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Who are the Friends of the Library?

The Friends are citizens who choose to help their local library. They are the "caring core" of libraries across the country. Operating with a self-elected board of directors, they serve as the connecting link between the library and the community helping communication flow in both directions.

They work to expand and strengthen library services and programs through fund-raising and volunteerism. They are ambassadors for the library, heightening visibility and awareness of the library and its services by representing the library in the community. Friends are lobbyists, as well. Individually and collectively, Friends use their influence to assist the library in obtaining desired financial support and representing library needs to county commissioners, state legislators and the media.

The Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library

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Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library present:
Author Faith Hunter
Café au Libris event

Saturday, October 11, 3:00 p.m.

Faith Hunter, an urban fantasy writer, will be talking about her newest book in the Skinwalker series - Broken Soul. The series features Jane Yellowrock, a vampire killer for hire. When the Master of the city of New Orleans asks Jane to improve security for a future visit from a delegation of European vampires, she names an exorbitant price—and Leo is willing to pay. But he doesn't mention how this new job will change Jane's life or the danger it will bring her and her team.

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Faith Hunter’s other popular series is the Rogue Mage Novels featuring Thorn St. Croix, who struggles in a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality fantasy world. Faith also writes under the pen name Gwen Hunter, creating action adventure novels, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has more than 30 books in print in 29 countries. Faith participates in an online writing community geared to helping fantasy writers with tips and publishing advice called www.MagicalWords.net

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is part of their ongoing Café au Libris series. Copies of Broken Soul will be available for purchase and autographing. Appleton Auditorium. Reception following.

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Café au Libris: Marjorie Agosin

Sunday, October 12, 3:00 p.m.

Wellesley Professor, author and poet Marjorie Agosín fled to the U.S. from Chile to escape the horrors of the Pinochet takeover of their country. Coming from a South American country and being Jewish, Agosín’s writings demonstrate a unique blending of these cultures. In I Lived on Butterfly Hill, Agosin's first book written for older youth (Grades 5-8), she tells the story of Celeste Marcoini, who wants to be a writer when she grows up. But when life starts to change--neighbors and classmates begin to disappear, military ships crowd the Book coverharbor-- her parents go into hiding and send her to live in America. Booklist and School Library Journal give the book starred reviews, saying. “…she writes with beauty and grace, telling a compelling tale that both enchants and haunts.”

Agosin has received the Letras de Oro Prize for her poetry, and her writings about, and humanitarian work for, women in Chile have been the focus of feature articles in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Ms. Magazine. She has also won the Latino Literature Prize for her poetry. In Appleton Auditorium with reception following. Books will be available for purchase and autographing.

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Kroger Plus Community Reward Program

Do you have a Kroger Plus Card? You can help earn money for the Library through their Community Rewards Program! Visit krogercommunityrewards.com to register your card. Our Friends' non-profit organization number is 39034 or search for us by name! Registering for the Friends does not affect your gas rewards either!.

If you have already registered your card, please know that you will have to RENEW your registration starting August 1st! We all have to do this every year, but it is worth it! Each quarter Krogers sends a check to us to help support library programs!

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The Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library and AmazonSmile

If you are an Amazon shopper, go to https://smile.amazon.com/ when making a purchase. Select the Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library as the charitable organization of your choice. Amazon will then donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the Friends!

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Dues paid to the Friends, a section 501(c)(3) organization, are deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes. You will receive a receipt by mail acknowledging your donation. Please include your address if you would like a receipt.

Download the Friends of the Library Membership form if you would prefer to join by mailing in a check.

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Special Fundraiser: Help PAVE the Way

The Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library invite you to show your support of the new Athens-Clarke County Library by purchasing an engraved paver on our front patio for $100.

Visit the "Help Pave the Way" webpage for more information.

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Honor or Remember Family, Friends, & Loved Ones

Make a donation or purchase a membership to the Friends of the Library in a loved one's name. If you have any questions about this form, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download the Friends of the Library "Honor Family and Friends" form.

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Friends of the Library News & Events

Newsletter Archive

View our latest newsletter online: August 2014 Friends of the Library Newsletter

Annual Events

  • Book Sales
    Each Spring for 4 days - thousands of books! Treasures for mere pennies! Find your old favorites or "nearly new" titles. A one-day Summer Book Sale is usually held in August.
  • Café au Libris SERIES
    Throughout the year, join us for periodic author programs. Your purchase of a book that day helps support the library. Enjoy light refreshments and visit with the author.
  • World Book Night
    Every April 23 we distribute free books in town as part of World Book Night.
  • Family Fun Day
    Start summer vacation with a bang! This is family fun for all – plus it kicks off the Summer Reading Program at the Library. Crafts, puppet show, storytelling, snakes, bugs, bubbles and more...guaranteed to make you smile!
  • Town & Gown evening
    Another light-hearted fundraiser event
  • Live! at the Library
    The Library's free monthly concert series is funded through the Friends. The first Sunday of each month brings a new musical treat ranging from classical to blues.
  • Gift Wrapping at Barnes & Noble
    Each December we share the holiday spirit, earning tips to help the library!

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Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library Board Officers

  • President, Del Dunn
  • Vice President, Karen Hankins
  • Secretary, Ian Thomas
  • Treasurer, Sean Boyle (Library Trustee Liaison)
  • Membership, Hortense Bates
  • Library Staff Liaison, Clare Auwarter
  • More Board members...

Would You Like to Serve on the Friends Board?

There will be a new class of seven Board members joining the Friends Board in May. The Board meets monthly, on the first Tuesday evening of each month. This is a working board, and you must have access to email to facilitate communication.

If you are interested in serving the Friends in this capacity, please fill out the Board Member Application Form.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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