Saturday, June 29, 2013

Summer Slide - July

 bilingual children books reading

For more information and to make reservations please phone Ocee Library at 770.360.8897

Family Fun Story-time: Ages 1-6 on Tuesday July 2, 9, 16 & 23 
Chess Club: Ages 5-13 on Wednesday July 3 & 17 
Ocee Astronomy Club: Ages 7 –13  on Thursday July 18  
Magnificent Monday Crafts: Ages 5-12 on Mondays July 1, 8, 15 & 22
Beginner Reader’s Book Club: Ages 5 to 8 on Tuesday 16 July
Just Read It Book Club: Ages 9 to 12 on Monday 22 July
Zoo Atlanta ZooMobile: Ages 3-10 on Thursday 11 July
Bio-Bus Visit: Ages 10-13 on Thursday 18 July
Summer Reading Finale: Curious Moon Puppets “Digging to China”:
       Ages 3-12 on Thursday 25 July
Bottle Cap Jewelry: Ages 8 and up on Wednesday 10 July
Events for ages 12 –18 include:
YA Movie Day “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” Thursday 11 July
Out of the Box Art Studio “Face Pots”: Thursday 18 July
The Great Ocee Teen Bake-Off: Thursday 25 July

Monday, June 24, 2013

Top 10: January-June

Amazon just announced their overall top 10 books of the year to date. All (except #3) are in the AFPL collection.

1. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
2. The Son by Philipp Meyer
3. Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff
4. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
5. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
6. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

7. Gulp by Mary Roach
8. After Visiting Friends by Michael Hainey

9. Tenth of December by George Saunders
10. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker


Things are heating up on and off the court this week at Wimbledon!

AFPL has autobiographies of two players, Connors and Agassi, who changed the face of tennis. Search the catalogue for more about the game and its players. You'll find something for all ages.

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Roaring Good TIme

Adults with a valid library card may check out a Zoo Pass. The Zoo Pass is good for a family of four. The pass is for general admission only and may not be used for special events.

Visit or call 404.624.WILD for more information on hours of operation, guest services, programs and offerings.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Weird Science

[Cover]Gulp is the latest from popular science author Mary Roach (Packing for Mars, Bonk, Spook, Stiff). See if  the subject matter is to your taste by reading an excerpt on mastication or whet your appetite for the book with a few quiz questions. Roach's books are available through AFPLS.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Pearl Girl

Sometimes known as ‘the Dutch Mona Lisa’, Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring will be on exhibit at the High Museum of Art 23 June–29 September.
If you've ever wondered about the story behind that enigmatic expression, read Tracey Chevalier’s best-seller, Girl with a Pearl Earring. The novel is narrated by Griet, the artist’s servant, studio assistant, and model for what would become one of the world’s most famous paintings.
AFPL catalogue includes paper, electronic, and audio book formats as well as the Oscar nominated film on DVD.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

No Strings Attached

ImageA new partnership between the AFPL and the Center for Puppetry Arts allows you to use your library card to check out a pass good for 4 free admissions to the museum. The library passport also entitles you to a 25% discount on performances. The museum has 350 puppets from around the world. The museum  also has several special exhibits, including Jim Henson and the Muppets.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Temple Grandin

Temple GrandinGeorgia Center for the Book presents Temple Grandin this Wednesday. "Temple Grandin is one of the world’s best-known adults with autism. With a PhD in animal science, six bestselling books to her credit and a selection by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the year, she is an accomplished figure who is in demand for lectures around the country."  (404) 370-8450 x 2225

Several of her books, including The Autistic Brain, are in the AFPL catalogue. The Emmy winning HBO movie about Grandin is also available.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

On learning he and his wife are expecting a boy, Stein begins "a stupid quest" to learn the "man stuff" (dogs, sport, camping, DIY) that he's successfully avoided all his 38 years.

Nealon discusses the challenges of his late-in-life first pregnancy - from Milano cookie cravings to finding time to read the latest issue AARP magazine in Yes, You're Pregnant, But What About ME?
Who could forget that line? Brown imagines the 'lighter' side of Lord Vader as he tries to parent a 4 year old Luke.
Search the AFPL catalogue for these and more on dads and fatherhood.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

College Bound?

Ben Rohr Craig High School Graduation 06/09Congratulations!
Summer is a critical time. Students have the time to reflect on their transition to college but are cut off from the guidance they had during high school. “Summer melt” refers to the 10% (as high as 45% in some cases) of incoming college freshmen who fail to show up for classes in the fall. One of the obstacles students and parents face is the confusing subject of finances/loans.
The Foundation Center  is offering 2 free webinars that may be helpful:
Getting A Grip on Your Student Loans  17 June  1:00-2:00 pm ET
Focus on Higher Education  20 June  2:00-3:00 pm ET

Choice? Chance?

New York Times best-seller
Available in paper, audio book, ebook and sound file at AFPL

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Math Tutoring for K-8 grades

Besides reading over summer break, it's a smart idea to practice your math skills. What if things just aren't "adding up"? Bring the problem or topic you are having trouble with to math tutoring on Sundays 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm - June 16 through August 25 in the Resource Room. First come, first served. Contact with questions or for more info.

Summer E-Campus Workshops

On Saturday June 15 and August 17 at 12 pm, a  presentation and registration event for free online classes and certification courses for adults designed for the Atlanta/Fulton County business community will take place at Ocee Library. Course catorgies include: Accounting & Finance, Business, Computer Applications, Technology. Registration required. Contact Ms. Jurée Hall, eCampus Coordinator at

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots Movie Review

Monday, June 10, 2013


Scottish fiction and sci-fi [M] writer Iain Banks passed away Sunday after being diagnosed with cancer this April. His books include The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road, Complicity, and the Culture series.
Fellow author, Neil Gaiman blogged yesterday, “If you've never read any of his books, read one of his books. Then read another. Even the bad ones were good, and the good ones were astonishing.”  Banks' final book, The Quarry, is scheduled to be released late this month. Many of Banks’ books are in the AFPL collection.

"And now...let the wild rumpus start!"

Today marks award-winning author & illustrator Maurice Sendak’s birth day. 2013 is the 50th anniversary of Sendak’s best known book Where the Wild Things Are. 

Grown-up readers might enjoy this collection of candid interviews with Sendak.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Georgia Center for the Book events

Gerogia Center for the Book has quite a line up of authors this week!

Boys was released just last week. Kenneth Branagh is set to direct the movie. Pulitzer Prize-winner Rick Atkinson visits with the final volume of his WWII trilogy. Hosseini authored bestsellers, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.
        Rick Atkinson     Khaled Hosseini
All events are free. No tickets or reservations necessary. First-come, first-seated. Events page or 404-370-8450 x 2225 for times and locations.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Limited Engagement through 24 June

George Washington's Copy Of The Acts Of Congress
Washington's personal, annotated copy of the Constitution was purchased at auction by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association at auction for $9.8 million.
The Carter Library also offers a number of book readings/signings that are free and open to the public - including storytime and a garden safari for 2-5 year olds.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

2131 Books (and pizza)

Congratulations to the Seattle Public Library (WA). The library set a new world's record for the longest Book Domino Chain this past Friday. The effort took 27 volunteers, 5 attempts, 2131 books and 112 slices of pizza ! Watch closely - part of the chain spells out “READ”.
Books used in the event will be designated with a special sticker and go into their Friends book sale.

Silver Linings

AFPL paper, e-book,& DVD
Since starring in the Oscar winning film Silver Linings Playbook (based on the Matthew Quick novel), actor Bradley Cooper has become an advocate for mental health awareness. “People would come up to me and share their struggles, telling me how they connected with this character that I played, and I think that’s what helped me to see that all of us are touched in a real, meaningful way with this illness.” Cooper was surprised to learn that his best friend had a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. 

While some groups felt the movie’s portrayal of mental illness was too simplistic, Bradley hopes Silver Linings will help to reduce stigma and foster discussions about the challenges people living with mental health issues and families their  face.  

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Publishing News

Anti-trust authorities in China have given the OK  for a merger between publishers Penguin and Random House. China was one of the last countries to approve the merger which should be complete next month.

The anti-trust  trial against Apple began yesterday. Apple and five of the largest U.S. publishers “consciously committed to a scheme to raise e-book prices throughout the industry”, Justice Department lawyer told a U.S. District Judge. The 5 other publishers have settled out of court.

 Joyland, Stephen King’s latest horror novel (out today), will only be available in print. King says, "I have no plans for a digital version. Maybe at some point, but in the meantime, let people stir their sticks and go to an actual bookstore rather than a digital one."