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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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Michelle Castleberry: A Café au Libris Event

Sunday, April 13 at 3:00 p.m. in the Appleton Auditorium

Join us for the multi-talented Michelle Castleberry as she discusses poetry and reads from her new collection:

Dissecting the Angel and Other Poems.

A poet, a sometime-saxophonist and a clinical social worker, her writing is grounded yet inspiring.

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Michelle examines a broad range of subjects—jazz, faith, love, divorce, nightmares, abuse, resilience and so much more. Terry Kay calls it “triumphant writing, a far better offering than anything I’ve read in a very long while.” Mark Bromberg, of Bellemeade Books, writes: "...a deceptively slim book filled with big ideas, and a strong first book of poetry from a writer with an already self-assured voice."

Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and autographing. Reception following.

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Support the Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library with the Kroger Community Rewards Program

Help the Friends raise money for the library when you use your Kroger Plus Card! If you do not have a card but shop at Kroger, please get a Kroger Plus Card at any customer service desk and register your card today!

Visit to register your card. Our Friends’ non-profit organization number is 39034.

  • Click on Sign In/Register OR scroll to “Georgia” and click “enroll now”
  • Click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on your favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password.
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Enter our non-profit number 39034 and click “confirm.”
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library on the right side of your information page.
  • Purchases will not count for us until you register your card!
  • Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number so you can register online.
  • Swipe your Kroger Plus card or enter your phone # each time you shop!

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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 reading garden patio for $100.

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

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Join the Friends of the Library

Types of Membership

  • Classic $25.00
  • Bronze $50.00
  • Silver $100.00
  • Gold $500.00
  • Platinum ______
Download the Friends of the Library Membership form.

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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: February 2014 Friends of the Library Newsletter

Annual Events

  • Book Sales
    Each winter for 4 days - thousands of books! Treasures for mere pennies! Find your old favorites or "nearly new" titles. A Summer Book Sale is held at the end of June each year.
  • Café au Libris
    Annual pre-holiday author book signing event. Coffee, delicious desserts, and an opportunity to meet talented local authors!
  • Family Fun Day
    Summer's grand finale - just before school opens. Family fun for all! Crafts, puppet show, storytelling, snakes, bugs, bubbles and more...guaranteed to make you smile!
  • Live! at the Library
    The Library's free monthly concert series. The first Sunday of each month brings a new musical treat ranging from classical to blues.
  • Annual Meeting
    Held each May. Opportunity to vote on officers and new board members, enjoy fine entertainment and mingle with other Friends.

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Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library Board Officers

  • President, Marilynn Smith
  • Vice President, Jody Graichen
  • Secretary, Joan Zitzelman
  • Treasurer, Sean Boyle
  • Membership, Gary Holbrook
  • Library 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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