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Nominations for LSA Elections Open

Nominations for LSA officers and executive board are open. You can see a list of positions and current officeholders on our website: Nominate yourself or a colleague by emailing Rachel Parnell at Elections will be held during the LSA open meeting on December 12 at 10 a.m. in the Main Library Basement Conference Room.

Summer Ice Cream Social

Scooping ice cream May 22's ice cream social was a bona fide hit on a hot summer day. LSA board members were the designated scoopers at the event. Library staff enjoyed each other's company and cooled off by eating Ben and Jerry's ice cream, sorbet, and Tofutti with all the toppings.

GV903s Rock Kingpins Bowling

GV903s with bowling trophyThe Libraries' bowling team, the GV903s, blew away the competition and won second place in Kingpins Bowling's Summer / Fall league. Please congratulate the team members: Ed Hatfield, MacKenzie Haring, Kristy Dixon, Erin Appel, Michael Hervey, Byron Smith (the team's highest scorer), Ian Darken, and Julie Dyles.

Big Read Arrives in Athens

Athens' Big Read, part of the NEA initiative to promote literacy, celebrated Rudolfo Anaya's novel Bless Me, Ultima. Festivities kicked off with September 13's Fiesta at the Lyndon House and culminated in October 26's lecture at the Athens-Clarke County Library by Margarite Fernandez Olmos. There were many well-attended events, including a reading by UGA author Judith Ortiz Cofer, an owl encounter at the Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail, and a Symbols of Mexico family day at the Georgia Museum of Art.

The program originated in the Libraries Staff Association and quickly grew to a collaboration between the UGA Libraries, Georgia Museum of Art, and the Athens-Clarke County Public Library. LSA donated $100 toward the effort and sponsored a staff book discussion. Special thanks to Big Read coordinators Diana Hartle, Chandra Jackson, and Emily Luken, as well as all library staff who participated!

Fundraising and Outreach Update

June's animal welfare drive benefited the Athens Area Humane Society, UGA Campus Cats, Athens-Clarke County Animal Control, and Madison-Oglethorpe County Animal Shelter. You donated everything from dog food to pet vitamins to support our furry friends.

Fall bake sale photo In August and September, the Libraries Staff Association held both a bake sale and a school supply drive. The bake sale raised $257.06. We used $85 from the bake sale proceeds to sponsor a child in the Athens Youth Organization. The supply drive garnered paper, crayons, glue, and other classroom supplies for the Athens Tutorial Program.

We raised $527.79 at our biannual book and bake sale on October 23. LSA donated $410.43 to the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support in memory of one of our own, Betty Fox.

Thanks to all who donated, baked, sold, and bought this fall! We appreciate your support of the Libraries Staff Association and the Athens community.

Fall Calendar

Staff Art Show
Main Library Atrium

You don't have to leave campus to attend this year's art show featuring works from staff artists and crafters. Admire your colleagues' creativity in the Main Library atrium.

November 19 - 26
Canned Food Drive
Main Staff Lounge, CML, SLC, and Science Library

Help us keep the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia's pantry stocked this winter by participating in a canned food drive. Drop off your cans at the Thanksgiving lunch or in the designated box at your library.

November 20
Thanksgiving Lunch
Dean Rusk Hall, Walker Room (4th floor)
11:30 a.m. & 12:45 p.m.

Kick off a season of eating with your friends and colleagues at the annual Thanksgiving lunch. There will be two seatings: 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Enjoy the fruit of your coworkers' culinary labors!

December 12
Libraries Staff Association Open Meeting & Election
Main Library Basement Conference Room
10:00 a.m.

Decide who will run LSA in the coming year. Join us for doughnuts and democracy at the LSA open meeting and election. If you wish to run, please contact Rachel Parnell at

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