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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.

May 2019

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Explore outer space and a Universe of Stories with the Library! Pick up your reading log and join us for a host of fantastic family activities at our fabulous summer kick-off! Head to Athens Library on Saturday, May 18th from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. The first 500 children to sign up for our Summer Reading Program will receive a free Universe of Stories tote bag.

What do bats do at night? Aerobatics! Comecreatures at night graphic hear stories and learn about what bats and other nocturnal creatures REALLY do at night, with a special presentation from local experts at Sandy Creek Nature Center on Tuesday, May 21, at 2:30 pm! With crafts to go. For children ages 4-8 and their caregiver. In Storyroom. 

book coverIf you don’t know what a “Snooger” or a “Cat’s Eye” is, or how to play “Bombsies”, stop by and learn how to “Knuckle Down” in the old-fashioned game of marbles. Learn how to play jacks, jump rope, and other classic games you can enjoy all summer long on Thursday, May 23, at 10:30 am. For children ages 5-11. In Multipurpose Room B.

Dr.snook book coverEver wonder what the sun is made of, why the planets are different colors, or how cold it is in outer space? Join Dr. Maurice Snook as he takes us on a tour of the galaxy, with space-chemistry-magic, right here on Earth on Saturday, May 25, at 11:00 am! For children ages 5-11 and their caregiver. In the Appleton Auditorium. 

curious george coverThe Man in the Yellow Hat is back with your favorite mischievous monkey – Curious George! Hear the tale of how George earns a medal by piloting his very own rocket spaceship. Earn your own medal by playing games and making Curious George crafts in this special summer storytime. For children ages 4-8 and their caregiver on Tuesday, May 28, at 2:30 pm. In Multipurpose Rooms A & B.

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When riding a bus, there is just one rule...don’t let the pigeon drive the bus! Join us for a fun and silly storytime all about everyone’s favorite grumpy pigeon as we share stories, games and pigeon crafts to go. For children ages 4-8 and their caregiver on Thursday, May 30, at 10:30 am. In Storyroom.

Thanks for helping us ‘spring’ into summer! 

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April 2019

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Spend a magical day of family fun at the Athens-Clarke County Library as we share stories, fairy house building, crafts, face painting, family folk dancing, and more at our 4th Annual Fairy & Elf Festival: Into the Woods! on Saturday, April 13th, 2019 1:00-4:00 pm. Dress up as your favorite fairytale character, all magical creatures are welcome. For ages 3-11 and their caregivers. In the Children’s Area. Begin the day at 1:00 pm with Fairy Family Folk Dancing, then listen to Magical Stories from the Wood at 2:00 pm with master storyteller Jackie Elsner. The Fairy Village opens at 2:30 pm for crafts, activities and fairy house building. Please check the children’s brochure for more details. 

king alfie coverEver wanted to be the ruler of your own kingdom? That is exactly what King Alice becomes!  But will her royal demands cause problems in her kingdom? Come listen to ‘King Alice’ by Matthew Cordell, then take pictures at our royal throne with your decorated crowns on Thursday, April 4th, at 3:30 pm. Costumes are welcomed!

childrens lighthouse coverLighthouses have kept ships at sea in the dark safe for thousands of years. Enjoy Sophie   Blackall’s beautiful picture book ‘Hello, Lighthouse!’ (winner of the 2019 Caldecott Medal), learn about lighthouses, and make a cool lighthouse craft on Saturday, April 6th, at 11:00 am.

childrens caterpillarThe Very Hungry Caterpillar is celebrating his 50th Anniversary by traveling around the country in his cool car! Check out his groovy vehicle, meet the caterpillar himself, make colored-paper collage art, and experience his classic story on Tuesday, April 23, at 10:30 am. This event is proudly co-hosted by the ACC Library and Avid Bookshop. Books will be available for sale.

omu book coverHelp us celebrate Dia! (Children’s Day/Book Day) as we share Caldecott Honor book ‘Thank You Omu!’, and prepare a real storytime stew you can actually eat, with our new culinary kitchen. Omu is Igbo for “queen” and Omu is definitely the queen of the kitchen. All the    neighbors want some of her delicious stew, but will there be enough for everyone? Join Miss Erika and guest Chef Shawanda on Saturday, April 27th, at 11:00 am.

Holi Hai! Thank you to everyone who attended our 1st annual HOLI: Indian Festival of Colors program!


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March 2019

Join us for our first annual Holi Indian Cultural Celebration with New York Times bestselling author Surishtha Seghal (Festival of Colors, Wheels on the Tuk Tuk, A Bucket of Blessings) on Saturday, March 16th at 11:00 am. Enjoy Indian food, dance, music and the throwing of traditional colored powders to celebrate spring and the triumph of good over evil. Be sure to wear white clothing. Co-hosted by IAGA (Indian Association of Greater Athens). Books will be available for purchase.

bad kittyNew York Times bestselling author-illustrator Nick Bruel shares the latest book in his Bad Kitty series - Bad Kitty: Kitten Trouble. Will Bad Kitty choose to share her food, home, and toys when her family decides to foster as many kittens as possible from a destroyed shelter? Join us, Tuesday, March 5th at 6:30 pm! This special event is cosponsored by Avid Bookshop and the ACC Library. Books will be available for purchase during the event.

Oliver’s best friends are puppets, but there are some things puppets can’t do. Perhaps it’s time to make some new friends, or is it? Discover this fun story of friendship, puppets and imagination, then make a puppet for your very own puppet show on Thursday, March 7th at 3:30 pm.

Multi-award-winning author Mac Barnett (Extra Yarn, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Noisy Night) is bringing us Circle, the final book in his and Jon Klassen’s brilliant shapes trilogy. This is the story of Circle and how she has to rescue her friend Triangle when he breaks a rule she has made. This special event is cosponsored by Avid Bookshop and the ACC Library on Saturday, March 9 th at 11:00 am. Books will be available for purchase during the event.

mothergooseMother Goose on the Loose is a three-week class that incorporates books, nursery rhymes, musical instruments and interactive play. The first day of class is Thursday, March 14th at 10:30 am. Registration is limited to 20 children; please stop by or call the children’s desk, at 706-613-3650 ext. 314, to reserve a place for you and your child.  

secretgardenJoin our monthly book club and read “A Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Stop by the Children’s Desk, or call us at 706-613-3650 ext. 314, to register and check out your copy. Then join us for engaging book discussions, activities and snacks on March 14th at 4:00 pm. Participation in book club is limited to 10 children.
We started the year off with some exciting programs! What new adventures will the rest of the new year bring? Stop by the Children’s Department to find out!


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