The Friends of the Ocee Library is a non-profit group whose purpose is to promote general knowledge of library services and to provide financial assistance for special library needs and events.

As of 25 June 2019, OCEE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS. Ocee will be closed for ~6-9 months.

Please visit http://www.afpls.org/ to find alternate library locations and hours. You'll also find info regarding the renovations/closures that are taking place throughout the library system.

Ocee library is offering programs at off-site locations. This blog will remain active during the closure.


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

So Long As I Can Read

While the following photo and excerpt are miles and years away, in some respects little has changed...
'More than 80 percent of South Dakota’s population lived in rural areas in the 1930s. These households suffered immensely from drought, dust storms, grasshopper infestations, and falling crop prices. Most homes had no running water, electricity, central heating, or telephone service. Farm women spent an average of sixty-six hours a week working, according to a 1930 state survey. In addition to childcare and housework, they did outdoor work on their farms and sometimes worked for wages, too.

But to advocates for women’s welfare, it was crucial that farm women took time to read.

“Every women, no matter how hard she must work, must pause at times for recreation, even though it may be only an occasional evening or Sunday afternoon,” Dagney Hinderaker, a women’s club leader from Astoria, South Dakota, wrote. “They will be more refreshed and have more things to think about if they will sit down and read.” '


For the rest of librarian Lisa Lindell's article click here.

Johns Creek Books & Gifts

If you're looking for physical books while libraries are closed, our community partners at Johns Creek Books can help. The independent bookstore offers curbside pickup and is currently open for in-store shopping. Please visit their website for new hours and additional information.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Ramble On

Being outside is good for both our physical and mental health. With restrictions being lessened some and the unofficial start of summer, outdoor spaces filled to "BC" capacity this weekend. If this leaves you feeling uncomfortable, WildSam has curated a list of 50 books that will pull you into the landscapes of America - from the safety of a lawn chair on your deck or balcony.


by D.J. Waldie (1996)
“The critics of the suburbs say that you and I live narrow lives. I agree. My life is narrow. From one perspective or another, all our lives are narrow. Only when lives are placed side by side do they seem larger.”

Class of 2020

Closeup of the 2020 tassel on a black graduation cap
Graduates, we offer you consolation. This is not the final semester you deserved. We also send you congratulations for all you've achieved and wishes for every success in the future!

Open Letter to Duke Class of 2020
Not All Right and That's OK

What Day Is It!?

Todd Meany will tell you what day it is.
Was surprised to see I'd gone several weeks without posting! Seems it's normal to lose track of time these days. Here's a few articles about 'corona time': What Day...?No Hours or DaysLosing Track

Guns N' Roses New Kids Book

James Patterson is teaming up with Guns N' Roses for a children's picture book! The September release will “follow a child’s wondrous discovery that music is everywhere around us – from the gentle wind blowing through the bluest skies, to the fearful crash of the thunder and the rain”. Sweet Child O’Mine “celebrates love and music, and how they bring us together in the sweetest ways”.
Axl Rose and Slash of Guns n’ Roses.

Congratulations, Jericho

Jericho Brown, Winship Distinguished Research Professor in Creative Writing and director of the Creative Writing Program at Atlanta's Emory University, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in poetry on May 4 for his most recent collection, “The Tradition.”

The Pulitzer Prize Board described Brown’s winning poems as “a collection of masterful lyrics that combine delicacy with historical urgency in their loving evocation of bodies vulnerable to hostility and violence.”