Friday, October 29, 2021

Congratulations to our Nook winner!

We drew a name from over a hundred entries in our Digital Bookmobile Nook giveway, and our lucky winner was Rhonda. She had come to vote and wandered over to check out the bookmobile, and was extra excited because it was her first time winning something! Have fun with your new "toy", Rhonda!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Win a Nook at the Digital Bookmobile!

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, 2021

A clever use of an old phone booth

From's weekly picture round-up:
"Duncan Berry holds the door open as his children Jemima, right, and Hugo choose books from the village phone box in Marton cum Grafton, England, Saturday. The classic red phone booth in the center of the village was bought by residents for 1 pound and turned into a book exchange as part of British Telecom's Adopt a Kiosk campaign, which has seen more than 350 red phone boxes adopted by small communities across Britain, according to local media."

Friday, October 15, 2021

Are children's books becoming a thing of the past?

After this article about the poor state of children's picture books (due in part to parents pushing children to read by themselves at ever younger ages, in order to "get ahead" in school), Lane Smith's  "It's a Book" seems a particularly welcome title these days!

 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, 2021

National Friends of the Library Week

 Below is a letter we received from the director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library:

Dear Friends,
    We are very pleased to celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week, October 17-23, 2010 and to express heartfelt appreciation to our Friends. While we try to say thank you throughout the year, this is an excellent opportunity to formally thank you and your Friends group for your excellent support.
The money that you raise enables the library to go beyond the limits of our budget—providing the resources for additional programming, much needed equipment and material, support for children’s summer reading and special events throughout the year.
    Your advocacy makes a big difference in assuring that the library has adequate resources. The fact that we are moving ahead on Phase I of the Library Bond Program is due in large part to the Friends support for the bond referendum. As you know, this measure will have a great impact on the future of the library system. The Fulton County Board of Commissioners’ continuing support for the library system is very much influenced by your work and advocacy for the Library.
    Furthermore, the Friends’ gift of time and commitment to the library is an example of how volunteerism leads to positive civic engagement and the betterment of our community. The work of the Friends highlights the fact that our library is the cornerstone of the community, providing opportunities for all to engage in the joy of life-long learning. We are very proud of our Friends and thankful for all that you do for the library. Please convey my sincere appreciation to all the members of your Friends organization. We value and appreciate your outstanding and important work.
        John F. Szabo

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, 2021

Book Awards

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, 2021

What to do with all the books

you can buy at our booksales:

Read here about how one university found a 'novel' use for its discarded books.

Monday, October 11, 2021

A Bookish Thought

"To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge 
from almost all the miseries of life."

W. Somerset Maugham

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Ocee Library Statistics

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
          (*these statistics exclude the Central Library and the Auburn Avenue Research Library)

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, 2021

24 Hour Read-a-thon

If you're in the mood for some non-stop reading Sunday October 9th, check out the online Dewey's Read-a-thon. Sounds like it could get intense: "The most hardcore among us will stay up the entire 24 hours and do nothing but read and update, even going so far as to skip showering and eat meals while reading." 

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!

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Packing for Mars

I just finished Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach, and can highly recommend it, even if you've never so much as watched a space launch before. I had initially checked this book out for my son (a teen son: the book is a bit PG13-ish because of Roach's totally straightforward approach to everything that could happen on a space ship), but I started flipping through it, and soon had claimed it for myself (despite my utter lack of interest in all things space-related - that's how good she is!).  Roach combines a wonderful sense of humor with a deep and abiding interest in everything under the sun - it makes for a wonderful read about all the behind-the-scenes stuff you never even thought about before, but now can't imagine living without knowing.

Mary Roach's other books:  
Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife 
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

Saturday, October 2, 2021

A Random Book Quote

“I’m old fashioned and think that reading books is the most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised.”

From Wislawa Szymborska, author of Nonrequired Reading*:
*And if you're interested in the book, yes I'm the one who has the library's only copy currently on hold and soon to be in my clutches - what can I say :)?  Be patient: I read quickly.