This summer, due to construction, the Athens-Clarke County Library's Summer Reading Performance Series will be having their programs at the Clarke Central High School auditorium.
The weekly performances at Clarke Central reminded us of a story This Day in Athens featured in 2010 about a similar concert program for children hosted by the volunteer members of the Athens Library Association in February, 1915. At the time, Athens Library Association was a group of volunteers with donated books in a donated room in the Southern Mutual Building downtown.
While they had Saturday morning storytimes for children in the corner of their library room, to host a larger, fuller concert program, the library volunteers used the auditorium at Athens High School on Wednesday afternoons. (Summer programs would be held outdoors, as the auditorium would be too warm.) The most popular books in the children's collection at the time were Beatrix Potter's tales, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Just So Stories, and The Little Princess.
The 2012 Athens-Clarke County Library programs programs will be held in the Clarke Central auditorium on Thursday mornings at 10:30am. They will feature local storytellers, ventriloquists, puppeteers, music, stories, sing-alongs, poetry, and dancing. The first program is this Wednesday, May 24th, hosted by the Children's Area staff.
To learn about each week's show, as well as other Summer Reading programs offered by the Athens-Clarke County Library Children's Area, go to the Dream Big--READ! 2012 Summer Reading Program website or pick up a purple flyer at the library.
- This Day in Athens, 27 February 1915: "The Pleasure and Privilege of a Story Hour."
- Dream Big--READ! 2012 Summer Reading Program at the Athens-Clarke County Library web page.
- Dream Big--READ! 2012 Summer Reading Program at the Athens-Clarke County Library brochure. (pdf)
- Athens-Clarke County Library Children's Area web page.
- Athens Historic Newspaper Archive collection in the Digital Library of Georgia.
- The Story of the Athens Public Library by Susan Frances Barrow Tate in the Heritage collection.
- Books by Beatrix Potter in the children's fiction collection.
- The Little Princess by Frances Hodges Burnett in the children's fiction collection.
- Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling in the children's fiction and young adult collections.
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll in the children's fiction collection.