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 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.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Local Independent Bookstores

Our friends at Johns Creek Books and Gifts have done a great job of supporting Ocee library during library renovations. Let's return the favor! Currently JCBG is offering curbside pickup and on-line ordering. Please contact them at: 770-696-9999 or

Read It Again is also operating on modified terms.

"Lean on Me"

Soul legend Bill Withers passed this week of heart complications at age 81. 
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01:  Photo of Bill WITHERS; Posed portrait of Bill Withers  (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns)

Rolling Stone reports "the three-time Grammy winner released just eight albums before walking away from the spotlight in 1985, but he left an incredible mark on the music community and the world at large. Songs like “Lean On Me,” “Grandma’s Hands,” “Use Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” and “Lovely Day” are embedded in the culture and have been covered countless times. While many of Withers’ biggest songs were recorded in the Seventies, they have proven to be timeless hits. “Lean on Me” emerged once again in recent weeks as an anthem of hope and solidarity in the time of COVID-19."

(Videos of several hits are embedded in the article. Take a listen - you'll be glad you did!)

Goodnight with Dolly

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is excited to present Dolly Parton’s new weekly read-aloud video series called “Goodnight with Dolly”. The Book Lady sits down to read books from the Imagination Library to children and families.

“Goodnight with Dolly” launches on April 2, 2020. This 10-week series will focus on comforting and reassuring children during the shelter-in-place mandates. Dolly hopes these videos will provide a welcomed distraction during a time of unrest and also inspire a love of reading and books in the hearts of the children who see them. Dolly said,

“This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right. I think it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and to share some love. It is an honor for me to share the incredible talent of these authors and illustrators. They make us smile, they make us laugh and they make us think."

What Pets Read

The New York Public Library asked its staff if their pets could read what would they be reading now...
  dog wearing glasses
Aragon dreams of starting a business selling dog treats, tennis balls, and fire hydrants. He checked out The E-Myth Enterprise: How to Turn a Great Idea into a Thriving Business by Michael E. Gerber with his library card (proudly displayed in the picture), and is reading it while #stayingathome during this time. —Helena E., Business Center

Visit the link above to see what Domino, Anais, Gandolf, and other NYPL pets recommend!

Banishing Charm on Boredom

Everyone is trying to keep safe at home at the moment and so, with J.K. Rowling and friends at Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic and they've introduced Harry Potter At Home to help children, parents, carers and teachers add a touch of Harry Potter magic to our new daily lives.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Ocee Yoga on youtube

Ocee's fantastic yoga instructor sent the following!

"We are all seeking to re-connect with people and activities we love and miss.
Thus my inspiration for creating an online energy yoga class for you. The address is
You can also go to You Tube and look for Energy Yoga Patricia Gagne.
Posted March 29, 2020.

I invite you to prepare by finding yourself a quiet spot where you can sit peacefully and also move around joyfully. Then follow the instructions and participate! Don't just watch!!!"

Monday, March 30, 2020

Gershwin and Garth

"The Gershwin Prize -- named for the legendary songwriting team of George and Ira Gershwin -- is awarded yearly to a living musical artist, in recognition of their "lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of entertainment, information, inspiration and cultural understanding." Says Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, "Garth Brooks’ appeal as a performer, songwriter and humanitarian has brought many new fans into the world of country music. During his career, Brooks has set countless records, earned numerous awards and elevated country music into a national anthem of the American people.”

The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was established in 2007. Its previous recipients include Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Carole King and 
Willie Nelson. The 58-year-old Brooks is the youngest recipient ever.

Check local PBS channels for the 3 May ceremony/concert.