Awaiting your attention are four new posts to the archive worthy of your browsing time. Large audiences saw these programs live and gave them high praises. The archive is designed to extend the availability of quality educations programs "beyond the walls" of the Athens Clarke County Library and Lyndon House Arts Center.

In June, several members of our community gathered to produce Caregiving: The Sweet Burden. The programs began with an original play by Athens resident Muriel Pritchett called Bertie's Last Stand. With humor and insight, the play was presented reader's theater style by several well-rehearsed community members, identifying "spot on" the issues which commonly arise when an elderly parent moves into the house of their children. The play was followed by a panel discussion, led by Dr. Anne Glass. The panelists shared their experiences caring for others. There wasn't a dry eye in the room at by the end of the program and audience members urged us to take the program on the road.

A lighter theme Meat and Three: Athens Food Scene Then and Now was produced in July. To a large appreciative audience Mary Charles Howard, Milton Leathers, Lee Epting and Roy Moseman shared their knowledge about new eateries and menus and those that are now just memories. Audience members elaborated on stories inspired by the slides on the screen. Athens people really enjoyed this view of history.

August was a double header. First, about 1000 gathered at Lyndon House Arts Center to see over 40 Makers of everything from robots to lace. The Athens Maker's Fest 2014 was the first of its kind in Athens but joins the world wide trend of Maker Festivals which encourage creativity by sharing knowledge with people who make all sorts of things. A picture is worth a thousand words, and this recap video will explain it better.

To another large appreciative audience authors Bill Hale and Karen Hankins told captivating stories which pointed to the value of story telling. Octogenarian Hale in Now You Have Time: Write That Book, said that when he was younger, he didn't have the knowledge and perspective to write that book, The Village and Beyond, Memoirs of a Cotton Mill Boy. His  and his daughter Karen's were honest and inspirational.

The cutting edge Athens Maker Fest and meeting a first time octogenarian author in Now You Have Time: Write That Book are August's exciting Reflecting, Sharing, Learning programs.

In the spirit that we are all people who make things, the Athens Maker Fest features 40 area folks who will demonstrate what they make. They hope to inspire new makers or further the knowledge of others. Come join in this D.I.Y. spirit on Saturday, August 9 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Lyndon House Arts Center, 293 Hoyt St. It's free and open to the public.

You'll be greeted by Hackberry's motorized Viking Helmet that spits out candy. Peter Loose will show you how he makes clocks from old cigar boxes. Jessica McVey and Brock Gordon will draw your portrait on their tablets and print them out for you. Caroline Ingle will show you the time honored  way to make lace by hand. Ron White and Elsa Russ will create a poem on the spot just for you. You can also learn how to print in 3-D.

There are forty creative demonstrations and hands on activities that will challenge the imaginations of all ages. Hatch Athens, Athens Regional Library System and Lyndon House Arts Center provide this special day through a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. More information is on our website and


On August 14 at 7 p.m. at the Athens Clarke County Library, come meet author Bill Hale whose first book, The Village and Beyond: Memoirs of a Cotton Mill Boy, was written and published in his ninth decade. That means it is never too late, so what are you waiting for?

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Karen Hankins, Bill's daughter, said when she turned 60, she thought her time had passed to write that book she'd always wanted to write. Now she's changed her mine. "If Dad can write a book in his 80's, I can still write mine."

Bill has long been appreciated for his story telling ability, but he never wrote any of them down. Before retiring, Bill was in great demand as a public speaker, delivering over 200 speeches a year to large audiences. "But he never wrote down any of his speeches," his daughter noted. Even if you don't aspire to write a book, come hear Bill and Karen tell the story of how Bill wrote and published his book. It will be very entertaining and inspiring.

In his book Bill, one of nine children, tells the stories about growing up in a cotton mill town in his boyhood home, Greenville, SC. From the vantage point of the present, he points to valuable life lessons he learned during childhood. "These are stories from a time that is now completely gone," Bill explained. "I wanted to write them down so people would know what life was like in that mill town long ago."




RSL planned lots of cool indoor things to do this summer. Starting July 17, a group of exciting exhibitions and an event will be at Lyndon House Arts Center. On July 24, at 7 p.m. a fabulous Community Snapshot, Meat and Three: A Delicious Look at the Athens Food Scene Then and Now will be at the Athens Clarke County Library/, Appleton Auditorium.

Everyone is welcome to the reception for Digital Summer 2014, Thursday, July 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring the RSL sponsored exhibition Roy G. Biv, and a chance to meet Didi Dunphy, the new supervisor of Lyndon House Arts Center as she leads visitors through the newest exhibitions. Roy G. Biv is an interactive visual art experience where visitors select colors on a tablet to fill designated areas on an image projected on a gallery wall. There is not a tangible art object, rather an art process resulting in a continuing experience which can inspire the investigation of color and its nature and influence on everything in our lives.

In the photo to the left, Curator Nancy Lukasiewicz and Richard Fraysher work on the installation of Roy G. Biv 8.2.

Two other exciting exhibits continuing until August 16, and the Athens Maker Fest event August 9 make up the Digital Summer. BitDome by Zane Cochran, an interactive environment that allows a viewer to immerse themselves in a 360 degree experience of light and music, is co-sponsored by HatchAthens. Athens Maker Fest on August 9 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Lyndon House will hosts dozens of "makers" all willing to share their knowledge to help other people or are or want to be makers. The makers at Maker Fest create things from traditional arts and crafts like feltmaking and woodcarving to technology based creations such as digital drawing and 3D printing.

Gather in the Appleton Auditorium at the library on Thursday evening, July 24 at 7 p.m. for Meet and Three: A delicious Look at the Athens Food Scene then and Now will showcase the latest eating trends in Athens. Mary Charles Howard, of Georgia Food Tours Athens, will help us discover why some call Athens the Best Foodie Town of the Southeast. Reminiscing about restaurants and food from Athens past will be Athens historian Milton Leathers, food and event master Lee Epting along with Roy Moseman and Jerry Crawley of the popular Facebook page Growing Up in Athens GA, and a surprise guest from The Last Resort Grill. To top it all off, Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market has donated a $50 gift certificate and a t-shirt for a lucky door-prize winner.

If you can't come in person, you can watch it live from a computer, tablet, or phone or watch it later from the RSL website archiveCLICK HERE to watch it live online. You can watch without registering, but if you'd like to ask a question, we suggest you register before the program begins.

These events are made possible through a leadership grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services called Reflecting, Sharing, Learning, awarded to the Athens Regional Library System and Lyndon House Arts Center.

There is not a charge to any of the events listed here.