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Can’t see to read? Get talking books free

The state of Georgia and the Athens-Clarke County Library have made it very easy for those visually or physically impaired to still enjoy books. The Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), a free service, which was previously known as the Talking Book Center, is housed at the library on Baxter Street.

The GLASS catalog has 75,000 titles that have been recorded on a thumb drive, and are searchable by title, author, or genre. After submitting a short application to the Atlanta office, the state libraries department will send a patron a free “talking book” player. The talking books can be ordered by phone or online and are then sent through the mail free.

“We bring the library to them and they don’t have to be computer-savvy because it’s just a simple machine with one place to plug in the thumb drive that comes in the mail,” explains Ann Gagnier, GLASS outreach specialist.

To get the application mailed, call 1-800-248-6701 or go online to, You can also call the library at 706-613-3655 for more information.


Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation Anniversary

Coming up in 2017 is the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation’s 50th Anniversary celebration. The Foundation was formed in 1967 by a small group of Athenians dedicated to the preservation of Athens’ historic structures. Among the structures saved was the Church-Waddell-Brumby house, now home of the Athens Welcome Center.

The anniversary celebration will kick off with a New Year’s Eve party at Fire Hall # 2 at 489 Prince Ave., Athens. Tickets will go on sale soon. Check the foundation website at or email for more information.


Book Club Resource

Are you a member of a book club? Lot’s of 50+ folks in our area are, so here’s something that might be useful: A book about reading selections “for Lively Discussions.” Titled “Reading Group Choices 2017” this is the 23rd edition of this book and includes summaries of 62 different books (grouped by fiction, non-fiction and young adult) along with conversation starter questions associated with each summary. Retail price is $7.95. (


Pickle Ball Tournament

Do you know Pickleball is now the fastest growing sport in Athens, in the State of Georgia and for the last 13 years, in America, according to the Athens Area Pickleball Association. AAPA began with just six interested people less than 3 years ago. Now nearly 250 pickleball players compete in the Athens area. The sport is especially favored by seniors but is being played by people at all age levels. Check out Athens Area Pickleball on the Facebook page or Google “pickleball in Athens GA.”  The 3rd Pickled Peach tournament will be held February 10-12 at The Classic Center.


Some Additional Library Services

The Athens-Clarke County Library offers a variety of services of interest to baby Boomers. For instance, the Heritage Room houses a wealth of genealogical information, and it now offers 45-minute personal consultation with a room librarian for genealogists and researches in need of individualized assistance who may have hit a “brick wall” in family genealogical research. To register for a session visit .

Also, Library System patrons now have access to complete digital magazines, which can be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library. Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video.

Please see a library staff member at your local Athens Library System branch for more information on how to access this service, or log on to to learn more.


Holly Daze – A Pop-up Sale: The Oconee Cultural Art Foundation’s “Holly Daze” offers a one stop shopping experience for unique handcrafted wreaths, garlands, table settings, ornaments, etc. Slip on your shopping shoes and pound the pavement to find high-style, handcrafted unique seasonal décor including stunning designer wreaths, creative table settings, one-of-a-kind ornaments and more created by local artisans & OCAF friends.

“Holly Daze” will be open for only two weekends, Friday/Saturday/Sunday, November 4-6 & November 11-13 and opens with wine and refreshments on Friday, November 4 at 6 pm. The shop will be located in the Rocket Hall building at 34 School St., Watkinsville. For hours & further information, visit the website at, email, or call 706-769-4565.

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