Monday, August 31, 2015

Have a Literary Labor Day!

DBF is the largest independent book festival in the country! Erica Jong (Fear of Flying) is this year's keynote speaker. The festival features some 600 local and national authors from all genres!The 2015 Georgia Book and Paper Fair will be at the First Baptist Church Gym.

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The world's largest fantasy/SF convention, held annually in Atlanta Labor Day weekend (4-7 September). A who's who of authors, illustrators, actors, and others will be attending. Entertainment and cosplay, too!


If you're looking to relax and unwind over the Labor Day weekend, Ocee library is the place to be. Patricia Gagne invites you to join her - "Friday at 10:30 is the class on using yoga skills to deal with real life issues, based on my book The Heroic Self.  Sunday at 4:30 is the Energy Yoga class designed to build up healthy chi energy in the body for physical well-being and for relaxation." Classes meet weekly.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

1-5 September at Ocee

Teen Book Club
Tuesday, September 1.  4:45 pm. Ages 13-18.
Come to the library to discuss the latest selection. 
Story Time with Johns Creek Parks Dept
Wednesday, September 2.  10:30 am.  Ages 0-5.  
College Planning Workshop
Wednesday, September 2.  5:30 pm 
Teen Maker Space
Thursday, September 3.  6 pm.  Ages 13-18.
Yoga Meets Real Life
Friday, September 4.  10:30 am.  Adults.
PSAT Practice Exam
Saturday, September 5.  10:30 am
Need more information? Phone the library at 770.360.8897

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Extra bellyrubs today!

It's National Dog Day! 
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Read to Rover at Louisville Library
You’ll find lots of dogs at the library: Lassie, Toto, Carl, Tock, Clifford, Buck, Perdito & Pongo, Martha, Nana, Old Yeller, and Argos. Some schools and libraries are inviting therapy dogs in to help kids read. They provide non-judgmental support for less confident readers. Eight year old Sean explains, "If you're reading aloud in school to awhole class, you might be nervous, but the dogs are really here to listen."

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Why Tweens Read

From Read Brightly
“I love reading because it takes my mind off of things when I’m sad.” —Samantha

“Reading is like watching a movie in your head, but it’s good for you.” —Maia

“I love to read because my older sisters are always reading and they inspire me to read more. It takes you to a different world, away from everything that is happening. And it gives me a great feeling inside.”  —Erin

“You can learn a lot of things from reading. It’s where I go to get new information. Except sometimes at school I get too carried away reading and then I don’t hear what my teachers say.” —Adam

“Each story is a new land, a new place you can go to. You can always have adventures with your characters.” —Emma

Monday, August 24, 2015

Reading Tutor

logoYouth Reading Tutor

Thursdays; 27 August and 
September 3, 10, 17, 24.  3 - 5:30 pm

Grades 1 to 6. An American Youth Literacy Foundation certified reading tutor will offer free one-to-one coaching on a first-come, first-served basis. *Parents can be in the room. Questions will be answered at the end of the session. Parents must remain in the library while children are being tutored.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Bookish Inspiration

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Hope the school year is off to a good start, but there are some days when a little extra encouragement is needed. Imagination Soup has designed inspirational notes to print (or hand write) and tuck into your kid's lunch boxes or book bags. You probably know some adults who'd appreciate a boost, too!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Get Smart

AARPSmart Driver Course
Tuesday, September 15 from 10 am to 4 pm

Image result for driver clipartThis course teaches drivers the skills they need to drive safely on today’s roads. 97% of those who take the course change at least one driving behavior. There is a fee to receive a certificate of completion (some insurers offer a discount with it) or you may audit free of charge. Registration is required. Contact Carla Burton at   or 770-360-8897 x223.

Any Given Moment...

Artistic inspiration from Christine Mason Miller |
Christine Mason Miller - Ordinary Sparkling Moments

Friday, August 21, 2015

Is College in the Future?

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College Planning Workshop
Wednesday, September 2 at 5:30 pm
Learn the top 5 criteria to check if your child is on the right path for admissions. Avoid the 10 most common mistakes in college planning & applications. Learn how your child is really evaluated by the Admissions Committee. 

PSAT Practice Exam
Saturday, September 5 at 10:30 am
Want to know exactly what to expect on test day? Kaplan offers a free exam at Ocee. You’ll also receive a comprehensive analysis of your strengths and weaknesses on the test.

Books and Movies

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Ocee will be combining books and movies for teens. Come by the library and pick up the selection for the Teen Book Club. Join in the discussion of the book. Later on, stop by Ocee to watch the movie, enjoy popcorn and refreshments, and then discuss which was better and why. The books-to-movies titles for this quarter include Perks of Being a Wallflower, I Am Number Four, and Lovely Bones.

Teen Book Club meets Tuesdays; September 1 & 29, November 3, and December 1 at 4:45 pm

Movie times are Saturdays; September 26, October 24, and November 28 at 3 pm

Sunday, August 16, 2015

for teens only

Image result for teens wordThere was a really good group at the Teen Advisory Board Meeting last Thursday, but there’s always room for more members! Teens’ librarian, Isaiah West, has some special perks/opportunities for teens that join the Board. You’ll need to see Mr West for an application and details.

Some of the September programs - open to all teens - are Teen Book Club, Popcorn Night, Games, Maker Space, and Kaplan SAT practice test. You’ll find bookmarks and flyers at the library with the details of each program. Check back here for posts re: Ocee’s fall programs.

Many Thanks!

Image result for book heart clipartThanks to Boy Scout Troop 10 and Friends members for moving thousands of books! 

Thanks to those of you who donated books - we had an exceptional selection!

Thanks to all of you who support the library through your purchases at our book sale!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Early Bird Saturday Book Sale

Image result for cup of coffee bookWe've added another hour Saturday 15 August! Early birds, grab a cup of joe and head over to the Friends Book Sale at 9 am. We'll be open until noon. Cash or check only.

Money raised goes to funding programs and materials at Ocee library!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

BOOK SALE Friday and Saturday!

Image result for book flying carpetDon't forget the Friends of the Library Book Sale is THIS Friday (10-6) and Saturday (10-noon). We have LOTS of kids' books - from beautiful picture books, to classics, to YA selections. Plenty of adult novels and non-fiction as well. 50 cents to $2. Cash or check.