As of 25 June 2019, OCEE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS. Ocee will be closed for ~6-9 months.
Please visit http://www.afpls.org/ to find alternate library locations and hours. You'll also find info regarding the renovations/closures that are taking place throughout the library system.
Ocee library is offering programs at off-site locations. This blog will remain active during the closure.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
- 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
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.
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.
Saturdays: October 7, 21. 4pm – 5:30pm.
Learn the basic techniques of drawing, painting, elements of art, principles of design, and cartoon/anime’ drawing.
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).
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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...
Monday, September 18, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Learn more at http://www.afpls.org/news/2210-afpls-launches-virtual-book-club-sign-up-
|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
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
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."
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.