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.

If you have specific questions about Ocee Library, phone the library at 770-360-8897 or visit http://www.afpls.org/

Monday, April 15, 2019

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris

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"The restless light of the flames made them seem to move. There were serpents, which seemed to be laughing, gargoyles yelping, salamanders blowing the fire, dragons sneezing amid the smoke."       
- Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame


Sunday, April 14, 2019

Proud April

Sonnet XCVIII

From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leapt with him.
Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odour and in hue,
Could make me any summer's story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew: 
Nor did I wonder at the lily's white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seemed it winter still, and you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.
                                                                             
                                                                                -Wm Shakespeare

Volunteer of the Year!

The Harriet Macklin Adult Volunteer of the Year Award* 
Patricia Gagne
Ocee Library since 2015 

You've likely seen Patricia's photographic art in the children's section. Perhaps you've read her book or enjoyed one of her popular yoga classes at Ocee-

Congratulations, Patricia!
Thank-you for sharing your time and talents!

*Harriet Macklin was a dedicated library advocate, Friend’s President and volunteer from 2008-2016. She served over 2,000 hours at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History and at the Central Library. We are grateful to honor her legacy through this award.

Happy 103, Beverly Cleary!

"Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school." —Beverly Cleary

Cleary spent her early childhood in a small town in Oregon with no library and didn't learn to read until second grade.

It wasn't until her family moved to Portland that Cleary became a solid reader. Her school librarian suggested that she become a writer, and Cleary's path was set. She wanted to write about kids like the ones she knew in her own neighborhood, and so she created the characters so many of us grew up getting to know. Continue the article here.


Library Report

"Did you know that in 2016 there were 1.4 billion visits to public libraries across the country? Or, that the nation’s academic libraries hold some 2.5 billion items in their collections? Or, that only 61% of school libraries have a full-time school librarian, despite numerous studies showing the positive impact librarians have on student performance? These are just some of the facts called out in the American Library Association’s 2019 “State of America’s Libraries Report,” released this week in conjunction with National Library Week. The 30-page report is a brief but interesting overview of the array of programming libraries now offer, as well as the challenges libraries face."

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Art Night for Adults


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Art Night with Johns Creek ArtsWednesday: April 24. 6pm – 7pm
Join us for a free art workshop with Johns Creek Arts. Adults only. Registration required. Register at the patron services desk or call 770-360-8897.
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Exam Prep

ACT Mock TestSaturday: April 20. 10:30am - 3pm
Take a practice ACT test! Registration required. Ages 14-18.
Register at https://www.applerouth.com/schools.php/128876
Sponsored by Applerouth.

Introduction to AP ExamsSaturday: April 27. 3-4 pm
Details on why AP classes are so very important for teens. Learn how and when to prep for the AP exam. No registration required. Teens ages 13 and above. No registration required. Sponsored by C2 Education.