Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Library Ghost

Willard LibraryThe Victorian Gothic style Willard Library in Evansville, Indiana was founded nearly 130 years ago. Reports of the ghostly "Grey Lady" date back to the 1930s. She has appeared on TV as the subject of several paranormal investigations.

Learn more about the Grey Lady and who she may have been in life. Maybe she'll make an appearance on ghostcam!

All Hallows Read

Haunted house suggestions from book blogger J Buntin-
"The Haunting of Hill House"
"The Shining"

"The Little Stranger"
"We Have Always Lived in the Castle"

"O My Darling"
"The Shining Girls"

"Great Expectations"
"The House of Leaves"

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Garrison Keillor @ Agnes Scott

GKpress.jpgGarrison Keillor, host of "A Prarie Home Companion", visits Agnes Scott College to read from his first book of poetry, O What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound.

No reservations required. Doors at Presser Hall will open at 6 pm. For more information phone Georgia Center for the Book at (404) 370-8450 x 2285.

Going Batty

Did you know that bats are the only mammals that fly, hang upside down, and can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes in an hour? Did you know Ocee  has 'bats' in the J 599.4 section?  Check one out and read all about these cool but misunderstood animals. Take the online quizzes at Animal Planet to see how much you’ve learned.  

Ask a librarian to show you where Stellaluna and other picture/story books about bats ‘hang’ out.
The ShiningTest your knowledge of Stephen King movies at The Guardian UK. Cram for the quiz with DVDs from AFPL collection. Don't forget to check under the bed and to lock your doors before you push 'play'!

Read and Make

halloween crafts and books for kids 4No Time for Flash Cards has lots of  "read and make" Halloween book and craft ideas for the young ones. Visit their website, click on the craft and you'll get full instructions! The crafts could be used with other Halloween books you'll find in the AFPLS. Remember, you may only check out 2 holiday books at a time.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Every day -

 One ought, every day, to hear a song, read a fine poem, and, if possible, to speak a few reasonable words. - Goethe
Join the Alpharetta Community Chorus for their Inaugural Concert Sunday 3 November at 3:00 pm - Alpharetta Presbyterian Church.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

15 minutes
Author Jennifer Liu Bryan says, "reading aloud to your child requires only a book - free, with a library card - and your willingness to spend a little quality time with your child. And while the sacrifices to read aloud are few, the benefits are many: Your child may learn to read better, think better, imagine more richly, and become a passionate and lifelong reader. More than these long-term benefits, however, are some more immediate: The pleasures of spending time with your child and sharing the enjoyment of a good book."

Visit Read Aloud for more information, resources, or to sign up for their newsletter.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

From the mountains to the praries...

Business Insider has compiled a list of the most famous book set in each of the 50 states. Click here for the list along with summaries. How many states have you "visited"?

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Friday, October 18, 2013

John Grisham Broadway Debut

Grisham says his 1st book was "DOA" and he travelled to libraries hoping to sell the novel. Now it's "pretty cool to be on Broadway" as an
adaptation of his courtroom thriller, A Time to Kill, opens on Broadway 20 October for a limited run. The play features an all-star cast with Sebastian Arcelus, Fred Dalton Thompson and Tom Skerritt.  

AFPL has several formats of A Time to Kill, including the 1996 film starring Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey. Watch the catalogue as  Grisham revisits the character of Jack Brigance three years later in Sycamore Row out 22 October.

Booksellers cancel orders

The decree appeared in the local newspapers... “The Taliban will not lose an opportunity to kill Malala Yousufzai and those who were found selling her book will be targeted.”

AFPL has several copies of I Am Malala in their collection.

Puppy Love

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Looking to adopt a pet? It’s important to do your research first. AFPL has helpful materials on breeds, care, and training.
Stray Dog Strut 5kIf you’d like to support local area animal shelters and rescue groups, join our neighbors at Jones Bridge Animal Hospital for their 3rd annual Stray Dog Strut 5K race Saturday 25 October, 8:00 am at Newtown Park. There’ll be a canine Halloween costume contest, raffle, and kids’ activities, too! Proceeds from the event help provide medical care and shelter to area rescue animals while they wait for forever homes.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Alpharetta recycles

The  City of Alpharetta is hosting a Sensitive Document Shredding event this Saturday 19 October from 9:00am to noon at the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety parking lot 2565 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta. 5 box limit. The event is free but you are asked to bring a canned food item for Ocee Library's Community Outreach partner, North Fulton Community Charities Food Pantry.

Additionally, there is computer & electronics recycling. Click for a list of acceptable items.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Operation Safe Kids

Operation Safe Kids from US Secret Service Homeland Security
Wednesday 30 October 30 - 5:00 pm.
Tickets will be given out 1 hour prior to the start of the program.
Limited to 75 children
FingerprintAges Pre-K through 5th grade

Operation Safe Kids uses leading technology to produce a biographical document containing a child's photo along with digitized fingerprints and other vital identification information. Parents receive a document that can be reproduced immediately for mass distribution to officials should their child become missing. For information phone 770.360.8897.

Halloween Decorations @ Ocee

Spiders, pumpkins, and ghosts, oh my! 
Halloween Pipe Cleaner Decorations
Wednesday 30 October at 5:30 pm. 
Come join the pipe cleaner fun!
Ages 5 and to adult.
For information phone 770.360.8897

Saturday, October 12, 2013

"Veg Out"

7.3 million Americans are vegetarians and an additional 22.8 million follow a vegetarian-inclined diet. Vegetarian/vegan is the largest growing food category in publishing. Yes, there’s much so more to eat than salad and tofu.  

Whether you’re looking to trim your waistline (or grocery bill), adopt a more compassionate lifestyle, or just try some new recipes, AFPL has a large selection of materials to get you on your way – and celebrate 
Did you know that the largest age group of vegetarians is 16-24? AFPL has College Vegetarian Cooking, Help! My child stopped eating meat! : an A-Z guide to surviving a conflict in diets, and The Starving Students’ Vegetarian Cookbook, as well as several books for J and YA readers. Eat well and be well!

Library Closed for Staff Development

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will be closed Monday 14 October for Staff Development Day. Patrons will not be charged an overdue fine for books that day.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Teach Me to Read class

A report claims that as little as ten minutes a day of reading to/with your child can make a significant difference in academic achievement. Kids read to outside of class are 13 times more likely to read above their age level.
  1. Choose different types of books
  2. Take turns reading with your child
  3. Talk about the book – ask your child questions
  4. Make reading fun
Teach Me to Read - Phonics Tutoring for Kids & Parents - Come to the library Wednesday 23 October 3:30 pm to learn a systematic phonics approach. Ages 5 to 7 with parents. Phone 770.360.8897 for info.


Mental Health Week

Hour Of DespairNational Mental Health Week is 6 -12 October and 10 October is World Mental Health Day. These events serve to raise awareness about mental health issues. Approximately 1 in 4 adults in America are coping with a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Some 450 million people are living with mental illness worldwide. Stigma, superstition, and discrimination continues to exist. Educate yourself about mental health through the AFPL catalogue.  Here are some reading lists for adults and teens. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, please seek professional help.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Seek the Unknown @ your library!

Teen Read Week
Teen Read Week promotes literacy, reading, and library use. This year's theme is Seek the Unknown @ your library. Teens are encouraged to explore the unknown through mystery, adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy books.
Come to the to Ocee library Wednesday 16 October at 5 pm to celebrate! Refreshments. Ages 12-18, please.

Rockstar Libraries

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 Sting's London library                           Keith Richards

Both artists have autobiographies, Broken Music: a memoir and Life, available at AFPL.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Mobile Outreach Programs @ Ocee

Colgate’s Bright Smiles Dental Van
Come to the library Tuesday 15 October 2:00 pm for a special Colgate van visit featuring healthy teeth screenings and education. Ages 3-7 (with parent/caregiver). For more info phone 770.360.8897.

North Fulton Community Charities Mobile Outreach
Wednesday 23 October  Appointments only. NFCC provides emergency assistance via their mobile unit every 4th Wednesday of the month at Ocee library. For more information refer to the website or call 770-640-0399 (ext 463).

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Heads up for Hallowe'en

Heroes & Villains Masquerade Ball - Friday 1 November

Ocee Library invites all teens ages 12 to 18 to attend our Heroes and Villains Masquerade Ball. Please come dressed as your favorite literary or comic Hero or Villain (or cocktail attire). DJ and light refreshments. Please RSVP to before 5:00 pm on Monday 28 October. Reservations are required. Doors open at 7:50 pm - late arrivals may not be admitted.  Attendees must be picked-up no later than 10:15 pm.