Issue 88, February 2013

Sample PaverSample Paver Sample Paver

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.

Return to the top of the page.

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:

  • Thursday, February 21, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 26, 3:00 - 7:00 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 Erika Michaels at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Return to the top of the page.

Drawing of a camera.

Storytubes Video Contest through February 24

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

Return to the top of the page.

Photo of Lauren Knowles.

Meet our new Teen Services Librarian!

The Young Adult department is excited to announce a new addition to our team: Lauren Knowlton! Lauren is the new Teen Services Librarian. She graduated from the University of South Carolina MLIS program in 2008 with a focus on Teen Services and headed the Youth Services department for three years at the Conyers-Rockdale Library. She is happy to be working with teens again: "One of my favorite memories from that time was forming the library's 1st anime club with the teens. I'm excited about collaborating with the Teen Services Team in order to create fun and engaging programs for Athens teens in their new space." In her free time she likes soccer, running, cooking and reading teen lit and graphic novels. Come by to say hi to Lauren and talk with her about future plans for events and services. You can also contact her on the YA website or by writing on our Facebook wall.

Return to the top of the page.

Drawing of an alligator

Programming Spotlight: Book Jammers: Down on the Bayou!

Thursday, February 7, 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 for a Cajun adventure as we share folktales and do crafts about crazy wetland critters. "Down on the Bayou!" Promotes literacy through the art of listening and helps to lengthen attention spans. Appropriate for children 8 to 11 years old. In Storyroom.

Return to the top of the page.

Photo of Miss Rebecca and her ukulele

Programming Spotlight: Baby Music Jam

Thursday, February 21, 10:30 a.m.

Why rock-a-bye when you can rock out? 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.

Return to the top of the page.

Looking ahead...

Drawing of an airplane pilot.

Coming next month: "Athens Aviation: Then, Now, Next"

Join us at Ben Epps Airport on March 23 for a day of exploring Athens' aviation past, present and future. Tickets are free and can be picked up at the Library, Lyndon House Arts Center, and Front Porch Bookstore after March 5. For more information, visit

Return to the top of the page.

Drawing of a birthday cake.

Mark your calendar for our 100th Birthday Celebration in April!

Not only are we completing our construction project soon, but we're celebrating the Library's 100th birthday with a whole month of special events in April! Here are just a few... check our website, "like" our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and pick up our calendars at the Library for details as they become available!

Saturday, April 6, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Family Fun Day!

Families are invited to a fun-filled morning including a petting zoo, storytime programs, and crafts from 10 a.m. to noon, and we’ll will wrap up the day with a puppet show finale! Sponsored by the Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library.

Sunday, April 7, 4:00 p.m.: New Library Dedication

The entire community is invited to join us for the official dedication of our beautiful new building.

Saturday, April 13, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.: Edible Book Contest

Create a piece of edible art based on a book! Celebrity judges will award prizes for Best Children's Book, Best Fiction Book, and Best Non-Fiction Book. There will also be a People's Choice voted by the public. (Prizes are yet to be determined.)

May 1 - May 4: Friends of the Library Book Sale!

It's back, and it'll be better than ever! All proceeds benefit the Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library.

Return to the top of the page.

Thank you for reading the Athens-Clarke County Libraries' newsletter! This is not unsolicited email. You have been subscribed to "The Open Book" list, because you provided your email address to library staff. If you do not wish to receive news about upcoming events, recent additions to the Library's collection, SPLOST building updates and other library news, please do the following:

At the bottom of the email you received, there is an unsubscribe link. Click on the link, and select "Unsubscribe from all newsletters and updates from 'Athens-Clarke County Library'." Then click on "Save my Email Preferences."

To subscribe to the Open Book newsletter, please fill out the following form: Open Book Subscription page. Or visit the Nextreads subscription page to sign up for more newsletters: NextReads Subscription page.

Pines logo

Renew books and place holds online:
Login to your PINES Account

Athens-Clarke County Library logo

2025 Baxter Street
Athens, Georgia 30606
(706) 613-3650

Library Hours

9:00 a.m. -
9:00 p.m.
Friday &
9:00 a.m. -
6:00 p.m.
Sunday:2:00 p.m. -
6:00 p.m.

We're on Facebook!

The Athens-Clarke County Library has a Facebook page! Keep up with our latest news on your wall, and join our other Athens-Clarke County Library facebook pages:

You can also follow us on Twitter (@AthensClarkeLib).