Issue 91, May 2013

Holiday Closure

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

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It's Book Sale Time!

The Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library are happy to announce the return of their popular book sale! The sale will run from Wednesday, May 1 through Saturday, May 4 in the Library's Multipurpose Room on the first floor. Here are the hours:

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2:00 -6:00 p.m. (Friends Members Only… join at the door for $25!)
  • Wednesday, May 1, 6:00 -8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 2, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 3, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Fill a bag for only $10!)

All proceeds from the sale will go toward supporting the Athens-Clarke County Library.

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Matt Thornhill, author of "Boomer Consumer" to speak at Library, May 15

Matt Thornhill, author of the highly esteemed marketing book Boomer Consumer will speak at the Athens-Clarke County Library on Wednesday, May 15, at 6:00 p.m. to address how the Baby Boomer generation (born between 1946 and 1964) is more diverse than any other to reach retirement age and traditional programs for "seniors" will not likely meet their needs.

Widely considered the leading national authority on marketing to today's Boomer Consumer, Thornhill has been interviewed on NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, CNBC, and on NPR. He has published articles in BusinessWeek, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and USA Today.

This program is free and open to the public, and it is made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded to the Athens Regional Library System and Lyndon House Arts Center called, "The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning."

The event will take place in the Appleton Auditorium at the Library. Contact Madeline Darnell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (706) 613-3650, ext. 343, for further information.

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The Library Store is OPEN

The Library Store has re-opened in its new location, near the front entrance of the building.

"Books are the most popular thing that we sell," says Store Manager Eddie Whitlock. "We have a great selection and the price is right: Two dollars for soft cover books and three for hardbacks."

Entertaining and educational items for children are included in the Store's inventory. Geodes, collectible stones (with information booklets) and puzzles are featured. "We even have some realistic-moving wooden snakes," Eddie says, "but honestly those are being bought by adults."

A collection of decorative magnets made from recycled metals are near the window of the Store. From Jinja Fair Trade, these magnets are made by people in a Kenyan village for sale worldwide with proceeds benefitting their health clinic.

Eddie said that because so many people visit the community and may be looking for keepsakes to take home, the Store has added several local Athens-made products. These include:

  • Bookmarks, notecards and prints of original oil paintings by S. V. Bricka,
  • Ruffle scarves hand-knit by Priscilla Golley,
  • Silk scarves hand-painted by Lorna Messing,
  • Athens postcards, journals and prints from Double-Dutch Press,
  • Hand-made journals by Rachel Parham, and
  • Whimsical monster purses by Clara Mongoose. 

Once fully staffed, the Store's hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm, Friday from 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 1 to 5 pm and Sunday from 3 to 5 pm. Eddie says the he is still recruiting volunteers for some shifts, but he hopes to have secured enough personnel to meet the schedule needs by month's end.

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Dig Into Reading

Get ready to "Dig Into Reading" with our Summer Reading Program!

The Children's Summer Reading Program, "Dig Into Reading," runs from Friday, May 17, through Tuesday, August 6. Read books, attend fun programs and earn prizes! Sign up at the Children's Department Desk! Our Summer Reading Performance Series will be on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in the Appleton Auditorium, starting on Thursday, May 23 with a visit from magician and ventriloquist Keith Karnok.

Teens ages 11-18 can stop by Teen Services and sign up for "Beneath the Surface," the teen Summer Reading Program! Kick off the summer with an afterhours party on Friday, May 17, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.! We'll have snacks, play mini golf and customize summer reading logs.

Sign-up for the Adult Summer Reading Program, "Groundbreaking Reads," begins May 15. "Groundbreaking Reads" runs from Monday, June 3 through Wednesday, July 31 and will entail special programs and bi-weekly prizes. Stop by the Reference Desk upstairs for details.

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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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In-Person Computer Classes are back!

We now have a new dedicated computer training room on the second floor! In May, we will offer traditional (in-person) computer classes with 12 student stations and an instructor station.

Please register at the Reference Desk for any of our free computer classes. To register from home, call (706) 613-3650, ext. 354.We update our class listings each month. Join us and start improving your computer skills!

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Heritage Room has new hours

We are happy to report that the Heritage Room is now open, after nearly two years of renovation! Please stop by and see our beautiful new space. Hours of operation are:

  • Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 1:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Call the Heritage Room at (706) 613-3650, ext. 350, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

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Drawing of a super heroProgramming Spotlight: Free Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 4, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Stop by the Teen Services Desk to pick up a free comic book while supplies last as well as an Iron Man take-away activity in celebration of "Iron Man 3," in theaters this weekend! Sponsored by Bizarro Wuxtry, your local Athens comic book store.

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Drawing of a jazz musicianProgramming Spotlight: The Athens Jazz Hounds, Live! @ the Library

Sunday, May 5, 3:00 p.m.

Kick off the return of this beloved concert series with a toe-tapping afternoon featuring the Athens Jazz Hounds! The Athens Jazz Hounds are a traditional jazz/Dixieland band who play jazz stiles of the nearly 20th century that came from New Orleans and then spread across the country and around the world. Sponsored by the Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library. In Appleton Auditorium.

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Photo of a boy reading to a therapy dogProgramming Spotlight: Read to Rover

Sundays, May 5 & 19, 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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Drawing of a worm eating an appleProgramming Spotlight: "Hooray for Worms! International Compost Awareness Week @ the Library"

Monday, May 6 through Sunday, May 12

Join us for wormy storytimes this week as we celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, along with Athens-Clarke County Cooperative Extension, Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division and The State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

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Programming Spotlight: "Preserving Your Historical Books and Documents"

Wednesday, May 8, 6:00 p.m.

Rachel Parnell, a Binding & Preservation supervisor in the Collection Department at the UGA Libraries, will give a presentation on identifying and preserving personal historical books and documents. She will review the basics, talk about the difference between preservation and conservation, and demonstrate some simple at-home repair techniques. In Multipurpose Room B. To register, please call (706) 613-3650, ext. 350, or stop by the Heritage Room.

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Photo of legosProgramming Spotlight: Lego Club

Wednesday, May 22, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

It's the return of the Athens Library Lego Club! This month we'll play a fast and furious game of Crash Legos! No need to bring your own blocks. "Lego" of your troubles, and come build something fun! Open to teens ages 11-18. In the Storyroom.

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Programming Spotlight: Getting Started with Genealogy

Wednesday, May 22, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

This class is intended for those who have not yet started their family history research. You will learn the tools and methods for beginning your family's genealogy. To register, please call (706) 613-3650, ext. 350, or stop by the Heritage Room.

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Photo of teensProgramming Spotlight: Teen Council Meeting

Thursday, May 30, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Selected teens from the Athens community will come together for their first meeting to discuss future plans for Teen Services collections and programs. The ACC Library is super excited to hear what teens want at their library! Application forms are available at the Teen Services Desk for teens ages 11-18.

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