Friends of the ACC Library logoThe Friends is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that supports the library in numerous ways - hosting Café au Libris author events, Live@the Library concert series, and book sales at the Athens-Clarke Library. Additionally, they provide supplemental funding for a wide array of programs such as the Summer Reading program.  Interested in joining the Friends? Need to know more about a Friends' sponsored program? Call the library at (706) 613-3650.  

Book Sale Fall 2019


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Wednesday, October 2* 2:00-6:00 p.m. *Members-only Preview; Join for $25! Open to the Public!

Wednesday, October 2 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 3 9:00 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday, October 4 9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, October 5** 9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
**Bag Day Fill a bag for $10!

Need some new books after a summer of reading? Restock your collection at the Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library Fall Book Sale!

The Friends will host their semi-annual sale beginning Wednesday, October 2, through Saturday, October 5, 2019. The sale will feature thousands of gently used books, including fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, hardbacks, paperbacks, audio books, CDs and more. 

The sale kicks off on Wednesday, October 2, with a Friends of the Library Member Exclusive Preview from 2-6 p.m. Memberships will be available at the door for $25 and are valid for one year. Following the members-only sale, the sale will open to the public from 6-8 p.m.

Saturday is Bag Day! Shoppers will have the special opportunity to fill a grocery bag (provided by the Friends) with items for only $10!

All proceeds from the Book Sale benefit the Athens-Clarke County Library.  The Athens-Clarke County Library is located at 2025 Baxter Street, Athens.

Thousands of titles available! It's time to restock your shelves!

Café au Libris: Michael Thurmond: A Story Untold

Saturday, July 27, 2019 2:00-4:00 p.m. 

The Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library are proud to host an afternoon with author Michael Thurmond in celebration of the reissue of his book, A Story Untold: Black Men and Women in Athens History, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2019. A Story Untold
Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the publication of Thurmond’s book, which details the valuable contributions by African-American men and women to Athens’ rich history. The book was recently reissued by Athens Historical Society in conjunction with Deeds Publishing with more information and a revamped index.

Raised as a sharecropper’s son in Clarke County, Thurmond graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and religion from Paine College before later learning a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law. michael thurmond portraitHe also completed the Political Executives program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University before becoming the first African-American elected to the Georgia General Assembly from Clarke County since Reconstruction.

In 1998, Thurmond was elected Georgia labor commissioner. Thurmond next served as Superintendent of the Dekalb County School District. In 2016, he won a landslide victory to become chief executive officer of DeKalb County. Thurmond’s latest book, Freedom: Georgia’s Antislavery Heritage, 1733-1865, was awarded the Georgia Historical Society’s Lilla Hawes Award and The Georgia Center for the Book listed it as one of The 25 Books All Georgian’s Should Read.

This event is free and open the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, call the library at (706) 613-3650. The Athens-Clarke County Library is located at 2025 Baxter Street, Athens.

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