Sunday, April 30, 2017

On My Journey

Our friends at the Alpharetta Community Chorus invite you to their spring concert:

On My Journey
Thomas & Robin Yackley, Co-Artistic Directors
featuring Requiem by Gabriel Fauré
with soloists Arietha Lockhart and John LaForge
and chamber orchestra

Special Guests Chattahoochee Chamber Singers - Jennie Fabianski, Director
Sunday 7 May, 3:00 pm at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church
180 Academy Street, Alpharetta, GA 

Life presents many challenges along the way. It helps to reflect on what it means to work through those difficulties and the importance of offering help to those in need. 

We will also present selections that deal with life’s struggles: Light of a Clear Blue Morning (Dolly Parton), I’ve Been in the Storm So Long (Spiritual), That Lonesome Road (James Taylor), No Time (trad), Come Away to the Skies (trad), You Cannot Lose My Love (Sara Groves), and Gonna Get Through This World (Woody Guthrie). 

We hope you'll join us for an hour of uplifting and meaningful music. The concert is free, but donations are appreciated. The chorus will gift a portion of our donations to the survivors of the South Georgia storms.

Heartfelt Thanks!

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We'd like to send a big thank you to our library volunteers as well as those who volunteer elsewhere to make our community great! 

Happy Volunteer Week!


According to its author, Robert M Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, was rejected 121 times before finding a publisher. He was given a $3000 advance and told he'd probably not see much more than that from sales. Instead, the book sold millions of copies and has been praised as one of the most important and influential books of the past 50 years. The book is the loosely autobiographical story of a father and son's road trip across the western US. The story also contains flashbacks relating to his schizophrenia diagnosis. Pirsig died Monday at 88.


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Image result for dna dayNational DNA Day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of the double helix of DNA in 1953. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Every Day

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Happy Birthday, Will!

TNT celebrates the 453rd anniversary of the Bard’s birth by announcing the premier of Will 10 July at 9pm. Set to a modern soundtrack, TNT's Will is the latest attempt to make Shakespeare cool. Craig Pearce (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby) is the series' executive producer .

"Shakespeare was a 16th century rock star, and Will perfectly captures in contemporary terms what that must have felt like for the young writer and his fans," said Sarah Aubrey, EVP of original programming for TNT. 


“Since its inception 20 years ago, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has provided critical support enabling museums and libraries across the country to make a tremendous difference in their communities,” IMLS Director Kathryn K. Matthew said in a statement when the budget was released. “The institutions we serve provide vital resources that contribute significantly to Americans’ economic development, education, health, and well-being whether by facilitating family learning and catalyzing community change or stimulating economic development through job training and skills development.” Read more about how cuts would effect the IMLS here.

Fresh Start Program

At least 5,000 metro area teens experience some form of homelessness, but YOU can make a difference by donating travel size goods to Operation: Fresh Start!  “Fresh Start” is a hygiene survival kit/donation initiative that aims to meet the basic hygiene needs of homeless teens.

Donations of trial-sized toiletry items including body wash, body spray, deodorant, soap, moist wipes, toothbrush, feminine hygiene items, toothpaste, mouthwash, and hand sanitizer may be dropped off at Ocee library.

Wipe Out!

The President has proposed wiping out all library funding – and the agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), that administers much of it – in his initial FY18 budget proposal. 

The fight to save IMLS and critical federal funding for programs like LSTA and IAL has only just begun. Congress’ appropriations process will be continuing on many fronts throughout 2017 so the ALA’s Office of Government Relations will be issuing calls at every key opportunity for you to tell your Member of Congress and both U.S. Senators you want them to support full library funding. Don’t miss a single call to action and the chance to help!
Register for action alerts and timely District Dispatch blog posts with handy background information as soon as they are issued.
And be sure stay tuned on May 1 and 2 during National Library Legislative Day. Plan to watch our live advocacy webcast on Virtual Library Legislative Day on May 1 and then contact your members of Congress by phone and electronically on May 2 while hundreds of your colleagues will be on Capitol Hill delivering our message in person.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Sunday

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All libraries in the Atlanta Fulton Public Library System 
will be closed for Easter, Sunday 16 April.

Freegal™ Music Service

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The Freegal™ Music Service will allow the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System to increase the size and diversity of its collection by offering access to over 30,000 music labels from 80 different countries.

“We are very excited to offer a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use.  We think this will be incredibly popular with our patrons and will help the library in marketing all its services to the community,” said Dr. Gabriel Morley, Director of the Library System.

Voting at Ocee

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Special Elections Voting
Tuesday 18 April from 7am-7pm

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