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/

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Harp & Flute Performance


Aster Duo
Sunday, December 17 from 4-5:30 pm.
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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principals Christina Smith (flute) and Elisabeth Remy Johnson (harp) will present a family-friendly program of flute and harp music, along with discussion of the musical selections and their instruments. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Happy Hanukkah!

Photo credits: Flash90Learn more about Hanukkah or visit the library. Ocee has over 50 children's titles about Hanukkah for you to enjoy during the 8 day "Festival of Lights". You can also find kosher and holiday recipe books!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Family Holiday Traditions

Take a look over these family Christmas traditions that aim for quality over quantity! Books, charity, food, and experiences are the common thread. Which ones will you adopt for your family and friends? 

(PS: AFPLS can help with 'experiences'. You can check out free passesto Georgia State Parks and Atlanta Zoo. Ask at the circulation desk.)

“This is how we do presents: Something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read and then Santa’s gift (something special).” ― Christine Simpson

“We try to do presents that are all experiences and spending time together. We do get a few extra presents that my son wants. We give books about what experiences we are doing. We always give as a present one ornament for our tree, which my son will get when he goes off and has his own. We always pick a charity in giving back and donate to them. We make cinnamon rolls, which my son loves. They are a treat during the holidays.” ― Kathy Fulham    read more 

Free Gift Idea

"Hey, great idea: if you have kids, give your partner reading vouchers next Christmas. Each voucher entitles the bearer to two hours’ reading time while the kids are awake. It might look like a cheapskate present, but parents will appreciate that it costs more in real terms than a Lamborghini.” Nick Hornby, The Polysyllabic Spree

Need Presents?

Image result for book giftLooking for Christmas gifts, books or magazines for your holiday guest room, or children's books to to keep the kids busy over the winter break? Browse the Friends of Ocee Library Book Nook (in front of the self check out). We often get books in like new condition. Our prices will help stretch your budget as well - hardbacks: $2, soft cover: $1. Children/small paperbacks: 50 cents. Money raised at the Nook are used to fund library programs and materials, so your gift gives twice!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Library Closing

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Libraries remain closed today due to icy conditions. They are scheduled to open Sunday. Visit the AFPLS website to manage your account or download materials. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

"Silver and Gold"

Caught up in the commercialization of the season? Signature has a list of book quotes to ponder. Here's a couple:

Janet Evanovich, Visions of Sugar Plums, 2002
“Everyone wants a Christmas tree. If you had a Christmas tree Santa would bring you stuff! Like hair curlers and slut shoes.”


Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary, 1996
“Ugh. Would that Christmas could just be, without presents. It is just so stupid, everyone exhausting themselves, miserably haemorrhaging money on pointless items nobody wants: no longer tokens of love but angst-ridden solutions to problems…


Early Closing TODAY

Libraries in the AFPL system will close at 1:00 today due to the weather. If you must be out on the roads, be safe.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Speak Up!

Mental Floss reports, "if you're trying to commit something to memory, you shouldn't just read the same flashcard over and over. You should read it aloud, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

The research, published in the journal Memory, finds that the act of reading and speaking text aloud is a more effective way to remember information than reading it silently or just hearing it read aloud. The dual effect of both speaking and hearing helps encode the memory more strongly, the study reports. The new research builds on previous work on the so-called production effect by Waterloo psychologist Colin MacLeod, who is also one of the current paper's authors. "

This week at Ocee

12/5/2017 10:00 AM Story Time for Babies
12/5/2017 10:30 AM Story Time for Preschool
12/6/2017 10:30 AM AARP SMART Drivers Safety Program
12/9/2017 10:30 AM SAT Mock Exam

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Consolation - Wisława Szymborska

Darwin.
They say he read novels to relax,
But only certain kinds:
nothing that ended unhappily.
If he happened on something like that,
enraged, he flung the book into the fire.
True or not,
I’m ready to believe it.
Scanning in his mind so many times and places,
he’d had enough with dying species,
the triumphs of the strong over the weak,
the endless struggle to survive,
all doomed sooner or later.
He’d earned the right to happy endings,
at least in fiction
with its micro-scales.
Hence the indispensable
silver lining,
the lovers reunited, the families reconciled,
the doubts dispelled, fidelity rewarded,
fortunes regained, treasures uncovered,
stiff-necked neighbors mending their ways,
good names restored, greed daunted,
old maids married off to worthy parsons,
troublemakers banished to other hemispheres,
forgers of documents tossed down the stairs,
seducers scurrying to the altar,
orphans sheltered, widows comforted,
pride humbled, wounds healed,
prodigal sons summoned home,
cups of sorrow thrown into the ocean,
hankies drenched with tears of reconciliation,
general merriment and celebration,
and the dog Fido,
gone astray in the first chapter,
turns up barking gladly
in the last.

Georgia Gives


Georgia Gives Day is an online giving platform for Georgia non-profits. Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving back. Show your love for the library with your tax deductible donation! Or give of your time by volunteering!

Early Voting Starts Next Week at Ocee


Fulton County will open 18 early voting sites for the Municipal General and Special Runoff Elections. Early voting polls will be open November 27, 2017 through December 1, 2017 from 8:30 am – 7:00 pm. To see the list of early voting locations Click Here .

 Visit www.fultonelections.com or call 404-612-7020 for more information.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

National Book Awards

Actress Cynthia Nixon emceed the 68th National Book Awards ceremony. “For many of us, books provide a welcome escape into another world.” Literature can also, she said, provide “broadened perspective.” “They expose us to an experience we couldn’t imagine on our own. Books matter.”

Young People’s Literature
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Poetry
Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart

Nonfiction
The Future Is History: 
How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen

Fiction
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

$ Smart, Art, H2O at Ocee This Week

Money Smart Kids – Understanding Credit
Tuesday, November 21. 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm.
We’re always looking for extra cash and credit cards can easily seem like the best option for teenagers. Join us as we teach wise credit decisions, choosing a credit card, your credit score, and the importance of understanding how spending today will affect you in the future. Aimed at middle and high schoolers. Sponsored by UGA Extension – Fulton County.

small, Small World Preschool Art
Tuesday November 21. 10:30 a.  – 11:30 am.
small, Small World. small, Small World is a multi-sensory learning experience for children ages 2 to 4 and their caregivers. Each session participants will embark on a 40-minute journey to far-off locales where they learn about children around the world through music, movement, art, and literature. A free program funded by the City of Johns Creek. Advance registration required. Class size is limited to 12 participants. Register online at www.johnscreekarts.org. 

Johns Creek Environmental Campus
Wednesday, November 22. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Come visit the library and learn all about what happens to water before and after you use it. See the journey it takes to get all cleaned up. Find out where all the water goes once it's all cleaned up. Presented by David Horton. Sponsored by the City of Johns Creek.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Yoga Schedule Update

Sundays at 4:30
Class will be held on Nov 19 and will resume there after the election on December 10. No class the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Wednesdays at 10:15
Classes continue except for November 22 and December 6.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Please note holiday hours for the AFPL system.

November 22 Wednesday - library closes at 6 pm 
November 23 Thursday Thanksgiving - Closed 
November 24 Friday - Closed 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Take care of Yourself

Signature recommends 15 books for self-care-
The cover of the book Silence     The cover of the book The Power of Meaning    The cover of the book Stress-Proof
The cover of the book Yoga Body, Buddha Mind    The cover of the book Start Where You Are    The cover of the book Surprise Yourself

12-18 November Programs

Energy Yoga
Sundays:  November 12. 19. 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm.
Wednesday: November 15. 10:15 a.m.
Introduces basic yoga and meditation techniques for beginners. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to adult patrons only.

Music for Preschool
Tuesday: November 14. 10:30 am – 11:30 am.
Preschoolers and their parents are invited to attend entertaining and educational programs. Learn how music teaches your child early literacy skills, improves motor function and deepens the bond between preschooler and parent.

Legacy Audiobook Club
Tuesday  November 14. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
An audiobook club open to the adult and senior community! This trailblazing book club doesn’t just read, we listen!  Join us for thoughtful discussion about books that inspire us, inform us, and connect us to each other! Free and open to the public. Ages 18 and up. For information call 770-360-8897.

Database Crash Course with Mr. Johnson 
Thursday, November 16. 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
A topical crash course featuring AFPLS databases with Ocee’s Adult Services Librarian, Mr. Ryland Johnson. Learn how to navigate EBSCO Databases for research. Great for high school students, college students, and professionals! Adults & students of all experience levels are welcome. First-come, first-served. Laptop users welcome. Adults only ages 17 and up. Adult Reference Area.

Declawing Test-Anxiety: 
Put the Tiger to Bed with Proven Success Strategies
Saturday, November 18. 10:30 am — 11:30 am. 
Explore potential confounding factors such as processing speed deficits and learning differences, familial expectations, generalized anxiety disorders, metacognition, and self-regulation strategies. Help your students take the edge off of high-stakes testing. Teens ages 13+ and parents. No registration required.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Hairy Pawtter


What a creative & informative way to help find forever homes for their shelter cats & dogs!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Look to the Stars

Try looking to the stars for your next book. Whether or not you believe in astrology, Bustle looks to the zodiac to help you find what authors you should read. 
        

Bless Your Warm Hearts!

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Thank-you to everyone who donated coats at Ocee library for North Fulton Community Charities! A car trunk full of cosy warm winter wear was delivered to NFCC for their Warm Coat Day this Saturday.

Ocee Programming

Yoga & Meditation
Mondays:  November 6, 13. 11 am – 12 pm 
Introduces basic yoga and meditation techniques for beginners. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to adult patrons only.

Movies on the Big Screen: The Boss Baby
Tuesday, November 7. 10:30 am
A hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. 

Chess Club  
Wednesdays:  November 8. 6 pm. – 7pm.
Club members will learn strategies, game variations and perhaps have the opportunity to participate in a tournament. Ages 5 and above.

Libraries Closed for Veterans Day

All branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will be closed in observance of Veterans Day on Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11, 2017.   

You can renew your books online by visiting afpls.org or downloading the AFPLS app in app store (iOS only, at this time). 
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Monday, October 30, 2017

Coat Drive

Brrrr! Imagine this morning without a warm coat or clothes. Friends of Ocee Library is collecting coats for North Fulton Community Charities Warm Coat Day. Please consider donating your gently used coats and winter-wear to keep someone else warm this winter.
You'll find a donation box in the lobby until Thursday 2 November. 

Show Your Love

The library gives to our community everyday. You have the opportunity to give back to the library via Friends of Ocee Library and
Georgia Gives Day is an online giving platform for Georgia non-profits. Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving back the Tuesday after Thanksgiving 28 November. Show your love for the library with your tax deductible donation!

Women Horror Writers

It began will Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 200 years ago. Mental Floss recommends these modern women horror writers just in time for Halloween! Read more about these talented authors and then check the library for their novels. And leave the lights on!

What's on

Teen Java Coding
Wednesday November 1.  6pm. – 7pm.
Learn basics of Java, including basic programming, conditions, “loops”, and arrays. Java is an essential and popular programming language used to make mobile applications in Android. Laptops welcome. Grades 6 and above. No younger siblings please. Registration required. Limit first 30. Register at Patron Services desk or call 770-360-8897.


English as a Second Language 
(ESL) Group Classes
Thursdays: November 2, 9, 16. 4pm. - 6pm.
Group classes in conversational English as a Second Language (ESL) 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.


Young Artists 
Saturdays:November 4, 18. 4pm. – 5:30 pm.
Learn the basic techniques of drawing, painting, elements of art, principles of design, and cartoon/anime’ drawing.

Early Voting at Ocee

In preparation of Election Day, Tuesday, November 7, 2017 the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections urges residents to visit www.mvp.sos.ga.gov  to verity their polling place before heading out to vote. On Election Day, residents must vote at their assigned polling place.

Early voting continues until Friday, November 3, 2017. Fulton has 22 Early Voting Locations throughout the county. Registered voters can vote at either of the locations that are open until 7:00 p.m. Visit Fultonelections.com to learn more.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

50 Ghost Stories



An old photograph of the Tombigbee River.Mental Floss presents the spookiest ghost stories for each state. We'll start you out with Georgia. When the Army Corps of Engineers flooded the foothills of the North Georgia mountains to create Lake Lanier in the 1950s, 59 square miles of farmland, homes, and businesses disappeared beneath the water. In the process, the federal government relocated more than 250 families—along with 20 cemeteries and all their corpses... read more!

Make Us SMILE!

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Friends of Ocee Library is now participating the AmazonSmile - a shopping rewards program to benefit charities. When you sign up and shop, Amazon will donate .05% percent of your order total to your favorite non-profit (Friends of Ocee Library, please!). There is no cost to shoppers. Money raised from the Book Nook and the smile program helps fund library programs and buy materials.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fall Fest Fun at Ocee

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Presents a Fun Fall Festival
Saturday, October 28. 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Join us for a fun afternoon featuring a movie starting at 3pm, games, and apple fun! Courtesy of Ocee Friends. 

Warm Coats, Warm Hearts

Friends of Ocee Library is collecting winter wear for  
Annual Warm Coat Drive 
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Please donate your gently worn coats, hats, gloves, scarves by November 2.
All sizes are needed! You'll find a donation box in the foyer.

Thank-you for your warm kindness!

Information Self Defense

Information Self-Defense:
How to Spot Fake News & Conduct Research Online
Thursday, October 26. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
A topical crash course featuring AFPLS databases with Ocee’s Adult Services Librarian, Ryland Johnson. Learn simple techniques to evaluate the quality of online information. First-come, first-served. Laptop users welcome. Ages 17 & up. Adult Reference area.

In a related article, researchers explain why constantly checking social media can harm your mental health. They also include ways to cope. It's no surprise, the library plays a part!
“A proactive way to dispense these thoughts is by funneling these emotions into action, whether that’s reading a book, meditating, joining a volunteer group or donating to an organization of your choice. Shifting the focus on the positive will ultimately morph your thinking.”

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Make a New Friend!

National Friends of Libraries Week 2017
The Atlanta Fulton Public Library System has 23 Friends groups who volunteer their time to raise funds for their branch library primarily though memberships and book sales. Please visit Friends of Ocee Library's Book Nook. All profits from sales help fund programs and buy materials for Ocee!

Programs at Ocee

small, Small World Preschool Art
Tuesday  October 17. 10:30 a.m.  – 11:30 a.m.
small, Small World. small, Small World is a multi-sensory learning experience for children ages 2 to 4 and their caregivers. Each session participants will embark on a 40-minute journey to far-off locales where they learn about children around the world through music, movement, art, and literature. A free program funded by the City of Johns Creek. Advance registration required. Class size is limited to 12 participants. Register online at www.johnscreekarts.org. 

Legacy Audiobook Club
Tuesday October 17. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
An audiobook club open to the adult and senior community! This trailblazing book club doesn’t just read, we listen!  Join us for thoughtful discussion about books that inspire us, inform us, and connect us to each other! Free and open to the public. Ages 18 and up. For information call 770-360-8897.

Teen Java Coding
Wednesday October 18.  6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Learn basics of Java, including basic programming, conditions, “loops”, and arrays. Java is an essential and popular programming language used to make mobile applications in Android. Java is often an easy language to learn. Laptops welcome. Grades 6 and above. No younger siblings please. Registration required. Limit first 30. Register at Patron Services desk or call 770-360-8897

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Voting

Early voting begins at 
Ocee, Alpharetta, Milton, Roswell, East Roswell, and Sandy Springs libraries 
Monday 16 October - Friday 3 November
from 8:30 am to 7 pm

weekend voting 
28 October  from 8:30 am - 7 pm 
and Sunday 29 October from Noon -5 pm

3 Clues

First name Dewey, last name Decimal. See if your love of books makes you the perfect librarian! See if you can name these books by just 3 clues. Take the quiz here. The selections make for a great reading list, too!

This week at Ocee

Adult Java Coding
Wednesdays:  October 11, 25, November 15. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Learn the basics of Java: basic programming, conditions, “loops,” and arrays. Java is easy to learn, and is an essential and popular programming language used to make mobile applications in Android. Laptops welcome. Adults ages 17 and above. Registration required. Limit first 30. Register at Patron Services desk or call 770-360-8897

ACT Mock Exam
Saturday, October 14. 10:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Take a practice ACT test! Register at https://www.applerouth.com/schools.php/128876. Registration required. Ages 14-18. 

SCORE -- Start Your Own Business – 
A Special Business – Information Session   
Saturday, October 14.  3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
A professional SCORE mentor will show you what you need to start your own business. In 2016, SCORE mentors helped clients start 54,072 businesses. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. All ages from teens to adults.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Grace

"For most of my life I have thought of grace as a hope of a bright tomorrow in spite of the darkness of today...Grace surrounds us, whirls about us like the wind, falls on us like rain. Grace sustains us on our journeys, no matter how perilous they may be and, make no mistake, they are all perilous. We need not hope for grace, we merely need to open our eyes to its abundance. Grace is all around us, not just in the hopeful future but in the miracle of now." ―Richard Paul Evans

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Banned Books Lists

Find the American Library Association's 2016 banned books top 10 here.

Vogue recommends 5 banned titles to help understand current events.

BOOKGLOW has selected 30 quotes from classic banned books. 
   


Banned Books Week talking points

  • Yes, books are still banned. Five of the 10 titles on the Top Ten list were removed from the location where the challenge took place. On average, OIF finds that 10% of challenges result in the removal of the book.
  • The First Amendment guarantees all of us the freedom to read. The Library Bill of Rights, a foundational document of the library profession, states libraries should challenge censorship and present all points of view, for the enlightenment of all people.
  • For the first time in Top Ten history, a book was challenged solely because of its author. Bill Cosby’s Little Bill series was challenged because of sexual allegations against the author.
  • Challenges continue to target LGBT material, and there is a rise in “sexually explicit” as a challenge category. The rise in sexually explicit challenges suggests that parents are transitioning from “helicopter parents” to “Velcro parents.”
  • The Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles the Top Ten list by documenting public challenges (challenges that are reported in the media), as well as censorship reports submitted through the office’s reporting form, in our database.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Why We Read

Barn’s burnt down-
Now
I can see the moon.
                                      - Elizabeth Alexander

Lorraine Berry says if hell exists, for her, it's a place without books. Books have provided her the chance to live others' lives, become a better global citizen, and helped her cope with loss. The biggest gift is relief from stress and fear. Read how books helped her through Hurricane Irma. 

Busy start to October!

Energy Yoga
Sundays:  October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29,  4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Introduces basic yoga and meditation techniques for beginners. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to adult patrons only.

Storytime for Babies
Tuesdays:  October 3, 24, 31.   10am. – 10:30am
Join us for a special themed story times for babies. Ages 0 to 2. 

Storytime for Preschool
Tuesdays:  October 3, 24, 31. 10:30am -11am
Join us for a special themed story times. Story times, songs, fun for toddlers, preschoolers, and their parents. Ages 2 and above.

Chess Club  
Wednesday October 4 - 6 pm – 7 pm
Club members will learn strategies, game variations and perhaps have the opportunity to participate in a tournament. Ages 5 and above.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Group Classes
Thursdays: October 5, 12, 19, 26. 4pm -- 6pm.
Group classes in conversational English as a Second Language (ESL) for beginner to intermediate English speakers. First come, first served. Free and open to the public. Ages 18 and up. No textbooks needed.

Water Works Story Time
Friday, October 6. 10:30am – 11:30am.
Join us for a water-themed preschool story time presented by Fulton County Water Works. 

Young Artists 
Saturdays:  October 7, 21. 4pm – 5:30pm.
Learn the basic techniques of drawing, painting, elements of art, principles of design, and cartoon/anime’ drawing.

Elementary Coding
Saturday, October 7. 11am – 12pm
Learn the basics of elementary school age coding with professional technical trainers. Parent must remain in the building. Laptops are welcome.  Ages 7 to 10 only. Limit first 30. Registration required. Register in person at Patron Services desk or call 770-360-8897. Sponsored by Youth Technology Learning Center (YTLC).

Nothing could be worse...

"Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world." — Jane Addams

Sunday, September 24, 2017

All Libraries Closed September 25

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                                         Monday 25 September for staff development