Issue 85, November 2012

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Library Closings

We will be closed from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 12, for staff training. We will close at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, and will be closed on Thursday, November 22, in observance of Thanksgiving.

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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!

With the Athens-Clarke County Library's renovation nearing its end, engraved pavers have become available for purchase on the reading garden patio near the front entrance. 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 the Friends of the Library "Pave the Way" website. 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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National Novel Writing Month

What is 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 to track your progress and get support from other writers. Athens has its own forum on the site: and there is a NaNoWriMo site just for teens with lots of ideas and even a “Dare Machine:”

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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. Ten 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 an Indian dancer.

Programming Spotlight: "India Storytime"

Saturday, November 3, 3:00 p.m.

In celebration and anticipation of the November 10 "India: Land of Enchantment" festival at Lyndon House Arts Center, please join us for a special Storytime featuring Indian folktales! Featuring guest Indian storytellers, a traditional Indian game, and a take-home craft by Lyndon House Arts Center staff.

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Programming Spotlight: "Book Jammers: Lego Build-A-Thon"

Thursday, November 8, 4:30 p.m.

Children and their families are invited to join us for stories, trivia, craft activities and lots of fun! This month, bring your creativity, because we're holding a Lego Build-a-thon! Promotes literacy through the art of listening and helps to lengthen attention spans. Appropriate for children ages 8-11 years.

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A photo of Linda Hobbett with her dogs, Eli and Lola

Programming Spotlight: "Community Snapshot: What to Do with Your Dog in Athens"

Wednesday, November 14, 12:30 p.m.

Join us as lifelong dog lover Linda Hobbett shares activities and places around Athens you can enjoy with your furry companions. At Lyndon House Arts Center, 293 Hoyt St., Athens. This event will also be streamed live online at This program is free and part of "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 a week prior to the event. It will also be archived on the website.

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Photo of Miss Rebecca and her ukulele

Programming Spotlight: "Baby Music Jam!"

Thursday, November 15, 10:30 a.m.

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.

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Drawing of a lady wearing a kimono.

Programming Spotlight: "Japanese Storytime"

Friday, November 30, 5:00 p.m.

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.

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