Monday, September 30, 2013


Ready to blow a fuse? Unplug with a yoga class at Ocee Library. Please bring a yoga mat or towel and wear comfortable clothing. Phone 770.360.8897 for information.

(BTW: Northeast Spruill Oaks offers yoga Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. Phone 770.360.8820 for details.)

Sunday Dahn Yoga
October 13, 27. November 10, 24.  December 8, 22.  3:00 pm.
Dahn Yoga is a combination of stretching, breathing, and meditation. 

Monday Yoga & Meditation
October 7, 21, 28.  November 4, 18, 25.  December 2, 9, 16.  11:00 am.
Beginning yoga and meditation techniques for beginners.  Adults only.
Thursday Dahn Yoga
October 3, 10, 17, 23.  November 7.  December  5.  6:30 pm.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Nancy Drew "unwholesome"?

Nancy Drew Old Clock Cover
1930 -first in series

Find out why Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, among other books were “not to be purchased, not to be accepted as gifts, not to be processed and not to be circulated” and deemed "unwholesome for children" in this short interactive quiz about banned books.

Award winner, best-seller...banned

In the 1963 novel, firemen don't put out fires, they start them. Set in a futuristic society, they burn books and the dangerous ideas contained within their pages. Fireman, Guy Montag, starts to question the system and seeks to escape the control of the city. 
AFPL has paper, e, and audio, and foreign language versions as well as the 1966 film on DVD in its collection.
Fahrenheit 451       Six Decades after Fahrenheit 451 - Technorati Entertainment

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Llama, Llama

Alpacas actually, a smaller relative of the llama.  Alpacas are valued for their fleece, which is softer and warmer than sheep's wool. It's also hypo-allergenic (no itching!).

This weekend, 28 & 29 September, alpaca farms all across America welcome visitors of all ages to meet the alpacas. National Alpaca Farm Days makes for a great autumn family outing.  
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AFPLS has a number of books for knitters and kids!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A letter from (not so 'dumb') Jim Carrey

"Hi, there! Jim Carrey here... As a father and grandfather, I know there’s nothing more important in our lives than the well-being and future of our children and grandchildren. There’s nothing more important than making them feel loved and worthy of our involvement.

So many children today are suffering from their parents’ busy lives, how much time and energy it takes just to provide for the family and keep the household working. Often, the kids are relegated to electronic games, TV, and surfing the Internet – all poor substitutes for parental engagement. We need to have things we can enjoy together.

I wrote How Roland Rolls specifically as a way for parents and grandparents to enjoy some quality hang-time. I hope the message of the story will help them feel connected, worthwhile, and a part of something vast and grand. Personally, I believe that time spent telling them a bedtime story is as close to heaven as we will get in this world.

To be a part of that heaven is my ultimate goal. And to make some kids happy … ‘cuz that’s how I roll."

19 October @ 2 p.m.–How Roland Rolls  To attend the book signing, customers will be given a wristband at the Barnes & Noble Buckhead store with the purchase of How Roland Rolls.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is #47 on the ALA's list of Banned or Challenged Classics.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fall TV series based on books

Dracula, based on Bram Stoker’s classic Gothic novel, stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Henry VIII in The Tudors). 

17 Breakout Stars of the Fall TV Season - TheWrap
Not Disney's Ichabod
Once Upon a Time, set in Storybrooke, returns and brings its spin-off Once Upon A Time in Wonderland.

Sleepy Hollow casts England's Tom Mison in the role of Washington Irving’s Ichabod Crane.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a small screen spin off of The Avengers movies based on the Marvel comic books.

Elementary, a present day adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, The Carrie Diaries, and The Vampire Diaries (both Diaries based on YA reads) return this season.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Ban This Book

Are you with the Banned?

The American Library Association condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information. Their Office for Intellectual Freedom promotes awareness of challenges to library materials and celebrates freedom of speech during Banned Books Week. This year, Banned Books Week is 22-28 September.

Visit this interactive infographic to learn the difference between banned & challenged books, the reasons books are challenged, see how many banned books from the last decade you've read, and more.

View the 2012-2013 Shortlist of banned/challenged books.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Atlanta AAUW Bookfair

The 54th Atlanta AAUW Bookfair at Perimeter Mall 
Opening Night: Monday 23rd September 6-9 pm.
$10 entry fee Monday ONLY 
General Sale: Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th 10am to 9pm and Sunday 29th noon to 7 pm

Proceeds go to scholarships and community projects. More than 30 categories including mysteries, popular fiction, art, photography, military, philosophy, religion, biography, business, science  fiction, history, travel…along with cassettes, CDs. and DVDs. Prices as low as 50 cents! Cash & checks only.




Study Skills for Success @ Ocee


Study Skills Workshop for Kids . . . Parents Welcome!
Wednesday 25 September  - 3:30 p.m.
Academic competence is associated with the knowledge & application of effective study skills. This interactive workshop will engage students (and parents) and provide helpful take-home techniques for young learners in grades 3 - 5. For information call 770.360.8897

If you're not able to attend, here's some tips and techniques.

Monday, September 9, 2013

September @ Georgia Center for the Book

All events are free. No tickets or reservations necessary. Visit the GCB website for further information.
Molly Haskell with Ellen Hampton, September 11th: My Brother My Sister is a memoir   about her brother, who revealed he would soon begin to live openly as a woman.
Jo Jo Moyes, September 12th: winner of the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Novel Of The Year 2011
CeeLo Green, September 14th:  CeeLo will join us at the Stonecrest Library to sign his new book Everybody’s Brother.
Linda Spalding, September 18th: Her new book, The Purchase, is the story of a Quaker family in the early 1800s.
John Searles and Chris Bohjalian, September 19th: Editor at Cosmopolitan
Jasper Fforde, September 20th: Author of the “Thursday Next” novels reads from his new YA novel, The Song Of the Quarkbeast, A Last Dragonslayer Novel.
Poetry Atlanta Presents..., September 23rd: features three local poets: Michael Diebert, Kodac Harrison, and Ed Plavic
Kevin Phillips, September 25th: Pulitzer Prize winning author returns for the paperback release of 1775: A Good Year For Revolution.
Lynn Cullen, September 30th: launchs her historical novel, Mrs. Poe

Georgia Center for the Book at DeKalb County Public Library
215 Sycamore Street Decatur, Georgia 30030
(404) 370-8450 x 2225

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Cassandra King @ NESO

Cassandra King, the bestselling author of Same Sweet Girls and The Queen of Broken Hearts, returns Monday 9 September  - 7:15 pm - Decatur Library Auditorium, to discuss her new novel, Moonrise.

Cassandra KingCloser to Ocee, Ms. King will speak about Moonrise and her life as a popular Southern author on Thursday 26 September - 6:30 pm at Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch of AFPL. Her books will be available for sale. Refreshments. Registration required: phone 770-360-8820 or email

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Computer literacy basics @ Ocee

In today's world, literacy isn't just about reading. New to the computer? Need a refresher?  Ocee Library is offering several introductory classes.
Introduction to MS Word 2010
Tuesdays 17 September, 8 October, 5 November at 1:00 pm
Adults, reservation required.
Introduction to Database Research
Wednesdays 18 September, 16 October, 13 November, and
11 December at 6 :00 pm
A hands-on computer workshop to learn about databases the library has to offer and how to use them! Adults and Young Adults welcome.    

Introduction to MS Excel 2010
Tuesdays 24 September, 22 October, 19 November at 1:00 pm
Adults, reservation required.

For more information or to make reservations, phone 770.360.8897


Barefoot streetkid buries self in bookManila - Barefoot, dirty, and in tatters street kid, "MJ" often visits this book store to beg for money or food. Sometimes he comes just to read. When the store isn't full with customers, the manager allows him in.

Financial hardship forced MJ to drop out of school some time ago and has been living with his grandfather, a street vendor, for 3 years. His sister has been adopted by family and a brother lives in a boys' home. The youngest sibling died. MJ's mother has one child with her.
MJ has recently moved back with his mom and can return to school. At 13, he will enroll in 2nd grade. He says, "While I am nothing. I want to be an inspiration to young beggar like me, determined to graduate, study."
8 September is International Literacy Day
“Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy. A good quality basic education equips pupils with literacy skills for life and further learning; literate parents are more likely to send their children to school; literate people are better able to access continuing educational opportunities; and literate societies are better geared to meet pressing development.”

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Book Signing/Art Exhibit @ Ocee


Teen Advisory Board

Join the young adult librarian Thursday 15 September at 5:00 p.m. to talk about programs and ideas you have for the library.  Pizza and snacks will be provided.



Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A novel reception

 Picture"Guests at Sunday's reception will always be able to say they went to a wedding once at the Worcester Public Library.  The couple incorporated library-themed touches where they could. The guest book was an old dictionary; guests were asked to find a word they felt described the newlyweds and write their names next to it. Place settings resembled book pages, and the centerpiece vases were wrapped in them."  -Telegram

Monday, September 2, 2013

Beginner Reader’s Book Club: Tuesday September 17, October 15 - 4:00 p.m. Ages 5 to 8.  
Just Read It Book Club: Mondays: September 23, October 28 - 4:30 pm. Ages 9 to 12.
Teens Read Book Club: Thursdays: September 26 & October 24 - 6:00 pm. Ages 13 to 18.
Space is limited and registration is required!
Please send an email including your name and age to

Kids' Clubs & Crafts @ Ocee

Chess Club: Wednesday 4 & 18 September and 2 & 16 October - 6:00 pm. Ages 5 to 13.
Atlanta Junior Bridge Class: Monday 3:30 pm. Excludes: September 2 & 23, October 7 & 28. Ages 8-18.
Ocee Astronomy Club: Thursday September 5 & 19. and 3 & 17 October - 4:30 pm. Ages 7 to 13. Registration required. Please send an email with your name and age to:
Terrific Tuesday Crafts: Tuesday 10 September & 8 October - 4:00 pm. Ages 5 to 12. Parent or caregiver must be present for ages 7 and under. Limit of 30.
Popsicle Door Hanger Craft: Wednesday 11 September - 5:30 pm. Ages 5 and to adult. We have glitter, too!
Geek Chic: Thursday 12 September - 6:00 pm. Ages 12 to 18. Learn to personalize your clothes using a variety of fabrics, accessories, and embellishments. Bring a cardigan, t-shirt, or anything else you would like to alter.

For information phone 770.360.8897

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Ocee pre-school programming

Babies & Books - Wednesdays 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30am
Baby & Me Storytime
Tuesdays:  September 3, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 22, 29 at 10:30 a.m.
Stop by for music, stories, and lots of interactive fun! Ages 0-2
Preschool Storytime
Thursdays:  September 5, 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 at 10:30 a.m.
Stop by for stories, music, and simple crafts! Ages 3-5 
Music for Babies with Miss Gail
Tuesdays:  September 10 & October 15 at 10:30 a.m.
Babies ages 0 to 2 and their parents are invited to attend these entertaining and educational programs. Learn how music teaches your baby early literacy skills, improves motor function and deepens the bond between baby and parent.

The Smartest Card

A library card is the most important school supply. Libraries are an essential service for the nation’s children. They bridge the digital divide by providing a full range of information and services to children and adult learners. Libraries offer free access to important educational resources like online homework resources, access to online databases and e-books. A library card is the “smartest" card you can own!
September is Library Card Sign Up Month. It's quick, it's easy, and best of all - it's free! Here's what you need to know to get your Atlanta Fulton Public Library card.