Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Final Budget Hearing

From Margaret Roach, Volunteer Services Manager:

While the Library System has maintained hours and staff, the book budget has been severely decreased—by over 46% in the last two years. As the Library Bond Program brings new libraries on board, it is critical that the operating budget not fall behind. Your advocacy for continued support of the Library System is essential. In tough economic times, citizens need libraries more than ever!

The final public hearing is coming up!
2011 Fulton County Budget-Public Hearing
Wed. Jan. 5
10 a.m.
Fulton County Government Center
Assembly Hall
141 Pryor Street SW Atlanta.

If you would like a list of talking points, directions to the Govt. Center, or the procedure for speaking at a public hearing, email us at email@oceefriends.org, and I'll shoot you a reply!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Reading on the go

From the New York Times:
Little glimpses into readers' worlds, while riding the subway.
Click here to see the whole image, and check out what everyone was reading.

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Library in Stockholm, Sweden

Remember this for the next time you're in Stockholm (as you know, you sometimes are!). Ok, well, no, perhaps not, but you can armchair travel a bit sometimes, can't you? Plus (spoiler alert) if you read far enough into this post, you can discover what Ocee has in common with this library!

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!

 Inside the rotunda. Books circle the room on three different levels.

I want to be sitting right there!

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

    Who knew??

    Apparently, the Fulton libraries are full of passionate longings...at least according to the Craigslist Missed Connections section (click on the pics to see full-size).

    Nobody seems to be looking for anyone from the Ocee Library - should we be insulted or relieved *grin*?

    Tuesday, December 7, 2010

    We appreciate our staff!

     We can't say enough good things about the people who work at the Ocee Library, and today Lori (officially our Treasurer, but unofficially our "Provider of all things yummy") put on her annual staff appreciation luncheon.
    Lori and her fantastic spread
    Her homemade dessert goodies
    Not only does she make great food, she makes the table beautiful as well!
     A huge thank you to Lori for all her hard work - the Friends of Ocee wouldn't be the same without her!

    Monday, December 6, 2010

    Google Doodles

    Google "doodles" its logo every so often to reflect important dates in history, holidays, commemorate birthdays, etc. I was looking at the collection and noticed some book-related doodles:

    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

    A new way to take off the pounds...

    Actually it's an art project from David Garcia Studios designed to play
    with the idea of a nomadic library that travels with you.

    Thursday, December 2, 2010

    Best Books of 2010...

    ... in the New York Times opinion anyway :). You can read the NYT post here.
    (Individual book links above take you to the books' listings on Amazon.com, whose Omnivoracious blog also did a story on the NYT list.