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tutor.com can help you get your homework done, write your paper, or study for your test so that you can get back to your life. If you’re getting frustrated, Tutor.com can help you get unstuck. 

Create a FREE account or log in through Athens Regional Library System to get the help you need, online and on-demand. Tutors are available 2-9 pm, every day.
 
Students and parents can get help with any kind of academic question in math, science, English, social studies and writing. Expert tutors work with students in kindergarten through 12th grade and can even help with AP®-level and intro-level college coursework. Connecting with a tutor is easy. You just need your library card and any Internet-connected device. Head to tutor.com/athensregional to give it a try!

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Weiss Financial Ratings now available!

The library now offers free online access to Weiss Financial Ratings! Whether you’re creating your first budget, keeping tabs on your investments, searching for the best car insurance company, or figuring out the best Medicare supplement insurance plan for retirement, Weiss Financial Ratings Series has something for you!  

With access to more than 40,000 investment ratings on stocks, mutual funds, and exchange traded funds, and 21,000 safety ratings on banks, credit unions, and insurance companies, you’ll enjoy unprecedented coverage of the investments and companies you want to follow. 
 
Click here to get started.
 
Or visit our quick tutorial at Niche Academy here to learn more!

get cardedThis September, #GetLibraryCarded with Athens Regional Library System!

September is National Library Card Sign Up Month. Your library card is the smartest card in your wallet. It offers you access to a world of books, online resources, movies and more! Best of all? It’s FREE! 

This year, to celebrate National Library Card Sign Up Month, we’ve partnered with local businesses who will offer special discounts and promotions throughout September when you show your library card for #GetLibraryCarded. Visit our local business partners from September 1-30, 2021, and show your library card at checkout! Visit athenslibrary.org/getlibrarycarded to see a full list of participating businesses and to learn how you can save. Plus, each library branch will hold a prize drawing at the end of the month! Sign up for a new library card, renew an existing card, or visit our partners during September for your chance to win. Don't have a library card? Click here to learn more about how to sign up! 

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Make a difference in your community with a library career!

Have you ever thought about working at the library? It’s a great way to serve your community in a fulfilling career. We have 11 locations in Athens-Clarke, Franklin, Madison, Oconee and Oglethorpe counties and offer a range of full-time and part-time positions in a safe, creative and fun environment. Check our employment opportunities page to learn about current job openings in the Athens Regional Library System. 

¿Has pensado alguna vez en trabajar en la biblioteca?  Sería una gran manera de tener una carrera gratíficante y servir a tu comunidad! Tenemos 11 sucursales en  los condados de Athens-Clarke, Franklin, Madison, Oconee y Oglethorpe y ofrecemos una gran variedad de trabajos a tiempo completo y tiempo-parcial en un ambiente seguro, divertido, y creativo.  Al momento tenemos un trabajo a tiempo completo y un trabajo a tiempo parcial en la biblioteca de Pinewoods, nuestra sucursal bilingue. Chequea nuestra página de ofertas de empleo y descubre los trabajos que ofrecemos en Athens Regional Library System.

Explore Heritage Room’s new online archival catalog

Through a partnership with the Digital Library of Georgia, many items in the Heritage Room’s collection are now viewable and searchable in our new archival catalog! Since 1992, the Heritage Room has collected archival material related to the Athens-Clarke County area, such as Civil War era photos of soldiers, city engineering records related to the emergence of local sewer and water systems, photos of downtown homes taken by Charles Rowland (owner of the Beechhaven property) and many, many more! Enjoy exploring our physical collections and our digitized materials in the archival catalog. Need help finding something? Email heritageroomref@athenslibrary.org or give us a call at (706) 613-3650 ext. 350. Photo from the Georgia Postcard collection held at the Athens-Clarke County Library. 

Athens-Clarke County Library receives Library Community Catalyst Grant

“We are pleased to expand how we engage with the community to include a trauma informed environment as well as providing an afterschool mentoring program for teen girls,” said Athens Regional Library System Executive Director Valerie Bell. “We appreciate the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarding us the Community Catalyst grant to fund this important initiative, and we’re also thankful to UGA’s School of Social Work for partnering with us to ensure its success.” “Social work services should be deeply embedded in the community, in places where people trust and feel welcomed. The library is one such place, if not THE place,” said UGA School of Social Work Dean Anna Scheyett. “Having library staff informed about trauma, so they can make the library as trusted, welcoming and supportive a place as possible, plus having social work students who can help connect people with services they need throughout the community, will be a novel and powerful combination.”

Scheyett added that the grant-funded partnership will enable the Athens-Clarke County Library to become the first specialized trauma-informed library in the state and one of a few in the nation.

The partnership aims to address issues of societal disenfranchisement and female childhood trauma, by establishing a two-pronged project that will empower young girls, while moving the Library toward a trauma-informed environment. The project will also include an after-school program that teaches leadership skills to teen girls, including written and oral communication, relationship building, conflict resolution and teamwork. Establishing a peer-mentoring program at the Library will help address some of the issues at-risk young women face.

“Placing social workers in this setting is a natural next step that other libraries across the country are increasingly doing,” said Jennifer Elkins, associate professor of Social Work at UGA School of Social Work. “Rather than asking clients to come to us, we’re coming to them. It’s the living embodiment of the principle and value of ‘meeting the client where they’re at.’”

“By establishing a trauma-informed staff, we hope to create a space where all members of the community feel respected and empowered to connect,” said Bell.

According to the IMLS, the Community Catalyst Initiative challenges museums and libraries to transform how they collaborate with their communities. It achieves this by testing and developing approaches for bringing about positive change by drawing on the unique relationships, knowledge and spaces of museums and libraries. It also encourages the exploration of partnerships with other organizations, including local nonprofit and community development organizations.

About the Athens-Clarke County Library

The Athens-Clarke County Library is the headquarters of the Athens Regional Library System. Serving residents in Athens-Clarke, Franklin, Madison, Oconee and Oglethorpe counties, the library system was named 2017’s Georgia Public Library of the Year. The Athens-Clarke County Library is located at 2025 Baxter Street, Athens. To learn more about library programs and services, call (706) 613-3650 or visit www.athenslibrary.org.

About University of Georgia School of Social Work

Founded in 1964, the University of Georgia School of Social Work generates new knowledge through research and prepares social work practitioners through classroom instruction and community-based internships while emphasizing the integration of social justice in all social work practice. For more information on the School of Social Work, see ssw.uga.edu.

About IMLS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USIMLS and Twitter @US_IMLS.

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