|Close-up of "Feathers" on a cap (photo by Chris Scott on Flickr)|
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.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
And some bonus funny, for those of you who've ever shelved books in a library:
Friday, December 2, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
|A "poetree" that popped up at the Scottish Poetry Library|
And who did it finally turn out to be? Well, you'll have to read the story to find out, but let's just say it probably isn't the ending you're expecting!
|Left at the Edinburgh International Book Festival|
Thursday, November 3, 2011
I love a well-designed building, and if it's a library, even better! These photos are of the new Stuttgart, Germany public library, and even though I know I wouldn't be able to read any of the books, I still wish I could be there.
It's probably going to be a total bear to keep all that white clean, and to heat and cool all that space in the middle, but boy, is it gorgeous...
You can see more pictures here.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library system has been very lucky thus far - Fulton County commissioners have done the right thing and recognized that libraries become even more important to patrons in times of need. The library provides so many services free of charge: internet access, programs on health, job searching, resume writing, etc., not to mention access to all the knowledge and entertainment contained in the hundreds of thousands of books on its shelves (and in its ebook catalog).
Kudos to our commissioners for standing behind Fulton libraries - your support is definitely appreciated!
Oh, and the value of those 47 million book checkouts, plus the 13.5 billion computer sessions, and the programs attended by 1.4 million children?
Best of all, Georgia libraries only had to spend $188 million to get those $1.3 billion in benefits to their patrons - nice return on the investment!
Friday, October 28, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
|David and Rob Fulton, with a portrait of their father, Dr. Robert E. Fulton, at the opening ceremonies for the Ocee Library in October 2004|
After Dr. Fulton's death, his family has continued to stand by the library and they have donated funds for a variety of library needs through the years. Sadly on Friday, Dr. Fulton's eldest son, David Fulton, also passed away suddenly. David's brother Rob describes his brother as being "being most like my father, especially in terms of his unrelenting ability to get things done" (a trait of his father's that we most definitely benefited from!). His death is devasting not only to the Fulton family, but also to our library - we have always appreciated the Fultons' continuing support of their father's namesake library.
|David Fulton, visiting the library named after his father|
Sunday, October 9, 2011
“Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author's words reverberating in your head.”
― Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies
Saturday, October 1, 2011
I love this guy! He's a 16-year old book blogger who just loves to read, plain and simple - you can (and should!) read a Publisher's Weekly interview with him here. The interview is awesome - it's great to see such enthusiasm for books in a teenage boy.
Bonus link: Here's Library Journal's list of books to look out for this fall: they lose points for only listing books by author & title - no synopsis or link - but it's a great resource for those that love to read beyond the bestseller list.
Monday, September 26, 2011
I'll let them describe themselves:
Byliner is a publishing company and social network built around great stories.
Byliner publishes original narratives by some of the most accomplished writers working today, at lengths that allow them to be read in a single sitting. Called Byliner Originals, these stories typically range between 10,000 and 35,000 words and are available in digital form, with select titles also available as audio or print-on-demand books. They tackle compelling stories from the worlds of culture, technology, politics, business, sports, science, crime, adventure, and more.
On Byliner.com, readers can discover, share, and discuss stories with a community of fellow readers, receive personalized recommendations, and follow their favorite writers — ensuring that they never miss a great read. Byliner.com also acts as a platform for writers, enabling them to connect directly with their audience.
We’ll find you something good to read.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library is presenting a series of events this fall centered around Louisa May Alcott. These events take place mainly at the Central Library downtown, but a couple of them are a little closer to home at the Roswell branch: a Civil War lecture October 1st, and a Noonday Nosh Reading Group discussion of her biography, Louisa May Alcott: The Woman behind Little Women, on October 18th.
Here is the info Margaret Roach sent around to all the Friends:
The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is pleased to announce a series of reading, viewing, and discussion programs focused on Louisa May Alcott’s life and the historical and cultural context that inspired her remarkable body of work.
Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women is a documentary film co-produced by Nancy Porter Productions, Inc. and Thirteen/WNET New York’s American Masters, and a biography of the same name written by Harriet Reisen. Louisa May Alcott programs in libraries are sponsored by the American Library Association Public Programs Office with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The library received an NEH grant of $2,500 for the program series.The Library System is presenting a number of programs during September, October and November which will re-introduce audiences to Louisa May Alcott’s story. Programs include a community-wide library event focused on Louisa May Alcott’s life, work, and times; a reading and scholar-led discussion of Alcott’s lesser-known works; a discussion of Alcott as a literary phenomenon and social reformer; and a film screening and discussion of the documentary and biography.Louisa May Alcott is recognized around the world for her novel Little Women, but few know Alcott as the bold, compelling woman who secretly wrote sensational thrillers, lived at the center of the Transcendentalist and Abolitionist movements, and served as a Civil War army nurse. The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s public programs present a story full of fresh insights about Alcott and a new understanding of American culture during her lifetime.We would like to invite you to attend these exciting programs focused on Louisa May Alcott. The first program, “Transcendental Wild Oats”: Louisa May Alcott and Reform, will be held at the Central Library Wednesday Sept. 28 at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Robert Sattelmeyer will be the guest speaker.To see descriptions of all the programs in the Louisa May Alcott series, please visit the webpage here or contact program contact John Wright at 404-730-1745 or email@example.com. We hope you can join us as we explore Louisa May Alcott at our libraries.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
From Salon: Writers Who Don't Read (an idea that probably doesn't even make much sense to the traditionalists amongst us)
From The Millions: Making Room for Readers (thanks to the above article for taking me to this one - the story about the author's daughter's quest for a library card shouldn't be missed)
Monday, September 5, 2011
...means the beginning of fall, and looking forward to all the new fall books on the way. Here are some links to what you have to look forward to:
Must-Read Books of the Fall from the Daily Beast
24 New Releases from The Atlantic
New Books We're Anticipating from New York Magazine
O Magazine's Fall Reading List
If you love food and cooking, Huffington Post has a list just for you here
And one link to look back with: What did you really read this summer? from Salon.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
BookLamp is a just launched book recommendation website with a unique twist - a computer does all the recommending.
Researchers from several universities scanned in thousands of books and then broke them down into their thematic elements (for example, 'travel' or 'pregnancy' or even 'rocky terrain'), so computers can analyze what elements are present in the books you like, and then match those same elements with books to be recommended.
It can be a bit hit-or-miss as far as its recommendations go, but there's no denying it's an interesting approach. You can read more about it here in an interesting article by Laura Miller on Salon.com.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Residents who cannot attend in person will have later opportunities to give their feedback as part of a ¢itizen $ense online survey, a Facebook survey, and Tweet casts. For updates, go to www.fultoncountyga.gov/citizensense or follow on Twitter @FultonInfo.
Take the online survey now! Budget Reference Information. Residents planning to attend the sessions may wish to review some of the following background documents in preparation for the session: 2011 Budget-in-Brief and 2012-2014 Proposed Strategic Plan found at www.fultoncountyga.gov.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
"Budget cuts force libraries to re-examine roles" from Salon
"Books, the new Prozac?" from The New Yorker
Post-apocalytic library - a very intriguing image from artist Lori Nix
Read Your Bookcase - what happens if you actually put books in it though?
A Country without Libraries from New York Review of Books
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
"Destroyed" Books (Atlanta artist!)
Future of Libraries in an E-Book Age
What Your Favorite Children's Book Says About You
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Many have absorbed the puritanical message that reading is, first and foremost, good for you — the intellectual equivalent of eating your Brussels sprouts. For such people, indeed for all readers, Jacobs offers some simple, powerful, and much needed advice: read at whim, read what gives you delight, and do so without shame, whether it be Stephen King or the King James Version of the Bible. Jacobs offers an insightful, accessible, and playfully irreverent guide for aspiring readers. Each chapter focuses on one aspect of approaching literary fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, and the book explores everything from the invention of silent reading, reading responsively, rereading, and reading on electronic devices.
Supposedly, 42% of college graduates never read another book after they leave school (statistic from here), perhaps because they come to associate reading with the kind of 'serious' books they had to slog through for class. Don't give up on books and all they have to offer though, just because International Macroeconomics, 2nd Ed. was a tad dry. Feed your mind with all the joy words can offer :) and read anything that makes you happy!
Monday, May 9, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
The 2011 Pulitzer Prizes were announced this week and Jennifer Egan won the fiction prize for her novel "A Visit from the Goon Squad". (This novel also won the Morning News Tournament of Books I blogged about a few weeks back.) The other two fiction finalists were "The Privileges" by Jonathan Dee and "The Surrendered" by Chang-Rae Lee.
To see more, including the books that won in the history, poetry, general non-fiction and biography categories, you can visit the Pulitzer website here.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
On the Apartment Therapy website where I first spotted this, the blogger notes: "Most of us love books greatly and don't like to see them damaged. It's easy to believe that they should all be in libraries for an eternity or shipped to places where folks could use them" and commenters also express dismay over what they perceive as the waste of a book.
Folks, as anyone who works with books in large quantities will tell you: books can definitely outlive their useful lives! That computer guide from the 80's? The zillionth copy of the now forgotten bestselling diet guide from 10 years ago? Twenty year old college textbooks? It's okay to consign them to the recycle bin, and if you can find a way to reuse even a small portion of the book before you do so, go for it!
As all good Friends of the Library know, there will always be more books to take their place...
Friday, April 15, 2011
|I want to be curled up in one of those circular seats...|
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
This week is National Library Week - show your librarian some love!
|Okay, maybe not quite like this!|
Notice the subtitle on this one: "What are those television-typewriters anyway?" Plus an "up-to-date" buying guide!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
"You see, a library is more than books. It is more than the people who staff them, and the rows and rows of tomes that fills its space. Libraries are refuge for the overwhelmed mind and respite from a technical age. Libraries are lifelines to the outside world and the hope for a better life. Libraries empower the spirit and uplift the soul. Libraries educate and liberate. They are as essential as the air we breathe."Luckily, Fulton County has so far spared the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library system the drastic cuts other surrounding counties have been forced to make - kudos to our commissioners for recognizing the worth of the libraries, especially in such a tough economic climate.
*For more on the Cobb County situation, also see the article headlined "Cobb library proposal seen as political ploy to raise taxes", again from today's AJC.
Update: The libraries managed to avoid the chopping block! They'll stay open after all, due in part to Twitter and Facebook campaigns on their behalf.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
|Literary pin from the Bookity Etsy Shop.|
She also makes wonderful garlands from old books and atlases:
P.S. How perfect is this? She's from the city of Reading in the United Kingdom!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
|Copyright Rick Detorie, as seen on Creators.com|
The Creators.com's Comics section is a good place to keep up with all kinds of comics, be they political or just something you can't find in your local paper. The website also includes all kinds of syndicated advice/lifestyle/health columns and opinion pieces from every point of view. Browse around - you never know what you'll find!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
To view all the brackets, and follow the excitement :), check it out here.
|To play along at home, print this.|
*I haven't read Kapitoil yet (I'll have to check it out of the Gwinnett County Library - it seems Fulton County doesn't own a copy *cough, cough*), but Freedom is a tough one to beat...
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
|Books for sale in an Anthropologie clothing store.|
Once I started to think about, I realized how common it is to see books, of one kind or another, in nearly every retail establishment around. From clothing stores to furniture stores to home improvement warehouses, books are everywhere. And with bricks-and-mortar bookstores increasingly disappearing, it's wise marketing indeed.
Friday, March 4, 2011
One publisher has come up with a new twist in the world of ebooks - one that may have important consquences for the titles available from your local library. Read more about it here.
*Visit the AFPL website here to find out more about our library's downloadable books program.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
The photo below, one example from that last roll, is of a woman reading in a park - a woman I can only hope to be someday! I love in particular how comfortable she is with herself: shoes off, feet up, utterly engrossed in what I can only hope was a wonderful book.
Go check out all the images in the VF slide show here.
Friday, February 25, 2011
We need to find a woodworker to recreate the wooden elements for us - anyone know of someone?
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
"Every time I read 'Pride and Prejudice' I want to dig [Austen] up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone."I can't say I share Mr. Twain's opinion (though I do appreciate the wit), but it is interesting how critical appreciation of Ms. Austen's work has altered over time.
Pride and Prejudice in a lovely annotated edition edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks, as I read Jane's Fame, and the books dovetail nicely, as the annotations frequently expand on something Harman mentions, and vice versa.
Other random facts I've discovered:
-Jane Austen was so anonymous in her own time that only 2 authenticated sketches of her survive (both drawn by her sister), and one of those only shows her from behind!