Issue 84, October 2012

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A dragon ATC created by Clara Smith A pumpkin patch ATC created by Larry Harkcom

Hey teens! ATCs are back!

The Young Adult Department has an Artist Trading Card (otherwise known as ATC's) wall. Trading ATC's is fun! Here's what you do:

  • Make a 3.5 by 2.5 inch card (or ask for one at the YA desk).
  • Create a work of original art: drawing, painting, collage or mixed media.
  • Find a card that you like on the wall, and exchange your card for it.
  • Artist Trading Cards are for ages 11 and up! Stop by the YA desk with questions, or call 706-613-3650, ext. 329.

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Click for the Phase 3 plans

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 www.boomersinathens.org 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 www.boomersinathens.org 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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National Novel Writing Month

Coming soon: NaNoWriMo

Ever wanted to write a book? November is National Novel Writing Month! People all over the world take the challenge to write a 50,000-word novel between November 1st and midnight on November 30th. Sign up for a free account at http://nanowrimo.org to track your progress and get support from other writers. Athens has its own forum on the site: http://nanowrimo.org/en/regions/usa-georgia-athens and there is a NaNoWriMo site just for teens with lots of ideas and even a “Dare Machine:” http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/.

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Programming Spotlight: "Community Snapshot: Abandoned Rural Georgia"

A Painting by Pete Muzyka

Thursday, October 4, 7:00 p.m.

Artist Pete Muzyka finds rich textures and interesting visual silhouettes in the ruins of abandoned farmhouses, tractors, chimneys left standing after a fire, and a landscape that was once filled with promises of thriving small family farms. His works in egg tempera, oils and pen and ink recall the mysteries of rural life in Georgia now all but gone. Muzyka will present a slide talk reflecting on abandoned rural Georgia at the Lyndon House Arts Center, 293 Hoyt St., Athens. This event will also be streamed live online at www.boomersinathens.org. This program is free and in partnership with the Athens Art Association and "The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning," a leadership grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded to the Lyndon House Arts Center and the Athens Regional Library System. Instructions for joining the webcast will be posted on BoomersinAthens.org a week prior to the event. It will also be archived on the website. Learn more about Muzyka’s art on his website.

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Programming Spotlight: "Book Jammers: Spooky Tales"

Thursday, October 11, 4:30 p.m.

Children and their families are invited to join us for stories, trivia, craft activities and lots of fun! This month’s theme is Spooky Tales. Promotes literacy through the art of listening and helps to lengthen attention spans. Appropriate for children ages 8-11 years.

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Programming Spotlight: "Bedtime Stories: Halloween Edition!"

Monday, October 29, 7:00 p.m.

Kids are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to Bedtime Stories on Monday, October 29 as we share mildly spooky stories in celebration of the autumn season. Teens ages 11-18 are invited to join in on the fun as well... We want to set up a photo booth for children to get their picture taken with characters from books and movies, and we need teens' help! We're looking for teens to come dressed as famous book and movie characters like Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and any others who would be recognizable to children. No scary monsters, please; we don't want the little ones to run away! We also need teens to help set up a backdrop and bring in some cool props for the pictures. If you're interested, call 706-613-3650, ext. 329, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 22. 

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