Sunday, August 31, 2014


‘Bring Your Own Bag’ to Friends of Ocee Library Birthday Bash Book Sale. From 1-5 pm Saturday 11 October, fill a plastic grocery bag (or equivalent) with books for just $5.

September celebrations!

National Literacy Month

15 September - 15 October

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Library closed September 1st

What's the Word?

Introduction to Microsoft Word
Tuesdays, September 2. October 7. 1:00

Introduction to Microsoft Excel
Tuesdays, September 16. October 21. 1:00

Adults, registration required. 770.360.8897

Playing games

Chess Club
Wednesdays, September 3 & 17. October 1 & 15. 6:00 p.m.
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.

Atlanta Junior Bridge
Mondays, September 8, 15, 22 & 29. October 6, 20 & 27. 3:30 p.m
Exercise ALL your muscles! 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 

Monday, August 25, 2014


The June 1938 cover of Action Comics No.1 comic book, featuring the first appearance of the 'Man of Steel' sold for a record breaking $3.2 million Sunday. The comic sold for 10 cents when it was originally issued in June 1938.

1% of the sale will be donated to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Cool weather

Yes, we're in a heat wave, but in a few weeks time (please check back for dates) Friends will be collecting clean gently used winter outerwear at Ocee library. Donations will go to our friends at North Fulton Community Charities for distribution on Warm Coat Day this fall.

NFCC's mobile outreach unit provides emergency assistance and will be at Ocee library 27 August, 24 September, and 22 October. Please phone 770.640.0399 ext. 463 to schedule an appointment or visit nfcchelp.

Read Georgian, y'all

Georgia Center for the Book Advisory Council recently released
Books All Georgians Should Read 2014
War Like The Thunderbolt: The Battle and Burning of Atlanta - Russell Bonds
Reign of Madness - Lynn Cullen
The Starboard Sea - Amber Dermont
The Complete Poems of James Dickey - James Dickey, edited by Ward Briggs
Must Win: A Season of Survival for a Town and Its Team - Drew Jubera
The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers - Thomas Mullen
Eat Drink Delta: A Hungry Traveler's Journey... - Susan Puckett
The World of the Salt Marsh: Appreciating... - Charles Seabrook
Thrall: Poems - Natasha Trethewey
The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness - Kevin Young 
Books All YOUNG Georgians Should Read 2014
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmin Deedy, ill. by M Austin
Cosmo's Moon by Devin Scillian, ill. by Mark Braught
Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Ramsey with G Strauss, illus. by F Cooper
Just One Bite by Lola Schaefer, ill. by Geoff Waring
It Jes' Happened: When Bill Taylor Started to Draw by Don Tate, ill. by R G Christie
The Dagger Quick by Brian Eames (mid-grades )
The Shifter by Janice Hardy (mid-grades)
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce (YA )
Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter (YA )
Henry Franks by Peter Adam Salomon (YA )

"Ocee Reads"

Ocee Reads Book Club

Mondays 8 September, 6 October at 2:00 pm

Join your friends at the Ocee Library for thought provoking discussions of current fiction. Light refreshments provided. Adults 18 and up. To register and reserve a copy of each month’s book, please send an email to John Offerdahl with “Ocee Reads” in the subject line.

Allons à la bibliothèque de Ocee!

Family Fun Storytime
Tuesdays: 2, 16, 23 & 30 September  at 10:30 am
Stories, music, and lots of interactive fun for ages 1-5.

Français Heure du Conte (French Storytime)
Wednesday 3 September at 12:15 pm
Alliance Française d'Atlanta, will present storytime in French with stories and songs. Ages 2 - 5.

Music For Babies With Miss Gail
Tuesday 9 September at 10:30 am
Babies ages 0 to 2 and their parents are invited to attend these entertaining and educational programs. Learn how music teaches your baby early literacy skills, improves motor function and deepens the bond between baby and parent.

The “Little Read” Storytime
Monday 15  September at 10:30 am.
Join the Atlanta History Center and the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System for a “Little Read,” a part of a month long celebration of reading known as: The Big Read. Staff from the Atlanta History Center will present this exciting storytime for children ages 3 -5. For more information visit:


29-31 August 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Words...and music

What is a song but poetry or prose set to a melody? The Alpharetta Community Chorus requirements are a love for singing and a willingness to come to rehearsals. No auditions necessary. Membership is open to adults and advanced high school chorus students.
ACC join flyer

Monday, August 18, 2014

All to pieces
'field guide triptych'
“When I say to people ‘I carve books,’ they say to me, ‘Oh, what does that mean?’ If I say, ‘I make sculptures out of books,’ people think I pile them up and make towers out of them or something,” said Julia Strand.

Strand takes care to select books that would otherwise not be used/read. Carefully carving away text, she leaves just the artwork behind. See more examples at hokeystokes.

Friday, August 15, 2014

"The Giver"

Before the dystopian world of Katniss, there was “Sameness”.  The movie version of Lois Lowry’s beloved and banned Newberry Award winning YA novel, The Giver, opens in theaters today.  Some fans of the book are concerned over changes that were made for the big screen (Ms Lowry was consulted throughout and says she’s pleased). Will you see the movie, revisit the novel, or read the other books in the series (Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son)?

Groovin' in the garden

Today marks the 45th anniversary of Woodstock. Read why the happening at Yasgur's farm is still remembered. The following titles are currently available at Ocee.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thanks, "teach"!

Wishing everyone a great school year!
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You'll also find 'teacher movies' Goodbye, Mr Chips, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Remember the Titans, and Dangerous Minds in the AFPLS catalogue (along with the book versions of several titles).

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Blue genes

More Americans die from suicide than in car crashes. Learn more about the brain diseases that contribute to these numbers. Help dispel myths. Decrease stigma. If you are struggling, please get professional help. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Nanu Nanu, Mork

Robin Williams
Good Morning Viet Nam, Dead Poets Society, Mork & Mindy, Aladdin, and other titles starring Williams are available at AFPLS.

If you or someone you know is in an emotional distress or suicidal crisis, please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Friday, August 8, 2014

Peter Heller

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Peter Heller is a contributor to NPR, Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He is an award winning adventure writer and the author of four books of nonfiction. Dog Stars and The Painter are his first works of fiction. Heller also participated in the filming of the Oscar-winning movie, The Cove. All are available at AFPLS.

Tools for High School

Tools for High School
Wednesday 27 August at 6:00 pm
Students are encouraged to attend this program to learn how to navigate and use eCampus, A-Z Databases, OverDrive, and other eResources available to them for free, including test prep and tutoring. Registration is required -  phone 770.360.8897. All participants will receive a “back-to-school” gift. Ages 14 to 18.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting
Wednesday 20 August at 5:00 pm
The Teen Advisory Board helps plan library programs, select teen books, and review new teen books. Board members will earn volunteer service hours. Ages 13 to18. 

S@HM - back to school!

Drop the kids off at school and come to Ocee library for
Yoga & Meditation
Mondays: 11, 18, 25 August at 11:00 am.
Beginning yoga and meditation techniques for beginners.  Adults only. Please bring a yoga mat or towel and wear comfortable clothes.