Sunday, September 27, 2015

Arts Month Teen Poster Contest

The arts are a part of our lives every day, but the month of October commemorates the arts in a big way. It's National Arts & Humanities Month - the largest celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation.  

Choose one of 4 themes to interpret. Poster board is available at Ocee beginning 1 October. Winners from each category will be displayed in the teen area for the rest of the year. Posters are due Friday, October 16.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Besides the Autumn poets sing

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Emily Dickinson, 1830 - 1886

Besides the Autumn poets sing,
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the Haze -

A few incisive mornings -     
A few Ascetic eves - Gone -
Mr Bryant’s “Golden Rod” -
And Mr Thomson’s “sheaves.”

Still, is the bustle in the brook -
Sealed are the spicy valves - 
Mesmeric fingers softly touch
The eyes of many Elves -

Perhaps a squirrel may remain -
My sentiments to share -
Grant me, Oh Lord, a sunny mind - 
Thy windy will to bear!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

27 September - 1 October

CAST Math Tutoring
Sunday 27 September at 2 pm. Ages 5-18. 

Energy Yoga
Sunday 27 September at 4 pm. 

Tai-Chi  for Relaxation
Monday 28 September at 10 am. Beginners welcome. 

Yoga & Meditation
Monday  28 September  at 11 am. Adults. 

Atlanta Junior Bridge
Monday 28 September at 4 pm. Ages 8-18. 

Teen Book Club
Tuesday September 29 at 4:45 pm Ages 13-18. 

Story Time with Johns Creek Fire Department
Wednesday 30 September at 10:30 am. Ages 0 -5. 

Youth Reading Tutor
Thursday 1 October  at 3-5:30 pm 

Teen Maker Space
Thursday 1 October at 6 pm. Ages 13-18.

Monday, September 21, 2015

World Alzheimer's Day says, 'Mental decline as you age appears to be largely due to altered connections among brain cells. But research has found that keeping the brain active seems to increase its vitality and may build its reserves of brain cells and connections. You could even generate new brain cells.

You don’t have to turn your life upside down, or make extreme changes to achieve many of these benefits. Start with something small, like a daily walk. After a while, add another small change.'

The library has lots to offer to keep your brain healthy! Caregivers for those with Alzheimer's or dementia can benefit from these activities, too.

Stay physically active - take a yoga class
Adopt a brain healthy diet - find cookbooks
Remain socially active - join a book club or volunteer
Keep mentally active - read (audio books) or take a computer class

Saturday, September 19, 2015

20-26 September at Ocee

CAST Math Tutoring
Sunday 20 at 2 pm. Ages 5-18.
Energy Yoga
Sunday 20 at 4 pm.
Tai Chi
Monday 21 at 10 am. Beginners welcome.
Yoga & Meditation
Monday 21 at 11 am. Adults.
Atlanta Junior Bridge
Monday 21 at 4 pm. Ades 8-18.
North Fulton Community Charities Mobile Outreach Bus
Wednesday 24 by appointment only. 10 am - 4 pm. Emergency assistance via the NFCC mobile unit. For more information or to apply online visit the or phone 770-640-0399 (ext. 463).
Youth Reading Tutor
Thursday 24 from 3-5:30. Grades 1-6.
Code Kids
Thursday 24 at 6 pm. Ages 8-13.
Yoga Meets Real Life
Friday 25 at 10:30 am. Adults.
Teen Advisory Board
Saturday 26 at 1 pm. Ages 13-18.
Young Artists at Ocee
Saturday 26 at 2 pm. Ages 7-14.
Limit 20. 1st come, 1st served.
Teen Popcorn Night
Saturdays 26 at 3 pm.
In conjunction with Teen Book Club. The books-to-movies titles for this quarter include Perks of Being a Wallflower, I Am Number Four, Lovely Bones. Popcorn and refreshments provided.  Ages 13-18.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Writing have you in Knots?

Electric Lit offers this clever "Yoga for Writers". The tutorial is available in poster size for $10 on the web store.
Yoga for Writers poster 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

TAB rescheduled

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The Teen Advisory Board meeting has been rescheduled for Saturday 26 September at 1:00 PM. Come along and have your say!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Ocee Programs 13-17 September

Grandparents Day Fun
Sunday, September 13. 2 pm.  

CAST Math Tutoring
Sundays; September 13. 2 pm.
Bring your homework questions to CAST and receive help from a tutor! Ages 5 - 18.

Tai-Chi  for Relaxation
Mondays; September 14. 10:00 a.m.
No experience necessary – beginners welcome!  

Yoga & Meditation
Monday, September 14, 11:00 am.
Adults only. 
Atlanta Junior Bridge
Monday, September 14, 4:00 pm.
 Ages 8 - 18.

AARPSmart Driver Course
Tuesday, September 15, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm.
Registration is required. Contact Carla Burton at or 770-360-8897 x223. 

Imagine It: Children’s Museum! - Music
Wednesday, September 16. 10:30 am.
Ages 3 - 9. 

TAB (Teen Advisory Board )Postponed
Wednesday, September 16.  5:30 pm.
Teen Advisory Board gives teens a voice and offers special opportunities for service projects.
Ages 12-18 

Teen Game Night
Thursday, September 17.  5:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm.
A night for teens to get together and play different types of games. Teens will compete with each other - and the librarians!  Snack and refreshments provided. Ages 13-18

Yoga Month

September is National Yoga Month (designated by the Department of Health & Human Services) designed to educate about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle. 
Ocee library offers 3 yoga classes - and Tai Chi, too! Classes are open to adults and are free. Come find out what yoga can do for you!

Tai Chi for Relaxation - Mondays at 10 am
Yoga and Meditation - Mondays at 11 am
Yoga Meets Real Life - Fridays at 10:30 am
Energy Yoga - Sundays at 4 pm

If you can't attend classes, check the AFPLS catalogue for yoga DVDs and books.

Hope & Remembrance

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Rainbow at 1 WTC, NYC 10 September - Ben Sturner

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Are YOU Prepared?

September is Post-Apocalyptic Survival Month

Monday, September 7, 2015

A Labor of Love

Children read to Iowa barber in exchange for haircuts
An Iowa barber gave free back to school haircuts to kids who read to him during their appointment. "The kids would come in, and I would say, 'Go to the table and get a book you might like, and if you can't read it, I'll help you understand and we can read it together,'" Holmes explained.

Several non-profits came together with Holmes to promote early literacy and encourage reading. Thanks to donations, the kids were able to take books home with them. The event was such a success Barber Courtney Holmes hopes to make this a monthly event!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

I Hear America Singing

I Hear America Singing

Walt Whitman, 1819 - 1892

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe
     and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the
     deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing
     as he stands,
The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the
     morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at
     work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young
     fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

New at Ocee!

Friends of Ocee Library is proud to have helped with funding of the new Nature Trail. The trail runs behind Ocee library connecting the parking lots. There are 2 benches along the trail for some quiet reading. Use the trail to stretch your legs and clear your mind during study/work sessions.

The trail was created by Michael Horton as his Eagle Scout project. Thanks for all your work at Ocee, Michael!