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children's area at Athens Clarke County Library

Welcome to Athens-Clarke County Library  Children's Area! We are here to help you and your family discover a love of reading and learning.

We invite you to explore our collections of books and other materials for children of all ages. Join us for engaging programs, including storytimes and crafts.

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Looking for recommendations or additional assistance? Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to help! Please contact us for more information.

July 1- 15 2019

xfiles bookcoverDo you believe in aliens? The truth is out there! Let’s investigate the evidence and decide for ourselves! Come learn about extraterrestrial life and alien encounters to earn your FBI badge on Tuesday, July 2nd, at 2:30 pm. With alien crafts to go. For children ages 5-11 and their caregiver. In Storyroom.

bilingual storytime¡Bienvenido! Join us for this special program of Spanish/English language fun! Share books, songs, rhymes and activities en español y ingles on the first Friday of every month. For children ages 3-8 and their caregiver. In Storyroom on July 5th, at 4:00 pm.

book coverWhat would you do if you had a robot? Robots come in all shapes and sizes. Join us for this special storytime all about our mechanical friends. Make and design your own unique robot crafts to go. For children ages 3-11 and their caregiver. In Storyroom on Saturday, July 6th, 11:00 am.

starlab inflatable Explore the universe and astronomy in a Starlab inflatable planetarium on Tuesday, July 9th. Learn about the constellations with science educators from the Elachee Nature Science Center. Registration is required for this event. Please call the Children’s Desk to reserve your spot: 2:30 p.m. 3:10 p.m. 3:50 p.m. For children ages 5-11 and their caregiver. In Multipurpose Rooms.

shadow puppetsExplore the shadowy reaches of space with shadow puppeteer extraordinaire Mr. Damon and his tardigrade copilot Mossy! For children of all ages and their caregiver. In Multipurpose Rooms on Thursday, July 11th, at 10:30 am.

book coverChapter readers are invited to join us for Natalie Babbitt’s classic, Tuck Everlasting, on Thursday, July 11th, at 4:00 pm. Games and snacks provided. Participation is limited to 10 children. Please call the Children’s Desk at 706-613-3650 ext. 314 to register and to put your book on hold. For children ages 8-11. In Storyroom.

Join us for a morning of traditional family folk dancing on Saturday, July 13th, at 11:00 am! Learn simple group, circle and contra dances from around the world that promote family fun, community and joy. For children ages 5-11 and their caregiver. In Storyroom.



June 15-30 2019

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Bring the whole family for this all-ages, wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey celebration of all things Doctor Who! Joins us for a costume contest, trivia and crafts. Prizes will be awarded for best child, teen, adult and group costumes! Explore our life-sized Tardis and have a chance to win it for your very own on Saturday, June 15, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm! For all ages. In Multipurpose Rooms.

book coverMae Jemison is the first black woman to travel in space. Come learn about her a-mae-zing life and other awesome female astronauts! Make your own telescope and other space exploration crafts to go! For children ages 5-11 and their caregiver. Join us Tuesday, June 18, at 2:30 pm in the Storyroom.

magicianEnjoy a morning of interstellar magic, ventriloquism and science with everyone’s favorite magician, Keith Karnok on Thursday, June 20, at 10:30 am! Just returned from the edge of the universe will all new amazing tricks. For children of all ages and their caregiver. In Multipurpose Rooms.   

bookmaking workshopNot every story uses words, some stories use drawings. Explore the different pathways to telling stories in Dan Yaccarino’s picturebook I Am a Story. Make your own books at our bookmaking workshop on Saturday, June 22, at 11:00 am. For children ages 5-11 and their caregiver. In Storyroom.

babysitters club book coverAre you a Kristy, a Dawn, a Claudia, a Stacey, or a Logan? Visit Stoneybrook with us, learn the tips of the babysitting trade, and become an official member of the BSC! Crafts included. For children ages 7-11 and their caregiver on Tuesday, June 25, 2:30 pm. In Storyroom.

parrots of the world imageParrot expert Brenda Bean of Parrot Productions brings 14 different types of incredible, performing parrots from around the world for this fun, educational event with live animals. For children ages 3-11 and their caregiver on Thursday, June 27, 10:30 am. In Multipurpose Rooms.

Explore new worlds with LEGO bricks and your imagination! Want to join forces with other creative kids? Use the Library’s LEGOs to make your own magnificent universe on Saturday, June 29, at 11:00 am. For children ages 6-11 and their caregiver. With Miss Keir. In Storyroom.

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June 1-15 2019

What happens when you give a baby a cookie? Find out at our 20-30 minute lapsit storytime followed by open play on Saturday, June 1st, at 11:00 am. Enjoy Laura Numeroff’s ‘The Best Mouse Cookie’, fingerplays, cookie songs and eating cookies with your babies. For infants birth to 18 months and their caregiver in the storyroom.

When Duncan opens his box of crayons, he finds they have all written him letters with the same message, “I quit!” Come hear this colorful tale of crayon complaints, read by our special guest, the State Superintendent! Then, enjoy rhymes, songs, and crafts on Monday, June 3rd, at 1:30 pm! For children ages 4-11 and their caregiver in the storyroom.

 Let’s “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!” as we blast off into space with Ms. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus! Listen to classic Magic School Bus books, enjoy space-themed experiments and activities, and make crafts to go on Tuesday, June 4th, at 2:30 pm. For children ages 6-11 and their caregiver in Multipurpose Rooms A&B.

 You’ve been chosen for a mission that has never been attempted before – a journey to the center of a black hole! In this Choose Your Own Adventure style program, our audience will decide our fate together each step of the way. Discover fascinating facts about black holes with our special guest astronomer Steve Knight. Join us on Thursday, June 6th, at 10:30 am to learn about gravity by making your own black hole craft. For children ages 5-8 and their caregiver in the storyroom.

 Chapter readers are invited to join us for Natalie Lloyd’s Georgia Book Award Winner A Snicker of Magic on Thursday, June 6th, at 4:00 pm. Games and snacks provided. Participation is limited to 10 children. Please call the Children’s Desk to register and to put your book on hold. For children ages 8-11 in the storyroom.

 Enjoy a Saturday morning of take home craft-activities that are all about planets, stars, astronauts and all things outer space on Saturday, June 8th, at 11:00 am! For children ages 4-11 and their caregiver in the storyroom. 

 bearsie bear It was cold outside and Bearsie Bear was just getting ready for bed when Moosie Moose and a host of other winter animals try to sleep over for the night. Hilarity ensues in this silly puppet show full of animal antics, based on the book by Bernard Waber. Join us Tuesday, June 11th, at 2:30 pm for our Bearsie Bear and the Surprise Sleepover Party puppet show! For children of all ages and their caregiver in the Appleton Auditorium.

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Contact Us: 
Evan Michael Bush, Children's Services Coordinator, ebush@athenslibrary.org
Trudi Green, Assistant Library Director, tgreen@athenslibrary.org