The Friends of the Ocee Library is a non-profit group whose purpose is to promote general knowledge of library services and to provide financial assistance for special library needs and events.

If you have specific questions about Ocee Library, phone the library at 770-360-8897 or visit http://www.afpls.org/

Friday, August 30, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Left Behind

Over the last year, nearly 23,000 books were left behind by Travelodge guests in Britain. The company has been keeping track for the past few years.  Are guests forgetful, generous, or quietly commenting on these books? This year's top 10 are:
 

1. Fifty Shades Freed, E.L. James
2. Bared To You, Sylvia Day
3. The Marriage Bargain, Jennifer Probst
4. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
5. The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling
6. Fifty Shades Of Grey, E.L. James
7. Reflected In You, Sylvia Day
8. My Time, Bradley Wiggins
9. Entwined With You, Sylvia Day
10. Fifty Shades Darker, E.L. James

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Happy 15th, Hogwarts!


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was released summer of 1997.

In a recent interview to mark the anniversary, Rowling says that of all the Potter characters, she misses Dumbledore the most. She states, "He was the character who was hardest to leave for me."

The Harry Potter series is available through AFPL in  book, sound recordings, e-book, and DVD formats. The library also has Potter book guides, trivia collections, cookery, crafts, actor biographies, and more.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Power of Music

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"By turns harrowing, winsome, and inspiring, this work by novelist and Los Angeles Times columnist Lopez relates the first two years of his friendship with Nathaniel Anthony Ayers. A budding string genius at Juilliard in the early 1970s, Ayers succumbed to paranoid schizophrenia and became homeless, yet he continued to play the violin as a way to keep the demons at bay." - Library Journal Review

DVD, sound track, and book (incl. large print) are available at AFPL.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The country’s largest book festival!

August 30 - September 1
Come down to Decatur’s historic square 30 August - 1 September! The 8th Annual Decatur Book Festival features book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive kids’ area, cooking demos, live music, writing workshops, booksellers, food, and more! Visit their website for all the details.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Get Fit 4 Lit!

 
The 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk for Literacy is hosted by the Literacy Alliance of Metropolitan Atlanta (LAMA). The Peachtree Road Race Qualifier takes place Saturday 14 September at 9:00 a.m. at Grant Park in Atlanta, GA.

Sign up today by visiting http://fit4lit.com/index.php. Select Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System in the "Additional Information" box to support the GED program. 

Come take a look

Smart Kid with Glasses ThinkingOcee Library is having a library tour for ages 9 and up. Meet at the Children's Services Desk Thursday 5 September or 6 October at 6:30 pm. Learn more about Dewey, the catalogue, and how to find materials quickly and easily.

For information phone 770-360-8897.


Math Tutoring K-8th

Free math tutoring is available on a first come first served basis. Bring an assignment or topic that you're having trouble with.
 
Sundays at 2:00 pm - 1 September through 22 December.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

"Hear It Again"

 
Where any nation starts awake
Books are the memory. And it's plain
Decay of libraries is like
Alzheimer's in the nation's brain.
                                Ted Hughes
 

Little Free Libraries

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Little Free Library in Grant Park.
Photo: Caroline Huftalen
Little Free Libraries in metro Atlanta gallery
LFL Christenberry's Buford home.
Photo: Sandra Parrish


Learn more about Little Free Libraries. 10,000 and growing!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Afterschool for Teens

Back To School Teen Health PackageAccording to the Afterschool Alliance:
  • -Approximately 14 million middle and high school students are on their own after school.
  • -8 in 10 Americans want all children and teens to have some type of organized activity or safe place to go after school.
  • -The hours between 3 and 6 p.m. are the peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes.
 
Libraries have a history of meeting the needs of teens. In fact, the Teen Advisory Board is meeting Thursday 15 August at 5pm.  770-360-8897 or  carla.burton@fultoncountyga.gov for more info.
 
Librarians are available to help with digital technology. To start the school year, an Intro to Database Research - Student Edition is scheduled on Wednesday 14 August at 6 pm.
 
Ocee has a "YA" section with age appropriate fiction and non-fiction. There's also a great study space.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Autumn Book Preview

Autumn Leaves and Book
Representatives from Penguin, Random House, and Harper Collins publishers will be at the Decatur Library Auditorium Wednesday 14 August at 7:15 PM to preview their fall book offerings. 
Door prizes and giveaways! Doors open at 6:30 PM and it's free!   
 
Georgia Center for the Book at the DeKalb County Public Library
215 Sycamore Street Decatur, Georgia 30030
(404) 370-8450 x 2285

Friday, August 9, 2013

Put your heart in it!

Bloomize has directions for these sweet book marks that slip over the page. Make some for your friends or tuck one in your kid's knapsack for back-to-school. Don't forget to write a secret note on the inside!


Mystery, Magic, and Memories

[Cover]Neil Gaiman's adult fairie tale, The Ocean at the End  of the Lane: A Novel, is available at AFPL in paper or audio (read by the author).

Read highlights or listen to the full interview with Gaiman. An except  from the novel is also included.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Not enough

We've plenty of that! Due do limited space (and volunteers) plus the number of books received, we are not taking book donations at this time. Please consider donating to: Friends of NE Spruill Oaks LibraryFriends of Alpharetta Library, or Friends of Milton Library. Local charity, Sheltering Books, donates children's books to homeless shelters.

Stitchers can find the book chart here.