Reflecting, Sharing, Learning

The Solar System: Providing Solar Energy for your Home

Warren McPherson with Gerd Schroth & Joel Huff


Athens-Clarke County Library

Appleton Auditorium

2025 Baxter Street • Athens, Georgia

706 613 3650 x343

Wednesday, September 19 • 7 pm

Have you had enough of stratospheric power bills? Perhaps you’ve thought about gathering your own energy from the sun or the wind, cutting your costs, and going a bit green in the bargain. Is it time to cut the cord?

Wednesday evening, September 19 at 7:00 pm, Warren McPherson, Director of Athens Montessori School, will talk about how he added solar arrays to the school, achieving significant savings and breaking even in a short period of time; he will also give you advice on how to do this to your own home. Solar experts, Gerd Schroth and Joel Huff, will be on hand to give hard info on what you need to do to make your own house more energy effective.

Warren McPherson founded Athens Montessori School over 40 years ago. Warren is a graduate of Cornell University and the Washington Montessori Institute where he received his Montessori certification. More recently he received a Masters of Early Childhood Education from Kennesaw State University. He has served as President of the Morton Theatre, Arts Oglethorpe Trustees, and Athens Area Arts Council. Warren is passionate about creativity in education, theater and organic gardening.

Athens Montessori School is a Clarke County Green School and has received awards and recognition from many organizations, including: National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitat, Odum Greenfest Awards, Home Depot Youth Garden Grant, Garden Earth Naturalist Grant, Keep Athens Clarke County Beautiful Grant, Friends of Barnett Shoals Award, Hands on Athens, Agribility, and Rivers Alive.

Athens-Clarke County Library is the recipient of a grant from EBSCO Industries which allowed us to install the new solar array next to the building, which you can see from our parking lot.

Cartoon Show Reception Flyer

Come on by the library Saturday from 2 to 4 and meet Alex Burns, James Burns, Patrick Dean, Abby Kacen, Missy Kulik, David Mack, Scott Stripling, Devlin Thompson & Klon Waldrip; have some punch & cookies and peruse some original art & zines!

Word Magic 2018 flyer

Word Magic: A Poetry Workshop

David Oates, Host of "Wordland" on WUGA FM


Athens-Clarke County Library • Multipurpose Room C

2025 Baxter Street • Athens, Georgia • 706 613 3650 x343

Tuesday, August 28 - Thursday, August 30 • 6–8 pm

Poetry is a tradition going back thousands of years, predating written text, to ancient Sumeria, India, Japan and Africa. Poetry uses forms and conventions to suggest differential interpretation to words, or to evoke emotive responses, using devices such as assonance, alliteration, onomatopoeia and rhythm. Whether you prefer sonnets, haiku, or slam poetry, you’ll enjoy Word Magic: A Poetry workshop with accomplished Athens poet David Oates. Oates returns to ACCL to lead this poetry workshop with examples from his own and others’ work and exercises to help you get into the flow.

Mr. Oates has 30 years experience teaching writing, has had three books published, and his work has appeared in many magazines He is the host and producer of “Wordland” on WUGA FM. Oates received his master’s in creative writing from the University of Illinois—Chicago.

Life The Griot: Knights to Kings - A Journey to Ethiopia

Lemuel LaRoche

Athens-Clarke County Library

Appleton Auditorium • 2025 Baxter Street • Athens, Georgia • 706 613 3650 x343

Thursday, August 2 • 5 pm

The Athens-Clarke County Library and Chess and Community invite the public to a free screening of the documentary Knights to Kings: A Journey to Ethiopia at the Athens-Clarke County Library on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 5:00 pm. 

The film follows eight teenaged boys from Athens and surrounding counties as they journey to Ethiopia, led by Athens poet and community activist Lemuel LaRoche, also known as Life The Griot. This documentary speaks to the core of positive youth identity and community intervention. 

The screening will be followed by discussion on youth engagement and youth identity in Athens. Attendees will meet local non-profits and community programs that focus on youth development in the Athens area.  This event aims to bring the community together to celebrate and support positive youth development, dialogue and initiatives.  

This free program is sponsored by Reflecting, Sharing, Learning and is a family friendly event. Families with teens are encouraged to attend.

About Chess & Community


Founded in 2012, Chess and Community (CC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to developing leadership and promoting the success of youth in Athens-Clarke County, Ga., and surrounding areas. CC’s mission is to impact youth in the areas of academic enrichment, civic engagement and critical thinking, using chess as a learning modality.


Oh Canada! A Timely Travelogue with Mark Willis


Athens-Clarke County Library

2025 Baxter Street • Athens, Georgia • 706 613 3650 x343


Tuesday, July 24, 7:00 pm


Our neighbor to the north, which has been much in the news lately, is a beautiful and vast country. Canada shares an 8,890 km border with the United States, the longest border in the world not patrolled by military forces; the overwhelming majority of its population lives within 300 km of the border. Canadians have crafted a model multicultural society, welcoming immigrant populations from every other continent. In addition, Canada is home to a wealth of natural resources and intellectual capital.

Join us at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 24, in the library’s auditorium for a talk by Mark Willis on Canada’s 10 provinces and 3 territories as well as a brief history of the “Great White North.” Its majestic countryside, along with major cities and culture will be shown in slides that depict a country of rugged variety with many colorful attractions.

Mark was born in Seattle, but grew up in the Midwest. He met his wife Hilde as an undergraduate at the University of Kansas, and later was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam era. After serving two years, he returned to Chicago, where he completed a graduate degree. Mark worked for Morton Salt for thirty years; then he and Hilde settled to Athens in 2007 and have enjoyed the University town atmosphere, the warmer winters and the friendly folks!  Mark’s hobby is doing botanical watercolors.


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