Biblioteca y Centro Educativo de la Communidad de Pinewoods

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  • Lunes - Jueves 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Viernes 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


1465 Hwy 29 North Lot F-12

ATHENS GA 30601-1103

Curbside Hours:

Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Board of Trustees Meeting, October 13, 2020 at 4:00pm via Zoom

Bienvenidos a Sistema Bibliotecario Regional de Athens!

Las personas que entran en la biblioteca de Pinewoods.

Nuestra principal misión es ayudar a que nuestra comunidad hispana este mejor informada en los Estados Unidos de America. Nosotros ofrecemos un gran número de servicios a la comunidad entre los que se encuentran clases de ingles, clases de computación, seminarios de salud, ayuda con las tareas de los estudiantes y muchos otros programas para adultos, jóvenes y niños. La biblioteca cuenta con varias computadoras y acceso a la internet, al igual que muchos libros y videos. Todos nuestros servicios son gratuitos. La Biblioteca de Pinewoods es un recurso invaluable para la comunidad hispana. Visite nuestra página de eventos para más información sobre los programas.

Please visit your library branch's website for the latest hours and services. Call us or contact us at if you have any questions regarding library service during this time. For more information about the libraries' phased re-entry plans, please click here  

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Message from the Director

UPDATED: September 20, 2020

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Dear Library User,
I am very pleased to announce that in addition to our current services, most county libraries will be moving to the next phase of the libraries re-opening plan.  Those libraries will be welcoming patrons back into our facilities for Grab and Go service beginning September 28, 2020.  

Due to the recent spike in Coronavirus cases, the Athens-Clarke County libraries will not be participating in Grab and Go service at this time.  We will, however, continue the services that are currently being offered:  Extended curbside hours, computers by appointment, document delivery, reference chat, and passport services.  The active cases and infection rates in Athens-Clarke County will be reviewed weekly with the hope of opening for Grab and Go service in early October.  Please read the full Message from the Director here.

2020 Census Deadline is September 30, 2020


Time is running out to complete your 2020 U.S. Census! The Census directly impacts resources allocated for healthcare, education and infrastructure. It’s important to ensure everyone in our communities is counted. Completing the census is safe, secure and easy. It only takes about 10 minutes at Don’t forget: our libraries offer wi-fi access in our parking lots in case you need it, or call us to set up a computer session. The deadline to respond to the Census is September 30, 2020. Read the statement on the Census from U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham, dated Aug. 3, 2020, here.

Voter Registration Deadline is October 5, 2020

Be A VoterAre you registered to vote? The deadline to register for the November General Election is October 5, 2020. Please visit our Voter Information page for detailed nonpartisan information, including important dates related to elections, lists of candidates by county, statewide candidates, current officials, and other voter information.

Updated Services

As part of its phased reentry plan, the Athens Regional Library System continues to expand its available services while protecting the health and safety of patrons and staff.

Grab and Go: Many Athens Regional Library System branches will open for Grab and Go service starting Monday, September 28, 2020. Patrons will be able to visit their library branch to browse parts of the collection, place and pick up holds, and check out items. Unvented face masks are required. Visits are limited to one hour or less. Some branches will limit visits to 30 minutes or less. Check your local library branch’s webpage for hours here.

curbside updatedCurbside Service: Place holds at our website, through the PINES mobile app, in-person at your library, or by phone. We’ll notify you when your items are ready for pickup. Our libraries also offer curbside print pickup. Email your document to your local Athens Regional Library System branch, and we’ll notify you when it’s ready for pickup! Learn more about print pickup and find your library’s printing email here

 Book Drops: Our book drops are now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We ask that checked-out materials be placed in our outdoor bookdrops and not brought into the buildings for check-in. We’ll hold all returned items in quarantine before checking them in, which means your return won’t show up on your account right away. Don’t worry! No fines will be charged if you’ve returned items by their original due date. Please note, our libraries are not accepting donations for the time being.

Computer Appointments: Selected branches of Athens Regional Library System offer Internet computer sessions by appointment. Reserve your one-hour session by calling your local branch library. You can reserve one session per day and up to two sessions per week. Please note you will be required to wear an unventilated face mask while at the library, and limited staff assistance will be available. Printing services will be available. Athens-Clarke County Library also offers one-hour appointments for patrons who would like to work at the library using their own device. or more information, including details on what to do when you arrive at the library for your appointment, click here. 

Athens-Clarke County Library: Passports:  The Athens-Clarke County Library accepts passport applications by appointment. Please call the library at 706-613-3650 to set up your appointment. Saturday appointments are available! 

  • Please note appointments must be made via phone.
  • Masks must be worn.
  • Only the applicants should be present.

Please check their website at for the most current information.

Share your family's experiences as part of our library's community archive

Are you keeping a journal of your experiences during the coronavirus pandemic?covid stories Did you post a photo on social media of empty shelves at the grocery store? Whether you’re writing in an old school diary or recording voice memos, everyone's experience is unique. The Heritage Room at Athens-Clarke County Library wants to help preserve our community’s story of this unprecedented time in our collective history. We are interested in stories from everyday people. No story is too small! How you collect your thoughts is up to you: write in a journal, take photos or videos, record voice memos or even save social media posts. Full details are available here using a Google account. If you don't have a Google account, use this link.

Resources That Promote Equity

current events resourcesThe Athens Regional Library System embraces diversity, inclusion, and social justice. These are a part of our organizational values and at the heart of our public services. We support the members of our communities who are in pain, those who are on a quest to educate themselves around the issues of race, and those wondering how to talk with children and young people about these issues. To help with those endeavors, we have developed the following list of resources. We will be adding to this list as the days go by. Much like the challenging events our communities have experienced over the last three months, the Library believes that we are in this together, and together we will see our way through. Visit our resources here

Testimonios - Historias de éxito sobre el aprendizaje de Inglés

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José Durán

Hola, mi nombre es José Durán, soy de Mexico y he vivido en Athens por 3 años. Los programas de ESL en Athens han sido muy importantes para mí pues me han ayudado mucho. Las clases de inglés en la biblioteca de la comunidad de Pinewood y en Redeemer Presbyterian Church, me ayudaron a aprender más inglés, hacer nuevos amigos, tener mejores oportunidades de empleo; y ahora estoy estudiando para aprobar mi exámen de ciudadania y poder convertirme en ciudadano de los Estados Unidos. Creo que los programas de ESL son una de las cosas más importantes para la comunidad inmigrante, para aprender el lenguaje, aprender la cultura americana, historia y comunidad, todo esto es muy importante. Siempre estoy muy agradecido por estos programas en Athens!

Hello, my name is Jose Antonio Duran Ruiz, I'm from Mexico and I have lived in Athens for 3 years. ESL programs in Athens have been very important to me and have helped me so much. Classes at the Pinewoods Neighborhood library and at Redeemer Presbyterian Church helped me learn more English, make new friends, have better job opportunities, and I am now studying to pass the citizenship exam so I can become a United States citizen. I think that ESL programs are one of the most important things for immigrants in our community. To learn the language, learn about American culture, history, the community--it's all very important. And I am always very grateful for these programs in Athens!

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Teresa Alvarez

Hola: Mi nombre es Teresa Alvarez. Yo estoy estudiando inglés. Quiero mencionar que tengo una excelente maestra la cual me está ayudando a desenvolverme con este idioma que es un poco complicado. Recuerden que con paciencia y mucha perseverancia se logran las cosas. Recuerden nuestro lema: SI SE PUEDE!!!!!!!!! Necesitamos aprender éste idioma para poder ayudar a nuestros hijos y para cualquier problema que ellos lleguen a tener; o simplemente para superarnos.

Debemos aprovechar lo que el gobierno nos ofrece para salir adelante; es gratis, así que no tenemos pretextos. A estudiar se ha dicho! Les dejo con un fuerte abrazo (SI SE PUEDE)

Hello, My name is Teresa Alvarez. I am studying English. I want to mention that I have an excellent teacher that is helping me deal with this language which is a bit complicated. Remember that with patience and perseverance we could achieve many things. Remember our motto YES WE CAN !!!!!!!!! We need to learn this language to help our children in any problem they could have or just to improve ourselves.

We should participate in the programs the government offers which are available to all Hispanics to succeed; they are free, so we have no excuses. Study, enough said! I leave you a big hug (YES WE CAN).

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María Rogel

Hola: Mi nombre es María Rogel. Les quiero hablar de cómo les beneficia el poder aprender hablar inglés. Mucha gente dirá "ah pues, yo sólo hablo español y si quieren entederme que aprendan ellos." Pero no se dan cuenta de lo mal que es no saber hablarlo o entenderlo ya que se utiliza en todas partes como el doctor, la tienda, la escuela, etc.

En lo personal me siento una persona realizada cuando hago mis cosas sin ayuda de nadie. Yo se que dirán: "ok, alguien me ayudará." Pero es muy feo que te digan no puedo, no tengo tiempo, ustedes saben, no todos están a dispocisión de nosotros.

Otro punto muy importante es el ejemplo que uno les da a nuestros hijos. Saben que ellos son el reflejo de nosotros mismos. Aprendan inglés y van a ver que muchas puertas se abren.

Hello: My name is María Rogel. I want to talk about the benefits of learning to speak English. Many people say "oh well, I only speak Spanish and if you want to understand me, you learn my language." But they do not realize how bad it is not able to speak or understand because English it is used everywhere at the doctor, shop, school, etc.

Personally, I am a fulfilled person when I do my things without assistance. You could say, "Ok, someone help me." But it's ugly when people have no time to help you, you know, not everyone is available when you need translation.

Another important point is the example that we give to our children. You know that they are a reflection of us. Learn English and you will see that many doors will open.

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Laura Miranda

Cuando yo llegué a los Estados Unidos, no podía hablar casi nada de ingles. Despues me enteré del programa de Even Star en el que ofrecían las clases de inglés con el cuidado de niños, lo cual estaba perfecto,porque no sólo te enseñaban inglés si no que también te daban clases de cómo ser mejores padres. Despues de dos años de estudios recibí mi reconocimiento por parte del programa, y no saben cuanto me ha ayudado a traves de estos años con la escuela de mis hijos, en el trabajo y muchas cosas más, como poder estudiar para tener el GED. Ahora me da mucho gusto poder ayudar a las personas sirviendo como voluntaria para traducir en las conferencias de las escuelas y muchos otros lugares.

No esperen más y ustedes también tomen la desición de aprender inglés y van a ver todas las oportunidades que se les pueden presentar con el conocimiento del idioma de éste país.

When I came to the United States I could not speak English. Then I heard about the Even Start program, which offered English classes with child care, which was perfect because the program not only taught English but it also gave you lessons on how to be better parents. After two years of study I received my graduation certificate from the program. You have no idea how much it has helped me through these years with my children's school, at work and much more, like being able to take the GED study. Now I am very happy to help people serving as a volunteer to translate at school conferences and many other places.

Do not wait any longer! Go ahead and make the decision to learn English! You will see all the opportunities you will have with the knowledge of the language of this country.

**PLEASE NOTE: Classes are no longer available with the Even Start Program, but there are multiple programs serving ESL students. Please see our website at for a complete list of ESL class providers.**

Servicios Sociales Generales

Department of Family and Children Services

284 North Ave.

Reportar abuso o negligencia infantil.
Provee estampillas de comida.
Seguro de salud Madicaid.

Catholic Social Services

119 Sycamore Drive, Suite 3
(706) 548-9421

Ofrece apoyo en casos legales médicos, legales o escolares. Ofrecen asistencia para encontrar empleo. Clases de ingles. Ayuda a contactar agencias de servicios sociales. Aplicaciones de Medicaid y Peachcare.

Casa de Amistad

1875 E. Commerce hwy.

Interpretación para necesidades variadas.

Oasis Católico Santa Rafaela

1469 Hwy 29 N.  lot G-21

Interpretación y transporte para citas médicas y otras necesidades. Ayuda a contactar agencias de servicios sociales. Ayuda con las tareas de los niños. (Atención con previa cita).

Servicios de Salud

Athens Regional Medical Center

1199 Prince Ave.

St. Mary's Hospital

1240 Baxter St.

Clarke County Health Department

345 N. Harris St.

Athens Neighborhood Health Center

675 College Ave.

402 McKinley Dr.

Athens Nurses Clinic

496 Reese St.

Mercy Health Center

112 Park Ave.

Dental Clinic

Atención sin seguro medico. Previa cita.

Regional First Care

485 Hwy 29N Athens
(706)769-0000 / (706)353-6000

(se necesita interprete en ingles) Atención tardes/fin de semana. Más económico que hospital. Horario: 8am-8pm

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