Saturday, May 30, 2015


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Sunday 31 May is the final day of MomoCon at the World Congress Center.

"MomoCom is for everyone, of all ages. Originally starting out in 2005 at Georgia Tech and catering to fans of Japanese Animation and Video Games, MomoCon's attendance has since grown in size and breadth of interest. MomoCon now brings together fans at every age of animation of all types, both video and tabletop games, and comics."

ACCESS on-line

Atlanta Fulton Public Library System's program/event publication, access, is available on-line! You can sign up to have access delivered to your inbox. You can also select to receive e-newsletters about the latest titles by genre. As an extra perk, if a title is owned by AFPLS, you can reserve it from your e-mail!

Reluctant Tween Reader?

Image result for tween readerBook Riot has the ultimate guide for reluctant readers ages 12-13. Along with a synopsis for the dozens of books listed, it also includes books to film, graphic novels, summer reading groups, and reader suggestions.  Here's 10 book series for tween boys.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Summer Reading Kickoff

This year's summer reading themes are "Every Hero Has a Story" (children) and "Unmask!" (tween/teens). Here's the line-up for Ocee's kickoff week. Please phone the library at 770.360.8897 with any questions.

Summer Reading Kickoff

Monday, June 8.  2:00 p.m.

Magician Keith Karnok will be presenting "Every Hero Has a Story". The star is Gooney Bird, Vern. Each child will receive a coloring sheet with puppets plus a giant bill with easy magic tricks on the back.

Drawing for Beginners

Wednesdays; June 10, July 8. 2:00 p.m.

Join an experienced art teacher in a creative drawing for beginners class. Ages 5-10. Limit first 15 students.

TAB (Teen Advisory Board)

Thursdays, June 11. 5:00 p.m.

Teens and young adults meet with librarians to discuss library services and programs created and specialized exclusively for them. Refreshments may be provided. Ages 12-18.

Code Kids

Thursdays, June 11, 25; July 9, 23. 6:00 p.m.

Code Kids is an exciting program for middle school and late elementary students. Experienced trainers will guide you through learning programming skills. It is strongly recommended you attend all sessions as the lessons will be dependent on each other.

Atlanta Junior Bridge

Mondays, June 8, 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13, 27; August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Exercise all your muscles! Learn to play the fascinating card game of bridge. Limited to 16 participants.  Ages 8-18. To reserve your space call Karen Christian 770-998-9723 or email

Chess Club

Wednesdays, June 11, July 15. 2:00- 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, August 19.  6:00-7:30 p.m.

Club members will learn strategies, game variations and perhaps have the opportunity to participate in a tournament. Registration not required. Ages 5-13.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Do I have your attention?

goldfish-md.pngLinkedin launched in 2003, Facebook in 2004, YouTube in 2005, and Twitter in 2006. In 2000 the average American attention span was 12 seconds. By 2014, it had dropped to eight seconds. The attention span of a goldfish is 9 seconds. 

Additional Stats on Attention Spans:

  • 25% of teenagers report forgetting important details about their friends and family
  • Office worker checks their email 30 times per hour
  • Typical mobile users check their phones more than 150 times per day
  • Content on the internet tripled between 2010 and 2013
  • Social media sharing has doubled from 2011 to 2013
Put down your devices and build your attention span at the library with how-to classes, kids' programs, and of course, books.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

All Gave Some...

Some Gave All
Remembering the fallen
Arlington National Cemetery - May 2007

Alpharetta Branch

AlpharettaAs of Thursday, May 21, 2015, the Alpharetta Branch is closed. AFPLS apologizes for any inconvenience caused as a result of the closure. Alpharetta will reopen in its new location soon. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Congratulations, Grads!

Library closing

Image result for kids covered in sunscreenThe Ocee library (and all libraries in the AFPL system) will be closed Monday 25 May for Memorial Day. Have a safe and happy holiday - and don't forget the sunscreen!

For the birds

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Free time?

The Ocee Library always needs volunteers to help with shelving books and on-going projects. You must fill out an application and attend a mandatory training session before volunteering. For more information about volunteering click here.

Teen volunteers: please contact, or ask at the children's desk for more information.
Please be aware children aged 12 and 13 must have parental supervision to volunteer. This means that the same parent who attends orientation must be in the building with their 12 or 13 year old children at all times, both during orientation and during volunteer service hours. The age to volunteer without parental supervision is 14. Parents of children 14 and older are also welcome to attend orientation, but are not required to do so.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Summer Challenges

With school out, summer can bring additional challenges for families.

Image result for north fulton community charitiesNorth Fulton Community Charities Mobile Outreach Bus will set up in the Ocee library parking lot on the 4th Wednesday of the month - May 27, June 24, July 22, and August 26 to provide emergency assistance. By appointment only. For more information or to apply online or phone 770.640.0399 (ext. 463).

Ocee Reads Book Club

Ocee Reads Book Club

Monday 1 June from 4 PM-5 PM    
A book club open to all library users! Registration is required.

Please send email to:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Tai Chi

Do you attend Ocee's Tai Chi (or yoga) classes? Are you interested in learning more about the practice? Grandmaster Zhu, whose family invented Tai Chi over 19 generations ago, will be in Atlanta May 22-24.  For more information please contact Professor Florin Szondi at 954.292.5717.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Strings Attached

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If you’ve enjoyed the Alpharetta Community Chorus  holiday mini-concerts at Ocee library, come along to hear them in full force - with strings - at their Spring concert this Sunday 17 May,  Alpharetta Presbyterian Church at 3 pm. The church is located at 180 Academy Street 30009.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Give Mom...

Image result for relaxed woman-or any woman in your life (including you!) the gift of relaxation and well-being.  Our instructor Ms Gagne says, "We will have yoga class on Mother's Day - Sunday, May 9th.  The library's Sunday hours have changed so our [weekly] class is now at 4:30.

Also, Yoga Meets Real Life is at 10.30 AM every Friday at the Ocee Library. "Based on my book The Heroic Self,  it  includes relaxation exercises, mindful reading, and meditation in addressing life issues."

Math tutoring at Ocee

Free Math Tutoring
Sundays 10, 17 & 24 May from  2-4 pm
(Please note time change!)
Tutors will provide math instruction  for children in grades K-12th
Please bring an assignment or a topic you are struggling with.  Students will
be seen on a first come first served basis. 

Children's hour

Music For Babies With Miss Gail
Tuesday 12 May at 10:30 am
Babies ages 0 to 2

Wacky Wednesday Craft
Wednesday 13 May at 5:30 pm
Ages 5 to 12.

Family Fun Storytime University
Tuesday 19 May at 10:30 am
Ages 1-5.
Stop by for stories, music, and lots of interactive fun!  Preschoolers will do a hands on activity.