time to begin practicing using indoor voices, looking with eyes, keeping hands to ourselves, and other behaviors that are appropriate for art galleries and other exhibitions that are not fully interactive.
Several locations around Athens & Oconee County We all know that one of the best things we can do for our children is to read to them. In addition to reading to children at home, there are plenty of story times in and around our area at local libraries, Avid Bookshop, and reBlossom Mama and Baby Center. ReBlossomâ€™s story times are every Friday at 10:30 a.m., and then one Saturday a month. Avid Bookshop has story times Thursdays at 10:30 am (Prince Avenue shop) and Saturdays at 10:00 am (Five Points shop). For those with older children, Avid also hosts a Young Readers Book Club that meets once a month on Sundays. The Athens Regional Library System consists of eleven locations in Athens, Oconee and surrounding counties.The Athens-Clarke Library on Baxter Street has story times Mondays,Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. They also have a weekly Saturday event at 11:00 a.m. for children. The Bogart Library sponsors weekly story times onWednesday at 10:15 a.m. that are targeted to 3 to 5 year olds. They occasionally offer Read to Rover, a program that allows children to practice their reading skills to therapy dogs who are excellent, patient listeners.Visit athenslibrary.org for more information on events at other locations and for updates on the above story times.
hese represent a small fraction of the plethora of offerings that Athens and Oconee County provide that can sneak in education while still enjoying time together as a family. Throughout the year there are Touch-a-Trucks, the Vulture Festival, the Insect-ival, and all other kinds of activities that are within our vibrant community. Gaining knowledge from the places we see every day broadens our understanding of how different and seemingly disparate pieces of our days function together to create the world around us. Everywhere we go, there is something that can provide additional insight, education, or enlightenment, if only we are willing to learn. n
Jean Mangan is a 30-something attorney living in Athens who strongly values education in all forms, and whose children havenâ€™t complained (yet) about learning. www.athensparent.com 11