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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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January 2019

Bear is lonely. The other forest animals are too afraid of him to be his friends. Bear plans a winter party and invites the other forest animals so he can finally make some friends. Will Bear’s plan work? Join us for winter-themed crafts and activities as we throw a winter party just like Bear! Come party with us on Thursday, January 24th , at 3:30 pm. For children ages 4-8 and their caregiver.
When Dot’s funny family adopts a wolf to be her new brother, Dot is certain he will eat them all up! Find out if she’s right in this silly animal storytime. Learn to play hopscotch, make bunny costumes and more! Find out what happens, on Saturday, January 26 th , at 11 am. For children ages 4-8 and their caregiver.

Every day during January, Waldo is hidden in a new location in the Children’s Area! Get a sticker each time you spot him! When you find Waldo five times in January, you’ll be entered to win a set of Where’s Waldo look-and-find books!

Love curling up with a good book? So do we! Join our February book club brown girl coveras we read Jacqueline Woodson’s Coretta Scott King Award-winning chapter book, ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’. In vivid poetry Woodson shares what it was like growing up African American in the 60s and 70s. Stop by, or call, the Children’s Desk to register and pick up your copy of the book. Then join our monthly discussion on Thursday February 7th at 4 pm.

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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January 2019


Was your new year’s resolution to travel more? Just your luck!  Explore the sights and sounds of Havana, Cuba, and antique cars in this special Dad and Me storytime on Saturday, Jan.5 at 11:00AM.  Jump in your Cara Cara and spend the morning at the library with your dad or male caregiver (moms are welcome, too). Create vintage car crafts to go. 

Looking for a good read during winter break? Pick up a copy of Eva Ibbotson’s The Abominables at abdominablesthe children’s desk, then join us for our Chapter Readers Book Club on Thursday, January 10 at 4:00 p.m., featuring this title.books

Every year, children around Georgia vote for the winners of the Georgia Children’s Book Award. Join us for a book “petting zoo” and meet this year’s nominees on Saturday, Jan.12 at 11:00AM! With crafts to go.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had both big and powerful words! Help us celebrate his birthday as we share inspirational stories and the short film Martin’s Big Words based on the book by Doreen Rappaport. Make unity crafts and participate in a special service project on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 3:30 PM.

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We had so much fun at our Bearsie Bear Puppet show and December programs! Thank you to everyone who came!


December 2018

The year is winding down, but we still have lots of great activities going on in the Children’s Area before the end of December!  Check out one of three performances of our winter puppet show! This year’s show is Bearsie Bear and the Surprise Sleepover Party.Hilarity ensues in this silly puppet show full of animal antics, based on the book by Bernard Waber. 

Join us Thursday, December 13 at 3:30 p.m. for our Christmas Around the World Craft Fair. Each country around the world celebrates Christmas in its own unique way. Learn about some of these wonderful traditions by making crafts from six different countries at our drop-in craft fair while supplies last.

 Winter is coming and so is Jack Frost! With a touch of his finger, the seasons begin to change. Listen to Kazuno Kohara’s enchanting story of this famous wintery character, then learn the science of snow! Short film and craft included. 

Looking for a good read during winter break? Pick up a copy of Eva Ibbotson’s The Abominables at the children’s desk, then join us for our Chapter Readers Book Club on Thursday, January 10 at 4:00 p.m., featuring this title.

Registration is now open for our second session of First Steps in Music class for preschoolers! Help your child become tuneful, artful and beatful with this curriculum-based music and movement class for young children.

Celebrate early childhood with songs, stories, games and dancing. Folk songs, rhymes and classical music are used to develop young musical minds and abilities in the 7-week course for children ages 3-5. Registration is limited to 25 children. Please call the Children’s Desk 706-613-3650 Ext. 314 to reserve your spot. Class Dates are Thursdays, January 10, 17, 31 and February 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Please note that Storytime is officially on vacation from December 17th through January 1st. 

The library will be closed December 24-26 for the Christmas Holidays. We will close at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31, and be closed all day Tuesday, January 1, 2019 for New Year’s Day. Happy Holidays!



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Contact Us: 
Evan Michael Bush, Children's Services Coordinator,
Trudi Green, Assistant Library Director,