Thursday, October 30, 2021


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Tuesday, October 28, 2021

How well do you know your witches?

Books are full of them - lurking between the pages. Take The Guardian quiz to find out how well your know your literary witches. Check the AFPLS catalogue for your wicked favorites. Read the TIME magazine article explains why witches, both good and bad, have cast a spell over us.

Ocee Reads

Ocee Reads Book Club

Mondays 10 November, 8 December at  2:00 pm

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

Sunday, October 26, 2021

Bookish pumpkins

20000 leagues        nevermore pumpkin  
frankensteins monster   gone with the wind pumpkin
More literary carvings at Book Riot

Friday, October 24, 2021

"As You Wish'

The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.

Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories. 
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Elwes book and Princess Bride DVDs are in the AFPLS collection.

Wednesday, October 22, 2021

Haunted Houses

from Haunted Houses

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807 - 1882
...There are more guests at table than the hosts
Invited; the illuminated hall
Is thronged with quiet, inoffensive ghosts,
As silent as the pictures on the wall.

The stranger at my fireside cannot see
The forms I see, nor hear the sounds I hear;
He but perceives what is; while unto me
All that has been is visible and clear.

And as the moon from some dark gate of cloud
Throws o’er the sea a floating bridge of light,
Across whose trembling planks our fancies crowd
Into the realm of mystery and night,—

So from the world of spirits there descends
A bridge of light, connecting it with this,
O’er whose unsteady floor, that sways and bends,
Wander our thoughts above the dark abyss.

YOU can make a difference

This Saturday 25 October, millions of volunteers across the US will come together for a common improve the lives of others. Please consider sharing your time and talents as an AFPLS/Ocee volunteer. With staff and hours cut, even 15 minutes (added to your regular library visits) will make a difference.

You'll need to complete a short application and orientation session. For more information, phone 770.360.8897. Karen Kennedy coordinates teens volunteers and John Offerdahl; adults.

Many thanks!

Friends and Ocee staff would like to thank the following for their part in Ocee’s birthday celebration!
Whole Foods (cupcakes), CHS Fiddle Orchestra, Teen volunteers & the Teen Advisory Board, Boy Scout Troop 10, Irina (beautiful face paintings!), Roberta (retired Ocee staffer)Johns Creek Art Center (kids crafts and art work on display), ‘Rocky’, the reading raccoon (AFPLS mascot),Johns Creek Yoga, Fitness Together, Bette World Books, and anon donors for door prizes, and all of you who’ve supported Ocee library the past 10 years!

Tuesday, October 21, 2021

Photographing Children Workshop

A Parent’s Guide to Photographing Children
Wednesday, October 29. 6:00 p.m.
This course is designed for parents who wish to take better photos of their children. Whether you use a professional camera or an iPhone you can improve your photography skills with this introductory class taught by Family and Child Portrait specialist, Thomas Yackley.  Learn how to recognize good lighting and locations as well as posing and camera techniques.  Yackley’s photos can be seen at  Adults.

Teen Creative Writing Workshop

Kim BrockTeen Creative Writing Workshop

Saturday, October 25 and
Sunday, October 26. 1:30 p.m.

KimberlyBrock, Georgia Author of the Year 2013, will lead this two day workshop for teens who want to improve their creative writing skills. Please plan to attend both sessions. Ages 13 to 18.

Tuesday, October 14, 2021

Rock Your Room for Teens

Rock Your Room for Teens Wednesday, October 15. 6:00 p.m. We will supply all the materials for you to make your own disco ball to hang in your bedroom.  Ages 12 to 18. This program will be held in the “Resource Room,” in the Children’s Department.

Sunday, October 12, 2021

Voting and program cancelations

Early voting takes place in the meeting room beginning 13 October. Some library programs will be canceled. Please phone the library 770.360.8897 to confirm your program will meet.

Saturday, October 11, 2021

Dear Library

Always a new book to wolf down in the dead of night,
a borrowed book to read by torchlight…
In the morning, last night’s saved page turns
to who last had this book out
and the date returned, 9 June, this year.

This same book in a stranger's hands, half-known.
Those readers, kindred spirits, almost friends.
You are in transition; you are on the threshold.
The library is the place that gets you. Pure gold.

You are Holden, you’re Lyra, you’re White Fang,
you’re Kidnapped, you’re Skellig, you’re Refugee Boy.
You’re Callum, a nought, you’re Catch 22.
You’re Chris Guthrie. You're Hyde. You're Boo Radley.
It's not Accidental. You are those books. Those books are You...

 Dear Library, written by best-selling author Jackie Kay, chronicles the importance of the library through all stages of one's life. The poem is being used for Scottish Book Week in November. Seems perfect to celebrate Ocee Library's 10th anniversary today, too!

Tuesday, October 7, 2021

Book Sale this Saturday

   As part of Ocee's 10th birthday bash, Friends will be having a book sale. Come along 11 October and stock up for cold weather reading!
   Fill a plastic grocery bags for just $5. Cash is preferred, but we also accept checks. No credit cards.

Monday, October 6, 2021

Early Voting at Ocee

Monday, October 13 - Friday, October 31 -
Weekdays: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturdays: October 18 & 25 -
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sundays: October 19 & 26 -
Noon - 5 p.m. 

Need more information? Visit Department of Registration & Elections.

Library closed 13th

Saturday, October 4, 2021

More restless spirits

These and more are available in the AFPL catalogue. You're next trip to Roswell won't be the same after reading History, Haunts, and Legends.

Wednesday, October 1, 2021

Restless Spirits

The spirits of Alpharetta’s past come alive on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 & 12, during the Restless in Resthaven Cemetery Tours in downtown Alpharetta. Both daylight and night-time tours are available.  This event is sponsored by the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta Historical Society. Reservations can be made online through the Atlanta Theatre-To-Go.