Issue 86, December 2012

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Library Closings

We will be closed Monday, December 24 through Wednesday, December 26 for the Christmas holidays and will reopen at 9 a.m. on Thursday, December 27. We will close at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 31, be closed on Tuesday, January 1 for New Year's Day, and reopen at 9 a.m. on January 2. Happy Holidays!

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Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library Bookfair at Barnes & Noble

The Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library are partnering with Barnes & Noble in Athens on Saturday, December 1 for a festive fundraising event. Take care of your holiday shopping while supporting the Friends! Stop by Barnes & Noble on Saturday, Dec. 1 and a portion of your sale will go to the Friends of the Library when you present a voucher to the cashier. Voucher is available at the Library and online here. Friends volunteers will offer giftwrapping, and storytellers and musicians will perform all afternoon starting at 1 p.m. At Barnes & Noble, 3650 Atlanta Highway, Athens.

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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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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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No Young Adult Activities in December

The Young Adult Department is on the move again! During the month of December, we'll be moving into our new space! Keep track of our progress on our Facebook page.

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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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Programming Spotlight: "Annual Winter Puppet Show Week"

Monday, December 3 through Friday, December 7

Trolls can sometimes be trouble, but they are no match for Treva! This year's Winter Puppet Show Week features "Trouble with Trolls," which is based on the beautifully illustrated children's book of the same name by Jan Brett.

Join our golden-haired Norwegian heroine in her quest to outsmart the mountain trolls, who are out to capture her dog for their very own. The trolls soon learn that they cannot simply take whatever they want, especially when it belongs to someone else. This wintry tale teaches respect for others' belongings while entertaining with bravery and compassion.

Puppet show performances replace all regularly scheduled storytimes. Due to construction at the Library, this year's shows will be at Lay Park Community Center, 297 Hoyt Street, Athens.. Show times are Monday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4 and Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., and Thursday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 7 at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

For more information, please call (706) 613-3650. The Lay Park Community Center is located at 297 Hoyt Street, Athens.

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Programming Spotlight: "Book Jammers: Grossology"

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

Eeww, gross! If you’re into things slimy and oozy, this month’s Book Jammers is for you! Children in first through fourth grades and their families are invited to join us for stories, trivia, craft activities and gross fun as we explore Grossology! This program promotes literacy through the art of listening and helps to lengthen attention spans.

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Programming Spotlight: "Community Snapshot: Sharing Your Family Tree"

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Wednesday, December 12, 12:30 p.m.

Learn how to take your family's genealogy research and put it into a book with photos, stories and your family tree! Van Burns has just completed such a project and will show you how at Lyndon House Arts Center or live online. In case you haven't begun your research, December family gatherings and a few suggestions during the program can get you started. 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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Programming Spotlight: "Baby Music Jam!"

Thursday, December 13, 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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