Listening in The Dark II: An Evening of Spooky Stories for Grownups

Featuring Jackie Elsner, Donna Butler & Eddie Whitlock

Athens-Clarke County Library, Appleton Auditorium

Thursday, October 29, 7:00 pm

Who doesn’t love a good spooky story around Halloween? Listening in the Dark II: An Evening of Spooky Stories for Grownups is back at the library for year two on Thursday, October 29 at 7 p.m. in the Appleton Auditorium. Join us... if you dare! 

Donna Butler, Eddie Whitlock and Jackie Elsner will be this year’s storytellers. 

Donna O'Kelley Butler has been telling stories of one sort or another her whole life. Currently, she serves as the Branch Supervisor of the Bogart Library, where she entertains and enlightens hundreds of patrons, school children and teachers with her renditions of folktales, legends, myths and historical tales. For the program she will tell “Red is the Rose,” a story based on a Scots-Irish folktale. 

Eddie Whitlock manages the Library Store and coordinates volunteers for the Athens-Clarke County Library. He is author of two books: Evil is Always Human (2012) and POTUS of the Living Dead (2014). A sequel to his first novel is slated for release in 2016. He will read “Possum Baby,” an original short story mixing folk legends and horror. 

Jackie Elsner enjoyed over forty years of library storytelling before her retirement from the Athens Regional Library System in 2014. She now tells Appalachian and Cherokee stories and sings ballads to guests at the Len Foote Hike Inn in Amicalola Falls State Park, GA. Her CD, Ballad of The Bones: Byron Herbert Reece Poems Sung as Ballads, helps preserve and promote the legacy of Georgia's mountain poet. She will read “The Hound,” from The Ghosts of Roan Oak by William Faulkner. 

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Athens-Clarke County Library at (706) 613-3650, extension 343. The Athens-Clarke County Library is located at 2025 Baxter Street, Athens






Where’s The Script for the Third Act? - Life Planning for 30 Years of Retirement

A Talk by Chuck Brodie, Consultant on Aging

Athens-Clarke County Library, Appleton Auditorium

Thursday, October 1, 2015 • 7:00 pm

The dramatic increase in average life expectancy during the 20th century ranks as one of society’s greatest achievements. Although most babies born in 1900 did not live past age 50, life expectancy at birth now is at least 81 years in several countries. Life expectancy in the USA rose in 2012 to 78.8 years – a record high. Living forever, or at least well past 100, is within reach of today's youngest generation, some scientists say. 

With longer lifespans, many find they are looking at twenty or thirty years of active life after passing “retirement age.” How best to use “the bonus years?” Chuck Brodie looks at the challenges faced when seeking a new perspective on this huge segment of one's life.

Chuck has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois, a license in Applied Psychology and a Certificate in Gerontology from Georgia State University. He has worked at Georgia Perimeter College, the Georgia mental health system, and had a clinical practice in Atlanta and Athens since 1992. He has lived in Athens since 2010 and is a lecturer for OLLI. 

The program is sponsored by Reflecting, Sharing, Learning and Athens-Clarke County Library, and is free and open to the public.

Keeping Company: Elder Cohousing and Other Innovative Housing Options

Athens-Clarke County Library, Appleton Auditorium, Thursday, July 23, 7:00 pm

Lecture by Dr Anne Glass, Associate Director, Institute of Gerontology, University of Georgia

Across the country, senior cohousing is turning into an increasingly popular option for baby boomers and older adults. It is an emerging form of age-targeted cohousing, and will allow residents to confront the issues of aging in a new way. In these communities, a group shares a property, lives in condos or attached homes clustered together, and shares some weekly dinners, outdoor space and facilities.

The idea of creating elder cohousing in close proximity to multigenerational cohousing has led to a major success in Denmark, the original home of the cohousing movement. Active seniors like the idea of planning and managing their neighborhood and their own care, living with others of like mind, being close to old friends, and knowing that physical and social needs will be met in their last quadrant of life. 

Dr Glass will explore these and other innovative ideas about housing for seniors. She is Associate Director and Graduate Coordinator of the Institute of Gerontology in the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. She received her MS at UGA, and her PhD at Virginia Tech, and has recently accepted a position as head of Gerontology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

The lecture, presented by Reflecting, Sharing, Learning, is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend in person, it will be streamed live HERE