, and you'll be able to use our new front door! Our Circulation Department will move to a temporary location, where our vending area and library store will eventually be located. Both our Children's Department and Young Adult Department will be moved to temporary quarters. Children's books will be located in our new auditorium right behind Circulation. Young Adult books will be located nearby. Our new public elevator, which you’ll find in front of our big staircase, will be operational and open!
Upstairs, the Library's Administration offices and Reference Section will be closed. Administration will temporarily move to the expanded Heritage Room, while Adult Fiction will come back upstairs to its permanent home in the addition and Non-Fiction will be located nearby. The Reference Desk and public computers will move to their new homes as well.
Because we're going to be busy moving departments this month, you'll notice that our August programming is limited. For example, the Young Adult Department will not have any programming in August.
Check our construction blog for updates. Information and updates will also be available at the Library.
Computer Tutorials and Online Classes
Every Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m., we offer "Computer Tutorials" on your choice of topics. This program is limited to two patrons at each sitting, but you don't have to choose the same topic! Call (706) 613-3650, extension 354, or visit the Library's Reference Desk to sign up and choose from a list of topics. More information is available on our Computer Classes webpage.Also, try one of our free, interactive online computer classes. Click here for more information on this month's schedule. Register by calling (706) 613-3650, ext. 354, or stopping by the Reference Desk.
Library resources are available online 24/7!
Want to learn a new language? Apply for a job? Research your family tree? Get practice for your upcoming test? Log onto our Online Library! We offer access to lots of useful databases and other tools right here on our website. All you need is a home computer with Internet access and your library card! From browsing our catalog and placing holds for materials through PINES to downloading free audiobooks and eBooks through the Georgia Download Destination, our Online Library is your portal to online information and tools you can't find anywhere else!
Programming Spotlight: "Book Jammers: Savings"
Thursday, August 9, 4:30 p.m.
Children and their families are invited to join us for stories, trivia, craft activities and lots of fun. This month, learn how saving your money can pay! Promotes literacy through the art of listening and helps to lengthen attention spans. Appropriate for children ages 8-11 years.
Programming Spotlight: Community Snapshot: "Art, Healing, Wisdom"
Wednesday, August 22, 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Rich Panico will give a slide talk about his recent paintings, including those he made in Italy, in a warm and entertaining discussion that weaves art, healing and timeless wisdom. The program will be held at Lyndon House Arts Center, 293 Hoyt Street, Athens, and is free and open to the public. It can also be attended live online. Panico is the founder and medical director of the Athens Regional Mind Body Institute from which he recently retired to pursue other creative projects. He occupies a unique position at the intersection of art, medicine and classical yoga. For directions and link to the online program visit BoomersinAthens.org the week prior to the program. The program will also be archived on the website. This program is sponsored by Lyndon House Arts Center and Athens Regional Library through a leadership grant, The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning given to our community by the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Programming Spotlight: "Japanese Storytime Returns!"
Friday, August 31, 5:00 p.m.
This favorite bilingual program took a break over the summer, but it's back just in time for the school year! Learn about Japanese culture through literacy-based activities. For families and children of all ages. Led by UGA's Japan Outreach Coordinator for Asian Studies and the Japan Club.