Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hats off to Will!

William Shakespeare, born 450 years ago today, was an actor, poet, and playwright. His works are still read and performed today. Even if you're not 'into' Shakespeare,  you probably use words and phrases coined by the Bard of Avon. 

"For goodness sake" - Henry VIII
"A wild goose chase" - Romeo and Juliet
"Swagger" - Henry V
"Addiction" - Othello
"Too much of a good thing" - As You Like It

Come along and celebrate the birth of the Bard - and World Book Night - with us 6 -7:45 this evening.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

World Book Night U.S.

Tomorrow is the third annual World Book Night U.S., a magical day/evening when some 25,000 people across the country will give 500,000 books to people in their communities who don't regularly read. Givers, who applied months ago, have chosen one title from the 35 that were selected for this year; they receive 20 copies of their chosen book from their participating bookstore or library. The books range from older classics like Catch-22 by Joseph Heller and After the Funeral by Agatha Christie to more recent popular titles such as Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow, Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan, Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin and Wild by Cheryl Strayed. A few of the titles are in large print and Spanish editions, and this year there's an e-book, too.
Altogether there's something for everyone, and all the books are free--thanks to authors forgoing royalties, publishers, printers, wholesalers and shippers donating services, booksellers and librarians coordinating distribution and an amazing staff at WBN U.S., headed by Carl Lennertz, a legend in the publishing industry.
Each year there are wonderful stories of people who give out their 20 books in myriad places, sometimes to relatives, friends and colleagues, often to strangers--on the street, at subway and bus stations, at offices, hospitals, schools and homes. It's a remarkable occasion that combines the joy of giving with the gift of reading--people making meaningful connections with people.
Even if you aren't a giver this year, you're more than welcome to participate in the fun. Tonight there are 23 official WBN kickoff events, most of which feature authors. If you can't be there in person, watch the main New York Public Library event via livestreaming.
And later this year, remember to apply to be a giver for World Book Night 2015! --John MutterShelf Awareness
Join Friends of Ocee Library tomorrow from 6 -7:45 to celebrate!

Monday, April 21, 2014

The British are coming -

Concord Hymn
Red Coats at North Bridge, Concord
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
   Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
   And fired the shot heard round the world.

The 3rd Monday in April is Patriots Day in Massachusetts; commemorating the Battles of Lexington & Concord on 19 April 1775. These battles signaled the start of the Revolutionary War.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

How does your garden grow?

Celebrate Earth Day, Tuesday 22 April, at the Alpharetta Branch at 3:30. Kids ages 3-10 will enjoy books, fun facts, and friends.  They'll also plant seeds to take home and watch grow. For more info, phone 770.740.2425.

Handle with care reports, "Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. As the urban population grows and the effects of climate change worsen, our cities have to evolve.
It’s time for us to invest in efficiency and renewable energy, rebuild our cities and towns, and begin to solve the climate crisis. Over the next two years, with a focus on Earth Day 2014, the Green Cities campaign will mobilize a global movement to accelerate this transition."
Ceebrate Earth Day (22 April) by searching the AFPLS catalogue for adult and childrens' materials about environmental issues and green living. Make every day Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Libraries are dying?

In honor of National Library Week, CNN iReport asked photographers, architecture aficionados and book lovers to share photos of their most favorite libraries such as this photograph of the<a href='' target='_blank'> University Library</a> at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by <a href=''>Glenn Nagel</a>. The library was founded in 1867 and actually predates the university. Today, the University Library holds more than 13 million volumes and is known for allowing all members of the community to view its collection onsite.
Uni. of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
Robert Dawson visited a library built by ex-slaves, Allensworth, California.
Library build by ex-slaves in California
In honor of Library Week, CNN asked photographers, bibliophiles, and fans of architecture to share their favorite libraries. The public is invited to share their photos as well.

CNN  presents a slideshow of stunning libraries in the USA and round the world and answers the question, "Libraries are dying?"

Celebrate World Book Night with us

"World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person.  Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers. 
World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories." 
Join Friends of Ocee Library Wednesday 23 April from 6-7:45 pm for refreshments and entertainment to celebrate books, reading, community, and Wm. Shakespeare's birthday. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction...

Judges describe "The Goldfinch" as a "beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy’s entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart."

AFPLS has 70+ copies, but there is a long queue.

Most Challenged Books of 2013

The Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkeyreceived the most complaints. "...the number of reports on attempts to remove material from shelves and school curriculums fell in 2013, to 307 from 464 in 2012, its Office for Intellectual Freedom's executive director Barbara Jones warned against "read[ing] into the decrease in book challenges reported to the ALA, as the removal of just one book from a library prevents hundreds from having free access to information".

Rounding out the top 5 (of 10) are: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

5 Good Reasons

Huffington Post writer gives 5 reasons to take your child to the library:
  • Library visits lead to more reading. 
  • Your kids have access to more books, magazines, DVDs than you can afford to buy. 
  • Your children's librarian can recommend books. 
  • Library time is active. 
  • A library card teaches responsibility.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

National Library Week

Every day across America, libraries open their doors to everyone: students, parents, seniors, teachers, writers, artists, job seekers, entrepreneurs, readers, gamers, movie lovers, and travel buffs. Visit your library during National Library Week,
13 -19 April, to see what's new!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Enter to win a Kindle!

Share your story during National Library Week for a chance to win a Kindle Fire
Here's how! 

National Volunteer Week

"Through countless acts of kindness, generosity, and service, Americans recognize that we are all bound together... Every day, Americans carry forward the tradition of service embedded in our character as a people. And as we celebrate National Volunteer Week, we embrace our shared responsibility to one another and recommit to the task of building a more perfect Union. Volunteers...are often equipped with few resources and gain little recognition, yet because of their service, our country is a better and a stronger force for good." -BARACK OBAMA
Thank you to our Friends and library volunteers!

"Blood Moons"

No, it's not the name of a new novel, but it refers to the total lunar eclipse that will take place just before 2 am EDT April 15 and can be seen across North America.

"The red color occurs because even when the Earth has moved directly between the moon and the sun, the scattered light from all the sunsets and sunrises on the rim of our globe still make it to the moon's surface."

If you miss it, there are 3 more total lunar eclipses through 2015. The next one occurs in October.

Kids, ages 7-13, are invited to come to the next Ocee Astronomy Club meeting on 17 April at 4:30. 

Late hours in North Fulton

Can't get to the library before 6 pm closing weekdays? Late hours (noon to 8 pm) at N Fulton branches are scheduled thorough the week. 

Northeast Spruill Oaks - Monday
Roswell - Tuesday
Ocee - Wednesday
Alpharetta - Thursday

Print AFPLS hours

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Right place, wrong time?

A number of us are still struggling to keep the new hours straight. Some may not yet be aware of the changes that took place mid-February. Here's another reminder for Ocee. Print a copy for your fridge, library book bag, or your wallet next to your library card.

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.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Adult Computer Classes

HappyComputerManTuesday 8 April - Intro to MS Word
Saturday 19 April - Intro to Database Research
Tuesday 22 April - Intro to MS Excel

Classes begin at 1:00 pm.

Spring Break @ Ocee

Spring Break Camp at Genoveva Chavez Center
Saturday 5 April - Young Artists 1:30 (also meets the 19th) ages 7-14
Monday 7 April - Spring Fling Ice Cream Social at 3:30 ages 5-18
                             Atlanta Jr. Bridge at 3:30 (also meets 14 & 21) ages 8-18
Wednesday 9 April - Pop Culture Trivia Contest at 1:00 ages 14-18
                                  Edible Science at 3:30 for ages 2-12
                                  Wacky Wednesday Crafts at 5:30 ages 5-12
Thursday 10 April - Container Gardening from 2-4 pm for teen & adults
                                 Teen Thursday 'Make It & Take It' at 4:30 ages 13-18

For the more serious minded students, there's free math tutoring Sundays from 2-4 pm, K-12 grades. The ESL group meets Tuesdays (8, 22, 29 April) from 4-6 pm for ages 14 and up.