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Do you live in Atlanta or plan on visiting this summer? Looking for fun, affordable, and convenient ways to entertain your little ones? Did you know that the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum holds a seasonal reading program known as Book Nook on select Mondays during the summer months?

Volunteer Program/Tour Coordinator Janet Harris is ready to read! Come visit us for story time at the Book Nook.

Visit us for storytime at the Book Nook

Beginning at 10:00am, a friendly volunteer will read a few themed storybooks to the gathered visitors in the Museum lobby. Stories are geared toward preschool age children (ages 2-5), but younger and older visitors are welcome! Stories conclude at 10:30am, but we invite you to stay a little longer… There is also a world of exploration to be had in the Museum itself and the natural wonder found around the grounds. Take your little ones on a nature expedition to see the diverse flora and fauna found in our city. Enjoy a stroll through the Rose Garden or the new Native Pollinator Garden that has just been completed. Feel free to picnic at any of the tables situated around the grounds or find a shady spot in the field looking toward the ponds.

Statue in Rose Garden

Statue in Rose Garden at Library

The reading program is free and open to walk-in participants. Museum hours are 9:00am-4:45pm on weekdays and admission is free to children under 16; $8 for adults; and $6 for students, military, and seniors with valid ID. Visit us online for additional details and dates.


Grounds of the Carter Library & Museum

[Correction to original post–the museum opens at 9:00am on weekdays, not 9:30am.]

Thanks to Archivist Amanda Pellerin for contributing this post!

Blue Star Museums Program

by on May 23, 2014

Beginning Memorial Day, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum will be participating in the Blue Star Museum program. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014.


Best wishes for a pleasant Memorial Day weekend to all–check out the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum’s Facebook page for a look at two individuals who we know will have a wonderful weekend. (Staff bid good-bye and gave thanks to two longtime staff members: Janet Harris, who, oversees our volunteer programs and Jim Doherty, who builds all of our exhibits are retiring this month and will be greatly missed!)

Janet Harris and Jim Doherty Retire from Carter Library & Museum -- Congrats!

Janet Harris and Jim Doherty Retire from Carter Library & Museum — Congrats!

Plains Chautauqua

by on April 4, 2014

May 2-4, 2014
Plains Chautauqua Weekend Event, Plains, GA
Sponsored by the Plains Historical Preservation Trust
Keynote Speaker – President Jimmy Carter 


Travel to Plains, Georgia for a unique opportunity, the first Plains Chautauqua weekend event! “Travel back in time to the mid 1800s and explore the unique history of Plains, Georgia,” birthplace of Jimmy Carter.
The Plains Historical Preservation Trust (PHPT) revived Chautauqua programs for our community in 2008. Many residents of Plains have fond memories of the ‘mini’ Chautauqua programs Miss Julia Coleman held at Plains High School from the 1920s – 1940s. In addition to the programs at Plains High School, Plains had tent Chautauqua programs in the 1920s. 

The purpose of reviving and offering Chautauqua programs is to educate and also to document our rich history. Recent programs have included performances, musicians, authors, historians, and artists. The events have been single program events designed to include PHPT members and people from our community.

Details regarding registration can be found online. Weekend passport registrations will not be accepted after April 11th.

“President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, plan to join the premiere of the new play ‘Camp David’ by Lawrence Wright that opens in April in Washington.

The Arena Stage announced…that the Carters will serve as honorary chairs of the red-carpet premiere of ‘Camp David.’ It’s a fundraising event scheduled for April 3 to support programs at the theater.

‘Camp David’ follows the pursuit of peace in the Middle East for 13 days during Carter’s presidency, when he hosted Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland. It will feature Tony Award winner Ron Rifkin as Begin and actor Richard Thomas as Carter.

The production will run from March 21 to May 4.
-Associated Press, Feb. 6, 2014

The Jimmy Carter Library & Museum would like to express condolences to the Mondale family at the passing of Joan Mondale, wife of former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, on February 3, 2014.

“Joan Mondale, whose promotion and advocacy of painting, sculpture and other fine arts earned her the nickname Joan of Art in Washington during the vice presidency of her husband, Walter F. Mondale, in the late 1970s, died on Monday in Minneapolis. She was 83.

Her family announced the death in a statement released by Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, where the Mondales have long been members. The cause was not specified. The family said on Sunday that she had gone into hospice care.” -The New York Times, “Joan Mondale Dies at 83; Merged Politics With Art” by Anita Gates, Feb. 3, 2014