Issue 83, September 2012

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Expansion and Renovation at the Library:Phase 3 of Construction!

We're in the third and final phase of the Library's renovation and expansion project!

For starters, our departments have temporarily moved so every part of the library can be renovated. Our Circulation Department is where our vending area and library store will eventually be located. Our Children's Department is located in our new auditorium right behind Circulation. Young Adult books, as well as DVDs and audiobooks, are now located in front of the new public elevator, which you'll find in front of our big staircase.

Upstairs, the Library's Administration is temporarily located in the expanded Heritage Room, while Adult Fiction is in its new permanent home in the addition and Non-Fiction is located in front of the elevator on the second floor. The Reference Desk and public computers have moved to their new homes as well.

Please note that the Young Adult Department is taking a break from programming in September as they get settled into their temporary space.

Check our construction blog for updates. Information and updates will also be available at the Library.

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Photo courtesy of Roy Moseman

Visit to see recollections by Vietnam veterans

Vietnam veterans from the Athens area are sharing some of their service experiences on the web. Mary Kay Mitchell, retired award-winning radio journalist, conducts the interviews which are filmed and prepared for YouTube. Six are already recorded, and more than a dozen more veterans have offered to share their stories in the near future. Visit and subscribe to our monthly newsletter for updates delivered to your inbox.

This project is just one part of the IMLS leadership grant, "The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning," awarded to the Athens Regional Library and Lyndon House Arts Center to explore new ways to expand access to lifelong learning opportunities and to encourage community members to actively participate in planning and producing stimulating programs for learning and community building.

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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!

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Drawing of a tent and hiking boots

Programming Spotlight: "Book Jammers: Camp Out @ The Library"

Thursday, September 13, 4:30 p.m.

Children and their families are invited to join us for stories, trivia, craft activities and lots of fun. This month, get ready to gather 'round the proverbial campfire as we explore our theme, "Camp Out @ the Library!" Promotes literacy through the art of listening and helps to lengthen attention spans. Appropriate for children ages 8-11 years.

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Photo of Miss Rebecca and her ukulele

Programming Spotlight: "Baby Music Jam!"

Thursday, September 20, 10:30 a.m.

Why rock-a-bye when you can "rock-a-baby?" Join us for a sing-a-long and lots of fun at this popular program! Children ages 1-3 and their caregivers get to play instruments, sing, and dance together.

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Photo of a Cedar Waxwing, which only passes through Georgia twice per year.  Photo courtesy of  A Syed.

Programming Spotlight: "Community Snapshot: Bird DAWGS"

Wednesday, September 26, 12:30 p.m.

Despite being Georgia's smallest county, Athens-Clarke County punches above its weight when it comes to bird diversity with over 200 species recorded each year. This program will give tips on identifying our most commonly-encountered species by sight and ear, how to attract birds to your backyard, and highlight some local birding “hot spots.” Featuring Dr. Richard Hall, assistant research scientist at UGA's Odum School of Ecology and Dr. Carole Ludwig, retired veterinary practitioner and avid bird watcher. Free and open to the public, in person at Lyndon House Arts Center, 293 Hoyt St., Athens, or online at This program will be archived on the website. For information, visit one week before the program.

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