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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.

Spectacular September

Rosemary Wells Book Signing decorative imageThe Children's Department is back from fall break and the month of September is going to be spectacular! Not only are Storytimes back in full swing, but we have a host of incredible programs lined up for various ages. From Babies First Art Class to Wheels on the Tuk Tuk and Other Stories from India, there's something for everyone.

Photo of Rosemary WellsOur special highlight this month is our lecture and book signing with renowned author-illustrator Rosemary Wells on Wednesday, September 14th at 6:30 p.m. in Multipurpose Rooms A & B. Rosemary Wells is the highly acclaimed creator of over 120 children's booksHand in Hand bookcover including the Max and Ruby series, McDuff, Noisy Nora, and Yoko. Please join us for this special evening lecture and book signing celebrating her new release: Hand in Hand, a sweet and heartfelt picture book celebrating all that parents do for their children. Brought to you by Avid Bookshop and The Athens Clarke County Library. Books will be available for purchase a the event and can also be pr-ordered at Avid Bookshop.

September is also Library Card Sign-Up Month. Children of any age are eligible to sign up for a library card with their parents or legal guardian. Choose from two awesome new child-friendly designs. Parents must provide a valid picture ID and proof of current address. Library cards are free to residents of Clarke, Oconee, Madison, Franklin and Oglethorpe counties. Don't miss out on the most important school supply of all...your library card!

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Celebrate your freedom to read during ALA's annual Banned Books Week, September 25th -October 1st. Stop by the Children's Department to check out our display of banned and challenged books from around the country, and try your hand at Banned Books Bingo all week long.

Our Chapter Readers Book Club starts up again in October. Stop by the Children's desk to pick up your copy of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman to be ready for our first fall meeting on Thursday, October 13th, at 4:00 p.m.

On Your Mark, Get Set…Back to School!

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August is here and the Summer Reading Program is officially over. From pirates and mermaids to live parrots and Curious George, we had a wonderful time sharing a summer chock-full of fantastic books and programs. Whether you were exploring Timeless Tales of Thor, Little House on the Prairie or Finding Winnie the Pooh, the library has been the place to jump into the life-long adventure of reading. Participants in the reading program moved their nametags through five famous storybook places on their journey to 50 books or 25 hours. We even had 54 children become Super Summer Readers by reading 100 books or 50 hours! If you haven’t brought in your reading log yet, the final day to get your prizes is August 12th. For those of you heading into Pre-K or Kindergarten, be sure to check out our display of “Back to School” books! Please note that Storytime is on vacation and will be back in September with lots of great surprises for the fall.

Photo of superhero performers! Photo of Curious George and the man in the yellow hat Photo of a girl holding a parrot Photo of Miss Keir in a tutu! Photo of Summer artwork hanging on the wall Photo of Summer Fun! Photo of a boy holding Thor's hammer! Photo of a musician! Photo of everyone who came to see Curious George! Photo of car mazes!

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