The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning

Lively Discussion on Researching for Athens Architectural Book on June 12

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Monday, 10 June 2013 09:44

Join three of the eleven authors of The Tangible Past of Athens, Georgia and Hargrett research librarian emeritus, Steven Brown on June 12, 12:30 p.m. in the Special Collections Libraries auditorium in the Richard B. Russell Building, 300 S. Hull St.

Charlotte Thomas Marshall, who calls herself editor-by-default of this ambitious book, has been soaking up Athens lore and history for the past 43 years.  She is the author of Historic Houses of Athens and Oconee Hill Cemetery of Athens, Georgia, Volume 1.  The new book includes three essays by Charlotte. Joining her on June 12, will be co-authors Milton Leathers and Gary Doster, and Steven Brown, a key to the success of the book as he mined the special collections library for hundreds of photos and documents not yet published and rarely seen.

Jean Cleveland is offering a free tour of the Special Collections Library following the program.

Please join us in the auditorium or online if you can't get there.  You'll see hundreds of rarely seen photos as you hear about the story of the making of this book by these very entertaining people. CLICK HERE for the link to the webcast.  The password is 123456.  If you think you'd like instruction on how to join ahead of time, WATCH THIS VIDEO (no sound) ahead of time.  It is really easy.  Not for tablets or other mobile devices, but that may be coming in the near future.

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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.


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