Monday, May 30, 2016

New Summer Books

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New York Times book critics have selected their favorite summer releases along with one book they've been saving for summer. Their choices range from comedy to alternate history to badgers, and the devil in Moscow. Click here for the list and summaries.

Sunday, May 29, 2016


All gave some, some gave all.

Ready, Set, Register!

Ocee's Summer Reading Kick-off events will be Thursday 9 June (see previous post). Want to get a head start? Did you know you can register for Summer Reading on-line? You'll find the application at HERE! All ages may sign up. Adults, this is a great opportunity to set an example for the kids in your life.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Library closed Monday

Ocee library as well as all other AFPLS branches will be closed Monday 30 May in observance of Memorial Day.

Empathy & Spirituality at Ocee

Ethics of Care: Focus on Empathy
Thursday, June 2, 1:00-2:00 pm.
Presented by Amitycare, this informative session explores the role that empathy plays in medical ethics and how empathy influences hospice care. Adults only.
Addressing Spiritual Needs of Patients
Wednesday, June 22, 10:30-11:30 am.
This informative session by Amitycare provides tools to improve quality of life by infusing spirituality into care. Adults only.
CEUs are available for Social Workers, Case Managers, and RNs.
Hospice is a philosophy of care that offers spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, and medical support to those facing one of life’s greatest journeys. The goal is not to cure, but to provide comfort and maintain the highest possible quality of life for as long as possible.   

June 1-3 at Ocee

TAB (Teen Advisory Board)
Wednesdays, June 1, 3:00 pm.
Teen Advisory Boards give teen an opportunity to be a voice within their community. Ages 12-18 

ESL Group
Most Wednesdays; 4:00-6:00 pm.Join our group to enhance your conversational ESL techniques for beginner to intermediate English speaking teens and adults. 

Herb Gardening 101
Thursday, June 2, 10:30 am-12:00 pm.
Fulton County Cooperative Extension Service presents a program on growing your own herb garden. Ages 14 and up.

Selecting Colleges that Best Fit Your Goals
Thursday, June 2. 6:30 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

Yoga for Life
Fridays; June 3, 10, 17, 24. 10:30-11:30 am.
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.

Zinio class at NESO

Zinio Free Online Magazines for Atlanta-Fulton Public Libraries patrons allows checkout/ downloads for cover-to-cover editions of 290 of your favorite magazines. There are no limits to the number of issues checked out and you may keep issues indefinitely.


A Zinio training will be held at the NE/Spruill Oaks Library on Friday, June 3, from 1-2:00 pm. Apps are available for all iPhone, iPad, Android, and Kindle HD/HDX devices.  Bring your devices. Teens and Adults welcome! Registration required: Call 770-360-8820 or email

Friday, May 27, 2016

Fulton Co wants your feedback

Fulton County continues its efforts to reach out to constituents about providing the best possible service to our community. This means we are asking residents to participate in an online survey.  The survey is part of a county-wide customer service initiative in conjunction with the Ken Blanchard Companies' Legendary Service Model.


The program seeks to work and train 1,500 front-line employees starting in May 2016.  The data gathered in this survey will capture citizen's perceptions of Fulton County services prior to the start of training efforts. 


The County is seeking information on County services from the constituents who use them.  From the patrons that check out materials at Fulton County libraries to those who request assistance from one of the County's public safety agencies to taxpayers who deal with County staff to fund these activities, residents will evaluate how customer service should be provided by Fulton County.  What do you think about our customer service? Click the link below to take the survey.


Take Fulton County Customer Service Survey  The survey will be followed up with another in 2017 to measure the impact of customer service training.


For more information, visit Fulton County's website at or connect with Fulton County government on Twitter at @FultonInfo or Facebook at @fultoninfo.  

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Battling Dragons

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“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”  — Neil Gaiman

Pay your rent at Ocee

Friends of Ocee Library is always in need of volunteers. If you can give your time, please let us know by dropping your contact information in the money box at our Book Nook.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Summer Reading Kick-off 9 June!

This year's summer reading themes are wellness, fitness, and sports. Ocee covers all 3 in their Summer Reading Kick-off! All ages are welcome. Make plans to spend the afternoon!

Mobile Dairy Classroom

Thursday, June 9.  1 p.m.
The Mobile Dairy Classroom is an outdoor dynamic and fun educational program operated by the Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk. The 30 ft. Mobile Dairy Classroom features a fully operational parlor containing live cow demonstrations for milking and feeding. 

Big Thinkers Science
Thursday, June 9.  2 p.m.
Phenomenal Physics; it’s all about movement! Join Big Thinkers in acting like Sir Isaac Newton and exploring the laws of motion in this action packed show!

Family Fitness Hour with JustFitness4U
Thursday, June 9.  3 p.m.
Come along for a family fitness hour of with professional trainers from JustFitness4U in Johns Creek. Weather permitting the event will be outside.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

"The Reading Group"

[Cover]Here's a brief description of 6 June's Ocee Reads selection: 'Each chapter opens with the group's reading pick and uses it to frame the chapter, mirroring the plot and character development along a particular theme. Fast paced and funny, this is women's fiction worth staying up past your bedtime for. Noble's portrayal of each character remains steady throughout, and readers will readily relate to these women.'(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC

Ocee (Summer) Reads Book Club

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Ocee Reads meets the following Mondays at 4 pm! Ask for the books at the check-out desk. Adults.

Jun 6: The Reading Group by  Elizabeth Noble
Jul 11: The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig
Aug 1: A Long Time Gone by Karen White

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Finishing out the Month at Ocee

Energy Yoga
Sundays;  May 22, 29. 4:30 pm.  Open to ages 10 and up.
Tai-Chi  for Relaxation
Monday May 23. 10:00 a.m. Adults.
Yoga & Meditation
Monday May 23. 11:00 am. Adults only. 
ESL Group
Wednesday 25 May. 4-6 pm.
Join our group to enhance your conversational ESL techniques for beginner to intermediate English speaking teens and adults.
Yoga for Life
Friday May 27. 10:30-11:30 am. Adults only.
Atlanta Junior Bridge
Monday May 23 and 30. 4:00 pm. Ages 8 - 18.
Microsoft Office Made Easy
Saturday:  PowerPoint – May 28. 11-12:30
Contact Chris Chu at for more information. Teens and adults only. 
North Fulton Community Charities Mobile Outreach Bus
Appointments only. Wednesday May 25. 10 am - 4 pm.
Provides emergency assistance. For more information or to apply online visit the website at or call 770-640-0399 (ext. 463).
Story Time for Babies
Tuesday 24 May. 10:30 am. Ages 0-2.
Story Time with Friends
Tuesday 24 May. 11:30 am. Ages 2-5.

Bill Gates 5 Books for Summer

Gates' 2016 summer reading list is loaded with math and science. Click on links for a synopsis(aka: GatesNotes)-
Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson
How Not to be Wrong, by Jordan Ellenberg
The Vital Question, by Nick Lane
The Power to Compete, by Ryoichi Mikitani and Hiroshi Mikitani
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Noah Yuval Harari

7 Lifestyle Habits of Incredibly Healthy People

Thursday, June 9th 4:30-5:30 pm
7 Lifestyle Habits of Incredibly
Healthy People with Dr. Joe Esposito
Join syndicated radio host and award-winning author, Dr. Joe as he provides an informative session on healthy lifestyle habits. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Joe Esposito, DC, is an energetic and authoritative speaker on wellness and peak performance. Featured presenter of Summer Reading Program: Exercise Your Mind