Monday, July 29, 2021

Professional Development @ AFPL

E-Campus Professional Development Workshops
A hands-on computer presentation and registration event Saturday 17 August for free online classes and certification courses for adults. Registration required. Contact Ms. Jurée Hall, eCampus Coordinator at
Additionally, Ocee Library is offering hands-on introductory computer workshops for adults. Space is limited. Registration is required.
Introduction to MS Word 2010 - Tuesday 6 August and
Introduction to MS Excel 2010 - Tuesday 20 August
For information or to make reservations, phone: 770.360.8897

Kids' & Teens' August programs

Summer vacation scrapbook ideas
*Bricks 4 Kidz (Lego)- ages 6 to 10 - Thursday 8 August
Intro to Database Research-Student Edition - Wednesday 14 August
*Teen Advisory Board Meeting - ages 12 to 18 - Thursday 15 August
Ocee community teens are invited join Branch Manager, Carla Burton, for pizza and discussions about ways to enhance the library programs and services for teens. 
*Beginner Reader’s Book Club - ages 5 to 8 - Tuesday 20 August  
Elegant Washi Tape Crafts - ages 13 to 18 - Thursday 22 August
*Just Read It Book Club - ages 9 to 12 - Monday 26 August
*Teens Read Book Club - ages 13 to 18 - Thursday 29 August 

*Space limited, reservations required. To learn more and register, phone 770.360.8897

Sunday, July 28, 2021

Hats off!

Jester Hat - Green/Gold/Purple <br>Mardi Gras Jester those who donated books, Read It Again Books, Boy Scout Troop 10 of St Benedict Church for the heavy lifting before and after the event, Alpharetta author Gail Heller, and all of you who supported FoOL fundraising efforts by buying books!

Thanks to everyone who helped make the FoOL book sale a success!

Wednesday, July 24, 2021

Flock to the book sale!

Flying books
"Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.” ― Virginia Woolf
Friday 26 July 1:00 - 6:00
Saturday 27 July 10:00 - 3:00
Meeting room at Ocee Library

Tuesday, July 23, 2021

Writing on the Wall

IMG_4472Do you have a favorite quote, poem or lyric you'd like to display? Alisa Burke takes you through the steps to create the wall canvas below. You'll never guess what she uses for ink!

Sunday, July 21, 2021

Wednesday, July 17, 2021

FoOL trivia contest (#9 - final)

What's the “Hottest Title”/ “Most Popular Title” in the Atlanta Fulton Public Library system? Rosamund Pike is the latest actress being considered to play the girl in the movie version.

Answer: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

What are you?

Species of Readers Infographic
for the complete infographic with descriptions

Tuesday, July 16, 2021

FoOL trivia contest (#8)

Graphic novels tell a story visually - like a comic book. They’re popular with teen readers - especially guys. What best selling book of all time will soon be out as a graphic novel?

Answer: The Bible

Sunday, July 14, 2021

FoOL trivia contest (#7)

Don’t keep it under your hat. Who is the top-selling US children’s author?

Answer: Dr. Seuss
Revolutionary Novels for Bastille Day

A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
Scaramouche - Rafael Sabatini
The Glass Blowers - Daphne du Maurier
A Place of Greater Safety - Hilary Mantel
The Scarlet Pimpernel - Baroness Emma Orczy
Les Liaisons Dangereuses - Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

Friday, July 12, 2021

FoOL trivia question (#6)

Cat, mouse, host - Detail from the Book of Kells, Trinity College, Dublin
Cat & mouse-Book of Kells
For centuries, libraries around the world have kept cats. Why were cats originally invited into libraries?
Answer: to control the rodent population-who make their nests from paper.


Science Girlz

Y 530.078 GARDNER
Milkshake reports, "when polled in middle school, 74 percent of girls express an interest in science, technology, engineering and math, but by the time they reach high school and are asked what their college major will be, less than 1 percent choose computer science."

Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit that educates, inspires and equips young women with the skills and resources to pursue academic and career opportunities in computing fields.

Thursday, July 11, 2021

"One Bad Apple"

NEW YORK, July 10 (Reuters) - In a decision that could reshape how books are sold on the Internet, a federal judge ruled that Apple Inc conspired to raise the retail prices of e-books in violation of antitrust law, and called for a trial on damages.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan is a victory for the U.S. government and various states, which the judge said are entitled to injunctive relief.  

"The plaintiffs have shown that the publisher defendants conspired with each other to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise e-book prices, and that Apple played a central role in facilitating and executing that conspiracy," Cote said. "Without Apple's orchestration of this conspiracy, it would not have succeeded as it did in the spring of 2010," she added.

FoOL trivia contest (#5)

The Ocee Library has several “mascots”! They're carved in the brickwork at the main entrance. What kind and how many are there?

1st correct answer wins an e-coupon good for the book of your choice at our July book sale. Send your answer to

Tuesday, July 9, 2021

FoOL Trivia Contest (#4)

Read between the lions. The New York Public Library has 2 famous marble lions as their “mascots”. What are their names?

Answer: ‘During the 1930s, Mayor LaGuardia named them Patience and Fortitude, qualities he felt New Yorkers would need to survive the economic depression.’ 

Sunday, July 7, 2021

Underneath it all -

"Skulls...have exerted for scores of thousands of years an almost inexplicable power over the human imagination. They are symbols both of existence and of former existence; they are freighted with terror and awe...People are fascinated and captivated by skulls. They always have been, and always will be." -S Winchester
Beautifully photographed. Fascinating text.

Saturday, July 6, 2021

FoOL trivia (#3)
The Atlanta Fulton Public Library System is slated to build 3 new libraries in North Fulton. Where will they be located?

Answer: Alpharetta, Milton, and East Roswell.

Thursday, July 4, 2021

Atlanta Braves "Home Run Readers"

The Atlanta Braves and the National Education Association are partnering with Georgia Public Library Service for the 2013 Atlanta Braves Summer Reading Program, "Home Run Readers." This educational outreach promotes literacy and encourages students to build a love for reading by continuing to advance their reading skills during the summer months. "Home Run Readers" rewards students in grades K-12 in the state of Georgia by providing Braves tickets for reading books and completing an online activity.

"FoOL's Gold" trivia contest (#2)

“Real” or fictional - name 2 famous librarians. (Hint: If you've "been" lucky, you may have one in your wallet. Happy 4th of July!)

Answer:  Ben Franklin (concept of the free library), Laura Bush, to start. Check out The Hollywood Librarian for fictional librarians.

Shoe-la-la !

books, heels, income, loop, shoes Alpharetta resident Gail Heller, a recently retired special education teacher, now has the opportunity to follow her passion for writing. Ms. Heller will be signing copies of  her new book, “Seely’s Shoes” on Friday 26 July from 3 pm - 6 pm at the Friends of Ocee Library’s Book Sale. A portion of sales will be donated to Ocee Friends. 
In  conjunction with the book signing at the sale, Gail will be collecting* footwear for Soles4Souls, a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting poverty through the distribution of shoes.
*a donation bin will be at the Book Sale Friday 1-6  and Saturday 10-3. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2021

“FoOL’s Gold” trivia contest!

What is the world’s largest library?
Answer: Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.