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Athens-Clarke County Library


Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m
Friday-Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Please visit the Heritage Room webpage for their hours.


2025 Baxter St
Athens, GA 30606

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We need your Book Recommendations!

The Athens-Clarke County Library wants to know your favorite books! We're putting up a display in June of books recommended by you. Who better to recommend books to the local community than our own patrons? So please tell us what books you would like to see featured in our display.

Drumming Up Stories with David Holland

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Thursday, April 30, 10:30 a.m.

Drumming Up Stories with David Holland - Learn how the drum was first used to communicate, how instruments can be created from ordinary objects, and how music has been used for centuries to enhance the storytelling experience. It's our series' grand finale!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is our new reading initiative to make sure our toddlers and preschoolers are ready for school. Studies show that children who listen to or read 1,000 books or more before entering school are better prepared. So grab one of our special reading logs, check out some books and get reading! We'll have special shows geared toward younger audiences and their families on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. throughout April!

Library announces traveling exhibit: Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry

Migrant grandmother and sick baby, Arizona, 1940, Dorothea Lange, photographer. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Migrant grandmother and sick baby, Arizona, 1940, Dorothea Lange, photographer. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry, a national traveling exhibition about the causes and aftermath of the historic Dust Bowl period, will be on display at Athens-Clarke County Library from April 29 to June 26, 2015. The exhibition recalls a tragic period in our history -- the drought and dust storms that wreaked havoc on the Great Plains in the 1930s -- and explores its environmental and cultural consequences. It raises several thought-provoking questions: What caused fertile farms to turn to dust? How did people survive? What lessons can we learn? The Dust Bowl was one of the worst man-made ecological disasters in American history.

Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry will be accompanied by a series of free library programs, including lectures and film screenings. The exhibition and programs feature several overlapping humanities themes: the nature of the connection between humans and nature; the many ways human beings respond to adversity; and how people came to understand and to describe their experiences living through the Dust Bowl.

April 29, 6:30 p.m.

Opening Reception - Celebrate the opening of the exhibit with a special program featuring Dr. Forrest Stegelin, University of Georgia Associate Professor of Agriculture and Applied Economics. Dr. Stegelin will speak on "How the Dust Bowl Led to the Deepening of the Depression." A reception hosted by the Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library will follow the lecture. In Appleton Auditorium.

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