Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Start the Year Off Right

Come along and de-stress after the holidays! Ocee offers weekly classes for health and relaxation:
Energy Yoga - Sundays at 4:30 am (age 10 & up)
Tai Chi - Mondays at 10am
Yoga & Meditation - Mondays at 11am
Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat/towel

If these classes don't fit your schedule, AFPLS has a variety of DVDs for health/exercise routines.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Speak out NOW

Whether in person, by email/letter, or a phone call, it’s important to let our Commissioners know that we value our libraries as they plan the 2016 budget. Please let them know why libraries matter to you (classes, tutoring, materials, communi1ty, technology…). Don‘t forget to thank them for their continued support of libraries!

Future of AFPLS

Due to the input of library patrons, AFPLS hours were restored and staff was increased in April 2015. However, our libraries are still at risk. Times are tough and there are many services vying for limited funds. 

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners budget meeting* is Wednesday 6 January 2016 at 10:00 am. Please attend and let the Board know why the library matters to you and your community. It’s recommended to get there by 9:30 am to complete a speaker’s card.
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*The Fulton County Government Center is located at 141 Pryor Street, Atlanta 30303. MARTA is encouraged (975 ft from Five Points station; exit heading right/south on Peachtree, left on MLK, building on right side of the street).

Holiday Hoopla

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System has thousands of free movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital. Why not make a resolution to explore this new platform?!

Holiday Hours

All library locations will close
at 6:00 pm on Thursday 31 December. 

Libraries are closed Friday 1 January

and will reopen on Saturday 2 January.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Book 2 Big Screen 2016

Image result for movie filmMost readers will tell you the book is always better, but it's fun to see how the 'movie' you've created compares to the film. Several best selling novels are due to hit the big screen in 2016. Huffington Post lists those they think will garner Oscar buzz. Adults will likely enjoy some of the movies on the MTV list. Two were filmed right here in "Y'allywood".

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Clearing out?

Image result for overflowing bookshelves Did Santa bring you lots of books yesterday? Are you taking advantage of time off to clear out and get organized for the new year? If your bookshelves are overflowing, please consider donating your gently used books to Friends of Ocee Library. You may leave them in the silver grey bin by the water cooler in the lobby. Thank you!

Friday, December 25, 2015

We are Christmas

We are comfort for the hurting, mending each broken heart
We are friends to the lonesome and unite those far apart
We’re his Hands who touch the sick and they’re instantly whole
We are water for the thirsty and bring peace to every soul

We are Christmas, we are God’s hands
To care for one another in these war torn lands
We are Christmas, the love that we share
Will carry one another ‘til we understand
We are Christmas

Monday, December 21, 2015


If you're looking for last minute gifts, shop the Friends Book Nook at Ocee. Books are priced from 50 cents to $2.

Money raised by book sales helps to fund library programs, so you're giving twice!


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Before you leave town for the holidays, check the due dates on your library materials. Don't let fees add up - books are 10 cents a day and DVDs are $1 per day.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Library Closing

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The Atlanta Fulton Public Library System will be closed 24 and 25 December.
The library will reopen on Saturday 26 December.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

TAB meeting

Mr West has a lot to discuss with teens about college prep and new & future programs at tomorrow's (16 December) Teen Advisory Board Meeting at 5 pm! Please email if you plan to attend. Snacks provided.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A "Dickens" of a book list

Image result for british authors collageA team of international non-British critics were polled to determine the 100 greatist British novels. Women make up nearly 40% off the 100 and half of the top 20 titles. In fact, the #1 spot was written by a woman. You'll find many titles (and author biographies) in the APLS catalogue. Check the Book Nook, too!