Friday, July 31, 2015

Summer swooning...

not from the high temperatures, but the heat of passion.
When NPR asked their listeners for their favorite romance books they had so many replies that they had to close the poll early! You’ll find 100 romances from bodice rippers to YA to LGBT to fantasy, and more. NPR has included a printable list for you to take to the library or Friends Book Sale (August 14-15).

Chillax at Ocee

Drained by the heat? Relax & reenergize with one of Ocee's classes.

Sunday Dahn Yoga
Sundays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 4:30 p.m.
Dahn Yoga is a combination of stretching, breathing and meditation.

Tai-Chi for Relaxation
Mondays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. 10:00 a.m.
A great way to help you relax and keep fit! Beginners welcome! Led by Angela Young.

Yoga and Meditation
Mondays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. 11:00 a.m.
Beginning yoga and meditation techniques for beginners. Adults only. 

Yoga Meets Real Life
Fridays, August 7, 14, 21, 28. 11:00 a.m.
Patricia Gagne incorporates relaxation exercises, reflective reading and meditation in addressing real life issues. Adults only.

Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing


Image result for book saleFriends of Ocee Library

14 August Friday from 10-6

15 August Saturday from 10-12 

Stock up for the cooler days ahead! Maybe you’ll get an early start on your holiday shopping, too? We have a larger than usual selection of kids’ books for this sale. Prices are 50 cents for all kids books, $1 softcover, and $2 hardback. Cash and checks only.
Money raised from Friends Book Sales help fund programs and buy materials for Ocee library.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Take nothing for granted

Most of us toss junk mail without a thought. When a Utah postman was asked for more by 12 year old Mathew Flores he was puzzled.

"Today while delivering mail to his apartment complex, I saw him reading ads, and then he asked me if I had any extra mail he could read," Lynch wrote. "He told me his wish is to have books to read. I told him the library had many, but he said they don't have a car, and couldn't afford the bus."

Click here to find out what happened or here for KSL video.

Wild Hearts Run Free

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Alpharetta Branch opening

By the end of the week, all three of our new North Fulton branches will be open! The Alpharetta branch library opens in its new building this Thursday 30 July at 11 am! Their new location is 10 Park Plaza -  Alpharetta 30009. Several of Ocee's staff has been transferred to the new branches, so you'll see some familiar faces.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HS Summer Reading Lists

Still need to get in some summer reading for school? The Friends of Ocee Book Nook has selections from local high school summer reading lists.  Better yet, they’re on SALE.

The Book Nook is located just inside the entrance (in front of the self  check out/holds). The Nook is open during regular library hours and operates on the honor system. Money from sales is used to fund library programs and to purchase books/materials.  If you have books to donate, please leave them in the plastic bin outside the meeting room (by the water fountain).

Monday, July 20, 2015

Reserve your copy - Ocee Reads

Image result for book clubOcee Reads Book Club
Monday 3 August from 4 PM-5 PM    
Open to all library users!
To reserve a copy, email

This week at Ocee

Music for Babies With Miss Gail
Wednesday, July 22. 10:30 a.m.
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. 

North Fulton Community Charities
Mobile Outreach Bus
Wednesday 22 July by appointment
Provides emergency assistance every 4th Wednesday of the month, particularly for families with transportation challenges. For more information or to apply online or call 770-640-0399 (ext.

Summer Reading Program Finale with Storyteller Mr. Tariq
Thursday, July 23. 11:30 p.m.
Join Mr. Tariq and celebrate the success of reading during the summer! All ages.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Teen Reminder

Ocee's YA (teen) librarian, Isaiah West sends the following reminder:

"I just wanted to let you know that when you come to TAB meetings you are technically volunteering. Your first meeting I will ask you to fill out a volunteer form (if you haven’t already). Once you bring that back to me, your volunteer hours will start counting for each TAB sponsored event you go to...That way, you will for sure start getting hours (which I know most of you need for Beta Club and even college applications and scholarships."

Click the "Volunteering" tab above for info and links. The next Teen Advisory Board meeting is Thursday 13 August at 5 pm.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Here's the Scoop

July is National Ice Cream Month! Why not try making your own? You'll find recipes books for kids-in-the-kitchen, vegan, as well as "spirited" adult versions of frosty sweet summer treats at AFPLS.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New Milton Library

Grand opening  -  Milton Library!

Thursday 16 July at 11:00 a.m.   
855 Mayfield Road- Milton, GA 30009

Please RSVP to:

Saturday, July 11, 2015

C'mon Get Happy!

Here's 8 things, based on research, that make you happier! Reading isn't included, but the article lists several books on happiness.
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    Thank Someone
    Spend Money — On Someone Else
    Give 5 Hugs
    Do Stuff You’re Good At
    Do 5 Little Nice Things For Others
    Create Something To Look Forward To
    Spend Time With Friends
    Write Down Three Good Things That Happened Today

"Go Set a Watchman"

You can read (or listen to) the first chapter of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman here. The novel was written before Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird but takes place some 20 years later. The New York Times has a bit of a review (contains spoilers).

Pre-register for Jr Bridge Camp

Image result for bridge hands cardsAtlanta Junior Bridge Camp
Monday-Friday 20-24 July. 3-5 p.m.
Exercise ALL your muscles this summer! Learn to play the fascinating card game of bridge! Free and open to children ages 8-18. Pre-registration required. To reserve your space or for more information, call Karen Christian 770-998-9723 or email to

Kids programs 14-16 July

Heroes in Our Community –
Johns Creek Police Department
Tuesday 14 July - 2 p.m.

Join us for a visit with local heroes from the Johns Creek Police Department. Police vehicles will be in our parking lot.


Legends of Light and Shadow:
Hero’s Journey Through Shadow Puppetry

Wednesday 16 July - 11 a.m. Ages 5-12.

Experience the journeys of literary heroes and heroines as we bring to life stories from Greece, Russia, England, Africa and Native America. Explore the art of shadow puppetry in depth as you create your own puppet hero and embark on a shadow screen adventure.


Children’s Art Program
Thursday 16 July 2 p.m.  Grades 1 to 5.
Professional art instructors will conduct a creative art instruction program for elementary school-aged students. First come first served - ll imit 20.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Teen Advisory Board meeting

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Ocee's new Young Adult librarian, Isaiah West, invites kids ages 12-18 to the Teen Advisory Board meeting Thursday 13 August at 5 pm. He'll be talking about Ocee's 3 NEW programs for teens and the Teen Book Club. Check back here for further details or check in with Mr West next time you're at the library!