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Closed for Winter Holidays: December 24-26

All libraries in the Athens Regional Library System will be closed December 24 through December 26, for the holidays. Regular hours resume on December 27. Happy Holidays from everyone at the library!

ERead Kids: A New Digital Library for pre-K through 4th grade

ereads graphicAll you need is your public library card to access eRead Kids, which provides free access to nearly 15,000 digital books to encourage early literacy.

The Athens Regional Library System and Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) are proud to announce eRead Kids, a new digital library available through all 407 public libraries in the state, including the Athens Regional Library System. The collection of almost 15,000 electronic and audio books is for children from pre-k through fourth grade.

kid reading on a tablet“eRead Kids is a new way for our libraries to encourage families and children to engage in reading,” said Athens Regional Library System Executive Director Valerie Bell. “Whether you prefer print, audio or electronic books, we believe providing options that meet busy families’ needs can reinforce the value of early literacy and give parents the tools they need to help their children become lifelong learners.”

“Kids will build confidence and reading skills - and have fun - through eRead Kids,” said State Librarian Julie Walker. “eRead Kids will empower libraries to support young readers by offering a format convenient for traveling and entertaining kids, while growing their reading skills.” The collection is a mix of fiction and non-fiction ebook and audio book titles that can be downloaded onto computers, tablets and smartphones.

All Georgia families now can freely check out electronic books for their devices, encouraging the early reading that is so important to educational success.GPLS has worked with children’s librarians across the state to select titles and identify the most advantageous offerings and pricing. eRead Kids is made possible by funding proposed by Gov. Brian Kemp and approved by the Georgia General Assembly.

To access eRead Kids, you simply need your Georgia public library card and an internet connection. Visit georgialibraries.org/eReadKids or e-Reads Kids @ ARLS to learn more.

Athens-Clarke County Library receives Library Community Catalyst Grant

Library partners with UGA School of Social Work to become trauma-informed library

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(L-R) Zoe Johnson, director of Field Education at UGA School of Social Work; Anna Scheyett, dean and professor at UGA School of Social Work; Valerie Bell, executive director of Athens Regional Library System; Jennifer Elkins, associate professor of Social Work at UGA School of Social Work. Not pictured: Donna Brumby, assistant director for Organizational Development at Athens Regional Library System.

The Athens-Clarke County Library has just received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to partner with the University of Georgia School of Social Work to become a trauma-informed library.

The Library Community Catalyst Grant is part of the IMLS’s National Leadership Grant program. IMLS has awarded the library $150,000 through the grant – one of only 12 awarded nationwide this year out of 51 applications.

The library and university will establish a program to place social work student interns at the library to identify specific needs of at-risk community members, and to share information about social services while advocating for those who have difficulties accessing services. The internships are set to begin in October.

Read more: Athens-Clarke County Library receives Library Community Catalyst Grant

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