Reflecting, Sharing, Learning

Take a look at the video of our 2020 Listening in The Dark VII: Spooky Stories for Grownups - a brand NEW virtual program, featuring scary stories from Tracy Adkins, Bob Deck, Joy Ovington, Eddie Whitlock, and Candace Wiggins! You can find it HERE.

And while you’re at it, check out a new video of our Halloween program from 2018 HERE!



Listening in the Dark rises once again from the grave to celebrate its fifth birthday at Athens-Clarke County Library. Librarians and special guests will curdle your blood with original and traditional horror stories: Bogart Librarian Donna Butler will freeze you to the bone, Athens-Clarke County Library volunteer Coordinator Eddie Whitlock will read an original short story, retired librarian Jacqueline Elsner will have you on the edge of your seat, and actor and library friend Kelly McGlaun Fields makes chill bumps come up.

Listening in The Dark VII: (From a Safe Distance)

Tracy Adkins
Bob Deck
Eddie Whitlock
Candace Wiggins

Athens-Clarke County Library
2025 Baxter Street
Athens, Georgia
706 613 3650

Premiere: Thursday, October 29, 2020

It’s not easy coming up with a program scarier than everyday life, but if you’d like a distraction from the pandemic, please tune into our seventh annual Halloween Storytelling for Grownups (From a Safe Distance) beginning on Thursday, October 29!

Athens author Candace Wiggins tells her original rural southern ghost story “Haint;” Tracy Adkins will read a selection from her book, Ghosts of Athens: History and Haunting of Athens, Georgia; ACCL Library Store Manager Eddie Whitlock will tell a spooky original tale; and Bob Deck from the Bogart Library tells “Ave Maria,” the story of a disembodied soprano.

This year we be online only, with the program accessible from the Reflecting, Sharing, Learning web page. We’ll also be posting videos from the last two years’ Offerings, Listening in The Dark VI: Revenge of The Creeps, and Listening in The Dark on Haunted Hill.


Tracy L. Adkins is the author of Ghosts of Athens: History and Haunting of Athens, Georgia (2016). She is currently working on a sequel, More Ghosts of Athens, as well as the upcoming book, Ghosts of Asheville (2020). She is an enthusiastic member of the board of the Friends of the Winterville Library. Other hobbies include writing narrative fiction, poetry, screenplays, and software instructions.

Bob Deck is a native Georgian but he also was career US Navy, moving 11 times in 20 years, living in Greece, Italy and Diego Garcia. He enjoys reading, exercise, and working at the Bogart Library.

Eddie Whitlock manages the Library Store and coordinates volunteers for the Athens-Clarke County Library. He is the author of two books: Evil is Always Human (2012) and POTUS of the Living Dead (2014). He is currently working on a sequel to his first novel.

Candace Wiggins first published in the online crime zine, “Hardluck Stories”; while writing art and movie columns for various newspapers and working at CNN, TBS and Reuters. She has stories in anthologies from Planet X Publications, including “The Phantasmagorical Promenade”; “Strange Stories From the Sea”; “Test Patterns: Weird Westerns”; and many others. She’s had stories published in The AWA Collective straight outta Athens, Georgia and co-wrote a script, “Eidolon”.


Home Safety for Seniors: 10 Easy Steps
Dana Dollar-Wynn, Sage Key Interiors

Athens-Clarke County Library
Multipurpose Room B • 2025 Baxter Street • Athens, Georgia • 706 613 3650 x343

Wednesday, February 19, 7:00 pm

We all would like to be independent and stay in our own homes as long as possible. On Wednesday, February 19 at 7 pm, Dana Dollar-Wynn will show us 10 Easy Steps to staying safe at home. She will discuss simple, easy, and effective things that older people and their families can do around their home to improve safety, focusing on fall prevention. Topics will include staying safe by improving lighting, decluttering and removing obstacles in our homes, bathroom and kitchen safety, and the products that can help us on a daily basis.

With many years of experience in the interior design field, both retail and self-employed, Dollar-Wynn graduated from The University of Georgia in 1994 with a B.A. in Interior Design, and is the current owner of Sage Key Interiors (incepted in 2016) and Wynn Design, 2007-2010. She is also an accredited Certified Aging in Place Specialist (C.A.P.S.) and is an active member of many area professional organizations. She resides in Jackson County with her husband and two children.

The event is free and open to the public.



Athens-Clarke County Library
Appleton Auditorium
2025 Baxter Street
Athens, Georgia
706 613 3650

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 • 6:30 pm

Athens-Clarke County Library presents the award-winning film Selma on Wednesday, February 12, at 6:30 pm, in the Appleton Auditorium. It is the story of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by Dr Martin Luther King Jr and others, leading up to the historic confrontation on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Selma depicts Martin and Coretta King, Ralph Abernathy, Hosea Williams, Andrew Young, John Lewis, President Lyndon Johnson, and other key figures in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, along with Alabama Governor George Wallace and FBI Director J Edgar Hoover, in a retelling of a crucial period in American history.

The film won best picture of the year in 2015 from the African-American Film Critics Association, The BET Award, the NAACP Image Award, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Selma won the Oscar for Best Original Song.

The screening is free and open to the public.


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