Tuesday, September 27, 2016


“Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.” 
 — Stephen Chbosky

“Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.”   
—Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”   
― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

Monday, September 26, 2016

Book Donations

Friends of Ocee Library appreciate your book donations! 

When donating, please don't pass along items you wouldn't want to receive, such as:
  • Moldy, mildewed, water damaged, or bug-infested materials
  • Books with torn, missing pages or covers
  • Materials that are out of date (technical/reference manuals)
Please recycle the above materials. If you don't have curbside recycling, Webb Bridge Middle School has bins you can use.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Back to Life

 This battered dictionary was received by Tokyo craftsman Okano from an old customer who had no use for it.
Okano removes the binding, reinforces the pages, irons the crumpled corners, files the edges, and crafted new leather cover. The book repairman's daughter is heading off to college. He wanted to offer her the gift of a lifetime. The gift of knowledge.


It's a Mystery!

the new Agatha Christie stamps.
Britain's Royal Mail has released stamps to commemorate the 126th birthday of mystery writer Agatha Christie. It also marks the 100th anniversary of her first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Secret messages are hidden in the stamps!

SAT/ACT Practice Tests

ACT Mock Exam
Saturday, October 1. 10:30 am.

SAT Mock Exam
Saturday, October 29.  10:30 am.

Take a practice test! Ages 14-18. Registration required. Register at https://www.applerouth.com/schools.php/128876. 
Dates may be subject to change or cancellation.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Birthday and 1st Day of Fall

“When fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”  Salem’s Lot, 1975

“When all else fails, give up and go to the library.” 
11/22/63, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Stand Up

Celebrate the Freedom to Read 25 September - 1 October
Hundreds of books are challenged or banned from schools and libraries each year. Often times gender, cultural, religion, physical or mental  disabilities are at issue. Banned Books Week 2016 celebrates diversity. The following links lead to 2015's challenged books and banned books that shaped America.

Sunday, September 18, 2016


ESL Group
Wednesdays; September 21, 28. 4:00-6:00 pm.
Join our group to enhance your conversational English as a Second Language techniques for beginner to intermediate English speakers.  First come, first served.  No advanced registration is necessary. Free and open to the public. Ages 18 and up.  No textbooks needed. Dates may be subject to change or cancellation.

Math Tutoring

CAST Free Math Tutoring         .
Sundays: September 18, 25. 2:00-4:00p.m
Tutors will provide math instruction  for children in grades K-12th Please bring an assignment or a topic you are struggling with.  Students will be seen on a first come  first served basis.  Registration is not required.  Dates may be subject to change or cancellation.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Happy 100th, Roald Dahl

“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books.”
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 1964
Adults may enjoy -
Love from Boy: Roald Dahl's letters to his mother 
The irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British spy ring in wartime Washington
Over to you: ten stories of flyers and flying
Roald Dahl's Book of ghost stories

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

New words

The Oxford English Dictionary has about 200 new words. BBC has picked 10 for their quiz. Can you correctly identify their definitions?

Monday, September 12, 2016

Book Launch & Craft Party!

Saturday 17 September at 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Come along to celebrate the launch of Screen Free Crafts Kids Will Love! The party will include free crafts for kids, snacks, a book signing and meet and greet with author, Lynn Lilly and the Craft Box Girls Team.

The party is free to attend!

Pre-Sale Book Price of $12, we urge you to reserve beforehand because we will have limited copies at the event! Buy Book: https://craftboxgirls.com/collections/all/products/book-party-book-pre-reservation-atlanta-birmingham

*20% of pre-sales and sales at the event will be donated to Friends of Ocee Library! 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Mama Llama

Llama Llama Red PajamaAnna Dewdney, author of the Llama Llama children's series, passed yesterday of brain cancer. She was 50. 

“When we read with a child, we are doing so much more than teaching him to read or instilling in her a love of language. We are doing something that I believe is just as powerful, and it is something that we are losing as a culture: by reading with a child, we are teaching that child to be human.”

Dewdney requested that in lieu of a funeral service, people read to a child instead.

Book Sale Thanks!

Image result for book thank youThanks to all our book sale shoppers! We hope you'll enjoy your purchases through the cooler months to come. The money Ocee Friends raises helps buy programming and books for the library. BIG thanks to our volunteers!

Sign up x2!

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! 
Encourage your friends & family to sign up for library card today.

Also, join us for a special craft program. Design your own library tote bag to carry all those books, CDs, and DVDs that you can check out from Ocee. All ages welcome. Wednesday 14 Sept. Stop by any time between 5:30-7:30 pm. To reserve your spot, call the library at 770-360-8897. (Scroll down to the "Decorate" post for photos)