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 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

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


"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.