Our program The Birth of a Nation: A Look at the Nat Turner Rebellion on August 23 drew an enthusiastic near-capacity crowd to the library, and if you missed it you can now watch the videos. MC Montu Miller hosted a two-hour + program featuring hip-hop, poetry, activism and academic analysis. The program was part of a nationwide initiative sponsored by the American Library Association Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, the United Nations Remember Slavery Program, and Fox Searchlight Pictures, who will be releasing the new film on October 7. 

Nate Parker, the film's writer, director and star, said: "Above all, I want The Birth of a Nation to inspire audience members to recognize and resist unjust systems domestically and abroad…this speaker series is a great way to engage local communities in an honest discussion about slavery and its legacy in America."

Participating in the program were Montu Miller, Eric Johnson, Dr Valerie Babb, The Talented Mr Winfrey, Mariah Parker, Celest Divine, Broderick Flanigan, Shedrick Barnett, Darren Rhym, and Ishues. The program was introduced by Athens-Clarke County Library Director Valerie Bell.

 Part 1

Part 2

Word Magic: A Poetry Workshop

David Oates, Host of Wordland on WUGA FM


Athens-Clarke County Library

Multipurpose Room C

2025 Baxter Street

Athens, Georgia

706 613 3650 x343


September 3, 10 + 17

3 Saturdays, 2–4 pm


In just a few simple words, you can create something that will take a reader to a place from your experience, your memory, or your imagination. Capture moments that made you feel something, from nature or from people. This form has the effect of an artful photograph, except readers will make the picture themselves, and you will be able to include all the other senses as well as sight!


While the starting point for this approach is from Japanese poetry tradition, we won’t limit ourselves to traditional subjects or worry about counting syllables too much. David Oates will lead this workshop with examples from his own and others’ work and exercises to help you get into the flow of this.


Mr. Oates has 30 years experience teaching writing, has had three books published, and his work has appeared in many magazines He is the host and producer of Wordland on WUGA FM. Oates received his master’s in creative writing from the University of Illinois—Chicago.

This class is FREE and open to the public, but space is limited! Call 706 613 3650 x343 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

For those of you who missed this important program, or if you were there and just want to rewatch it, The Future is Coming: Planning for Long-Term Care is now online. Attorney Al Fargione discusses Medicaid and how to preserve your assets and pass them on to your heirs instead of a nursing home. Fargione is an attorney in Athens GA focusing on Elder Law, Estate Planning and Tax Planning, and in this video he talks about estate planning for everyone, living trusts, irrevocable trusts, and gift planning.