Monday, November 28, 2021

Letters About Literature Contest

The deadlines for the 2017 Letters About Literature student writing competition are fast approaching! Georgia students have always performed well in the competition. 

Guidelines for submission and Teaching Guide can be found here. 

If you're a Georgia student in grades 4-12 and read for class, a book club, or simply on your own, you're encouraged to Read, Be Inspired, and Write Back!

Thursday, November 24, 2021

Free Concert!


Rather than spending the Thanksgiving weekend at the mall, Upworthy offers 77 great alternatives. Here are some of our favorites:
  • Donate to a charity
  • A book, a blanket, a cuppa, and a window
  • Write letters - actual letters
  • Check out the latest books at Kirkus Reviews.
  • If you must shop, support local businesses (the Mom & Pop kind) or look for socially responsible gifts
  • Take a hike, visit a park

Monday, November 21, 2021

December Holiday Festivities

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Johns Creek's annual Dreidel and Christmas tree lighting ceremony will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Newtown Park, and will feature Santa Claus, his reindeer, and Christmas carols by elementary school choruses.

Alpharetta Tree Lighting takes place December 3 from 5 - 9 pm in Downtown Alpharetta. Tree Lighting at 7. There'll be holiday performances, food trucks, a snow playground, and more!

Sunday, November 20, 2021

End of semester help

CAST Free Math Tutoring         .
Sundays: December 4 & 11.  2-4 pm
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.

Tech Help: Databases
Saturday, December 10.  1-2:30 pm.
Need to research a stock? Want to learn about genealogy? Learn “hands-on” how to use the various business, consumer, and literature digital resources the library offers. Adults & students of all experience levels are welcome.  First-come, first-served. Laptop users welcome.  Dates may be subject to change or cancellation.

Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

The holidays are happy times, but they can be just as stressful. Come to Ocee and relax your mind and body this season.
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Yoga & Meditation
Mondays; December 5, 12. 11:00 am-12:00 pm. 
Beginning yoga and meditation techniques for beginners.  Adults only. 

Yoga for Life
Fridays; December 2, 9, 16. 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.  Wear comfortable clothing. Adults only.


Ring the bells that still can ring 
Forget your perfect offering 
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in. 
Leonard Cohen 1932-2016

Holiday Hours

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Ocee and all other Atlanta Fulton libraries will close at 6 pm Wednesday 23 November for the Thanksgiving holiday. They will remain closed until Saturday. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2021

Library System closed

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will be closed on 
Friday 11 November in honor of Veterans Day.

Monday, November 7, 2021

Why November? Why Tuesday?

"Between 1788 and 1845, states decided their own voting dates. Senate historian Don Ritchie told NPR that strategy resulted in chaos, a "crazy quilt of elections" held all across the country at different times to pick the electors—the white, male property owners who would cast their votes for president on the first Wednesday of December. In 1792, a law was passed mandating that state elections be held within a 34-day period before that day, so most elections took place in November. (Society was mostly agrarian; in November, the harvest was finished but winter hadn’t yet hit, making it the perfect time to vote.)
The glacial pace of presidential elections wasn’t a huge issue in the late 18th and early 19th centuries—communication was slow, so results took weeks to announce anyway—but with the advent of the railroad and telegraph, Congress decided it was time to standardize a date. Monday was out, because it would require people to travel to the polls by buggy on the Sunday Sabbath. Wednesday was also not an option, because it was market day, and farmers wouldn’t be able to make it to the polls. So it was decided that Tuesday would be the day that Americans would vote in elections, and in 1845, Congress passed a law that presidential elections would be held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November."

Friday, November 4, 2021

Record Early Voting in Fulton

Image for the news resultMore than 2,180,000 votes have been cast in Georgia through advance and early voting, breaking the previous record of 2,129,316 in 2008Georgia has more than 6.6 million registered voters.
Fulton County leads the state in ballots cast, with 233,571. That is 65,115 more than DeKalb, coming in second at 168,456. Gwinnett is third, with 144,679, followed by Cobb’s 138,737 and Forsyth’s 65,157.
Polls will be open on Election Day from 7 am to 7 pm. 

Your move!

Chess Club 
Wednesdays: November 9 and December 7. 6:00-7:30 pm.
Club members will learn strategies, game variations and perhaps have the opportunity to participate in a tournament. Ages 5 -13. Registration is not required. Dates may be subject to change or cancellation.


CAST Free Math Tutoring         
Sundays: November 6, November 13.  2:00-4:00 pm
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.

Earth Science Tutoring
Saturday, November 12. 1:00-2:30 pm
Please bring an assignment or a topic you are struggling with. Students will be seen on a first come first served basis. Dates may be subject to change or cancellation.

Tech Help

Tech Help Databases 
Saturday, Nov. 12, 1:00-2:00 pm
Get one-on-one help with any of the library’s digital services. Want to learn how to borrow eBooks or digital magazine? Want to research a stock using ReferenceUSA? How about tips for searching the catalog?

English 101 - ESL

English 101: Intermediate Grammar ESL 
Mondays, 1:00-2:00 pm
Improve your written English skills by learning about common grammar errors. This 4 week series will take place on Nov, 7, 14, 28 and Dec. 5. Space is limited. Call 770-360-8897 or to register for one or all four classes.

ESL Group
Wednesdays; November 9, 16, 23, 30.  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.