The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning

Library Memories and a New Chapter Ahead

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Tuesday, 09 April 2013 09:01

On Sunday, April 7, a large gathering of community members celebrated  the Athens Clarke County Library's 100th Birthday in a Dedication Ceremony for the newly expanded and renovated 85,000 square foot space. On this glorious afternoon, the community inspected new features our library now offers and saw the film, Thanks for the Memories, created by about 40 library patrons recalling their favorite memories of the library. Collectively the memories are a wonderful testimony of the key role the library played, and still plays, in the lives of Athens residents. CLICK HERE to watch. (Photo above:  Patrons  attending Dedication Ceremony in the new Multipurpose Room)

Director Kathryn Ames and some of the library staff will present a Community Snapshot, Starting a New Chapter, about how our library is prepared to serve us now and in the next two decades on April 17, 12:30 p.m. Join us for program in the library board room, 2025 Baxter St., or from your home or office by joining the webcast.  CLICK HERE for the webcast link 5 - 10 minutes before the program. Password is 123456. Never attended a webcast before? CLICK HERE to view our easy to follow training video. The program will also be archived to this website. (Photo above:  Kathryn Ames, Terry Kay and Wally Eberhard)

One of the highlights of the Dedication Ceremony was Kathryn Ames' presentation of the history of the library, beginning with its charter in 1913. CLICK HERE to read highlights and photos from the Athens Banner Herald.

 

Pilots and Planes in Aviation Art

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Friday, 08 March 2013 14:35

Artful photos touch on aviation history from Tuskegee Airmen and early Delta DC-3 passenger aircraft to modern lightweight planes in John Slemp's program Reaching Higher: Aviation Art.

In a short program, Slemp gives even the most casual appreciator of aviation, a good dose of enthusiasm. He helps his audience see aircraft, vintage to modern, with an artist eye for shape, line, form, texture and pattern while noting the significance of each plane he photographs. He gives the audience a glimpse into life at competitive airshows. He also introduces us to Patty Wagstaff, three times national aerobatic champion in a row, and other famous contemporary aviators.

CLICK HERE to see the recorded program.

During the last decade, Slemp began to focus his professional photography career on aviation, an interest he's had since elementary school where he drew aircraft in the margins of his school assignments. He has a long list of commercial clients including Goodyear Aviation Tire where his photos are included on the calendars.

This Community Snapshot coordinates with the community event Athens Aviation: Then, Now, Next on March 23, 2012.

   

Drs. Ware and Lyndon Came to Life

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:43

In the film premier Athens Revisited, written by Terrell Austin, it seemed that Dr. Edward Ware and Dr. Edward Lyndon visited the house they once occupied on 293 Hoyt Street. Alan Rowell and Mitch Maxey gave convincing portrayals of Ware and Lyndon while Clay Crowder bridged the gap between "back then" and now in his role as the interviewer.

This clever film was full of historical facts, explaining how Athens handled Prohibition, how it was a struggle to raise taxes for a fire truck and other problems that we can relate to today. Photos showing the old Opera House and other treasures of our city in the mid to late 1800's made the film a most enjoyable history lesson. Terrell's humor kept the film from being anything but dry. CLICK HERE to see this wonderful film and Austin's remarks about researching the genealogy of the two families.

Austin, and her co-producer Tim Dowse, are to be thanked and congratulated for creating such a fine film which can now be seen to augment the community's understanding of our history.  The film will be shown to people touring the Ware Lyndon House in the years to come.

   

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