Wednesday, July 30, 2014


30 July is (unofficially) National Cheesecake Day. The origins of this favorite dessert date back to ancient Greece, but was different from the modern cheesecake. The following books are currently available at Ocee. Bake one and top with fresh summer fruits and berries. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

to end all wars...

One hundred years ago, 28 July 1914, the first shot of the "Great War" was fired as Austria-Hungry prepared to invade Serbia. The following AFPLS holdings chronicle the story both in the trenches and on the home front; of soldier and civilian. 
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Sunday, July 27, 2014


Since you're buying school supplies anyway, why not make your purchases count?
Target CorporationTarget Corp. (NYSE: TGT) announced today that for every select up&up school supply purchased at Target stores from July 13 through August 2, Target will donate one school supply item to a student in need. Through these purchases, Target’s goal is to donate up to $25 million in supplies and potentially impact nearly two million kids as they head back to school.

Back 2 School Craft

Wacky Wednesday Back to School Craft
Wednesday 30 July at 5:30 pm
Come along for a fun filled craft program
celebrating going back to school.
Ages 5 to 12. No younger siblings.
Limit first 30 students.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Turn the page

Ocee’s children’s & teens’ librarian and Assistant Branch Manager, Marcia Divack will soon be turning the page.  Ms Divack recently accepted the position as Branch Manager of the Alpharetta Branch. Stop by (here or there) with your good wishes as she begins a new chapter! Thanks and congratulations, Marcia!

Reading room

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Is the 'loo' the only quiet place in your house? A recent survey finds that 63% of Americans read in the 'john', with 86% of men reporting it's where they do the most reading. Magazines are the reading material of choice. 75% take their phones in the bathroom - to text, talk, read emails, or use social media. 

This mutli-tasking comes with risks, though. Microbes can live on plastic surfaces (phones, e-readers, plastic book covers) for hours. Prolonged sitting on the toilet can cause painful hemorrhoids.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mockingbird in Decatur

Georgia Center for the Book presents
Marja Mills  - The Mockingbird Next Door
Friday 25 July 2014
7:00 pm First Baptist Church Decatur

'Fans of Harper Lee will not want to miss this intimate look at the author's life, as Mills shares a rare portrait of Harper Lee, of how To Kill a Mockingbird affected her life, and why she chose to never write another novel.'
(404) 370-3070 x 2285for more info

Summer reading wrap up this week

Children’s Summer Reading Finale: DeWayne Reynolds
Monday, July 21. 11:00 a.m.
The finale features a high energy program with popular storyteller and master balloon artist featuring our science based fizz, boom, read theme. Space is limited to first 75 attendees. Tickets will be given out 1 hour prior to the start of the program. 

Teen Summer Reading “Spark a Reaction” Wrap Party
Thursday, July 24. 2:30 p.m.
End the summer on a high note! Come for games, food, music, a photo booth, and massive amounts of fun. Come alone or bring friend, the more the merrier. Registration is not required. Ages 13 to 18.

Thursday, July 17, 2014



Helvetica and Times New Roman walk into a bar.

"Get out of here!" shouts the bartender. "We don't serve your type."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SPAM, dead parrots, and lumberjacks

For the first time since 1982, the Pythons are performing together in London.  With a combined age of 360+, the 20 July show will be their last. The performance will be broadcast live at N’point Market cinema Sunday afternoon. Gilliam described the show as a "pre-posthumous memorial service, with all the dancing and joy that one would hope for at a funeral." Cleese, Palin, Jones, Gilliam, and Idle will continue with their own projects. Check the AFPLS catalogue for Python and individuals’ films, series, and books.


Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan "What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner." It includes fiction with science fiction, fantasy or horror themes.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Old school

patchwork quilt checkerboardHere's a quilt project to get the kids 'unplugged'. It's a great way to sneak in some math and a history lesson. Use old clothes like our great-grannies did. Make it this summer and enjoy playing through the cooler months. You'll find directions on Quilting Daily. Want to know more about quilting? Look in the 746.46 section of the library.

Coming up at Ocee

Children’s Summer Reading: ArchaeoBus
Wednesday, July 16. 2:00 p.m.
The popular ArchaeoBus will delight visitors at their own pace. You can participate in both group and self-directed activities. Tour the Bus, work on puzzles, and myriad other science based activities. All ages.

Teen Summer Reading: Talent Show
Thursday, July 17. 2:30 p.m.
Does your talent spark a reaction? Do you sing, dance, act, recite poetry, perform magic, or play an instrument? Join us for this talent show and spotlight your talents. Registration is required. To register, send an email to with your full name, age, and talent; please use “Talent” as the subject line. Ages 13 to 18.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

'Bloody July' events

The Federal Occupation of Roswell, Georgia 1864
July 12 & 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

on The Grounds of Barrington Hall

LivingHistory.jpg"2014 is the sesquicentennial year of the Federal Army's occupation of Roswell. Barrington Hall, in partnership with the Roswell Convention and Visitor's bureau, will reenact the arrest of the Roswell Manufacturing Company's 400 mostly women mill workers (in July of 1864) who were then sent north to prison camps. In addition there will be a Federal Encampment on the grounds of Barrington Hall during the weekend. Soldiers will demonstrate camp life in 1864. Period clothing, both military and civilian, will be on display as will Civil War era weapons. " For schedule of events visit 
Further sites of interest:  (comprehensive list) (worth visiting for the intro)
Atlanta Intown Battle of Atlanta

"Cool of the Day" concert

Our friends with the 
Alpharetta Community Chorus
invite you to their Summer Concert
Sunday 20 July at 3 pm
Alpharetta Presbyterian Church

Monday, July 7, 2014

This week at Ocee

Upscaling for Home D├ęcor
Tuesday, July 8, 1:00 p.m.
This program includes a demonstration and information on repurposing ordinary objects for your home.

Children’s Summer Reading: Bill Packard Magic Man Show
Wednesday, July 9, 2:30 p.m.
Join us for our children’s summer reading magic show program featuring our theme of fizz, boom, read! Space is limited to first 75 attendees. Tickets will be given out at 1:30. Ages 4 to 12

ACT Practice Test
Thursday, July 10, 2:00 p.m.
A fully-proctored practice ACT (approx. 3.5 hours) will show students what to expect in a test-like environment. Students will receive a comprehensive analysis of their performance. Limited to 25 high school (ages 14-18) students and registration is required. To register,

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Who Asked You?

Georgia Center for the Book presents
Terry McMillan = Who Asked You?
Monday 7 July at 7:15 pm  
Decatur Library Auditorium
(404) 370-3070x 2285

Ms McMillan is The New York Times bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale. 

Dive in!

Real Simple has a list of 20 new in paperback beach reads. The Cleveland Plain Dealer has suggestions as well.
You're sure to get lost in them so don't forget your sunscreen!

Library closed 4 July

The library will be closed Friday 4 July.

Since February, all branches in the AFPLS are closed on Fridays. Please click on "About Ocee Library" for the new hours.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

DIY library table

Country Living's website has directions for this library table made from a repurposed cable spool. Kids could help with measuring and tracking supply costs to keep their math skills sharp over the summer. Let their imagination run riot and have them chose paint colors or create a design for the table top. Who knows, maybe they'll even put their books away!