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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 or at the email address below.

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Children's Area Blog

March 1-14

athens childrens book festival

We’re celebrating our first annual Athens Children’s Book Festival, and you’re invited! Join us for an afternoon of family fun, books, authors, illustrators, music, crafts and activities on Saturday, March 28th, 2020 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Meet Pete the Cat and some of your favorite children’s creators, including Laurel Snyder, Jessie Sima, Mike Lowery, Xelena González, Surishtha Sehgal, Karen Strong, Amy Alznauer and Ping Zhu. Support some of your local favorites including David Hale, Bart King, Jacob Wenzka, Margo Candelario, Lil’ Ice Cream Dude and more! This program is brought to you by the Athens-Clarke County Library, in conjunction with our wonderful co-sponsors: The Friends of the ACC Library, Avid Bookshop, UGA's Department of Language and Literacy Education, and Books for Keeps. Books will be available for purchase and signing. All ages are welcome. Events are building-wide.

book club graphicFour gifted children embark on a secret mission full of mysterious, mind-bending tests. Discuss Trenton Stewart’s ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’ with us on Thursday, March 5th, 2020 at 4:00 pm. Games and snacks provided. For children ages 8-11. Participation in book club is limited to 10 children. Please call the Children’s Desk to register and to put your book on hold. With Miss Keir. In Storyroom.

bilingual story time 

¡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 on Friday, March 6th, 2020 at 4:00 pm. In Storyroom.

irish harp graphicPut on your green and join us for a morning of Irish music, stories and crafts with special guest harpist Tracie Brown on Saturday, March 7th, 2020 at 11:00 am. Listen to Celtic tunes and tales and make St. Patrick’s Day crafts to go. For children ages 4-11 and their caregiver. With Miss Theresa. In Storyroom.

Come learn about Mary Shelley’s life and how she created one of the most famous monsters of all time, Frankenstein!  Participate in some mad scientist-style experiments on Thursday, March 12th, 2020 at 3:30 pm! With crafts to go. For children ages 8-11 and their caregiver. With Miss Keir. In Storyroom.

 mermaid graphic

Find your inner mermaid and journey through the sea to visit all sorts of sea creatures...including merbabies! Join us for our 20-30 minute lapsit storytime followed by open play on Saturday, March 14th, 2020 at 11:00 am. For infants birth to 18 months and their caregivers. With Miss Erika. In Storyroom.

February 14-29 2020

where's waldo graphic  Where’s Waldo in the Athens-Clarke County Library?
Every day during the month of February, Waldo will be hiding in a new location in the Children’s Area. Get a sticker each time you spot him! Pick up a game card at the Children’s Desk to keep track of your progress. When you find Waldo five times in February, you’ll be entered to win a set of Where’s Waldo look-and-find books!


Get out of my tub graphic Rub-a-dub-dub, get out of my tub! Join us for a splashy bath storytime with silly stories, songs, and crafts to go on Saturday, February 15th, 2020 at 11:00 am! For children ages 3-8 and their caregiver. With Miss Keir. In Storyroom.


read to rover graphicBeginning readers read aloud to certified therapy dogs, a.k.a. Tail Waggin’ Tutors on Sunday, February 16th, 2020 from 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm! All dogs are insured and with trainers. First come, first served. In Storyroom.


open wide book coverOpen wide and say “Ahhh…” because it’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, and we’re going to learn all about human and animal teeth. Listen to some great tooth stories and songs on Thursday, Feburary 20th, 2020 at 3:30 pm! With chompy crafts to go! For children ages 4-8 and their caregiver.
With Miss Misty. In Storyroom.

bees knees graphicThe library is buzzing with excitement… Come bee one with us at this storytime all about bees and honey! Can you taste the sweetness? Join us on Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 at 11:00 am to get the buzzzz on bees! For children ages 4-8 and their caregiver. With Miss Misty. In Storyroom.
lego club graphicCan’t get enough of those LEGO bricks? Want to join forces with other creative kids? Use the library’s LEGOs to make your own magnificent creations on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 at 11:00 am. For children ages 6-11 and their caregiver. In Storyroom.

February 1-13

where's waldo graphic

Every day during the month of February, Waldo will be hiding in a new location in the Children’s Area. Get a sticker each time you spot him! Pick up a game card at the Children’s Desk to keep track of your progress. When you find Waldo five times in February, you’ll be entered to win a set of Where’s Waldo look-and-find books!

hooray for dogs graphic Let’s celebrate man and kids’ best friend, the DOG. Big dogs, small dogs, stripy dogs, spotty dogs. There are so many different kinds of dogs. How can anyone pick one type of dog to love the most? Enjoy dog books, make a puppy mask and join the Great Dog Show Parade on Saturday, February 1st, 2020 at 11:00 am. For children ages 3-8 and their caregiver. With Miss Theresa. In Storyroom.

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 Meet Kenny Watson and his family: Momma, Dad, Joetta and “official juvenile delinquent” Byron. When Byron’s trouble-making has gone too far, the family goes South to visit Grandma in Birmingham to straighten him up. This award-winning and critically-acclaimed classic novel uses plenty of humor and heart to show readers what life is like for this African-American family during Segregation. Join us on Thursday, February 6th, 2020 at 4:00 pm. Games and snacks provided. Participation in book club 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. With Miss Keir. In Storyroom.

bilingual storytime graphic¡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 on Friday, February 7th, 2020 at 4:00 pm. In Storyroom. 

roots of rap graphic‘Ba Bump Ba Bump Ba Boom Boom SPSSSS’...Rap is one of the most popular genres of music in the world. Learn about the roots of rap and the tenacious music artists who started it all. Listen to influential rap artists and create some graffiti art to take home on Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at 11:00 am. For children ages 5-11 and their caregiver. With Miss Erika. In Storyroom.

hedge hog graphicA hug can be a good way to tell someone you love them, but hugging can be dangerous if one of you has spikes! Prickly hedgehogs need love, too, so let’s celebrate these adorable creatures with a special hedgehog storytime on Thursday, February 13th, 2020 at 3:30 pm! With crafts to go. For children ages 3-8 and their caregiver. With Miss Keir. In Storyroom.

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

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