A New RSL Series of Programs for 2015!



Quilting: The Tapestry of Life

Athens-Clarke County Library • 2025 Baxter Street, Athens GA • Saturday, January 24, 2:00 p.m.

Quilts are passed down from generation to generation like the treasured keepsakes they are. In the stitching we can see the handiwork of our ancestors, and imagine them sitting by a window working on piecing together something to keep their children and grandchildren warm for a century or more.

Reflecting, Sharing, Learning presents, for the first in its Dust Collectors series, Quilting: The Tapestry of Life. At 2:30 on Saturday afternoon, January 24, quilt archivist and historian Madeline Hawley will host an “Antiques Roadshow”-style event, where the public is invited to bring a favorite quilt from home and learn about its history and value. The event will take place in Multipurpose Room A in the library, and Mary Walker from the Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum will give a lecture in the Appleton Auditorium immediately preceding it at 1:30 p.m.

A collection of antique quilts owned by Ms Hawley and other members of the Cotton Patch Quilters may be seen in the Heritage Room Quiet Gallery on the second floor of the library. The exhibition will be available for viewing from January 20–February 20.


New Videos! 

Watch an interview with local children’s author Gail Langer Karwoski, conducted by Mary Kay Mitchell in the upstairs conference room at the historic Ware-Lyndon House. Karwoski is the author of over a dozen books, including Water Beds, When Hurricane Katrina Hit Home, and The Tree That Owns Itself. She talks about her personal history, what led her to become a writer, and her working methods, among other topics. 


Also up is the video for the book release event for The Tangible Past in Athens, Georgia, held in the Appleton Auditorium of the Athens-Clarke County Library, and featuring readings and comments by many of the contributors, including editor Charlotte Thomas Marshall, Gary Doster, Milton Leathers, Amy Adams, Lee Epting, Theresa Flynn, Steven Brown, and Mary Warren. The book is filled with information about Athens and its history, much of which has long fallen out of the public consciousness. The book also features essays and never before published images.


Photos from Wreath Making Workshop

Above are some photos from our second annual Wreath Making Workshop, held this year on December 4th at Michael's. If you missed it, you can get the supplies list and view the video from 2013 HERE


Local Authors Series

RSL inaugurates a new series of Oral History videos with award-winning novelist Terry Kay. Kay, interviewed by local author Karen Hankins, talks about his childhood, early influences, and his views on the art and business of writing.

Kay is the author of The Year the Lights Came On, The Valley of Light, Dark Thirty, and To Dance With the White Dog, for which he earned the Outstanding Author of the Year award in 1991 from the Southeastern Library Association. He has been named Author of the Year four times by the Georgia Writers Association: 1982 for After Eli, 2004 for The Valley of Light, 2008 for The Book of Marie and 2012 for The Greats of Cuttercane (Short Stories Category). Kay is also the author of the children’s book, To Whom the Angel Spoke: A Story of the Christmas, released in 1991. THIS IS AN AUDIO INTERVIEW.


Local Artists Series

We begin another new Oral History series with an interview with Bill Paul, Georgia artist, arts educator, and former Director of the Georgia Museum of Art about his long and varied (and sometimes controversial) career. The interview was conducted in Paul’s barn in November 2014 by Lee Shearer, reporter from the Athens Banner-Herald, and recorded by Reflecting, Sharing, Learning in connection with the exhibition "Seldom Seen: American Art Pottery from the Collection of Bill and Dorothy Paul." This exhibit features a sampling of the Pauls' renowned collection of American art pottery from all over the United States. You may read Lee Shearer’s review HERE.


Listening in The Dark video online

Our chilling RSL all-librarian Halloween program is now online. Listening in the Dark: An Evening of Spooky Stories for Grownups features Bogart Library Branch Supervisor Donna Butler recounted a ghostly story "Resurrection Man", while Athens-Clarke County Library Children’s Librarian Jonathan Dolce reads "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" from Edgar Allan Poe. Volunteer Coordinator Eddie Whitlock shared two horrifying excerpts from his new book, “POTUS of the Living Dead.”


John W Albright, UGA Interim Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Muriel Pritchett, Rick Johnson, Dorothy Harnish


 An enlightening seminar on how to jump through the hoops to get yourself into a college classroom - without paying any tuition.

A little-known law allows Georgia residents aged 62 and older to enroll in any of the 31 colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia tuition free!

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