Issue 87, January 2013

Library Closings

We will be closed on Tuesday, January 1 for New Year's Day, and Monday, January 21, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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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 of one of the original Athens-Clarke County Library Bookmobiles.

Thanks for the Memories!

"Thanks, Library, for the memories...of...
The bookmobile of yore
Movies, songs and more
Card catalogs and data bases with information galore.
Ah...Thank you so much!"

The Athens-Clarke County Library will turn 100 this year! Help us celebrate our birthday by sharing YOUR Library memory!

In January, we'll set up our video camera to record our patrons' favorite library memories to show at the Library's 100th birthday celebration on April 7. These videos will also be archived on "The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning" website,

Recording dates:

  • Monday, January 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 15, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Other times by appointment

Where: Library Board Room, 2nd floor, 2025 Baxter Street, Athens

How: Drop by or make an appointment by contacting Madeline Darnell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Storytubes Video Contest, January 18 - February 24

Drawing of a camera.

Kids can create their own 2-minute or less video to promote their favorite book, and can learn about new titles by watching videos other kids have created. The program does include a contest with prizes, but the program's goal is to harness kids' excitement for books and share it online. Use the online form to enter the contest, watch past winners and see the official rules at

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No Young Adult Activities in January

Keep track of our progress on our Facebook page.

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Photo of the filming of the movie behind the scenes.

Programming Spotlight:
"Premiere: Athens Georgia Revisited"

Friday, January 18, 7:00 p.m.

The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning invite you to the premier of "Athens Georgia Revisited," a short film by Spectacle de Ville about the history of the Ware and Lyndon families. This original film was written and directed by Terrell Austin, dramatist, director, and longtime Athenian. It coordinates with the current Lyndon House Arts Center exhibition, "Discovering History: Decorative Arts and Genealogy from the Ware and Lyndon Family Era." This event is sponsored by a leadership grant awarded to the Lyndon House Arts Center and the Athens Regional Library System by the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. The public is invited to be part of the live audience of all monthly Community Snapshots either at the venue or online from home or office. Programs are also available as archives on the website Links to the live online program will be found the week prior to the program on the website. At Lyndon House Arts Center, 293 Hoyt Street, Athens.

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Programming Spotlight:
"Online Computer Class: Introduction to Downloading Audiobooks and Ebooks"

Drawing of an eReader.

Tuesday, January 22, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Did you get an eReader or tablet as a holiday gift? Sign up for this free, interactive online class to learn how you can access free audiobooks and eBooks through the Georgia Download Destination, available through the library’s website. Visit to learn more. Register by calling (706) 613-3650, ext. 354, or stopping by the Reference Desk.

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Photo of Miss Rebecca and her ukulele

Programming Spotlight: "Baby Music Jam!"

Thursday, January 24, 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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