"Athena the Owl" Perches in the Teen Zone  


Athena's Biography: 

Athena is the big sister to Ardy the Reach Owl, the Children?s Departmental mascot. She just returned from Greece where she was a transfer student learning about the Greek culture and history. While on her travels, she learned about the Greek goddess Athena, her namesake. According to mythology, Athena was the armed goddess of literature, reason, wisdom and the arts. As the legend goes, the goddess favored the owl who in many cultures also symbolized wisdom. Athena the Owl, having learned about her Greek influences, recently arrived back in Bentonville, Arkansas to represent the teens of the community.

Athena's Interests: 

Athena is an avid reader of the young adult collection where she enjoys a vast array of novels. She also likes learning about mythology, careers, poetry and other subjects in the non-fiction section. Athena, like her namesake, loves the arts -- especially music.  With her Bentonville Public Library card, she downloads free music each week on Freegal. Look closely at the Athena logo to see her dancing happily while listening to her favorite tunes. 

Teen it up! @ the BPL:

Library users ages 12-18 are invited to ?Teen it up! @ the BPL? by receiving a library card featuring the Athena image.  A trendy and colorful owl, Athena, will serve as a logo for branding BPL?s teen initiatives.  She adorns everything BPL produces to promote teen services including brochures, teen library cards and the website. Athena the Owl is the perfect representative for the teen department at Bentonville Public Library with programming and collections focused on education, enjoyment!  These resources empower teens at the Library through wisdom gained.

About the Artist: 

Special thanks to Ard Hoyt for donating his time and considerable talent to the Library in 2013.  Mr. Hoyt also designed Ardy the Reach Owl for the Children?s Department in 2009.  Learn more about Ard Hoyt at  www.ardhoytbooks.com 

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