For the safety of our patrons and with a continued effort to “flatten the curve," all Athens Regional Library System branches in Athens-Clarke, Franklin, Madison, Oconee and Oglethorpe counties will remain closed until such time that it is deemed safe to reopen to the public. Library staff remain on the job  serving our communities virtually.  Please feel free to contact us at http://athenslibrary.org/homepage/regional-information/contact-us if you have any questions regarding library service during this time. We will update the community as more information becomes available.

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Message from the Director

Updated May 23, 2020
Starting Wednesday, May 27, Athens Regional Library System will begin circulating library materials through curbside service.   Curbside service will be available to patrons Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Please read the Message from the Director for the full statement.

Thank you for your support! Our library has won the Public Libraries' Readers Choice Award!

Rhiannon Eades, PIOWe are proud to share that Public Information Officer Rhiannon Eades' article, "Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach," has won the 2020 Public Libraries' Feature Article Readers Choice Award! The article was published in the September/October 2019 issue of Public Libraries, the official magazine of the Public Library Association. The article highlights TILT, or Trauma Informed Library Transformation, a partnership between Athens-Clarke County Library and the University of Georgia School of Social Work, funded by a Community Catalyst grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Thank you to everyone who voted for our article! Read it here:  http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2020/04/implementing-a-trauma-informed-approach/  

Share your family's experiences as part of our library's community archive

Are you keeping a journal of your experiences during the coronavirus pandemic?share your story Did you post a photo on social media of empty shelves at the grocery store? Whether you’re writing in an old school diary or recording voice memos, everyone's experience is unique. The Heritage Room at Athens-Clarke County Library wants to help preserve our community’s story of this unprecedented time in our collective history. We are interested in stories from everyday people. No story is too small! How you collect your thoughts is up to you: write in a journal, take photos or videos, record voice memos or even save social media posts. Full details are available here using a Google account. If you don't have a Google account, use this link.

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The Cartoon Show

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July 15 - September 15, 2018
In the Quiet Gallery

The library is proud to present an exhibition of Athens-based cartoon artists in the Quiet Gallery from July 15 to September 15. Alex Burns, Patrick Dean, David Mack, Scott Stripling, Devlin Thompson, Klon Waldrip, and Joey Weiser will be in the show.

Alex Burns studied art at the University of Georgia and Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has been a graphic designer in Atlanta and Athens since 1980, and was the editorial page cartoonist for Creative Loafing for 18 years.

Patrick Dean graduated from UGA with a BFA in Graphic Design. His comics and illustrations appeared weekly in Athens' Flagpole Magazine for a decade and have been published in Legal Action Comics, Typhon, The Comic Eye, Vice Magazine, and The Oxford American Magazine.

Abby Kacen is an illustration artist from Chicago now residing in Athens, GA after studying drawing and animation at the University of Georgia. Inspired by punk rock, tattoos, cute cats and bright colors with illustrations that try to portray just how weird everyday life can be.

Missy Kulik is an illustrator, cartoonist, zine maker, artist, and crafter. She started making comics in grade school, and her first zines were self published in 1990. Her comic called Tofu Baby appears in the Flagpole each week since 2006 and is popular with children and adults.

David Mack spends most of his time drawing and making things. His illustrations and comics have been featured in various publications; Mack has enriched Flagpole’s pages with his weekly take on life in Athens. Now, David has collected these comics into a fat little book entitled ATHENS, GA.

Scott Stripling is a self-taught artist, illustrator, and cartoonist living currently in Athens, Georgia. Beyond the work he publishes as Shoot The Moon Comics, his work can be seen in Gigantic Sequins, Hobart, The Atomic Elbow, and elsewhere.

Devlin Thompson is a cartoonist, and comic pusher, perhaps best known for being the proprietor of Bizarro Wuxtry at Clayton & College in downtown Athens, and for his appearance in HATE #15. Married w/two dogs. No tattoos.

Klon Waldrip has lived in Athens since the ’80s. During the day he maps the stormwater infrastructure of Conyers; At night he writes about film and art for Diaboliquemagazine.com. Klon publishes a video store-themed zine called Late List, and is a featured artist in Printsploitation magazine.

Joey Weiser is the author of the Eisner Award-nominated Mermin graphic novel series from Oni Press. His comics have appeared in several anthologies including SpongeBob Comics, and the award-winning Flight series. His first graphic novel, The Ride Home, was published in 2007 by AdHouse Books. He is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art & Design.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Athens-Clarke County Library at (706) 613-3650. The library is located at 2025 Baxter Street, Athens.

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