might not think of exercise equipment, lawn games, or home
entertainment projectors first when you hear the word “library” (And
that’s ok–books and trusted information will always be at the heart of
who we are and what we do!)
the years, we’ve joined other public libraries in adding physical items
to our catalog that are either needed or wanted in the communities we
serve. This collection is called the Library of Things, and it continues
You can find ACPL’s Library of Things at our website by clicking on the “Borrow" tab, then looking for the logo with the little bicycle next to it.
Summer at the Library 2022 Welcomes
Kids, Teens, and Adults for the First Time
From pirate day to learning about (and tasting!) Caribbean food,
and from building beach fairy gardens to crafting sea creatures,
Part of our Youth Services team, librarian Carter recently moved from our Chauncey branch to Nelsonville. On a typical day, Carter spends time at the circulation desk, helping patrons find and check out materials.
He also goes through the children's stacks to keep things updated and inviting and plans library programs (his favorite part of the day) like the "Swingin' through the Stacks Picture Book Putt-Putt" course he recently built and hosted (See photos below and on Flickr.)
Thursdays are his favorite exception to the "typical" day because he gets to start them with 10:30 Storytime (Come join in! There's no pressure for
children to be silent or still during this Storytime. The goal is
for them to feel comfortable in the library and with books.)
If Carter could tell families about one library resource or service they might not know about, it would be the free pass to the AHA! Children's Museum in Lancaster.
“The museum has such fantastic play exhibits, including a Pipe
Xylophone, a Garden Zone, a Dino Dig table, and a Bulldozer,” he says.
“Patrons can check one out for 2 weeks and get free admission for up to 4
children and adults.”
excited about various other plans in the works, including an
augmented/virtual reality exhibit and creating fun and challenging
activities for Girls Who Code. One longer-term dream he has for the
Nelsonville library is to create a hands-on space for kids to learn
about gardening and growing food.
If you haven't met Carter already, come say hello and join one of his wonderful programs!
Magick Recommends Your Next Purrfect Read
Follow ACPL's Instagram and Facebook to see what our newest book reviewer recommends!
the cat will travel the world (and beyond!) once or twice a
month to bring you their favorite reads in our collection.
they don't have their whiskers in a book, Magick enjoys life
with librarian Dawn from our branch in The Plains.
Library Resource Highlight: Access to the NYT Online
Get free unlimited access to the New York Times when browsing from a computer or a wi-fi-connected device at any ACPL location.
Not at a library? Use a special access code for library cardholders, good for 72 hours of unlimited access from your home computer or mobile device.
Children's Exhibit Visits Libraries
Winner of the "Best in Show" People's Choice Award
thanks to the artist and librarian Rachel for bringing this exhibit to
ACPL; watch for it at more library locations in the months ahead!
Book Shop at the Athens Public Library
The Friends of the Athens Public Library host an ongoing Book Shop inside our Athens branch. The
shop runs on the honor system during open hours, and The
Friends are always looking for book donations in a condition/subject
you'd want to buy yourself and have on a shelf in your home (This
means if you have any questions about the condition or subject
matter of books you want to donate to The Friends, check with
library staff first or donate to another establishment. Thank
The Friends' Book Shop helps support things like library programs at the Athens location and beyond.
Your Next Great Read
Summer at the Library Reads -- "Oceans of Possibilities"