The final public hearing is coming up!
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, December 28, 2010
The final public hearing is coming up!
Friday, December 17, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
|The City Library, which opened in 1928 and was the first in Sweden to allow patrons to choose their own books off the shelves (rather than ask a librarian for them) - an idea they borrowed from America!|
Something about seeing that many books lined up on shelves, waiting to be checked out, makes my little book-loving heart beat faster (even if I probably couldn't understand a single word in any of them!).
I went to their home page, not expecting to be able to understand a thing, but it turns out they have an "Welcome to the Public Library" page in 14 (14!) different languages*. Anyway, the library assures:
"if you cannot find something you are looking for, e.g. books in your own language, ask the staff. In many cases the library will be able to obtain what you are looking for either by buying the book [emphasis mine] or by borrowing it from another library".My kind of library! And now (drumroll please) here's what Ocee and the Stockholm library have in common: if you ask at our reference desk, they can also sometimes either buy the book (using money from the Friends!) or get it for you through interlibrary loan. No promises, but definitely give it a try when you're looking for something the system doesn't own!
* My fav way to say "Welcome to the Public Library"? Ku soo-dhowaada rugta buugagga! That's Somalian and I like how the last two words make you think of rutabagas :)
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
|Lori and her fantastic spread|
|Her homemade dessert goodies|
|Not only does she make great food, she makes the table beautiful as well!|
Monday, December 6, 2010
HG Wells (War of the Worlds)
Hans Christen Andersen (fairy tales)
Agatha Christie (murder mysteries)
JM Barrie (Peter Pan)
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince)
Mary Shelley (Frankenstein)
RL Stevenson (Treasure Island)
Go here for a look at the whole collection, and to read more about the doodles.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
- Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
- The New Yorker Stories by Ann Beattie
- Room by Emma Donoghue
- Selected Stories by William Trevor
- A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
- Apollo's Angels by Jennifer Homans
- Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
- The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
- Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The Boston Public Library is my favorite classic exterior from this list (ranked #6 by Flavorwire):
|A 1940s era postcard showing the library - very much unchanged to this day!|
And for a modern twist, nothing can beat the Salt Lake City Public Library (#9):
Of course, the true test of a library is what's inside, and as someone who's been in all 3 of these, the Atlanta library isn't even on the charts. The Salt Lake City is actually my all-time favorite library (I'll even give it a post of its own - someday!), and very worth a visit if you're in the area.
See the whole Flavorwire post here to see what other libraries made the cut.
*One commenter to the original post says "the Atlanta-Fulton is a dehumanizing brick" and another refers to "a couple ugly block concrete places!" Poor Atlanta!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
The Giving Tree wall at the Northeast/Spruill Oaks library was the genus of our donor wall idea: Mr. Hamlin's daughter, Patricia, noted that it "“planted the seed” for me to talk with my father about including the library in his obituary. Perhaps it will have a similar impact and encourage others to give to Ocee".
|Spruill Oak's Giving Tree|
These first few ideas are 'bookish':
|Leather faux book spines with imprinted donor names|
|Wood shelves with brass books engraved with donor names (no mime on ours though!)|
|Faux books flanking engraved plaques|
|This is a piece of art with donor names painted on book spines||.|
|Another painted bookshelf idea|
|Books stacked horizontally|
Some other, more general, ideas:
|Names flanking book-related art|
Again, view these pictures as jumping-off points, and let us know of any ideas you might have!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Call 770-641-1260 to order your tickets today!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
|Lori at a book sale|
One of our devoted board members, Lori (along with her husband Jim) went the extra mile after our last book sale to find a good home for the leftover books on tape (the library weeded this collection, as books on CD seem to be the preferred media these days).
In her own words:
Jim and I finally delivered the boxes of books on tape (cassettes) to the Center for Visually Impaired on W Peachtree and 4th Ave downtown. We had six book size boxes, two Staples tote boxes and three large plastic tubs which caused us to use the truck. [They were] so thrilled to receive them. She showed us the long table where they had books on tape for clients to take at will and there was a scarce 12-15 books spread on a big table. She said the clients will be so excited to have new material to listen to--she wishes she would have a room to have a little library. She would welcome any we had to give in the future. I would guess any music CDs leftover after a sale would be welcome too. Jim and I will be happy to deliver them--it was so good to know they were going to a good cause and would be appreciated.
And today we received the following thank-you note from the Center for the Visually Impaired:
Thank you for bringing a donation of 431 audiobooks and 8 large print books from the Ocee Library to the Center for the Visually Impaired. These items, although used, are in good working condition. We appreciate this thoughtful gift, and our visually impaired clients, staff and friends will be delighted at having such a plethora of books from which to choose!
Your contribution enables the Center to provide the best possible rehabilitative services to blind and visually impaired persons of all ages.
Thank you for your support.
The Friends of the Ocee Library is so lucky to have volunteers like Lori and Jim - thanks guys!
If you are aware of a charity that could benefit from the leftovers from our book sales, email us and let us know. We can't promise anything, but we do love it when we can help others!
Friday, October 29, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
On Tuesday October 26 the Digital Bookmobile will be at Ocee from Noon - 6 PM. Stop in to find out about checking out downloaded electronic and audio books on your Atlanta-Fulton Public Library card. You can also get more information about the program here.
Also, get a chance to win a Nook digital book reader (courtesy of the Friends of Ocee Library!) just for touring the bookmobile. Tickets will be given away to all bookmobile visitors (one per person), and one ticket will be drawn at 6PM (winner need not be present).
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
From Adam Gopnik's review in The New York Times Book Review:
Those of us for whom books are a faith in themselves — who find the notion that pixels, however ordered, could be any kind of substitute for the experience of reading in a chair with the strange thing spread open on our lap — will love this book. Though it will surely draw a laugh from kids, it will give even more pleasure to parents who have been trying to make loudly the point that Smith’s book makes softly: that the virtues of a book are independent of any bells, whistles or animation it might be made to contain.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Friends are the best kind of people, aren't they? If you're already one of us, give yourself a pat on the back, and if you're not a Friend yet, come join us!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The 2010 National Book Award Finalists were announced this morning (from Flannery O'Connor's home in Savannah - yay Georgia!) - see the list here.
The Man Booker Prize 2010 winner (the United Kingdom's big book award) was announced yesterday. The winner may be found here (the shortlist is here).
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Here are some recent statistics for Ocee Library*:
- Ocee checks out more children's items than any other Atlanta-Fulton Public Library branch
- Ocee has 143,213 items on its shelves ( the second largest collection in the system)
- Ocee's young adult collection is the largest in the system, our children's collection is the 2nd largest, and our adult collection is the 4th largest.
- More than 40,000 items were checked out at Ocee in the month of September alone, and more than a fourth of those were checked out on our self-checkout machines
A huge YAY!!! to our very excellent staff, and to all the volunteers who help put all those checked-out books back on the shelf.
Monday, October 4, 2010
I do loves me some books, but I think I might love sleep and food just as much, so I'm not sure I'm such a good candidate for this one *grin*!
Though to be fair, rule #8 is: "In general, don’t be a masochist. This is supposed to be fun! And if anything about the challenge makes you start picturing us with little devil horns and wanting to strangle us, please stop and change it so that it works for you. Or, you know, go ahead and scream TO HELL WITH THIS CHALLENGE and go to sleep. We don’t want sleep deprivation making you hate your friendly read-a-thon organizers."
Anyway, very cute idea (at least with some eating and sleeping breaks somewhere in there) - they even get people to sign up to be 'cheerleaders' for the readers!