Tuesday, March 29, 2016

SAT Practice

SAT Mock Exam
Saturdays, April 9. 10am – 2pm.
For more information or to sign up for this mock, go to www.applerouth.com /schools/128876

This week at Ocee

Story Time for Babies
Tuesday March 29. 10:30 am.
Join us as we invite friends from the community for Storytime. Ages 0-2. 

Story Time with Friends
Tuesdays, March 29. 11:30 am.
Join us as we invite friends from the community for Storytime. Ages 2-5.

Yoga for Life
Fridays; April 1. 10:30-11:30 am. Adults.

Young Artists at Ocee
Saturday April 2. 2:00 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

Saturday April 2 and 30. 3-4:30 pm.
Kids learn to code Java and HTML/CSS programming languages with Technocademy (www.technocademy.org)! Ages 8 - 13.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Hunt

Can you find the 100 most commonly used English words? You have 12 minutes! Sporcle has more quizzes, trivia, and brain games.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Library Closed

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The AFPLS will be closed Sunday 27 March for Easter.


"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world." — Fred Rogers

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

On poetry

"UNESCO recognizes in poetry its value as a symbol of the human spirit’s creativity. By giving form and words to that which has none – such as the unfathomable beauty that surrounds us, the immense suffering and misery of the world – poetry contributes to the expansion of our common humanity, helping to increase its strength, solidarity and self-awareness."     Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

World Poetry Day

The Independent brings us 28 of poetry's most powerful lines for World Poetry Day.

Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, / Or bends with the remover to remove: / O no; it is an ever-fixed mark, / That looks on tempests, and is never shake 'Sonnet 116', William Shakespeare

She had blue skin,/ and so did he./ He kept it hid/ and so did she./ They looked for blue/ their whole life through./ Then passed right by--/ and never knew 
'Masks', Shel Silverstein

You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye / Who cheer when soldier lads march by, / Sneak home and pray you'll never know / The hell where youth and laughter go
'Suicide in the Trenches', Siegfried Sassoon

Monday, March 21, 2016


(Newser) – If you've been ignoring Amazon's prodding to update your Kindle, you may want to start paying attention. As Quartz reports, any Kindle purchased before 2012 must be updated by Tuesday, March 22, in order to continue being able to connect to the Internet. If you miss the deadline, you'll lose access to books you've purchased and stored in Amazon's cloud, the ability to download new books, and more. You can still update after Tuesday, but the process is "more cumbersome," Quartz notes. Complete instructions and a list of impacted devices here.

Ocee Program Highlights

Ocee Book Madness
through Friday March 25. All Ages.
In the spirit of March Madness, come in and vote for your favorite book! 

Storytime presented by Kaiser Permanente
What's in that Lunch, Anyway?
Tuesday March 22. 10:30 am. Preschoolers.

North Fulton Community Charities Mobile Outreach Bus
Appointments only.  March 23. 10 am - 4 pm.
Provides emergency assistance via the NFCC mobile unit, particularly for families with transportation challenges. For more information or to apply online visit the website at www.nfcchelp.org or call 770-640-0399 (ext. 463)

Naturalization Workshop
Thursday March 24. 6:30-7:45 pm
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.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

In Pieces

Related imageToday is National Quilt Day! Who hasn't enjoyed wrapping up in a quilt? All the better if it's been lovingly passed down through your family. 

Search the AFPLS catalogue "quilts" and you'll find history, children's books, and quilt inspired fiction. For creative types, there's a great selection of how-to and pattern books from traditional to modern to art quilts for beginner to experienced stitchers. Start small by piecing a pillow or a book bag. It's OK just to look at these beautiful works of heart, too.


Image result for springSunday is the first day of Spring! With the warmer weather and longer daylight hours, why not enjoy Ocee's outdoor spaces? We have a couple of tables on the patio - perfect for
study groups. Stretch your legs or rest your eyes on the nature trail. Benches make for a quiet reading spot.

New Director for AFPLS!

At its March 16 meeting, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners confirmed the appointment of Dr. Gabriel Morley as Director of the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System, effective April 20.

"This is an exciting time for the library system in Fulton County," said County Commission Chairman John Eaves.  "Seven new libraries have opened and an eighth will be completed this year.  Nearly two dozen other libraries will be renovated.  I have long said libraries are one of the most popular and valuable resources we provide.  With Dr. Morley at the helm, we will open a new chapter on the future for every one of our residents, young and old."  

Sunday, March 13, 2016

This week at Ocee

Music for Babies with Miss Gail
Tuesday March 15. 10:30. Ages 0-2.

Wacky (Reluctant) Readers Bookclub
Tuesday March 15. 4-5 pm.

ACT Mock Exam
Saturday March 19. 10 am – 2pm.
For more information or to sign up for any of these mocks, go to ww.applerouth.com /schools/128876

Introduction to AFPLS Research Databases
Saturday; March 19. 1-2:30 pm.
Learn how to research AFPLS “A-Z Dabases” hands-on! Adults only. Laptop users welcome.  First-come, first-served.

Young Artists at Ocee
Saturday March 19. 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.

A word about…

book donations. Ocee Friends couldn't raise funds without your donations of gently used books. Thank you! However, if you have books that are soiled, missing pages/covers, or are outdated (ie: technical manuals, travel guides) we ask that you please take them to Webb Bridge Middle School Recycling Club’s bins. The school is just over a mile from Ocee library.

Mold is a health hazard. You don’t want it in your house and no one else does either! Carefully seal moldy or mildewed books in a plastic bag and put them in your trash.

"Tigger Brain"

Book blogger, Kate Scott, has "Tigger brain". While she'd love to read everything, her ADD/ADHA makes it a challenge. Here are her 7 tips:
  • Listen to audiobooks
  • Have several books going at once                                                                                           (one is a daily meditation/devotional to start the day)
  • Skip ebooks - stick to paper
  • Look for books with short chapters
  • Find books with illustrations
  • Set daily reading goals
  • Accept you limitations - and celebrate your victories!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Spring Book Sale

The Friends of Ocee Library Book Sale is scheduled for Friday 22 and Saturday 23 April! Please check back for times. Take advantage of our sale to stock up for summer reading!
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Harriet, Jo, or Alice?

Bustle visits 15 literary heroines we wanted to be. They're brave, smart, curious, and independent. Which ones caught your imagination when you were young? Several of us Friends are fans of #11. WWNDD?

Check the AFPLS catalogue to revisit them - or share them with the young women in your life.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Library Director Finalist

The position of AFPLS Library director has been vacant for several years. 'The Fulton County Board of Commissioners has accepted the recommendation of the Library Board of Trustees in naming a finalist for the Director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

Dr. Gabriel Morley was named as the sole finalist for this position. He currently serves as the Director of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and has also held library leadership positions in Tennessee and Mississippi. Dr. Morley holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education, a Master of Library Science, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi.' 

Pat Conroy

Atlanta native and adopted son of South Carolina, Pat Conroy, died yesterday at age 70. Conroy authored Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, The Beach, and other best-sellers. The author revealed his pancreatic cancer diagnosis just last month.

'The water is wide and he has now passed over,' said his wife, Cassandra.

Friday, March 4, 2016

The Horror of Adverbs

Image result for stephen kingAdverbs are those modifiers that typically end in -ly. It turns out that horror writer Stephen King isn't a fan. Find out why King believes the road to hell is paved with adverbs in an excerpt from his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. If you'd like to read more of On Writing, AFPLS has a copy.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Save lives

March forth towards correct grammar.

National Grammar Day is the fourth of March.

Check the AFPLS catalogue for books on writing style and grammar. You may find a few at the Book Nook, too.