Thursday, February 27, 2014

Books donated

Peleg Lewi,  Ryo Tanaka
The Israeli Embassy donated 300 books after recent vandalism in Tokyo. More than 300 books related to Anne Frank, including copies of "The Dairy of a Young Girl", have been found damaged in Tokyo libraries. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
A Tokyo man was arrested 3/14 for the crimes.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

New AFPL hours to print

Just Ask

AFPLS Ask a Librarian! live help is available during Central library hours (includes Fridays).
 ipl2 is operated by library/information science students and professionals and is available 24/7 most of the year.

Please consider...

With cuts to staff and hours, Ocee library could use your help. Please consider volunteering. Talk with a librarian or click here to learn about the ways you can make a difference. There's no requirement regarding volunteer hours, but you'll need to fill out an application and attend a brief orientation session.

If you're short on time, consider becoming a Friend. Funds from memberships and Book Nook sales are used to supplement the library's book budget. Monies also pay for programming - especially summer reading programs for kids.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Liz on library cuts

Member Profile: Liz Hausmann, County Commissioner, Fulton, Ga ...From Fulton Co. Commissioner Liz Housmann:
“My question overall is, where are our priorities? With significant cuts that effect community programs, libraries and other county services, the Board of Commissioners voted to approve a budget that is balanced by spending the Reserve Fund and... It is even more difficult to understand cutting significant library services and hours as construction is underway to build 8 new libraries...”

Monday, February 17, 2014


Calendars, Dates & Times  Madison Metropolitan School District ...The change in operating hours have obviously effected the program calendar. Staff is contacting performers, facilitators, etc. to come up with a revised schedule. Check back for new postings, visit AFPLS events, or look for a paper copy at Ocee. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

re: new library hours

In reply to what can be done about 'new hours', AFPLS facebook suggests,"You can always try to contact your county commissioners! However, I believe the budget is final for this fiscal year. Still, it's always important that they know how much library services are valued by our communities!?"

Read more about the library funding cuts in Library Journal, including a quote from Ocee Friends President.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Weather or not

Even though we're thawing out, library branches are closed today. Under the new operating hours, branches are closed on Fridays (Central and Auburn Research are open). Saturday hours for all branches are 1-5 pm. Ocee and NESO are open Sunday 1-5 pm.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Most literate US cities

A study by CCSU President reveals the most literate American cities (pop. 250,000+) based on number of libraries and bookstores, access to the Internet, newspaper circulation, the highest level of schooling finished by its residents, and other factors.

The Rekindled Page at etsy
1.   Washington, DC
2.   Seattle 
3.   Minneapolis
4.   Atlanta 
      (#8 last year)
5.   Pittsburgh
8.   Boston
10. San Francisco

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Waiting out the storm...

Events are still developing, but it could be a while before we thaw out. You can download ebooks and audio books with overdrive any time! Titles are available for children and teens, too. There are some titles that don't count against your checkout limits. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Save a book-

substitute any reality show

Weather closings

Snow, coffee, writing  Rising WomanFulton County Public facilities will be closed 11th, 12th, and 13th due to the weather. When the library does re-open, it will be with new operating hours.

Stay safe and catch up on your reading.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Take a chance on romance at the Nook

heart_on_book_letters-wide.jpgThe Book Nook has several "blind date" books. Each love story is secreted in a large envelope. You'll find a few hints written on the envelope to help you in choosing your Valentine date.

Friday, February 7, 2014


As warned, LIBRARY HOURS HAVE BEEN CUT. Ocee's new hours (below) go into effect Wednesday 12 February. We've lost ~20 hours of open time. Red reflects changes.

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Monday                                       10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday                                       10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday                                12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday                                       2 p.m.– 6 p.m.
Friday                                                  Closed
Saturday                                        1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday                                           1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
New schedule for all branches is now online.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

"Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth" on GPB

Walker exhibit opens at Emory University  Online Athens"Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth" airs this Friday night at 11 pm on PBS (GPB 8) as part of the "American Masters" series. The 
documentary follows the Pulitzer Prize-winning author from her childhood on a Georgia plantation, to Atlanta’s Spelman College, marching with MLK, and through her writing career. Interviews feature Sapphire, Gloria Steinem, "The Color Purple" director Steven Spielberg and others.

Cuddle up

Me Before YouA Different Sky
Rain, cold weather, and Valentine's Day are on their way. Here are a few selections from Oprah's Romantic Reads to cuddle up with. Ask a librarian for more recommendations or to find out what's new.
For those so inclined; here's anti-Valentine's book and movie lists.

Big Thinkers Science

Monday 17 February at 2 pm
Kids ages 5 to 12 come along for a fun science based hour working with everyday objects. Tickets will be given out at 1 pm to the first 30 students. 

Teen Thursday: Make It and Take It

Thursdays - 13 February, 10 April, 8 May at 6:00 pm.

Come to the library for cool DIY projects. Snacks provided. Ages 12 to 18. Supplies are limited, so registration is required. Please send an email to Ms Divack with the subject line “Make It” to register.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Love spell gone wrong?

In a recent interview with actress Emma Watson, Harry Potter author JK Rowling admitted she wished that Harry and Hermione married at the end of the series.
Rowling said, "I know, I’m sorry. I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that...Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not."

Monday, February 3, 2014

Heart Ready Program (CPR/AED)

Saturday 15 February 15 at10:00 am

According to the American Heart Association, every 26 seconds an American has a coronary incident and every minute someone dies from one.

The "Heart Ready" program offered by the JCFD, in collaboration with the American Heart Association and Emory Johns Creek Hospital, provides both CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator) training to the public. Ages 12-18. This program is limited to 10 and registration is required. To register, please email your name and age to Ms Divack with the subject line: “Heart Ready.”

'Here, there and everywhere'

"They've got their own groups. What are we going to give them that they don't already have?", queried McCartney as the group left for New York. Two days later, the Beatles made their first live American TV appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show 9 February 1964. They also made history 'all those years ago’. A record 73 million viewers tuned in that evening. Relive those memories, introduce the “Fab Four” to a younger generation, or ‘meet the Beatles’ on your own. Visit the library for CDs, movies, bios, history, songbooks, and more. CBS will air “The Night that Changed America” Sunday 9 February at 8 pm. CNN is showing a documentary on the "British Invasion". Yeah, yeah, yeah!

Life-sized games

Thursdays 6 February and 6 March at 6:00 pm.
Classic video and board games brought to life! From Pac-Man to Scrabble, and many more! Engage your brain and body! Snacks provided. Teens, ages 12 to 18 only. For information phone 770.360.8897

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman
23 July 1967 – 2 February 2014 
Gone is Academy Award winner for Best Actor in the 2005 bio pic of Capote. The AFPLS collection includes The Master, Almost Famous, Doubt, Charlie Wilson's War, and others starring Hoffman. He had just completed his scenes in the 3rd Hunger Games movie filming in Metro Atlanta.