Saturday, November 30, 2021

Dear Santa

Friday, November 29, 2021

Required Reading for Fashionistas

Kate Spade New York Fall 2013 accessories

Thursday, November 28, 2021

3 December


#GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a day of giving at the start of the holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations across the United States and around the world.

Friends of the Ocee Library is a 501(c)3 charitable group that supports the library. Through fundraising and memberships, Friends sponsors programming and purchases books/materials. Please consider becoming a Friends member, volunteering your time, or simply shopping at the FoOL Book Nook.


Cookies came to America in the 17th century, although the name "koekje" ("little cake") arrived later with the Dutch. Popular early American cookies were macaroons, gingerbread cookies, and jumbles.

18 December is "Bake Cookies Day" but you'll probably want to start baking before then for holiday parties, cookie exchanges, and gifts. Ocee Branch has a nice selection of cookie recipe books in both the adult and kids' sections. Begin a holiday baking tradition or discover a new favorite cookie!

Every Voice International Holiday Concert
Friends of Ocee Library invite you for punch and holiday cookies after the concert!

Young Artists class @ Ocee

how to draw headsSaturday 7 December from 1:30-3:00 pm students (7 years old and up) will learn the basic techniques of drawing and painting, as well as the elements of art, the principles of design, and cartoon/anime drawing. There will be creative projects as well. Please email with questions or comments and to reserve a spot.

Classes continue 21 December, 4 & 18 January, 1 & 15 February.

Wednesday, November 27, 2021

Hello, book nerds

"Cheryl Strayed, Wally Lamb, Dave Berry, Sherman Alexie, James Patterson and hundreds of other authors will volunteer as booksellers this Saturday, known as "Small Business Saturday." In an open letter, Alexie asked "book nerds" to volunteer, writing that "now is the time to be a superhero for independent bookstores.
Obama & daughters dropped to Washington's Politics and Prose bookstore Saturday to buy books that included "The Kite Runner", "Harold and the Purple Crayon", and "The Sports Gene".


$14.2 million book

A copy of the Bay Psalm Book, which was printed in 1640 in Massachusetts. It was sold Tuesday at Sotheby's in New York.

Saturday, November 23, 2021

Better than the book?

Movie versions of Great Expectations, The Book Thief, The Christmas Candle, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are now at theaters.
Ocee library will close at 6 pm Wednesday 27 November and will be closed the 28th an 29th for the holiday.

Tuesday, November 19, 2021

Singing in the Stacks - holiday concert

The newly formed Alpharetta Community Chorus, directed by Thomas & Robin Yackley, will be performing a selection of holiday carols from around the world at Ocee library Saturday 7 December at 4 pm.

Join Friends of Ocee Library for refreshments after the concert.

Monday, November 18, 2021

"An Idea Lives On"

 The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library "An Idea Lives On" project invites the public to participate in the creation of an interactive documentary. Website visitors may view video recollections and submit their own video, text, audio, or photos that answer the question, "How do the ideals of John F. Kennedy live on in your life today?"

Give Peas A Chance & B Healthy

Give Peas a ChanceKaiser Permanente presents a puppet show to teach K-3 graders the importance of being physically active and eating healthy Monday 25 November at 2 pm.

A game show format, "The B Healthy Show!", is scheduled for 4-6 graders Tuesday 26 November at 2 pm.

Both events are limited to 75 attendees. Tickets will be given out at 1pm. Phone the library at 770.360.8897 for information.

Author appearances

Best-selling author, Amy Tan reads from her latest novel 
The Valley Of Amazement 
Tuesday 19 November at 7:00 pm
Presser Hall-Agnes Scott College
Two time Georgia Author of the Year, Joshilyn Jackson launches
Someone Else's Love Story 
Thursday 21 November at 7:00 p.m. 
First Baptist Church Decatur
Phone Georgia Center for the Book (404) 370-8450 x 2285 for further details.

Saturday, November 16, 2021

American Libraries Magazine: Cartoon - Books Don't Crash

Dallas 1963 @ the Carter Center

Dallas: 1963 author Bill Minutaglio with Richard Marcus
Monday 18 November at Cecil B. Day Chapel-Carter Center at 7 pm. For additional information phone Georgia Center for the Book at (404) 370-8450 x 2285.
AFPL holds several copies of Dallas 1963 as well as others about the tragic event 50 years ago (22 November). The AFPL collection also includes materials about the lives, times, and legacies of the Kennedy family.

Saturday, November 9, 2021

Anne Lamont in Decatur

Georgia Center for the Book welcomes Ms Lamont for another lecture hosted at First Baptist Church Decatur - Monday 11 November at7 pm. 1st come, 1st seated. 404.370.8450 x 2285 for more info.

Lamott explores how we find meaning and peace in these frantic times; where we start again; how we become whole after loss; and how we find our true identities in this frazzled age. We begin, she says, by collecting the ripped shreds of our emotional and spiritual fabric and sewing them back together, one stitch at a time.

AFPL also holds several copies of "Stitches".


Library closed Monday

Honoring those who served on Veterans' Day 11 November
In memory of  HD Arant -1924-2013
WWII & Korean War

Thursday, November 7, 2021


Ocee Astronomy Club members will participate in activities, experiments, and interactive games Thursdays - 21 November, 5 & 19 December at 4:30.  Save  your space by sending an email with your name & age to: Ms. Divack. Ages 7 to 13 only.

Math Tutoring @ Ocee

Math tutoring for grades K-8 continues at Ocee on Sundays (through 22 December) at 2 pm. Free. First come, first served. Don't forget to bring examples of the topic that's giving you trouble. Phone 770.360.8897 for information.

Rubber Ducky, you're the one!

The rubber duck was inducted this morning into the Toy Hall of Fame. 2013's other winner is chess. Chess is one of the world's oldest games and has been traced back to an Indian war game. The version we play today is very similar to the one played in Renaissance England.

Ocee Chess Club (ages 5-13) meets Wednesdays 20 November, 4 and 18 December at 6 pm. Members learn strategies, game variations and compete in tournaments.

Monday, November 4, 2021

Neil Gaiman on libraries

"We have an obligation to support libraries. To use libraries, to encourage others to use libraries, to protest the closure of libraries. If you do not value libraries then you do not value information or culture or wisdom. You are silencing the voices of the past and you are damaging the future" Neil Gaiman

Teen Thursdays @ Ocee

Join the young adult librarian Thursday 7 November at 5 pm to talk about programs and ideas you (ages 12-18) have for the library. Pizza and snacks will be provided. 

Go old school Thursday 14 November at 6 pm. Learn how to turn everyday items (like a cereal box) into a clock. They'd make fun Christmas gifts! Supplies are limited. Please send an email with your name/age to Ms. Divack to register for "Crazy Clocks".

Come to the library Thursdays 21 November & 19 December at 6 pm for book discussions & snacks. The Teens Read Book Club is limited to 15 so, you'll need to email your name & age to Ms. Divack to reserve a copy of the month's book.