Issue 89, March 2013

Athens Aviation: Then, Now, Next

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Join us at Ben Epps Airport for the third and final Community-wide event for The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing. The event will include The Story of Ben Epps presented by the Epps family, a display of aircraft of the Experimental Aircraft Association, visit to the amazing airport Fire Truck, a look at what's next for Aviation in Athens by airport manager Tim Beggerly, activities for children and more. Event tickets will be for either 10 a.m. or noon, with two screenings of World's Smallest Airport: The True Story of the Thrasher Brothers Aerial Circus, 1945 - 1950 in the Athens-Clarke County Library auditorium at 10 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Tickets will be available at Lyndon House Arts Center, the Library on Baxter Street, and the Front Porch Bookstore in Winterville beginning March 3. Tickets are limited to 200 for the event, with more tickets available just for the film. Visit for more information on this exciting, family-friendly event.

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It's Almost Here! Mark your calendar for our 100th Birthday Celebration in April!

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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.)

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Sunday, April 21, 3:00 p.m.: Author Joshilyn Jackson

Joshilyn Jackson is a New York Times Bestselling author of five novels: Gods in Alabama; Between, Georgia; The Girl Who Stopped Swimming; Backseat Saints; and, in January of 2012, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, won SIBA's novel of the year, twice been a #1 Book Sense Pick, and twice been shortlisted for the Townsend prize. Joshilyn will join us for an afternoon to talk about her novels and be available to sign books. Books will be available for purchase.

Sunday, April 28, 3:00 p.m.: "Mark Twain 100 Years Later"

The Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library will sponsor a performance by Dave Ehlert, who brings the famed Southern author to life. Join us for an entertaining afternoon as Ehlert weaves Twain's life story around the author's famous quotations with an emphasis on literacy. Remember, "One who can read but won't, has no advantage over one who can't!"

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Travel Through Time with Teen Services

Coming up in April: we'll be traveling through time to celebrate the library's 100th birthday. We're starting at 1900, jumping around a little and ending in the 1980s. At least we think we are, the TARDIS may have other ideas... We'll have lots of cool programs including Steampunk crafts, Dr. Who trivia, making superhero t-shirts, a 1920's murder mystery, and some fun 80s crafts! "Like" us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest Teen Programs and Teen Lit news!

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The Friends Need Your Books!

The Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library are gearing up for their popular Spring Book Sale! This year, for the first time ever, we have room at the Library to host this massive book sale. The sale will run from Wednesday, May 1 through Saturday, May 4. The Friends need your help! The Friends need your donations of gently used books to sell at the sale. Please go through your bookshelves at home and bring your extra books to the Library. All donations of books are tax-deductible, and proceeds from the sale will go toward programming at the Library. It's a win-win!

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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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Programming Spotlight: "Reaching Higher: Aviation Art"

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Saturday, March 2, 2:00 p.m.

Aviation photographer John Slemp will share photographs and stories of aircraft, vintage to modern, and the pilots who flew them, including some famous aviators like Neil Armstrong and Athens' own Pat Epps. Join us at Lyndon House Arts Center, 293 Hoyt St., in Athens or for the live webcast from home. The webcast link and more information is available at The program will be archived to our website. This Community Snapshot is made possible by a leadership grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning, awarded to the Athens Regional Library System and Lyndon House Arts Center. Visit our website for information and to watch our large and growing archive of interesting Community Snapshots.

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Programming Spotlight:
Read Across America: Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Saturday, March 2, 2:30 p.m.

The National Education Association's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. Join us for a special storytelling program followed by crafts.

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Programming Spotlight: Read to Rover

Sundays, March 10 & 24, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Meet Star, Comet and Penny, our volunteer certified therapy dogs! Beginning readers can practice by reading aloud to a furry friend, a.k.a. Tail Waggin' Tutor! All dogs are insured and in the company of their trainers. First come, first served.

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Programming Spotlight: Baby Music Jam

Thursday, March 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.

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