The Friends of the Ocee Library is a non-profit group whose purpose is to promote general knowledge of library services and to provide financial assistance for special library needs and events.

If you have specific questions about Ocee Library, phone the library at 770-360-8897 or visit http://www.afpls.org/

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

"Papercut"

We'd rather see books re-purposed than thrown away. Here's a clever and useful project from town-n-country living blog. Cookbooks or mysteries are obvious choices or coordinate with decor colors. Recycle a leather belt for a more masculine look.

    

Monday, August 21, 2017

NFCC Mobile Bus

North Fulton Community Charities Mobile Bus
By appointment only. Aug. 23, 30. 10am. - 5pm.
Serving the community and surrounding Fulton County areas of Johns Creek with emergency financial assistance. Apply online for an appointment with www.nfcchelp.org or call 770-640-0399.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Survey Results


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This year's Atlanta Fulton Public Library survey broke participation records with 16000 replies! Visit this link to see the results in a fun easy to read infographic!

Eclipse Viewing Parties

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Ophthalmologist Julie Schallhorn, MD, MS, points out that just a few seconds of sun gazing can lead to solar retinopathy, which can cause permanent vision damage.
Come to the library for special glasses that will allow you to view the eclipse safely.


Monday, August 21. 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Special sun eclipse glasses will be provided (limited supply, first come-first served) to protect your eyes. Watch the partial (95%) solar eclipse starting at 2:30 p.m. Join us for Live Stream of the eclipse. Technology permitting. All ages welcome.
Ocee Branch Library 5090 Abbotts Bridge Rd., Alpharetta 770.360.8897



Monday, August 21, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
All are invited to get a pair of special eclipse-viewing glasses (limited supply, first come-first served) provided by the library to watch the partial (95%) solar eclipse at 2:36 p.m., the time of maximum viewing, with the Librarians. All ages.
Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library 9560 Spruill Rd, Johns Creek 770.360.8820

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Thank you!

Thanks for coming out to shop the Friends Book Sale Saturday! You found some great buys and the money raised supports Ocee library. 

Special thanks to our teen volunteers!

Don't forget you can shop our Book Nook (on the other side of self check-out) anytime during library hours. New books are added weekly.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Book Sale 12 August

Friends of Ocee Library is having a book sale this Saturday ONLY (12 August) from 10 am til 4 pm. Come along and add to your rainy day/cool weather book stash!
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Managing Someone Else’s Money

Millions of Americans are managing money or property for a loved one who is unable to manage bills or make financial decisions. These financial caregivers may be agents under a power of attorney, guardians of property or other fiduciaries. To help financial caregivers in Georgia, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office for Older Americans has created easy-to-understand Managing Someone Else’s Money guides with information and resources specific to Georgia.
Join a free webinar on August 22 to learn more about these guides and how you can help people acting as financial fiduciaries for older adults and adults with disabilities.  Speakers include:
·         Natalie K. Thomas, State Legal Services Developer, Georgia Department of Human Services - Division of Aging Services
·         Becky Kurtz, Director, Atlanta Area Agency on Aging, Atlanta Regional Commission
·         Naomi Karp, Senior Policy Analyst, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office for Older Americans
 If you have any questions or need any additional information please contact Tami Sieckman at tamara.sieckman@cfpb.gov or 202-435-7121.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Tech Time Workshops

Tech Time Workshops:  AFPLS Databases 

Academic Research for High School and College 
August 12. 1:00 pm.
Learn “hands-on” how to use the various business, consumer, and literature digital resources from the library’s A-Z databases.  Adults & students of all experience levels are welcome.  First-come, first-served. Laptop users welcome. 

Personal Finance Workshop
August 23. 5:00 - 6:30 pm.
Hands-on computer workshop with Deborah Mack featuring AFPLS business/finance-related databases.  Adults only ages 18 and up.

Yoga Patricia is back!

Patricia shares that "a silent retreat, followed by two quiet weeks in New Hampshire, has filled me with brighter and clearer energy to share with all of you. The experience has been life-changing and beautiful, and now I am ready to reconnect with my yoga community to give and receive the support we need on our path. Looking forward to seeing you Wednesdays at 10:15 and Sundays at 4:30."
Additionally, Monday classes are offered at 11 am beginning 7 August.

Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to adult patrons only.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

One Day Only!

Come along and stock up for cooler weather!

Friends of the Ocee Library Book Sale
Saturday, August 12 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm 
Childrens and mass market paperbacks  - 50 cents
Trade paperbacks - $1
Hardcover - $2

This week at Ocee

Summer Storytime Tuesday August 1, 8. 10:30 am
Join us for a special summer themed story time.

Chess Club
Wednesday August 2. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Club members will learn strategies, game variations and perhaps have the opportunity to participate in a tournament. Ages 5 and above.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Mobile Visit

North Fulton Community Charities 
Mobile Bus at Ocee LibraryBy appointment only. July 26 from 10am - 5pm.
Serving the community and surrounding Fulton County areas of Johns Creek with emergency financial assistance. Apply online for an appointment with www.nfcchelp.org or call 770-640-0399.

Presto & Zesto

Five years after his passing, a new Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) picture book has been discovered. Presto and Zesto in Limboland is co-authored with long time collaborator Arthur Yorinks. Read The Guardian article to learn more about the friendship that inspired the book. The book will be published next fall.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Take a Hike!

Learn how the landscape shaped authors and their writing. Novel Destinations offers a list (with links) of literary hikes from Britain to New England to California. If travel isn't in your plans, check out the featured authors books or biographies.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Celebrating Sidekicks

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Martin Freeman as Watson
In honor of Dr Watson's birthday, librarians from the New York Public Library share their favorite literary sidekicks. View their picks here and check the AFPLS catalogue for them or for Holmes and Watson.

Teen Advisory Board

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TAB (Teen Advisory Board)
Wednesday July 19. 4:30 pm
Teens from the community get an opportunity to have a voice to help plan for their library. Ocee’s TAB meets to discuss program ideas, new books and movies, and other community outreach possibilities. Ages 12-18.

Ocee Summer Reading Presents UPDATED!

Barry Stewart Mann Monday, July 17. 2 p.m.
Join us for a popular performance with Barry Stewart Mann. Experience storytelling with lively voices, gestures, movement, wordplay, puppetry, props, costume pieces, music, foreign languages with active audience participation. All ages welcome. Sponsored by AFPLS Foundation.


Lee Andrews Monday, July 24. 2:00 p.m.
Join us for an engaging performance with Laugh Factory creator Lee Andrews. Laugh while you experience multiple circus skills, magical effects, puppetry, and audience participation for an exciting journey. All ages welcome. Sponsored by Ocee Friends Group.


 Light It Up with Reading Thursday, July 27. 2:00 p.m.
Teens will write, design, and circuit their own book ! Teens will be immersed into a writing workshop to learn tips and tricks of writing their own short stories. Creativity will create a book cover with LED lights. A reading theatre finalizes the program. Teens ages 13 and above. Limit first 20. Registration required.


Database Workshops

Tech Time Workshops: AFPLS Databases
Financial Literacy College & Scholarship Search July 13. 6 pm
Academic Research for High School & College August 12. 1 pm
Learn “hands-on” how to use the various business, consumer, and literature digital resources from the library’s A-Z databases. Adults & students of all experience levels are welcome. First-come, first-served. Laptop users welcome.

Entrepreneur Workshop
Friday, July 28. 4 pm- 6 pm
Hands-on computer workshop with Deborah Mack, featuring AFPLS entrepreneur and business-related databases. Adults only ages 18 and up.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th!

“The freedom to read is of little consequence when expended on the trivia... Ideas can be dangerous … Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours.” - American Library Association Library Bill of Rights

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Elementary School Coding

Elementary School Coding
Saturday, July 22. 11:00 a.m.
Learn the basics of early childhood coding with professional technical trainers. Parent must remain in the building. Please bring wireless laptop.  Ages 7 to 10 only. Limit first 30. Registration required. Sponsored by Youth Technology Learning Center (YTLC).

Practice ACT & SAT test

Take a free practice test! Ages 13 and above. Registration required. Register at https://www.applerouth.com/schools.php/128876.

ACT Mock Exam
Tuesday, July 18.  10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

SAT Mock Exam
Tuesday, Jul 25. 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.



This Week @ Ocee

All Atlanta-Fulton libraries will be closed for Independence Day - Tuesday 4 July

Chess Club  
Wednesdays, July 5.  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Club members will learn strategies, game variations and perhaps have the opportunity to participate in a tournament. Ages 5 and above.

Ocee Summer Reading Presents: 
Story Teller Deborah Strahorn
Thursday, July 6. 2:00 p.m.

Join us for a lively summer story time with Deborah Strahorn. A story experience that motivates the audience with rhythm, rhyme and repetition to support literacy and help books come alive. All ages welcome. Sponsored by Mayor’s Summer Reading program. 


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Clouds


"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." 
— Maya Angelou

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Summer Dangers

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We couldn't agree more! Summer, especially the 4th of July holiday, can be a dangerous time for pets. House parties with loud noises/fireworks can frighten animals and there's an increased chance for escape with open doors and windows.

  • Make sure your pet had visible ID and a microchip
  • Exercise pets earlier in the day - a tired pet is more relaxed
  • Set up a quiet closed room with their favorite things. A TV or radio playing on low might help distract from noise.

Michael Bond & Bear

Michael Bond, creator of Paddington, passed away this week at age 91. The following is from an earlier interview.

'I was brought up in a household where reading was as natural as eating,' he says in a voice that still retains traces of a Berkshire burr. 'We didn't have a lot of books because we didn't have that much money - my father worked for the Post Office in Reading. But every Friday my mother and I would go to the library with our dog, Binkie, and come back with half-a-dozen books. My mother used to read a book a day and I suppose I got the habit from her.

'I was happy reading, so in that sense I wasn't lonely. I think I've always had that feeling as a writer - I'm never alone. You've got your characters and when you're walking down the street, they're with you in a funny kind of way. For instance, if I bumped into Paddington one day I wouldn't be at all surprised. He feels very real to me, you see.'

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Find Paddington and friends at the library. You'll have to supply marmalade sandwiches.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Thursdays at 2pm

Kaiser Theater Presents:  
Mumferd Learns to Exercise
Thursday, June 29. 2:00 p.m.
Mumferd wants to have a playdate and has everything he thinks he needs: the tv remote, popcorn, his favorite comfy pillow. But he learns to run and play outside. Mumferd discovers that physical activity can be fun, keeps him strong and healthy and is a good way to relax while making friends. Ages 1+ preferred. All ages welcome.

Ocee Summer Reading Presents: 
Story Teller Deborah StrahornThursday, July 6. 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a lively summer story time with Deborah Strahorn. A story experience that motivates the audience with rhythm, rhyme and repetition to support literacy and help books come alive. All ages welcome. Sponsored by Mayor’s Summer Reading program.

Harry's 20!

Please take your seats ... the Hogwarts Express prepares to depart from Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross.
Seven books selling some 450 million copies (including translations into Ancient Greek, Latin, and Welsh) and 8 movies starring a who's who of British actors... not bad for 20 years.

Author JK Rowling tweeted her thanks on the anniversary of the publication of  the first "Harry Potter" book, “20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others. It’s been wonderful. Thank you.”

Try the Guardian's Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test or visit here for a special tribute to Alan Rickman/Professor Snape.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

5 thin dimes

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FoOL's Book Nook is right across from the check out desk. For 50 cents each, you can purchase kids books and regular paperbacks. This is an inexpensive way to have books on hand for grandkids visiting this summer. It's also a worry-free alternative to vacationing with books. New books (soft and hard cover, too) are added weekly! Money raised from sales go towards programming and materials for Ocee.