Saturday, June 28, 2014

Have book will travel

Will you be travelling for the holiday weekend or summer vacation?  Are you a road warrior for work? Browse the AFPLS catalogue for audio books to keep you company on your drive!

Amazon Rising

 With Amazon the biggest book retailer in North America and overseas, you might be interested in watching CNBC's Amazon Rising Sunday 29 June @ 9 pm. From the press release:
CNBC tells the story of a shrewd visionary named Jeff Bezos who bet his fortunes on the exploding internet and created one of the most admired and feared companies in the world. Today, Amazon sells everything from accordions to zippers – nearly $80 billion worth a year – and has changed the way we shop, bringing goods to our doorstep faster than we ever imagined. Correspondent David Faber reports on a powerhouse that has upended the publishing and retail industries, and faces increasing scrutiny as it extends its reach into the fabric of American life.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Balls and books - reading rewards programs

"Home Run Readers" is open to all Georgia students in grades K-12. The sign-up period runs through 24 August. Visit for rules, suggested titles, and registration information.

The Atlanta Hawks sponsors the "Check It Out Reading Challenge". Any child in the state of Georgia enrolled in grades pre-K - 12 may participate. Find details and register your child at

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Oh, baby

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that reading aloud to your child should begin at birth. Reading aloud is threatened by our digital society. Today's kids “learn how to swipe before they can turn a page” .

Family Fun Storytime
Tuesdays: July 1, 8, 15 & 22. 10:30 a.m.
Stop by for stories, music, and lots of interactive fun! Ages 1-6.

T-shirt design

Teen Summer Reading: T-Shirt Design
Thursday, July 3. 2:30 p.m.
Join your friends at the Ocee Library for a t-shirt design event. Please bring a plain t-shirt with you, all other supplies will be provided.  Ages 13 to 18 only. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Mambo in Chinatown

Jean Kwok - Mambo in Chinatown: A Novel  
Wednesday 25 June at 7:15 pm
Georgia Center for the Book - Decatur Library Auditorium

 [Cover]Mambo in Chinatown, from bestselling author Kwok, tells the tale of a young woman torn between her family duties in Chinatown and her escape into the world of ballroom dancing. 
Her first novel, Girl in Translation, was a New York Times bestseller, and is the winner of the Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award.

If you're not able to make this author event/book-signing, AFPLS has several copies in their collection.

Center for Civil and Human Rights

Photo of Bus during Civil Rights Movement   Photo of two individuals wearing an LGBT flag
Photo of women in burkas smiling   Photo of girl holding a sign that reads "Power to the Peaceful"
The Center opens to the public today at noon.
100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30313 | 678.999.8990

Sunday, June 22, 2014

“another one bites the dust”

Sadly, our neighborhood has lost another independent book store. Books For Less at North Point closed a few weeks ago.
Their facebook page explains, “After much deliberation, we have determined that the best path to transform our Alpharetta store into an online store… will allow you to do everything you do with us now, including trading books!" Their Buford location is still open for business.

Did you miss our book sale?

As Nina Radakovich states in the previous post, “Shorter library hours also negatively impact fundraising by Friends of the Library groups. They have reduced donations and cut the book sale hours of the Northside Branch Friends, reducing the amount of funds that can be donated to the library. "

This is true at Ocee as well. The Ocee Friends book sale earlier this month had fewer donations and less than ½ the sales as last year. However, we invite you to shop the Book Nook (next to the self-checkout) during library hours. Your donations of gently used books are also appreciated.

If you are interested and available to help with donations/the Nook, please leave a note with your name and contact info in one of the black collection boxes at the Book Nook. Thanks for your support!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

To the Fulton Co Commission: Unconscionable.

By Nina Radakovich Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 21, 2014
To the Fulton County Commission:

We are deeply disturbed about the library budget cuts you recently implemented. In 2008, we were asked to vote “yes” to a $275 million bond referendum to achieve “enhanced, exceptional, equitable library service (because) current facilities have proven to be too small in size and not ideally located.”

In good faith, we encouraged everyone we knew to vote yes. Pursuant to the bond issue, the county has made progress with construction of eight desperately needed new libraries and two expansions. Some of the libraries are expected to be completed this year but, like the currently operating libraries, will be open only on a limited basis. Six years later, we occupy the same “too small, not ideally located facilities” — except they are open one-third fewer hours now with drastically reduced staff. You have chosen to reduce the libraries’ budget in an amount equal to the amount of the referendum, thereby displacing the citizen-authorized (through the referendum) library monies to be used for other, non-library Fulton County expenses.

This is unconscionable.

The libraries are being used now more than ever. As of December 2013, the total number of cardholders had increased 10 percent to over 500,000 during the previous 12 months; use of wireless access at the libraries, 13 percent; teen programs, 56 percent; adult programs, 10 percent; and use of the library website, 64 percent. In spite of this, the library system’s operating budget has been reduced by $4 million since 2013 and by almost $10 million since 2007, even as the county’s total budget increased by $15 million. All 70 part-time positions and several full-time positions have been abolished. GED class participants have been reduced from 1,065 to 810, the size of an entire high school graduating class.

We have questions:
• Why were layoffs been ordered just months before the new branches open? Why not keep experienced employees for new staffing needs?
• Now that it has been decided not to replace the Central Library building, what has happened to the $84 million from the library bond issue set aside for that construction?
• At the same time you voted to lay off over 100 library staffers, why did you vote to create two new positions for yourselves: an administrative assistant at a salary of $50,000 for Emma Darnell, and a community enrichment manager at a salary of $78,000 for William Edwards? In addition, three of Commissioner Darnell’s current staff got pay raises. You are part-time commissioners. How many full-time staff members do you really need?

We think you should be setting a better example.

Libraries level the playing field for all when it comes to accessing information. Just as you provide citizens with access to courts, you should provide them with access to libraries. The library is a lifeline for job hunting and the Internet access others take for granted. It’s the one place where all are welcome, learning is unrestricted and the environment is safe. The library also is a community gathering place where neighbors can discuss current issues and book clubs can meet. We need our libraries to operate more than 28 to 32 hours a week.

Shorter library hours also negatively impact fundraising by Friends of the Library groups. They have reduced donations and cut the book sale hours of the Northside Branch Friends, reducing the amount of funds that can be donated to the library. You are preventing us from helping you. As it is, Northside Friends have used book-sale proceeds to pay for painting the dilapidated branch building, clearly the county’s responsibility...

We believe public access to the marketplace of ideas contained in the library is essential to a free society. We want you to reinstate hours and staffing to what they were in January. Increasing the quality of the library system was the promise you made to us in return for voting yes in the library bond referendum.

Nina Radakovich, a retired judge from Atlanta Municipal Court and City Court of Atlanta, is a member of the Board of the Friends of the Northside Branch Library, on whose behalf this letter is written.

Juneteenth celebrations at Atlanta History Center

African Americans started a tradition called Juneteenth to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.
Join a two day celebration of Juneteenth while participating in activities including theater performances, kid-friendly activities, storytelling, genealogy workshops, the premiere of The Order of Freedom, and guest speaker Michael Twitty, an African American culinary historian. The event takes place Saturday from 11 am - 4 pm, and Sunday from noon - 5 pm. It also happens to be the final weekend of the Wells Fargo Free Admission Weekend. Atlanta History Center; 130 West Paces Ferry Road; 404-814-4000.

Reads about Summer @ Ocee


Kids' summer science programs this week

For more information, phone Ocee library 770.360.8897

Children’s Summer Reading: Curious Moon Puppets
Saturday, June 21. 2:00 p.m.
Curious Moon Puppets will showcase: FIZZ BOOM Bugs & Machines. Please joins us for this unique performance. All ages are welcome. This event is limited to 75 children. Tickets will be given out 1 hour prior to the start of the program.

Physical Science in Action
Monday, June 23. 11:00am
Ages 5 to 12 only. An action packed physical science program to learn more about the world around you. This is a fun-filled physics class based on martial arts and science; the secret will be uncovered.

Children’s Summer Reading: Big Thinkers Science Show
Wednesday, June 25. 2:00 p.m.
This children’s summer reading science program features our theme of fizz, boom, read! Space is limited to first 75 attendees. Ages 5 to 12 only. Tickets will be given out at 1 pm.

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

poem for the summer solstice

Lanes on the cusp
of honeysuckle and dog-rose,
ash and oak in their full clothes.

Here where this damselfly alights
on the solar globe of the ox-eye daisy,
where the spells that make rain and wind
and birdtracks pleach the air –

again and again we sing the sun back up,
spin summer-short moonlight into our hair;
again and again in this circle of days and nights
against loss, decay, death, we raise hope, friendship, love.

Brief lives; but the stuff of which we’re made
is starfire and water – everything holds our trace.

~ Roselle Angwin © 2012

Friday, June 20, 2014

Pick up your sticks!

With a wider variety of yarns and patterns available, knitting has been making a big comeback. Choose a simple pattern for a meditative experience or challenge your brain with an intricate lace or Fair Isle pattern. Knit for practicality, to show your creativity, or knit for charities (chemo caps, blankets, etc). AFPLS has knitting (and crochet) books for the beginner to the experienced needleperson. You'll find titles for kids as well. Pick up your sticks and give it a try!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Decatur Book Festival - Keynote Speaker

9th Annual Decatur Book Festival 
29-31 August 2014
' There is no more versatile and accomplished American writer than Joyce Carol Oates. Oates has penned best-selling novels, critically acclaimed collections of short fiction, as well as essays, plays, poetry, a recent memoir, A Widow’s Story, and an unlikely bestseller, On Boxing. Her literary industry spans forms, themes, topics and genres. Henry Louis Gates Jr. said, “A future archeologist equipped only with her oeuvre could easily piece together the whole of postwar America.” '

'The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. Since its launch, more than 1,000 world-class authors and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers have crowded the historic downtown Decatur square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children's area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more. '

for ye young thespians


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Chill out in the Summer heat

Sunday Dahn Yoga

Sundays: June, 22.  July 6, 20. 3:30 pm.

Dahn Yoga is a combination of stretching, breathing, and meditation.

Yoga & Meditation

Mondays: June 16, 30.  July 7, 14, 28. 11 am.

Beginning yoga and meditation techniques for beginners.  Adults only. 
Please bring yoga mat or towel and wear comfortable clothing. For information phone 770.360.8897

Teen things this week @ Ocee

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting
Wednesday 18 June at 5 pm.
Help plan library programs, select teen books, and review new teen books. Board members will earn volunteer service hours. Ages 13 to18.

Teen Summer Reading Craft: Spark a Reaction
Thursday 19 June at 2:30 pm
Make your own scented candle and spark a reaction of your very own. All supplies will be provided, so registration is required. To register, send an email to Ms Divack containing your full name and age; please use 'Candle' as the subject line. Ages 13 to18.

Favorite Fathers

We loved seeing all the dads with their kids at the library and Friends Book Sale this weekend! Keep reading to and with your children.

Here are some favorite fictional fathers:
Atticus Finch – To Kill a Mockingbird
Horton – Horton Hatches an Egg
Jean Valjean – Les Miserables
“Pa” – Little House books
Mr Bennett – Pride & Prejudice
Edward Bloom – Big Fish