Friday, January 29, 2021

Blind Date

Image result for book heartBlind Date with a YA Book
February 1 - February 14.
Are you looking for a way to keep warm this Valentine’s Day season? How about cuddling up with a Young Adult book? The stories inside will keep you warm all season long. Ages 13+ (adults - why not revisit a 'first love'?).

Get fit at Ocee

Please note: some classes will not be able to meet regularly due to voting.

Tai-Chi  for Relaxation
Mondays; February 1 and 29. 10 am.
A great way to help you relax and keep fit!No experience necessary - beginners welcome!

 Yoga & Meditation
Mondays; February 1 and 29. 11am.
Beginning yoga and meditation techniques for beginners. Adults.

Yoga for Life
Fridays; February 5, 12, 10, 26 (Resource Room). 10:30-11:30 am.
Lessons in using yogic techniques to deal with life issues.  Includes group discussion and incorporates relaxation exercises, reflective reading, and meditation in addressing real life issues.  Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Adults only.

Energy Yoga
Sunday February 7. 4:30 pm.
Energy Yoga is a combination of stretching, breathing and meditation. Please bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to ages 10 and up.

Friday, January 22, 2022



Take advantage of book, movie, and music downloads at the AFPLS.

Citizenship Corners

Thirteen Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Branches are participating in the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services.
The Citizenship Corners are in place to strengthen local efforts to help aspiring citizens find the information and resources needed to succeed during the naturalization process. The displays make official USCIS citizenship preparation materials easily accessible to newcomers, and free preparation resources are available to immigrant library patrons. Atlanta is USCIS’ fourth municipal partner, joining Los Angeles, Chicago and the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.
Naturalization Workshop
Saturday; January 30. 10:30-11:30 am
Sponsored by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, this workshop presented by Edly Vliet shares information needed about the U.S. naturalization process. Adults only.  No reservations required.  Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, January 19, 2022

NFCC rolls back to Ocee

North Fulton Community Charities
Mobile Outreach Bus
Appointments only.  January 27. 10 am - 4 pm.
Provides emergency assistance via the NFCC mobile unit every 4th Wednesday of the month, particularly for families with transportation challenges. For more information or to apply, visit the website at or call 770-640-0399 (ext. 463).

Sunday, January 17, 2022

Who we are

“All the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal…With each passing year, and with each whimsical purchase, our libraries become more and more able to articulate who we are, whether we read the books or not.”  -  Nick Hornby

Ocee Book Clubs

Ocee Reads Book Club
First Mondays; February 1... 4 pm. Adults.

Wacky (Reluctant) Readers Book Club
Tuesday February 16. 4-5 pm. 
Grades 1-3. Limit 20 students.

Teen Book Club
Thursday February 4. 5:30 pm. Ages 13-18.

Stop by the library and pick up your copy of February's selection!

Friday, January 15, 2022

Truly Madly Deeply

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"Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference." -Alan Rickman 

Favorite screen baddie, Alan Rickman, passed yesterday. Search the AFPLS catalogue to watch your favorites: Professor Snape, the Sherriff of Nottingham, or Hans Gruber. Enjoy his softer side in Sense & Sensibility, A Little Chaos, Love Actually, and more.

Thursday, January 14, 2022

Library closed 18 January

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is closed Monday 18 January for Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Correction - Sundays

Energy Yoga meets on Sundays at 4:30.(The library calendar has the wrong time.)
This class focuses on clearing the body's energy channels with yogic exercises like stretching and vibration. There are also breathing exercises for relaxation.

Tuesday, January 12, 2022

Bowie's books

Add avid reader to the list- Here's David Bowie's Top 100.

'The Collapse of Parenting'

"Are you going to have supper with your daughter tonight or not? Well, she's on a soccer team, and that conflicts with supper, and she's doing computer coding. So you pick her up from school. She goes to computer coding class, and then you grab something from McDonald's on your way to soccer practice. That choice to prioritize activities over time at home with family sends a message that time at home with family is the lowest priority. And that what's really important is impressing people with all the other activities that you're doing. That undermines teaching virtue and character." Read the interview with Dr. Sax in its entirety. Available at AFPL.

Young Artists at Ocee

Image result for art suppliesYoung Artists at Ocee
Saturday 16 January at 2 pm.
These classes are designed to teach the fundamentals of art, including perspective, shading, cartooning and manga, to children and teens. Ages 7-14. Registration is not required. Limit first 20 kids.

Research Databases

Introduction to AFPLS Research Databases
Saturday; January 16. 1-2:30 pm.
Learn how to research AFPLS “A-Z Databases” hands-on! 
Adults only. Laptop users welcome.  First-come, first-served.

The more things change...

in the AFPLS catalogue
"Federalists mistrusted foreigners in general and immigrants in particular, especially of the poor and non-English variety. Alarmed by the numbers of Germans, French, and Irish pouring each year into their cities and towns, Federalist politicians had proposed a ban on anyone born outside the United States holding government office, along with a twenty-dollar naturalization fee for immigrants -- no small amount at a time when an American farmhand might get by on six to twelve dollars a month."

Monday, January 11, 2022

Alice Paul

Today marks the 131th anniversary of Alice Paul's birth. Miss Paul drafted the original version of Equal Rights Amendment, campaigned on both sides of the Atlantic for women's right to vote (19th Amendment), and was a key figure for the inclusion of women in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Hilary Swank portrays Paul in Iron Jawed Angels. Copies are available at AFPL. Search the catalogue for more on the suffragists who rallied alongside Paul.


Image result for david bowie eyesSinger, writer, rebel, artist, father, hero, husband, fashionista, gender-bender, actor... legend- David Bowie passed away Sunday; 2 days after his 69th birthday.
Visit the AFPLS catalogue to remember -or discover- Bowie through bios, CDs, and DVDs.


"There is nothing like staying home for real comfort." -Jane Austen
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Check out materials from the warmth of home
with overdrive and hoopla

Sunday, January 10, 2022

No Need to Wait

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There's no need to wait for the book sale. You can shop our Book Nook (just inside the main door) during library hours.

Children's and paperback books - 50 cents
Softcover - $1
Hardback - $2
(Please pay in either of the 2 black boxes on the end shelves)

Book Sale!

We see you've been clearing out your shelves this winter! Thank you for your donations to Friends of Ocee Library! We're planning a book sale in March. We don't have a date/s just yet, but please check back for updates.

County funds do not cover all Ocee's expenses. Money raised from our book sales help fund library programming (especially summer reading) and buy materials for Ocee library.

A Warm Thank You!

A second carload of coats were taken to North Fulton Community Charities yesterday; just in time for a blast of extra cold weather. Thanks to all of you who donated winter-wear to those in need!

Saturday, January 9, 2022

Looking ahead to College

Here's a preview of all the programs Ocee is offering so you can plan ahead-

TAB (Teen Advisory Board)
Saturdays; January 23. February 20, March 19, April 16, and May 14. 12:00 pm.
Teen Advisory Boards give teen an opportunity to be a voice within their community. Ocee’s TAB meets to discuss program ideas, new books and movies, and other community outreach possibilities. This group counts as Volunteer credit. Ages 12-18

Selecting Colleges that Best Fit Your Goals
Saturday; January 23.  2:30 pm.
You have your criterion. You’ve checked rankings, researched websites, and visited campuses. To make sure you’re making the right decision, consider the college’s perspective. Parents Welcome. Ages 14-18

ACT Mock Exam
Saturdays, January 23, March 19, and May 7. 10 am - 2pm.
For more information or to sign up for any of these mocks, go to /schools/128876 

SAT Mock Exam
Saturdays, February 13 and April 9. 10am - 2pm.
For more information or to sign up for any of these mocks, go to /schools/128876
College Planning - Getting In Starts Earlier Than You Think
Thursday; March 10.  6:30 pm.
Parents Welcome. Ages 12-18

How to Prepare for the SAT/PSAT - With or Without a Prep Course
Thursday; May 12.  6:30 pm.
Parents Welcome. Ages 14-18

Thursday, January 7, 2022

Neil Gaiman

Help keep the barbarians from libraries by signing the petition
Author Gaiman champions British libraries under fire

Get 'Real' at Ocee

Yoga for Real Life

Fridays; January 8, 15, 22, 29 from 10:30-11:30 am.

Lessons in using yogic techniques to deal with life issues. Includes group discussion, relaxation exercises, reflective reading, and meditation in addressing real life issues.  Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Adults.

Tuesday, January 5, 2022

Microsoft Office Made Easy

Saturdays:  Windows - January 9 & 23.  Word - February 20 & March 5.  Excel - April 16 & 30.  PowerPoint - May 14 & 28. 11:00-12:30.

Skilled trainer, Chris Chu (15+ years of experience) will facilitate hands-on workshops.  Visual aids provided.  Optional:  Bring in your wireless laptop if you have Microsoft Office 2010 or newer.  Contact Chris Chu at for more information. Teens and Adults only. 

Library Budget Meeting

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners meets tomorrow morning - Wednesday 6 January - for its annual budget hearing.  If you can't attend the meeting, please contact your Commissioner to let them know how important libraries are to you and your community. Thank them for restoring library hours (and staff) in Spring 2015.

Northern Fulton Co is divided into 2 districts (~along GA400).
Liz Hausmann District 1 (east of GA400) or404-612-8213. e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Bob Ellis District 2 or -mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 404-612-8216.
John Eaves, Chair/Member at Large: ore-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 404-612-8206.

Monday, January 4, 2022

Math/Science - January

Saturday 6 January from 3-4:30 pm
Ages 8-13
Kids learn to code Java and HTML/CSS with Technoacademy

CAST Math Tutoring
Sunday 10, 24, 31 January at 2pm
Ages 5-18
Bring homework questions and get help form a tutor

Game On - January

Chess Club
Wednesday 6 January at 6 pm
Ages 5-13

Atlanta Junior Bridge
Monday 11 and 25 January at 4 pm
Ages 8-18

Wacky (Reluctant) Readers Bookclub

Image result for wackyTuesday 12 January from 4-5 pm
Help your struggling reader practice their reading skills in a welcoming environment while capitalizing on what they do best - socializing. Peer groups will discuss preselected books. Each child is encouraged to bring wireless enabled laptop or tablet with their school access to Bookflix or Tumblebooks. Limited to 20 student grades 1-3.