Saturday, November 29, 2014

Songs of the Season at Ocee

Come hear a special preview at Ocee library Saturday 13 December at 3:30!
Take Charlie Brown, Rudolph, and the Grinch home with you in a book, on DVDs and CDs from the AFPLS collection.

Games @ Ocee

Atlanta Junior Bridge
Mondays, December 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29. 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 Christian 770-998-9723 or email to

Chess Club
Wednesdays, December 3 & 17. 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.

Bigger than the Nook-

We'll have a bigger selection than our 'Book Nook', but less than a regular books sale... Come along to Friends of Ocee Library 'Mini' Book Sale Saturday 13 December from 1-5 pm. 

Add to your winter reading stash (you never know what our weather will bring!), find books for gift giving, and pick up materials to keep the kids entertained over holiday break. Prices are 50 cents, $1, and $2. Cash and checks only.  Remember, money raised goes to programming and materials for Ocee library.

The Alpharetta Community Chorus will treat patrons to a holiday mini-concert at 3:30.

Storytime @ Ocee

Family Fun Storytime
Tuesdays: December  2 & 9. 10:30 a.m.
Stop by for stories, music, and lots of interactive fun! Ages 1-5.

Français Heure du Conte (French Storytime)
Wednesdays: December 3. 12:15 p.m.
Alliance Française d'Atlanta, teachers of French culture and language, will present storytime in French with stories and songs. Ages 2-5

Friday, November 28, 2014

British "Queen of Crime"

“When I first heard that Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall, I immediately wondered: Did he fall — or was he pushed?”

P D James is the author of the popular Adam Dalgliesh murder mystery series as well as  the dystopian “The Children of Men”, and most recently,  "Death Comes to Pemberly". Several of her novels have been adapted to the big and small screen.

James passed yesterday at 94. Her autobiography, writing tips, and novels in book, audio, and video can be found in the AFPLS catalogue.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014


2014_eduWeek'This year’s theme is “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility” and “presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.” '

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Good-bye and...

to Ocee staffer Andrea Cappelli! She'll be missed!
Ms Cappelli has been transferred to the Peachtree Branch of AFPLS.

Holiday Mini Book Sale

Friends of Ocee Library 
Mini Book Sale 
Saturday 13 December 1-5 pm
Stock up for Winter reading! Shop for Gifts!
(we’ll have some other treats planned, too!)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

By request

AlpharettaCommunity Chorus presents a program of songs featured in our favorite Christmas specials: A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Little Drummer Boy, and Rudolph, the Red Nose Reindeer and more.  Come along and join in Saturday 13 December at 3:30 !

Beat holiday stress

Sunday Dahn Yoga

Sundays, November 23.  December 7 & 21. 3:30 pm. Dahn Yoga is a combination of stretching, breathing, and meditation.

Yoga & Meditation
Mondays:  November 17 & 24.  December 1, 8, 15 & 22. 11:00 am.
Beginning yoga and meditation techniques for beginners.  Adults only. 
Please bring yoga mat or towel and wear comfortable clothing.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

ESL @ Ocee

Are you new to the English language or know someone who is?

Beginners’ English as a Second Language (ESL)
Tuesdays, November 18 & 25.
December 2, 9 & 16. 4:00 p.m.
Intermediate English as a Second Language (ESL)
Tuesdays, November 18 & 25.
December 2, 9 & 16. 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Cookery, crafts, kids' books to meditations, movies, and mysteries - you'll find all things Thanksgiving at the library!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Big Bird's Big Day

Sesame Street celebrates its 45th today! ‘Sesame Street’ Is Middle-Aged and Awesome reminds us why it was, and still is, groundbreaking TV.
Visit the library for Sesame Street materials.

Johns Creek Memorial Walk

artist rendering of Veterans Memorial WalkOpened 7 November 2014, the Johns Creek Memorial Walk is a world-class memorial dedicated to veterans, their families and supporters. It is located on four acres in a quite wooded section of Newtown Park and is a handicap-accessible, landscaped trail with black granite memorials commermorating every major conflict dating from World War I. Each memorial includes the conflict's name, years and campaign service medal. The entrance plaza is a brick sitting wall with flags for each branch of service and is the beginning of a lasting landmark for future generations.

Tower Poppies

Recruits swearing in to join the Royal Fusiliers at the Tower of London on 29 August 1914, at the start of WW1                                                                                                                                                                                

    A photograph of Corporal Thomas William Belton of the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, who died in Belgium in World War One at the age of 25, is placed on railings surrounding the "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" installation

888,245 handcrafted poppies will fill the 16 acre dry moat of the Tower of London. The Tower was used as a recruitment center during World War 1. Each represents a British and Commonwealth life lost during WW1. The first poppy was 'planted' in July to mark the centenary of the war. The last will be installed tomorrow, Remembrance (Veterans) Day. The installment is titled The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red - inspired by a poem penned by an anonymous British soldier.

Remembering all who sacrificed -

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Tumbling Down

Alexandra Avakian

"The construction of the Berlin Wall put an abrupt and violent end to daily life, leaving traces that are visible even today on Bernauer Strasse. The sealing off of the sector border starting on 13 August 1961 made dramatic changes especially in the everyday lives of the people living on Bernauer Strasse. From one day to the next, they could no longer travel freely through their own neighborhood, and neighbors, friends, and relatives were separated from one another. The house across the street was suddenly part of another political system. Through no fault of their own and against their will, the people of Bernauer Strasse became eyewitnesses to and actors in an episode of post-war German history.

 In desperation, people jumped out of the windows of apartments bordering West Berlin and paid with their lives. Some of the Bernauer Strasse escape attempts succeeded, however. Cameras and film crews brought these scenes to a watching world."  from 
Berlin Wall Memorial

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Learn more about the Wall and the Cold War with materials in the AFPLS collection. There are selections for the history book to young readers.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Picture Book Month!

picture month book poster

Teen Songwriting Workshop

Teen Songwriting Workshop
Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16. 2:00 p.m.
If you missed this over the summer, now is your chance to learn the skills and techniques to write your best lyrics and melodies. Nashville based musician Jameson Elder will lead this two day workshop. Ages 13 to 18. To learn more about Jameson and experience his music, visit

Teen Advisory Board

The next TAB meeting is Thursday 6 November at 5:00 pm in the Resource Room to discuss possible teen/young adult programs for our upcoming Winter/Spring 2015 quarter. Bring your ideas along!