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.


Thursday, November 7, 2019

Do You Reread?

Laura Sackton, contributor to Book Riot, shares some thoughts on rereading.

"When it comes to rereading, every reader is different. For some, rereading is an essential part of loving and understanding the books they read; for others, it’s a chore. I fall somewhere in the middle. There are certain comfort books I read over and over, books that I can pick up when I’m stressed or upset and that always immediately make me feel better. There are other books that are just too good, too complex and layered, to read only once.

In the past few years, though, my relationship with rereading has shifted, thanks to my new favorite thing: rereading books on audio. Rereading a book is always a different experience from reading it the first time around. But listening to a book after having read it in print is something else entirely. There’s a wonderful depth to rereading on audio. It’s still rereading, but there’s also an element of newness to it. Good narrators bring so much vitality to books. Hearing characters voiced aloud adds layers to those characters I don’t always experience in print. Listening to an author read their own memoir can add an emotional depth that’s impossible replicate in print. Rereading on audio is the perfect blend of new and familiar. It’s a way to get a new perspective on beloved books."

You can download audiobooks from the library system website!

Scarlet Letter

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Friday, November 1, 2019

November Programs for Teens

TEEN ADVISIORY BOARD
Alpharetta Branch Library 
Saturday, November 2. 1:00 pm  
Discuss what library can do for teens. Plan programs, displays and special projects. Leadership opportunity.  
Contact aaron.brown@fultoncountyga.gov  

TEEN SUPPORT GROUP 
Alpharetta Branch Library 
Saturday, November 9. 12:00 pm  
Discuss teen problems, stigmas and compassionate community. How to seek help when needed. 
Contact aaron.brown@fultoncountyga.gov  

CAST MATH TUTORING 
Johns Creek Bookstore 
Sunday, November 3, 17. 1:30 pm—3:30 pm  
Free individual math tutoring for all grades.  
Contact karen.kennedy@fultoncountyga.gov 

FRENCH CLUB 
Lavena Cafe 
Thursday, November 7, 14,21. 6:30 pm-7:30 pm 
Practice speaking French. Teens and Adults. 
Contact aaron.brown@fultoncountyga.gov 

Alpharetta Branch Library 10 Park Plaza Alpharetta 30009 
Johns Creek Bookstore 6000 Medlock Bridge Pky #B500 Johns Creek 30022 
LaVena Café 11585 Johns Bridge Road #230 Alpharetta 30022 

Relax

ENERGY YOGA  
Johns Creek Bookstore 
Sundays, November 3, 10, 17. 4:00—5:00 pm  
Exercises to open and clear energy. QI Gong meditation. 
Contact ryland.johnson@fultoncountyga.gov  

OCEE YOGA and MEDITATION 
Newtown Community Center 
Mondays: Nov 4, 18.  10:00 am 
Introduces basic yoga and meditation techniques for beginners. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Adults only.  
Contact ryland.johnson@fultoncountyga.gov  

FAMILY YOGA 
Music in Me 
Wednesday, November 6, 13, 20, 27. 4:00 pm  
Yoga for young families. Open to parents and grandparents.  
Contact aaron.brown@fultoncountyga.gov 

Johns Creek Bookstore 6000 Medlock Bridge Pky #B500 Johns Creek 30022 
Newtown Community Ctr. 3115 Old Alabama Road Johns Creek  30022 
Music In Me 11708 Jones Bridge Road #A203 Johns Creek 30005

Programs for Kids

BABY STORYTIME 
Music in Me 
Fridays, November 1, 8, 15, 22. 10:00 am  Babies ages 0 to 2 with caregiver. 

YOUNG ARTISTS 
Johns Creek Bookstore 
Saturday, November 2, 16, 23. 3:45 pm  
Basics techniques of drawing, painting, elements and design. 

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME 
Johns Creek Bookstore 
Tuesdays, November 5, 12. 10:30 am  
Preschoolers ages 2 to 4 with caregiver. 

KID CHESS 
Alpharetta Branch Library 
Thursday, November 7. 6:00 pm  
Chess strategies, game variations. 

MUSIC FOR PRESCHOOL 
Alpharetta Branch Library 
Tuesday , November 19. 11:00 am  
Live entertaining and educational program. Music for early literacy. Pre-schoolers ages 2 to 4 with caregiver.

Questions? Contact karen.kennedy@fultoncountyga 
Alpharetta Branch Library 10 Park Plaza Alpharetta 30009 
Johns Creek Bookstore 6000 Medlock Bridge Pky #B500 Johns Creek 30022 
LaVena Café 11585 Johns Bridge Road #230 Alpharetta 30022 
Music In Me 11708 Jones Bridge Road #A203 Johns Creek 30005

Language Programs

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) 
Alpharetta Branch Library 
Mondays, November 4, 18. 11:30 am  Conversational English. No text book required. Contact ryland.johnson@fultoncountyga.gov  

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) 
Johns Creek Bookstore 
Thursdays, November 7, 14,21. 2:00 pm-4:00 pm Group classes. No textbooks required. Contact ryland.johnson@fultoncountyga.gov 

FRENCH CLUB 
Lavena Cafe 
Thursday, November 7, 14,21. 6:30 pm-7:30 pm 
Practice speaking French. Teens and Adults. 
Contact aaron.brown@fultoncountyga.gov 

Alpharetta Branch Library 10 Park Plaza Alpharetta 30009 
Johns Creek Bookstore 6000 Medlock Bridge Pky #B500 Johns Creek 30022 
LaVena Café 11585 Johns Bridge Road #230 Alpharetta 30022 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

If You Don't Watch Out!

Little Orphant Annie 


Little Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,
An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,
An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep,
An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board-an'-keep;
An' all us other childern, when the supper things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun
A-list'nin' to the witch-tales 'at Annie tells about,
An' the Gobble-uns 'at gits you
Ef you
Don't
Watch
Out!

Onc't they was a little boy wouldn't say his prayers,--
So when he went to bed at night, away up stairs,
His Mammy heerd him holler, an' his Daddy heerd him bawl,
An' when they turn't the kivvers down, he wasn't there at all!
An' they seeked him in the rafter-room, an' cubby-hole, an' press,
An' seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an' ever'wheres, I guess;
But all they ever found was thist his pants an' roundabout--
An' the Gobble-uns'll git you
Ef you
Don't
Watch
Out!

An' one time a little girl 'ud allus laugh an' grin,
An' make fun of ever'one, an' all her blood an' kin;
An' onc't, when they was "company," an' ole folks was there,
She mocked 'em an' shocked 'em, an' said she didn't care!
An' thist as she kicked her heels, an' turn't to run an' hide,
They was two great big Black Things a-standin' by her side,
An' they snatched her through the ceilin' 'fore she knowed what she's about!
An' the Gobble-uns'll git you
Ef you
Don't
Watch
Out!

An' little Orphant Annie says when the blaze is blue,
An' the lamp-wick sputters, an' the wind goes woo-oo!
An' you hear the crickets quit, an' the moon is gray,
An' the lightnin'-bugs in dew is all squenched away,--
You better mind yer parents, an' yer teachers fond an' dear,
An' churish them 'at loves you, an' dry the orphant's tear,
An' he'p the pore an' needy ones 'at clusters all about,
Er the Gobble-uns'll git you
Ef you
Don't
Watch
Out!