ANSWER: With help from the State Library, civic and education leaders in Nelsonville started ACPL in 1935.
"Athens" is in our system name and our Athens branch is often our
busiest, the Nelsonville library remains our system's base for our
leadership and cataloging teams. Every single item that can be checked
out with your library card starts by being processed in Nelsonville. Our
open-to-the-public monthly Board membermeetings are held at our Nelsonville branch, as well.
A little more history:
The Works Progress Administration (WPA), an employment and
infrastructure program created by President Roosevelt, had already
established 20 “library stations” in private homes around Athens County
by 1934. But these were small collections with untrained staff, and soon
a need for better service led Nelsonville leaders to collaborate
with the State Library.
current system began in 1935, with trustees appointed by the
Nelsonville school board and most books donated by local citizens or
borrowed from the State Traveling Library.
That's a Wrap: Winter Library Club 2022
Thanks to all library visitors who participated,
and congratulations to the prize winners from each location!
We hope the books you read, films you watched, and library programs you
participated in helped bring more meaningful connection, entertainment, and learning
into the coldest months of the year.
New Free Service: Car Seat Checkups
Library cardholders can now meet with a
Child Passenger Safety Technician at our Athens location!
Did you know 80% of car seats aren't used correctly?
Passenger Safety (CPS) Technicians--who learn this troubling statistic
during their training--can offer you hands-on, one-on-one
education so you can confidently and correctly install
your child's seat. You'll also leave an appointment knowing
more about vehicle/passenger safety.
by the variety of car seats out there? A CPS can
even help you choose a model that best suits your needs.
What to Expect During the Car Seat Checkup
This interactive appointment takes place at the Athens Public Library
and typically lasts 30-45 minutes, depending on your car seat and
vehicle. The technician will take all the time you need until you feel
comfortable that your car seat is used and installed correctly.
For more info (including how to make an appointment), visit this link.
*Can't make it to our Athens branch? Our CPS can refer you to another location with a CPS of their own.
The newest class of certified Child Passenger Safety technicians in Athens County last fall.
This training was made possible by The Birth Circle, the Athens County Foundation,