Reflecting, Sharing, Learning

If you can Conceive It Today It Can Be Built: A Walking and Virtual Tour of Architecture Classical, Traditional, Modern and Beyond

Dr Robert Alan Black

Athens-Clarke County Library
Appleton Auditorium
2025 Baxter Street
Athens, Georgia
706 613 3650 x343

Wednesday, January 30 • 7:00 pm

The architecture in Athens ranges from houses to professional buildings to commercial to religious to university buildings. The greatest percentage are classical or traditional in design, but some modern architectural designs can be found sprinkled throughout. Dr Robert Alan Black will explore samples of the many types of structures in Athens, as well as modern architecture found on the 6 continents being designed and built today.

Dr Black is a Creative Thinking Consultant in Athens, having studied with Dr E Paul Torrance, and receiving his PhD in Educational Psychology. Alan has five degrees, including a BS in Architectural Design, MAs in Interior Architecture and Visual Communication, and an MEd in Guidance and Counseling.

He has worked from draftsman to associate to project architect to owner of his own architectural consulting firm in Athens, Georgia. Prior to moving to Athens he worked for a mix of firms in Michigan and Florida, including the award winning firm Gunnar Birkerts & Associates.

Since 1976 he has traveled internationally to 93 countries and 49 US states always seeking out examples of excellent design wherever he has gone. As a speaker, trainer of consultant he has worked in over 40 states and 50 countries. During his varied career he has also been a news writer, a cartoonist, a graphic designer, and a college professor.

Join Together: A Multiethnic Afternoon of Peace, Music & Holiday Crafts

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

Saturday, December 1 • 1:30 pm

Come join us at the library on Saturday afternoon, December 1, at 1:30 pm for an afternoon of beautiful music and crafts as we celebrate the different facets of the season. You can visit the Appleton Auditorium and hear artists performing seasonal music, and in Multipurpose Room B we will have demonstrations of different seasonal crafts you can learn and create on the spot, such as bow tying, ornament making, and assembling an inexpensive present. Enjoy a complimentary beverage and snack with us and observe the holiday of your choice, or all of them!

The JFK Assassination and The CIA
Donald E Wilkes, Jr., Professor of Law Emeritus
University of Georgia

Athens-Clarke County Library
Appleton Auditorium
2025 Baxter Street • Athens, Georgia • 706 613 3650 x343

Thursday, November 15 • 7:00 pm

The assassination of President John F Kennedy happened in November of 1963, yet Questions remain unanswered 55 years later about the circumstances of his death: Did the CIA obstruct an official government investigation of the assassination of JFK? Did the CIA itself (or rogue agents) assassinate Kennedy?

Please Join us at the library for this very special talk by Donald Wilkes, professor of Law Emeritus from the University of Georgia, who has researched the Kennedy assassination all his adult life, and will present new information and unravel some of the mystery surrounding this complicated and difficult topic. Come to the Appleton Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15 for the lecture, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Donald E. Wilkes, Jr., a law professor at the UGA School of Law for 40 years, is now an emeritus professor there. He is the author of over 300 published works, including 5 books, 14 law review articles, and numerous other scholarly writings. He has studied the JFK assassination for over 35 years and published more than 50 articles on the assassination. This is his third public speech on the topic at the library.


Shifting Shapes: Collaborations with Nature
Sculpture by Barbara Odil

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

Artist Talk/Reception Sunday, November 18 • 2 pm
Exhibition November 18, 2018 - January 12, 2019

Barbara Odil is a respected local artist, and we are proud to show her work here in the Quiet Galley. The exhibition will run from November 18 through January 12, 2019, and Barbara will give a talk in the auditorium on Sunday, November 18 at 2 pm. A reception will follow.

The sculptures of Barbara Odil are created from fallen wood gathered from forests, deserts, seashores and gardens. The shape of the wood inspires her, and she enters into a creative collaboration with the organic form she finds in nature. After the initial cleaning and curing process, Barbara intuitively responds to each piece of wood, often spending several days holding, examining, and silently communicating with it. When the vision for the sculpture has become clear, the materials and the artist begin the creative dance.

Odil's work and her spiritual practice both deeply honor and celebrate the Earth and all her inhabitants. As her life and spiritual practice evolve, her work continues to grow and change. Her intention and inspiration remain constant, love and respect for all of life. She strives to honor that in her work and the way she lives.


Listening in The Dark on Haunted Hill

Donna O’Kelley Butler • Jacqueline Elsner

David Oates • Joy Ovington • Eddie Whitlock

Athens-Clarke County Library 

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

Monday, October 29, 7:00 pm

Listening in the Dark rises once again from the grave to celebrate its fifth birthday at the library on Monday, October 29 at 7:00 pm!

Listening in the Dark on Haunted Hill: An Evening of Spooky Stories for Grownups will take place on Monday, October 29 at 7 p.m. in the Appleton Auditorium. Join us... if you dare! A quartet of librarians will chill your blood with original and traditional horror stories: Bogart Librarian Donna Butler will be on hand, Athens-Clarke County Library volunteer Coordinator Eddie Whitlock will read an original short story, ACCL Operations Manager Joy Ovington returns, and retired librarian Jackie Elsner will have you on the edge of your seat. Library friend David Oates regales us this year, and others may join the throng.

Donna O'Kelley Butler has been telling stories of one sort or another her whole life. Currently, she serves as the Branch Supervisor of the Bogart Library, where she entertains and enlightens hundreds of patrons, school children and teachers with her renditions of folktales, legends, myths and historical tales. One or two of them MIGHT just be true!

Jacqueline Elsner enjoyed over forty years of library storytelling before her retirement from the Athens Regional Library System in 2014. Occasionally she now tells Appalachian and Cherokee stories  and sings ballads to guests at the Len Foote Hike Inn in Amicalola Falls State Park, GA. Her CD Ballad of The Bones: Byron Herbert Reece Poems Sung as Ballads helps preserve and promote the legacy of Georgia's mountain poet.

David 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.

Joy Ovington has enjoyed a lifetime of working in all aspects of performing and holds an MFA from the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Professional Actor Training. Favorite roles include Witch #3 in MacBeth and Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. While not working in Library Administration, she enjoys choir singing and working with theatre companies around town.

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.

The event is free and open to the public.

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