Monday, May 29, 2017

Coding @ Ocee

Family Coding
Wednesdays, June 7, 21, July 5, 19.  6:00 p.m.
A progressive series for beginners. Learn the basics of Java, including basics of 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. Parent with child in Grades 6 and above. Registration required. 

Adult Coding
Wednesdays, June 14, 28, July 12, 26. 6:00 p.m.
A progressive series for beginners. Description as above. Adult ages 17 and above. Registration required. 

Early Childhood Coding
Saturday, June 24. 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 3 to 6 only. Limit first 30. Registration required. Sponsored by Youth Technology Learning Center (YTLC).

June Database Workshops

Tech Time Workshops:  AFPLS Databases 
Financial Literacy 
Saturday June 10. 1:00 p.m. 
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.

Genealogy Workshop
Wednesday,  June 14.  4:30-6 p.m.
Hands-on computer workshop with Deborah Mack featuring AFPLS genealogy-related databases.  Adults only ages 18 and up.

Summer Reading Events

Summer Storytime
Tuesday, June 6, 13. 10:30 a.m.
Join us for a special summer themed story time.

Ocee Summer Reading Presents: Gene Cordova
Monday, June 12. 2 p.m.
Everyone will laugh and learn with ventriloquism, puppetry, comedy magic, storytelling, balloon antics and LOTS of audience participation. Sponsored by Ocee Friends Group. All ages welcome.

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.

Parlez-Vous Francais?

French Classes!
Basic Written and Spoken French w/ Ms. Samyukta Rajen
Thursdays May 18 through August 31. 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
A progressive series for beginners. Limit 20 participants. First come, first served. Adults only 18 and up.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

More Than a Day Off

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Memorial Day honors the men and women who have given their lives while serving in the United States military. Alpharetta, Milton, and Johns Creek honor the fallen. Roswell Remembers is the state's largest ceremony.

Summer Reading Kick-Off

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Summer Reading Kick-Off Thursday, June 1
Secure Shredding 10 am to 1pm  
Water Works Story/Craft  12 pm  
Family Yoga  1 pm 
Doc Adams  2 pm 

Come to the library for a spectacular summer reading kick-off event. Festivities begin with a secure shredding event in our parking lot. Families can participate in a family yoga session. All are invited to a special performance following yoga. Sponsored by Ocee Friends Group. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Early Voting Locations

Fulton County voters in the 6th Congressional District will have access to six early voting locations for the June 20 run-off election. Early voting will take place will be open Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, June 16, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., including Saturdays, June 3 and June 10.

The six locations are:
  • Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta 30009
  • East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell 
  • North Fulton Service Center, 7741 Roswell Rd., Rm 232, Sandy Springs 
  • Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Milton 
  • Robert F. Ocee Library, 5090 Abbots Bridge Road, Johns Creek 
  • Roswell Branch Library, 115 Norcross Street, Roswell
Voters can verify their Congressional District through or the Georgia My Voter Page.

Look Both Ways

The past several months have been challenging for many people. Anxiety and fear of an uncertain future may trigger or worsen mental illness. May is Mental Health Month. 

Mental Health America is focusing on "Risky Business" - behaviors (substance abuse, internet addiction, overspending...) that may exacerbate (or be signs) of mental illness.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention urges people to "Look Both Ways", both at yourself and others for mental health safety.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and NAMI Northside also provide information, support and way to advocate.

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Some days, although we cannot pray, a prayer
utters itself. So, a woman will lift
her head from the sieve of her hands and stare
at the minims sung by a tree, a sudden gift.

Some nights, although we are faithless, the truth
enters our hearts, that small familiar pain;
then a man will stand stock-still, hearing his youth
in the distant Latin chanting of a train.

Pray for us now. Grade I piano scales
console the lodger looking out across
a Midlands town. Then dusk, and someone calls
a child's name as though they named their loss.

Darkness outside. Inside, the radio's prayer -
Rockall. Malin. Dogger. Finisterre.

Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow, Scotland. She was named the first female (and first Scottish) poet laureate in British history. Duffy lives and teaches in Manchester, England.

Find More Time for Reading

Woman reading a book on the busMental Floss offers 5 ways to find more time to read. They suggest making reading a morning ritual, carrying a book with you all the time, tracking your time and progress, and starting small. Visit the full article to learn more and discover apps to help you succeed! 

Get Caught...

"Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. May is Get Caught Reading month, but the campaign is promoted throughout the year." Visit their website for posters, downloads, and to see who they've caught reading!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Carla Hayden

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From Black Press USA comes news that limits the responsibilities and the tenure of the Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden (the first woman and African-American to hold the position).

The bill makes the head of the Copyright Office, the Register of Copyrights, a presidential appointment that would have to be confirmed by the Senate, rather than an appointment by the Librarian of Congress, as it has been since 1870. The bill also limits the position of Librarian of Congress to a ten-year term.

The previous Librarian of Congress, James Billington, served in the position for 28 years and was not an MLS.


"Checkmate came to English via the Arabic phrase shah mat, “the king is dead,” declared at the end of a chess game. Full credit, though, really goes to the Persians, who introduced chess to the Arabs, along with the winning phrase. In old Farsi, the phrase meant something like “the king is helpless”; mat already meant “died” in Arabic, so the phrase turned more, shall we say, decisive."

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

Magazines to go

"Magazine comes from French magasin, which in turn comes from the Arabicmakhazeen, meaning "storehouses" (singular makhzan). Only in English did people expand the meaning of magazine to include stores of information, as well as the usual stores of weapons and other military supplies."

AFPLS offers digital magazine formats to store on your devices for on-the-go summer reading!

Library Survey

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System needs your input !

In order to better serve the thousands of patrons who visit our libraries every day, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System needs your input on the 2017 Annual Library User Survey. The quick two-minute survey will help us determine which programs, services, tools and resources are most important to YOU and the three million patrons who visit the Library each year. Simply visit and click the “Take the Library Survey Today” button and complete the survey on any device (desktop, tablet, phone). 
Survey is open through May 31, 2017.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

6th Congressional Early Voting at Ocee

6th Congressional District-Special Runoff Election 
Early Voting
Monday to Friday: May 30, 2017-June 16, 2017 
8:30am- 6:00pm 
Need more info?

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Curious Incident

The multi-award winning novel, The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time was adapted into a Tony Award winning stage production in 2013. The lead character Christoper, a teen with autism spectrum disorder, will for the first time be played by an actor with autism. Well done, Mickey Rowe - and the Indiana Rep Theater!

Pepper Zhang

Four year old Madison Zhang loves to read, but noticed none of the characters she read about looked like her. Disappointed, she told her dad that she didn't want to be Chinese anymore. Her dad is a non-published fiction writer and decided to write books for his daughter. "While it's important for children to learn about their cultures through books," he writes on the project's Kickstarter page, "it's equally important for Asian children to see themselves represented in books as interesting and smart individuals rather than just products of their cultures." 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


The mission at Captions for Literacy is to spread awareness of this free and simple tool to parents, educators, and anyone trying to help someone improve their reading skills!

Raising Readers

Image result for reading to kidsCommonSenseMedia offers several ways to raise a reader, beginning with reading to your child. They tackle some tricky topics like comics/graphic novels and e-books. Check out the comments section for more ideas and suggestions.

Monday, May 8, 2017

How will you...

Sign up  for summer reading now! 
All ages are welcome to participate-

Art at Ocee!

Family Mother’s Day Art Program 
Wednesday, May 10. 6:00 p.m. 
Celebrate Mother’s Day with Johns Creek Art Center. A trained instructor will help you create an art project to take home. A: 5U, RR, SL

Young Artists Saturday
May 13. 4:30–5:30 pm. 
Learn the basic techniques of drawing, painting, elements of art, principles of design, and cartoon/anime’ drawing. A: 5U

Teen Manga and Cartooning Saturday 
May 13. 12:00–1:30 p.m. 
Techniques and secrets employed by modern day professional Manga, aka, Game Concept Artists, and Animators. Teens will start their journey into the world of drawing anime and manga illustrations. A: Tw/T, RR, SL

RR: registration required. 

Wizarding World Book Club

This June, Pottermore is launching the official Wizarding World Book Club with Bloomsbury and Scholastic.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Pottermore invites fans old and new to join the Wizarding World Book Club – a free, online club to examine and debate every book in the Harry Potter series. Register with Pottermore and you’ll soon be able to check out the Wizarding World Book Club dedicated section of the site, read new articles about each theme and even gather rewards for your reading progress.

Friday, May 5, 2017

8-12 May

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Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day, and their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom.