The Library celebrates its 100th birthday!
Not only have we completed our construction project, but we're celebrating our 100th birthday with a whole month of special events in April! Thank you to all our patrons and staff for your patience during construction. It's been a long journey, but the end results are definitely worth it! If you haven't been by to see our beautiful new and improved building, please come see us soon.
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 Junior Safari petting zoo, naturalists from Sandy Creek Nature Center, fun outdoor activities and crafts from 10 a.m. to noon. We’ll wrap up the day with a puppet show finale, featuring a performance of "The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man," by David Stephens of All Hands Productions. Don't forget to grab a slice of birthday cake after the puppet show! 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. Incatepec will perform at 3:30 p.m. before the ceremony, and light refreshments will be served afterward.
Saturday, April 13, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.: Edible Book Contest *POSTPONED*
The Edible Book Contest has been postponed. The new date will be announced in a future newsletter.
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 in three age groups (kids ages 5-12, teens ages 13-17, adults 18 and up). There will also be a People's Choice voted by the public.
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 from Avid Bookshop.
Friday, April 26, 7:00 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 evening 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!"
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!
iFilm Facebook Film Face-Off
Thursdays in April
Your favorite weekly independent and international film festival is back! To celebrate the return of iFilms, we're doing things a bit differently this month by showing films with library scenes and asking our Facebook fans to help us choose what films we show. So far, our Facebook fans have voted to watch 1957's office comedy, "Desk Set," starring Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, on Thursday, April 4, and the 1989 thrilling adventure, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," starring Harrison Ford and Sean Connery, on Thursday, April 11. Like the library's page on Facebook and help us choose the other two films we'll show in April!
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!
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.