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

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 

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


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 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


"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-
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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Long Live the King

Steven King celebrates his 70th birthday today. BookRiot has compiled 70 quotes to commemorate the day. Here's a few to get you started-

“There is no bad time for good news." -Cujo

“A short story is a different thing altogether – a short story is like a quick kiss in the dark from a stranger.” -Skeleton Crew

“Come to a book as you would come to an unexplored land. Come without a map. Explore it, and draw your own map… ”—Hearts in Atlantis

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

“If I have to spend time in purgatory before going to one place or the other, I guess I’ll be all right as long as there’s a lending library.”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Key West Kitties

Image result for hemingway cat snowballIn the midst of devastation, there's a little good news. Ernest Hemingway's Key West estate survived Hurricane Irma - along with 54 descendants of his 6-toed cat, Snowball. “When we started to round up the cats to take them inside, some of them actually ran inside knowing it was time to take shelter,” said the curator of the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.

The Border: A Double Sonnet

Alberto Ríos, 1952

The border is a line that birds cannot see.
The border is a beautiful piece of paper folded carelessly in half.
The border is where flint first met steel, starting a century of fires.
The border is a belt that is too tight, holding things up but making it hard to breathe...

Continue reading The Border here and find more poetry to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (through 15 October).

Monday, September 18, 2017

Get a Clue!

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Visit Country Living for a Halloween party theme 
that's as clever as Nancy Drew! Decoration ideas and 
recipes are included-

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Man Booker Shortlist

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster   History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund  Exit West by Mohsin Hamid  
 Elmet by Fiona MozleyLincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders   Autumn by Ali Smith

Longlist for the National Book Award

Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman
Miss Burma - Charmaine Craig
Manhattan Beach - Jennifer Egan
The Leavers - Lisa Ko
Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories - Carmen Maria Machado
A Kind of Freedom - Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Sing, Unburied, Sing - Jesmyn Ward
Barren Island - Carol Zoref

Winners will be announced 15 November!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Florida Libraries

Here's how Frank Collia, Principal Librarian at the North Tampa Branch says libraries are helping their communities. “What I've seen out here is that we're providing a sense of normalcy and stability for people,” he said. “Just a place to go and relax, and maybe not think about the storm for awhile. You know, come in and charge your phone, get on social media and talk to your friends. We're here to try to alleviate as much stress as possible. We're providing free long-distance faxing, if needed. We have access to WiFi here in the library in a nice air-conditioned environment, which a lot of people still don't have.”

Here's how you can help Florida libraries. The Florida Library Association has set up a Florida Libraries Disaster Relief Fund at

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Libraries are scheduled to reopen tomorrow - Wednesday 13 September.

Virtual Book Club

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (AFPPLS) is joining the virtual book club world, in collaboration with the American Library Association’s Book Club Central, a new online platform for reading resources, including recommendations, expert book lists and other content for book clubs and their readers.  Award-winning television and film actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker is partnering with the ALA to serve as the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central.

Learn more at

Libraries Remain Closed

Libraries Remain Closed Tuesday, September 12
All branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will remain closed Tuesday, September 12. All programs and meetings are cancelled.
Please continue to monitor Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA) and Fulton County Government for weather related news and information and updates on closings.
All fines related to overdue books during our closure will be forgiven. Be safe!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Libraries Closed Monday, September 11

All libraries will be closed tomorrow, Monday, September 11. You can monitor our social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) by following @afpls for updates on weather-related closings. You may also follow Fulton County Government and Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA) for updates on Hurricane Irma and Fulton County closings. Stay safe and be prepared! 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Book Club

Second grade teacher Kathryn Mills 'was moved by pictures of many of her students on social media taking shelter in bathrooms and staircases. She was moved even more by the fact that many of them clung to books and were reading to pass the time while they waited out the worst of the storm.

With a return to school up in the air, Mills decided to harness all that educational energy and keep kids engaged in their reading and keep their minds off the storm.

She started an online book club. With a simple Facebook page, Mills created a space for parents and their kids to share photos and videos of them reading their favorite books while floods raged outside. They could offer each other support to keep going and, more importantly, give each other a reason to smile.

"The main purpose is just to bring some normalcy in the middle of chaos," she says. "A little sunshine in the middle of the storm." 

Read more about this project that has worldwide participation and kids reading for kids here.

10-16 September programs

Music for Preschool
Tuesday, September 12. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
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.

Teen Java Coding
Wednesdays:  September 13, September 27, October 18, November 1.  6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Learn basics of Java. 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.

Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.)
Saturday, September 16. 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Teens from the community have an opportunity to have a voice to help plan for their library. A teen leadership opportunity for future college applications. Ages 12-18 only. 

New Landscape of College Admissions Testing
Saturday, September 16. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The SAT now emphasizes reading and critical thinking while the ACT covers more math and science and emphasizes speed. The tests have never overlapped to this extent, but significant differences remain. Let's discuss the optimal strategy to minimize stress and get your kids ready to hit their best scores for scholarships and admissions. Teens ages 13+ and parents. No registration required.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

AJC Decatur Book Festival

This year's AJC Decatur Book Festival,September 1-3, features more than 600 authors, book signings, live music, cooking demonstrations, and special events. Get the details here. Check out the Festival programs at the Decatur Library on September 2 and 3 and the Friends of the Decatur Library Book Sale on September 2.

Coming up at Ocee

Energy Yoga
Sundays, September 3, 10, 17, 24. 4:30 p.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.

LIBRARY CLOSED - Monday 4 September
Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

Water Works Story Time
Tuesday, September 5. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Join us for a water-themed preschool story time presented by Fulton County Water Works. 

Genealogy Workshop
Wednesday, September 6.  4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Hands-on computer workshop with Deborah Mack featuring AFPLS genealogy-related databases.  Adults only ages 18 and up. Adult Reference Area.

Chess Club  
Wednesday, September 6. 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Club members will learn strategies, game variations and perhaps have the opportunity to participate in a tournament. Ages 5 and above.

Book Lovers Unite: Help after Harvey

Join the Hurricane Harvey Book Club, find out about author Kate Messner's KidLit Cares auction (some great Skye classroom visits), learn what publishers are doing, and read how to contribute to the Texas Library Association in this informational article.

Clovis library

Libraries are safe places. However, on Monday afternoon, a teen entered the library in Clovis, New Mexico and opened fire. He shot 6 people before quietly surrendering to police. Library employees Krissie Carter and Wanda Walters were killed. Our hearts go out to the families, Clovis library, and the community. Reports are that the teen had been experiencing anxiety and suicidal thoughts.

If you or someone you know is struggling, please know that you're not alone. 
Talk to someone now at 1-800-273-8255
The Lifeline (@800273TALK),

Monday, August 28, 2017


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Libraries are doing what they do best - providing lifelines to their communities. Houston mayor, "Mr. Turner said the city was also opening libraries, community centers and other locations as “lily pads” to provide safe harbor from the waters in neighborhoods." Here's how to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


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 or call 770-640-0399.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Survey Results


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.