Thursday, June 30, 2016


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We hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July!
Please note all Atlanta Fulton libraries will be closed Monday the 4th.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Timely Quotes

"We find only the world we look for."  -Henry David Thoreau

"We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are." -Anais Nin

"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning." -Mark Twain

July - Just for Teens

TAB (Teen Advisory Board)
Wednesday July 6. 3:00 pm.
Teen Advisory Boards give teen an opportunity to be a voice within their community. Ages 12-18

Teen Top Chef: Cupcake Wars
Saturday, July 9. 2:00 pm.
Are you an expert at decorating cupcakes? Do you think you're great at mixing unusual flavors? Can you take down the competition? Come compete at Ocee’s first ever Cupcake War. Ages 12-18

Financial Literacy for Teens
Thursday, July 14. 1:30 pm.
Talk about spending and saving money. Teens will learn how to budget for all circumstances

The Dos and Don’ts of College Admission Essays
Thursday, July 21. 6:30 pm.
Parents Welcome.

Chocolate Olympics
Tuesday, July 26. 1:30 pm.
Teens compete in different events to try to win the Gold!

July Book Club

Catch up on reading over the holiday and join in the
Ocee Reads Book Club
Monday July 11. 4:00 pm.
A book club open to all adult library users!
July: The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig
Ask at the check out desk for the novel. It's also available on CD. Count this as one of your 5 Summer Reads and register for a fun summer give-away at the end of July!

Coming Up at Ocee

McGruff the Crime Dog Storytime
Tuesday, June 28. 10:30 am.


Marshmallow Architecture
Tuesday, June 28.  3:00 pm.

Teens build beautiful buildings out of marshmallows and toothpicks and will judged on height, durability, and design. Ages 12-18


EnviroScape Water/Wastewater Treatment STEM Program
Thursday, June 30. 2:00 pm
This interactive demonstration will identify the sources, effects of water pollution and ways to prevent it. A takeaway will be given to every participant. Grades 4 and above. Limit first 25 children. Registration is required. Tickets will be given out 1 hour in advance.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Don't Stop Kissing

Don’t Stop Kissing: A Reading for Orlando
Friday 24 June at 7:15 p.m.
Georgia Center for the Book
(at Decatur County Public Library)
215 Sycamore St.
Poetry Atlanta and Georgia Center for the Book are hosting this special reading of poetry and prose to remember the victims. Collin Kelley will host.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

Transform with Piccadilly Puppets

Butterfly Ballad Puppet Show
Thursday, June 23, 2 pm.
Come follow the journey of the caterpillar with the puppeteers of Piccadilly Puppets as it transforms into a beautiful butterfly.

Art at Ocee

Come along for a professional preschool art lesson! Registration is required for either lesson. Limit for 20 students. Tickets will be given out 1 hour in advance. No younger siblings, please.

Preschool Art Lesson
Tuesday, June 21. 10:30 am. 
Grades Pre-K to 1st

Elementary School Art Lesson
Tuesday, June 21. 11:30 am.
Grades 2 to 5.

Health programs this week

Wed, Jun 22. 10:30-11:30 am. Ethics of Care. An informative session on the role of empathy in hospice care. CEU credit is available. Presented by AmityCare.
Thur. Jun 23. 10:30-11:30 am. Healthy Lifestyles for Cancer Prevention. Learn how to reduce your risk of cancer through healthy diet. Presented by UGA Extension Office. To register, email or call 404-613-7670.
Thur. Jun 23. 5:30-6:30 pm. Quick & Tasty Raw Foods for the Family. Recipes and samples of delicious raw foods. Presented by Natural Foods Chef Carolyn Akens. To register, call the Ocee Library 770-360-8897 or email


June was chosen as Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in 1969. Read about, for, and by LGBT-

10 books for Pride Month

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Parsely, sage, thyme

Ocee would like to thank the Assistant Manager at the State Bridge Home Depot for their donations of pots, soil, and seed for Ocee library's recent program, Herb Gardening 101!

It's not too late to plant outside or grow herbs year round on a sunny spot inside. Learn more about the beauty and benefits of herbs at the library (613, 615, 635 call numbers)! Visit Home Depot for gardening supplies -

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Butterflies at Ocee

If you need to de-stress after this week's events, this origami butterfly project would be a wonderful way to relax and create something beautiful. The butterfly is a symbol of endurance, hope, and life.


Repurposed Books: Adult Craft Program

Saturday, June 18.  2-3:30 pm

Join us as we transform withdrawn books into art projects. Email to register. Adults only.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Controversy and Courage

Image result for m ali“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”  -Muhammad Ali  1948-2016
AFPLS has a collection of materials, including several recent publications, about the life and times of Muhammad Ali.

Why Adult Summer Reading?

  • Model good reading behavior to kids
  • Promote literacy and lifelong learning
  • Encourages advocacy for libraries (adults are the ones who vote for funding and joins Friends)
  • An opportunity to try something different, meet new people, and learn about our community by attending theme programming
  • Shows library services are for a broad range of patrons (beyond parents and kids)

 Ocee’s adult summer reading program doesn’t require online registration and is open to college-age adults to seniors citizens.  If you need incentive, there'll be a raffle! Adults fill out the Adult Summer Reading Bookmark and include 5 titles they have read/listened to. 

This year's theme is health.  Ocee's new adult librarian, Stephanie Galipeau, can help with your selections. She's also lined up some great health themed programs, too! 

Thursday, June 2, 2016


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“Simple, genuine goodness is the best capital to found the business of this life upon. It lasts when fame and money fail, and is the only riches we can take out of this world with us.”  

 - Louisa May Alcott, Little Men, 1871

Ocee closed this afternoon

Ocee Branch is closed as of 3:00 pm today due to facility maintenance issues. The library is scheduled to reopen tomorrow (Friday) at its regular time.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Simon Cowell on kids' books

Simon Cowell wants to write a children's book“I have thought about it, and now I think I’ll do it,” Cowell told Extra. “I’ve had to read a lot of these children’s books and they’re quite boring, I think I could do it better.” Cowell also plans to create a character based on himself - “obviously sort of a hero figure”. 
    Children's author, Philip Ardagh, gave Cowell kudos for reading to his son and suggested he ask a professional librarian for book recommendations. That's good advice for any parent!

    Robert Shaw

    Our friends at the Alpharetta Community Chorus Summer Singers are commemorating the 100th anniversary of Robert Shaw, the award winning conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with a free concert -

    Sunday 5 June at 3 pm
    Alpharetta Presbyterian Church
    180 Academy Street
    For more information about ACC, please visit You'll also find their recent concert recording of Vivaldi's Gloria with chamber orchestra and special guests, The Alpharetta High School Chorale.

    June Yoga and Relaxation Classes

    Yoga for Life
    Fridays; June 3, 10, 17, 24. 10:30-11:30 am.
    Lessons in using yogic techniques to deal with life issues. Adults only.
    Energy Yoga
    Sundays;  June 5, 12, 19, 26. 4:30-5:30 pm.
    Energy Yoga is a combination of stretching, breathing and meditation. Ages 10 and up.
    Tai-Chi  for Relaxation
    Mondays; June 6, 13, 20, 27. 10:00-11:00 am.
    Beginners welcome! Adults only.
    Yoga & Meditation
    Mondays; June 6, 13, 20, 27. 11:00 am-12:00 pm.
    Adults only.

    Bring a yoga mat (or towel) and wear comfortable clothing!

    100 Deadliest Days

    The hundred days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest on the road. This is especially true for teens as crashes involving younger drivers increase during the summer months. Refresh, review, learn something new - an evaluation of the course found that 97% of participants changed at least one driving habit as a result of what they learned.

    AARP Smart Driving Class
    Thursday, June 16. 10:30am-5:00pm
    AARP SmartDriver course for adults and teens 15 and older. AARP guidebook is not required unless you want a certificate. Registration $15 for AARP members with membership card and $20 for non-members.

    Code Camp

    Code Camp
    June 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, and 29.  2:30 pm.
    Teens learn how to code in multiple languages in a fun and fast-paced environment. Limit 20 students. Ages 12-18. Reservation required call 770.360.8897 or email