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.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
This workshop is designed to acquaint you with the continuing education courses available to you through the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System's eCampus. If you are interested in attending, email firstname.lastname@example.org to register, or to ask further questions.
Friday, November 16, 2012
One of our prospective board members (thanks, Patricia!) sent me some information to share - this really interesting Library Calculator, that shows the monetary value of your library use, and also news about an author talk:
First Baptist Church of Decatur
One of our board members (hi, Aileen!) is giving out rave book reviews as well: she loved The Round House by Louise Erdrich (available through the library's floating collection), which won the National Book Award last night (and was also named Amazon's Book of the Year this week), and In the Shadow of the Banyan Tree by Vaddy Ratney (available at Ocee), a "fictionalized memoir of Khmer Rouge and the fall of Cambodia through the eyes of a child in the royal family driven from life of privilege into the chaos of the takeover by communists". There are currently waiting lists for both of these titles, but they sound like they'll be worth it.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
We want to shake things up here at the Friends of the Ocee Library. We're looking for people who love the library and have some time and energy to spare, and would be interested in serving on our Board.
The Ocee Library needs the support of a Friends organization - our charitable fundraising (primarily in the form of book sales) funds programs and buys materials that make the library such a great resource for the community. And none of this can be done without people like you, and we want to take this opportunity to reach out and ask for your help.
Most of our current board have been with us since the beginning: we were the ones passing around petitions to have the library created, and we were the ones shelving the new books once the library was built, and we were the ones whose faces you've seen at all the book sales and well, you get the picture. We've been around since the "stone ages", and it's time for some new blood and new ideas!
If you would like some more information about serving on the Board of the Friends of the Ocee Library, please let us know via email@example.com, or by attending a meeting Friday Nov. 9 at 11:00 AM. Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
|Exterior & Interior views of converted train car library in Chile|
|Harbor Island, Bahamas home library - Photo: Steve Brook|
Monday, July 16, 2012
|Harriet Russell - NPR.org|
Still looking for something to read?
Lesser-Known Lit: Seeking Summer's Hidden Gems from NPR
Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2012 Book Preview from The Millions
The Big Novels of 2012 from The Guardian
Oprah's Summer Reading List from O Magazine
Beach Reads for Smart People from The Atlantic Wire
Don't let that last link intimidate you though: I'm all for reading a good "trashy" book on the beach (or anywhere else for that matter - books should make you happy!) and the Wall Street Journal backs me up on that: "Snubbing the Book Snobs".
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
|1949 Chevy Bookmobile|
*as does Alec Baldwin apparently: he bought the bookmobile he used as a child
|1st book in the series: The Case of the Missing Books|
All of which reminds me of one of my favorite book series, Ian Sansom's Mobile Library Mysteries (so, so funny and so, so recommended even if the library doesn't own the 4th book in the series -hint hint-).
Monday, June 18, 2012
I just finished reading Charlie Haas' The Enthusiast, a "charming, funny, wise, and real*" novel set in the world of niche magazines. As good as the book is though, the best part may be the P.S. ( a section Harper Perennial frequently adds to its trade paperbacks). The P.S. usually includes information about the author, additional insight into the book, and questions for reading groups.
*according to Anne Lamott anyway, and she might know a thing or two about writing...
Haas' P.S. is hilarious: not only does he include a mix tape list with a song for each character, he also has my hands down fav list of book club questions. Usually, these questions involve such things as motivation, theme, etc. but Haas' are as follows:
Who brought this salad?Love it!
Is someone sitting here?
Did we talk about changing to Thursdays?
Is this the nonfat?
What does anyone think about painting this room orange?
Did you read the book? Will it ruin it for you if I talk about it?
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Some amazing children's books in iPad app form (via The Digital Media Diet)
New fiction recommendations (via Kirkus Reviews)
A guide to walking and reading at the same time (via Time.com) - I can't imagine doing this in NYC, as the author does, but I can read 100 pages in 3 miles on Alpharetta's wide open sidewalks :)
And here's a link to the library's Adult Summer Reading Program: hit the "Click here" link on the top line and you'll have a chance to submit a book review and be entered in a drawing for some great prizes (your very own Friends of the Ocee Library donated a $25 Amazon gift card that you could have a chance to win, among other prizes) - good luck!
Sunday, May 6, 2012
I also got word that the library system will be having an adult summer reading program (in addition to the traditional children's program) for the first time this year, so keep an ear out for more information on that as well.
From this week's media:
'book igloo' was actually constructed from the remains of a Navy base library after it was decommisioned.)
10 Beautiful Buildings Inspired by Famous Books - this particular one is a tribute to Tolkien's The Hobbit.
Brain Pickings, or purchase one from the artist's web site.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
|Stuttgart City Library, Stuttgart, Germany|
Two more library related articles were in today's Atlanta Journal Constitution (thanks for all the coverage lately, AJC - libraries can use all the positive press they can get these days!):
- Libraries add more to the mix
- The other was a "My Opinion" piece by Karen Huppertz (which I can't unfortunately find online to link to, but was on Metro page B5 in the 4/22/12 AJC), which actually gives a shout-out to Friends of the Library organizations and encourages donations to them!
Another piece of book related news concerns the Pulitzer Committee decision to not award the Fiction Prize this year (a real slap in the face and very unpopular decision).
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Speaking of the new branches, the East Roswell site has an architect attached now, and is about to break ground: you can read more about it on the Appen Newspapers website.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
|J.K. Rowling’s plot chart for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix|
|Illustration by Jessica Fortner|
From the News-Gazette: High Schools Add to Reading Lists
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”