Friday, May 30, 2014

Rocky the Rhino

Rocky the Rhino Reads
Monday 9 June at 11:00 am
Ages 3 to 5 only. No younger siblings please.
Join us for a special book reading and action packed program with Rocky the Rhino. Rocky will teach you about martial arts and how we use physical science to improve our power. Let him teach your size doesn't matter; you too can have super strength.

Book Sale at Ocee!

Friends of Ocee Library
‘Stock up for Summer’ Book Sale!

Ocee library Meeting Room
Friday 13 June from 12-4 *
Saturday 14 June from 10-3 **

Regular pricing applies on Friday.
Fill a plastic grocery bag for $5 on Saturday!

* The library itself will be closed as usual.
** Regular library hours are 1-5.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Operation Safe Kids

Operation Safe Kids  
Wednesday 11 June at 3:00 pm
Ages PreK to 5th grade

Operation Safe Kids uses leading technology to produce a biographical document containing a child's photograph along with digitized, inkless fingerprints and other vital identification information. Parents receive the document that can later be reproduced immediately for mass distribution to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies should their child become missing. This system saves valuable time when there is no time to spare. No information is saved on government computers.

SAT and ACT practise tests

SAT Practice Test
Thursday, June 12. 2:00 pm (~4 hours)
ACT Practice Test
Thursday, July 10. 2:00 pm. (~3.5 hours)

A fully-proctored practice will show students what to expect in a test-like environment. Students will receive a comprehensive analysis of their performance on the test, detailing individual strengths and weaknesses. The test is limited to 25 students and registration is required. To register for either practise, visit this link:
This is for High School students only, ages 14 to 18.

Summer Reading Kick-off at Ocee

Children’s Summer Reading Kick-Off:

Wednesday 11 June at 2:00 pm
Ages 4 to 12 only
Come along for our children’s summer reading kickoff program featuring a fun-filled juggling show with Todd Key based on our theme of fizz, boom, read ! Space is limited to the first 75 attendees. Younger siblings will not be admitted. Tickets will be given out at 1:00.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

More summer reading programs

Melissa Taylor of Imagination Soup points first to your local library for summer reading programs, but has program suggestions to keep your kids reading through the summer. "They may want to participate in a huge national program or maybe the local library summer reading program is more their speed. Maybe an individual challenge will motivate them the most."

Barnes and Noble – Imagination’s Destination
Sylvan Book Adventure
Pottery Barn: Summer Reading Challenge
KCEdventures Genre Challenge for Summer Reading
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Maya Angelou

"What is a fear of living? It's being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do..."

Author, poet, activist, actress, historian, educator Maya Angelou passed this morning at age 86. Her best known work is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In 1993 she recited her poem, On the Pulse of Morning, at President Bill Clinton's inauguration.

Many of her titles are available in the AFPLS catalogue.

Wax poetic

Teen Summer Reading Kick-Off: Encaustic Art
Thursday 5 June at 2:30 pm
Encaustic art is richly colored art made with hot colored wax. Join us for this exciting program and learn how to turn melted crayons into amazing art! Information regarding the Summer Reading Program will also be provided. Registration is not required. Ages 13 to 18.

Summer Brain Games

Atlanta Junior Bridge Camp
Monday 21 July through Wednesday 23 July and Tuesday 29 July & Wednesday 30 July from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Exercise ALL your muscles this summer! Learn to play the fascinating card game of bridge! Limited to 16 participants. Free and open to children ages 8-18. To reserve your space or for more information, call Karen Christian770-998-9723 or email to

Teen Summer Reading: Science Fiction Trivia Contest
Thursday 26 June at 2:30 p.m.
Think you know everything there is to know about Science Fiction books and movies?  Pit your knowledge against other Sci-Fi fans! Snacks and prizes provided. Registration is not required. Ages 13-18.

Chess Club
Wednesdays: 4 & 18 June, 2 & 16 July at 6:00 pm
All children ages 5 to13 are welcome to attend. Club members will learn strategies, game variations and perhaps have the opportunity to participate in a tournament. Registration is not required. Ages 5 to 13.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Family Craft Class

Bottle Cap Wind Chimes Family Craft

Wednesday 4 June at 1:00 p.m.

A family craft program using recycled bottle caps to create wind chimes. Don’t forget to save your bottle caps!  All ages welcome.

Story time returns!

Tuesdays: 3, 10, 17 & 24 June at 10:30 a.m.
Stop by for stories, music, and lots of interactive fun! Ages 1-6.

Book clubs for all ages at Ocee

Ocee Reads Book Club
Monday 9 June at 2:00 pm
Enjoy thought provoking discussions of current fiction over light refreshments. Adults (ages 18+).    

Beginner Readers’ Book Club
Tuesday 17 June at 4:00 pm.
Book discussions and activities for ages 5 to 8. Limited to 20 children. 

Just Read It Book Club
Monday 23 June at 4:30 pm
Book discussions and snacks for ages 9 to 12. Limited to 15 tweens. 

Teens Read Book Club
Thursday 26 June at 4:30 pm
Book discussions and snacks for ages 13 to 18. Limited to 15 teens. 

Registration is required. To register and reserve a copy of each month’s book, please send an email to
Don’t forget to include your name and age group! 

Benton House Senior Book Club
Thursdays at 2:00 pm
For senior citizens and residents of the Benton House Johns Creek.

For more information about any of Ocee’s book clubs, phone 770.360.8897.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

"We are the Dead."

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn,
saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved,
and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Iconic library mourned

Keywords: architecture, Art Nouveau, chairs, desks, furnishings, furniture, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Style, interior design, interiors, libraries, Mackintosh LibraryThe library at Glasgow School of Art has been lost to the fire which swept through the Charles Rennie Mackintosh building on Friday.

Iain Connelly, president of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, said the value of the building "goes well beyond Glasgow or even Scotland. It is a work of architectural heritage of world renown and its influence on 20th century architecture is immeasurable. Scotland has seen the loss of an international treasure which reflects the genius of one of our greatest ever architects."

Mackintosh was a 28 year old junior draughtsman at a Glasgow architecture firm when he drew up the designs for the building. The dramatic art nouveau design took 12 years to complete and opened in 1909.  The interiors were designed in collaboration with his wife, Margaret MacDonald.

View a 360 degree interactive image.

Iconic library celebrates

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the Seattle Central Library (USA) designed by Rem Koolhaus. Conde Nast Traveler magazine named it one of the "new seven wonders of the world.” The glass used in construction would cover to 5.5 football fields.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Curious and Remarkable

Who is the odd looking woman celebrated in today's Google doodle? 

Mary Anning was an English  fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist. Her major discoveries were the ichthyosaur and plesiosaur. While Mary was well-known in the scientific community of 19th century England, gender and social class kept her from fully participating. She was often not given credit for her discoveries and contributions.

There are several books about Anning in the AFPL system. The following are available at Ocee. Chevalier is also on CD.
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Adult Book Club @ Ocee

Ocee Reads Book Club for adults (18 years+) has their first meeting Monday 9 June at 2 pm. I think readers will be excited about the June selection. Please contact Marcia Divack to sign up or phone the library at 770.360.8897.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Library closed Monday 26 May

Atlanta Fulton Public Libraries will be closed for Memorial Day.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Kids read less

TIME May 14, 2014

A new study shows that kids read for fun less and less as they get older, with 45% of 17-year-olds saying they read by choice only once or twice a year.

Research released today from Common Sense Media shows that not only do reading rates decline as kids get older, but they’ve also dropped off significantly in the past 30 years. In 1984, 8% of 13-year-olds and 9% of 17-year-olds said they “never” or “hardly ever” read for pleasure. In 2014, that number had almost tripled, to 22% and 27%. Girls also tend to read more than boys, as 18% of boys say they read daily, while 30% of girls do.

Parents are also reading to their kids less than ever. In 1999, children ages 2 to 7 were read to for an average of 45 minutes per day. In 2013, that number had dropped to an average of just over 30 minutes per day. The researchers also found racial disparities: 75% of white children get read to every day, while only 66% of black children do and only 50% of Hispanic children. That disparity can translate into educational differences as well. In 2013, 46% of white fourth graders were reading proficient, while only 18% of black students and 20% of Hispanic students were reading at grade level. Those trends stayed roughly the same through eighth grade.

The decline in reading for fun is most easily explained by technological advances (i.e., kids would rather text than read), but education could have something to do with it as well. It’s no surprise that 53% of 9-year-olds read for fun every day, but only 19% of 17-year-olds do. Yes, the teenagers have more Instagrams to post, but they also have more homework to do.

But it’s impossible to ignore the prevalence of technology here: 45% of 17-year-olds say they only read once or twice a year, but in 1984, 64% said they read once a week or more. The researchers also investigated the effects of e-reading, which appear to be gaining traction as a substitute for paper books, even among kids. In 2010, 66% of 9- to 17-year-olds said they were loyal to paper books over e-books. That number dropped to 58% by 2012.

Reading for pleasure

by Amy Barnhill - associate professor of literacy studies at University of Houston-Victoria 

In this era of high-stakes testing, it seems we have lost sight of the incredible benefits of reading for pleasure. Students are learning to jump through hoops to get a good grade on a test. While that might be a worthwhile endeavor for some, the purpose for educating is to develop a love of learning.  How do we develop this love of learning and reading? Here is where reading for pleasure comes into the picture.

The first step to doing this is giving children access to lots of books. Make frequent trips to the library with your child. 

The second step is to allow children to pick their own books. It's OK if the book isn't exactly on the child's reading level. Sometimes, it's fun to read a book that is too easy. Children learn how to relax with a book. And sometimes, it is fun to read a book that is too hard, especially if the child is interested in the topic.

Third, provide time for kids to read these books. At home, model reading for pleasure and taking time to read. Or read before bed while at the pool or on vacation. Invite your child to read with you. You could read a book together or read side by side. Talk about the books you read.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Johns Creek Veterans Park Picnic

artist rendering of Veterans Memorial WalkThe Johns Creek Veterans Association is hosting a Memorial Day Picnic on the newly installed entrance plaza of the Veterans Memorial Walk at Newtown Park on May 18. The picnic kicks off at 11 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.

The picnic, which is free and open to the public, features traditional American fare - grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, chips, and other delectables.

Visitors can talk with veterans, and order pavers engraved for anyone who served in the military. The official opening of the Memorial Walk is on Veterans Day weekend, November, 2014.

Book 'Em!

Gary Tabor of the Wilmington, Delaware police department major crimes unit had been in many homes during his time on the force. He noticed a common denominator was a lack of books in these homes. Tabor's wife, a teacher, told him about the correlation between books in the home and higher graduation rates. “The Book ‘Em Cops and Kids Literacy Initiative” was begun.

The program now includes 20 officers and nearly 6000 books have been given away free of charge since August. For many kids, it's the first book they've ever owned.

School's Out Bar-B-Q for Teens

Teens 12-18, celebrate the end of the school year with food, fun, and friends! Bring a blanket or beach towel Saturday 24 May at 1:30 for this picnic style event. No reservations required - first come first served. Vegetarian options will be available.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Thank you, Mom

Mother with baby daughter
"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path." -Agatha Christie

Read a history of Mother's Day on its centennial.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Tablet Teddy

Tablet Teddy Bear
tablet teddy at enablemart
Helps keep your technology safe while your child takes advantage of e-books and learning apps. Teddy's also great for children (of any age) with strength and motor deficits. Ted's tummy and bottom are non-skid and his arms/legs flex to hold the tablet in place. After use, slip your tablet into the padded backpack.

Atlanta Flute Ensemble at Northeast

Tuesday 13 May 10:30 a.m.
The Atlanta Flute Ensemble conducted by Kathy Farmer. Reservations required: phone 770-360-8820 or email Karen Swenson. Sponsored by The NESO Friends. Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch - 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek 30022

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Groundbreaking Event for Milton Library

Milton Branch
Thursday 29 May 2014 at 11:00 am

855 Mayfield Road Milton 30004

Please RSVP to: 404.730.1972 or Laura Wright e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
by Friday 23 May

May programming at Ocee

With early voting, programing is a little lighter this month.

Math tutoring (K-12) Sunday 11 & 18 May - 2-4:00
Ocee Astronomy Club (ages 7-13) Thursday 15 May - 4:30
Just Read It Book Club (ages 9-12) Monday 19 May - 4:30
Beginner Readers' Book Club (ages 5-8) Tuesday 20 May - 4:00
Chess Club (ages 5- 13) Wednesday 21 May - 6:00
Teen Advisory Board (ages 13-18) Wednesday 21 May - 5:00
Teens Read Book Club (ages 13-18) Thursday 22 May - 4:30

Intro to Database Research (adults) Saturday 17 May - 1:00
Intro to MS Excel (adults) Tuesday 20 May - 1:00
Dahn Yoga (adults) Sunday 25 May - 4:00

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Give Mom the gift of song

Flyer ACC SpringFlowers boring? Long lines to dine out? Treat mom to the gift of song! The Alpharetta Community Chorus along with guests, Fulton Co Honor Chorus North and musical accompaniment, performs this Sunday 11 May at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church at 3.

Their program includes a number of genres from Renaissance to Swing, sacred harp singing to New Age.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Early Voting at Ocee

Starting Monday, May 5th, Fulton County registered voters can choose from 19 locations to cast their ballot during the 2014 Primary Election. During the week of May 5 – May 10, early voting polling hours will be 8:00am – 6:00pm, including Saturday voting on May 10th. In the final week, May 12 – May 16, voting hours will be Monday through Friday, 7:00am – 7:00pm.
Additional neighborhood locations include Northeast/Spruill Oaks library and Johns Creek Environmental Campus.