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.  


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.

Café au Libris: Jonathan Putnam

Café au Libris: Jonathan Putnam, July 10, 2019, 6:00PM

Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library present author Jonathan Putnam. 

author portraitATHENS, Ga. — The Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library and Avid Bookshop present an evening with writer and attorney Jonathan F. Putnam, author of the Lincoln and Speed mystery series, on Wednesday, July 10 at 6:00 p.m. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Putnam is a nationally renowned trial lawyer and recognized Lincoln scholar. He will visit the Athens-Clarke County Library to speak about A House Divided, the fourth book in his series which will be released on July 9.

A House Divided reimagines one of the greatest unsolved murder mysteries from Abraham Lincoln’s real-life trial cases. In the winter of 1840, a sensational disappearance rocks Springfield, Ill., as headlines announce a local man has accused his two brothers of murder. Not one to pass up an opportunity, the young attorney Abraham Lincoln takes up the case of the
accused with the help of his best friend Joshua Speed to search for evidence of innocence. Lincoln and Speed find their friendship at risk as they both vie for the hand of a beautiful new arrival in town – an ambitious, outspoken young woman named Mary Todd. At the same time, a mysterious foreign banker arrives in town, promising a trunk full of gold coins to solve the state’s economic woes. Can Lincoln and Speed put aside their differences to work together for justice
once more? Other books in the series include Final Resting Place (2018), Perish from the Earth (2017) and These Honored Dead (2016). Putnam’s books have been optioned for the screen, and Variety magazine has reported that a major television series is in the works.
The event is free and open to 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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