MAKING MERRY: Holiday Decorations Workshop
Saturday, December 5 • 1:00–4:00 pm

Athens-Clarke County Library
Multipurpose Rooms B & C
2025 Baxter Street
Athens, Georgia

Come to the Library on Saturday afternoon, December 5, for a cornucopia of holiday projects to help get you in a festive mood. You'll learn how to make inexpensive holiday gifts yourself, how to create your own wreath or tie a beautiful bow; how to arrange an eye-catching centerpiece for your table, and do fancy napkin folds, all taught by representatives from the 4H Club, The State Botanical Gardens, the Classic Center, and Reflecting, Sharing, Learning's Advisory Board. We'll provide you with a a great recipe for wassail, which will be served along with other light refreshments. We'll also send you home with the bow you create (as long as supplies last).

The workshop is free and open to the public, and registration is not required. Call 706 614 3650 x343 for more information.

The JFK Assassination: Continuing Mysteries

Thursday, November 19, 7:00 p.m.

Fifty-two years later, mysteries continue to surround the murder of our 35th president. Is the Zapruder film reliable? Why did the CIA stonewall the Warren Commission? Was what happened in Dealey Plaza a classic military-style ambush? Should we ever have believed that a lone assassin shot JFK? In what ways does the JFK Assassination Records Review Board’s investigation throw light on these and other assassination mysteries? Professor Donald E. Wilkes, Jr. will address these and other questions in his second JFK assassination speech at the Regional Library in two years. Sponsored by Reflecting, Sharing Learning. For information, visit In Appleton Auditorium. If you attended his lecture on the assassination two years ago, this time Dr Wilkes will be presenting all new material.

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