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!
Friday, October 29, 2021
Sunday, October 17, 2021
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
From Salon.com'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
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:
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
Below is a letter we received from the director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library:
We are very pleased to celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week, 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
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
Monday, October 11, 2021
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
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, 2021
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
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
“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.