Monday, January 28, 2013

Our New Book Nook

The hardest working crew in town!

The Book Nook turned out great - even better than I'd envisioned! Make sure you stop in and shop the new shelves in the Ocee Library - we've got a lot more books for you to buy to support the library! Thanks to everyone who helped put it together:
  • Malcolm and Yvonne's son Ryan put all the bookcases in place.
  • Malcolm also moved the lockboxes over to the new shelves - it took him two trips back to his house for tools, plus a trip to the hardware store, but he got it done!
  • Jane, Yvonne, Ryan and Sheri got all the books organized.
  • Sheri had new membership brochures and signage put together for us.
  • Trish found our new FoOL jester logo for us, and hung flyers around the library promoting the Book Nook.
  • Nancy wrote checks and toted books & screws (while her daughter provided moral support and wore cute glittery clothes for us to adore!) and she is looking forward to collecting gobs of money from the new cashboxes.
  • Lea wielded a mean vacuum cleaner - luckily Trish got a picture! 
She's either a Ghostbuster or a new Board Member - it can be hard to tell the difference sometimes :)
  • Jane and Sheri went by Spruill Oaks after their book sale, and picked up some extra books to fill out the shelves, and restock with. Thanks, Friends of Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library!
  • Jane is going to continue picking up at Read It Again Bookstore (thanks also to RIA for their support), and Yvonne is going to help make sure the shelves stay full. 
So many good books to buy - I like to think Bob approves!
Again, I really appreciate everybody's help today - we just barely got it all done before the library opened (or only a few minutes past anyway!), and it took a lot of people giving up some precious weekend time to make that happen - many, many thanks! I definitely think it was worth it!

All ready for Valentine's Day - Jane provided the cute Lucy & Linus sign!

P.S. One of the best parts of our new Book Nook? It only cost us $2.83 (the cost of the new screws for securing the lockboxes) since we already had all the bookcases.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A lesson in reading...and love

John Allen, 82, teaches his long-time sweetheart Linda Alexander to read again after a stroke and subsequent memory loss. John picks Linda up 6 mornings a week for coffee and reading lessons. “We could feel the love emanating off of them,” said Matthew Ballestero, who snapped the photo at his local Starbucks.

“I want to be able to drive. And I want to be able to, to, to...”. Joe filled in, “Read.”

“...Read,” she finished. “And I want to do the things, those that that I did before.  video interview

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Come shop our bigger selection of books the Grand Opening of the Friends Book Nook this Sunday - 27 January at 2:00 p.m.!


The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences.

The Fulton Country/Atlanta community will be reading A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines. Five book copies are held by Ocee Branch and other formats are available in the AFPL system. Gaines is also the author of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

The Alpharetta Branch AFPL will host a screening of the film adaptation Thursday February 7 at 4:00 p.m. Enjoy the film with refreshments and good company. Teens and adults. For information call 770.740.2425

Friday, January 18, 2013

A Change of Face!

book face sculpture of paper art by the Unicorn Diaries  Paper art can be traced back to Japan, where it originated over a thousand years ago.  From complex paper cutting to book carving, this is an ever expanding area of design that is hardly talked about.  These intricate paper designs grace museums and exauhibitions throughout the world and is becoming yet another exciting medium of expression for many designers.  Some of the artists featured here use simple materials, such as A4 printing papeel, while others resort to unexpected materials, such as actual books, as their prime materials.

We hope you’ve been taking advantage of the Friends’ book cart sale. However, the metal carts will be removed in several days. The exciting news is that they’ll be replaced with 60 feet of proper bookshelf space! This change will allow Friends to offer a larger selection of books. Unlike a typical book sale, you may shop any time during library hours. Books will be rotated in/out on a regular basis, so check back often to see what’s new. Who doesn’t like the ‘thrill of the hunt’ and wallet friendly prices!?

Speaking of budgets... Libraries worldwide have been hard hit by the shaky economy and continue struggling to do more with less. Money raised by Ocee Friends (through book sales and memberships) goes toward making up some of that difference. These funds are used to purchase books, media, and to bring free programs to Ocee library.

Stop by to see our ‘makeover’ and shop an expanded assortment of fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books!

Thursday, January 17, 2013


One of our new volunteers, Lea, shared this:

via Ding Dang
Not sure where the Hillsdale Library is, but I like their sense of humor!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

I had some spare time over the holidays and wanted to share with you some of my favorite reads.  The most recent was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  A fast read with lots of surprise twists.  The book is on the best-seller list and its popularity has spread via word of mouth.  Also very interesting was Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly.  Vaguely remembering the Kennedy funeral on TV, I found the events during that time period fascinating.  And lastly, two great books by author, Heather Gudenkauf: One Breath Away and the Weight of Silence.  I loved the story line and characters in both.   Let me add that the last three books mentioned I checked out through the Ocee Library using my online account.  I was surprised at how fast Killing Lincoln became available for such a popular book.  Any book in the Fulton County library system can be reserved and delivered to Ocee for easy pick-up.

Sheri Peek
Friends of Ocee Member