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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

Café au Libris Event Features The Tangible Past in Athens, Georgia

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Join the Friends and Heritage Room Staff on Sunday afternoon, December 14 at 3:00 p.m. in the Appleton Auditorium.

Charlotte Marshall, editor and publisher of The Tangible Past in Athens, along with other well-known contributors, will share some fascinating details in the history and development of Athens. The new 656 page book contains over 700 illustrations, 18 essays and 8 appendices. Contributors include: Amelia Andrews, Steven Brown, Patricia Cooper, Gary Doster, Lee Epting, Theresa Flynn, Mary Anne Hodgson, Milton Leathers, Hubert McAlexander, Pete McCommons, Charlotte Marshall, Samuel Thomas, and Mary Warren. Kenneth Storey designed the book and made many of the photographs. Additional committee members include Janet Clarke, Marie Koenig, Henry Ramsey and Smith Wilson.

Cost of the book, which will be available for purchase and autographing, is $55. It's a wonderful holiday gift!

The Friends of the Library and the Heritage Room will host a reception following the program.

Read about the book in Flagpole!

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Friends Partner with Barnes & Noble for Holiday Book Fair, Saturday, Dec. 13

Download your 2014 Book Fair Voucher.

Friends are wrapping for tips all day on the 13th. It’s also our voucher day. A percentage of any in-store purchase that day, or online purchase between Dec. 13-17, will come to the Friends. In-store, if you don’t have a voucher with you, tell the clerk that this is for the Friends. Online, you have to use our voucher number which is 11456787. We will also be gift wrapping on Dec. 21. If you would like to donate an hour or two to help, contact Catherine Nease at 706-224-0169 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Star War Storm Troopers will be at the store between 12-2 p.m., Crash Jam Band at 2 and New Horizons Orchestra at 3:00 p.m. See you there!

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Friends Help Fund "1,000 Books before Kindergarten" Initiative

The Friends recently donated $10,000 to the library to help launch the "1,000 Books before Kindergarten" initiative. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (and repeating favorite books count!) before your wee one starts kindergarten. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years! Watch for lots of wonderful new books to arrive and lots of new programs!

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Beat the January Blues!

Tuesday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Multipurpose Room A

The Friends host a free, fun Trivia Night with Eddie Whitlock who regularly entertains friends and family with crazy fun factoids. Here are some sample questions:

  • Wisconsin is home to the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team in the United States. What is the name of this NFL football team from Wisconsin?
  • Four young ladies – Dee-dee, Peggy, Kathy & Janet – were singing sisters who became famous through the Lawrence Welk Television Show. The four sisters shared a last name with one of the Beatles. Who were they?
  • On his last full day in office, President James K. Polk created a cabinet-level department to oversee public lands. What is the name of this Department, currently headed by Secretary Sally Jewell?

You may do so well that you win a prize!

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Photo taken at the Fall 2014 FOTL Book Sale.

Spring Book Sale 2015: March 10 (Friends Only Preview) through March 14 (Buy a Bag Day)

Some of our Friends have asked how they can help more. Some things each of you can do to help the Friends raise money for our library through successful book sales include:

  • Donate books and ask friends to donate their books
  • Get your friends to become FRIENDS of the LIBRARY
  • Volunteer to work in the sorting room between sales. (on average it takes at least 36 volunteer hours to sort and box donated books each month)
  • Volunteer to work the book sales early and often :)

Your support of the library is greatly appreciated. -Jean Campbell , Book Sale Committee Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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: November 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.
  • 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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