Tuesday, November 21, 2021

Consolation - Wisława Szymborska

They say he read novels to relax,
But only certain kinds:
nothing that ended unhappily.
If he happened on something like that,
enraged, he flung the book into the fire.
True or not,
I’m ready to believe it.
Scanning in his mind so many times and places,
he’d had enough with dying species,
the triumphs of the strong over the weak,
the endless struggle to survive,
all doomed sooner or later.
He’d earned the right to happy endings,
at least in fiction
with its micro-scales.
Hence the indispensable
silver lining,
the lovers reunited, the families reconciled,
the doubts dispelled, fidelity rewarded,
fortunes regained, treasures uncovered,
stiff-necked neighbors mending their ways,
good names restored, greed daunted,
old maids married off to worthy parsons,
troublemakers banished to other hemispheres,
forgers of documents tossed down the stairs,
seducers scurrying to the altar,
orphans sheltered, widows comforted,
pride humbled, wounds healed,
prodigal sons summoned home,
cups of sorrow thrown into the ocean,
hankies drenched with tears of reconciliation,
general merriment and celebration,
and the dog Fido,
gone astray in the first chapter,
turns up barking gladly
in the last.

Georgia Gives

Georgia Gives Day is an online giving platform for Georgia non-profits. Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving back. Show your love for the library with your tax deductible donation! Or give of your time by volunteering!

Early Voting Starts Next Week at Ocee

Fulton County will open 18 early voting sites for the Municipal General and Special Runoff Elections. Early voting polls will be open November 27, 2021 through December 1, 2017 from 8:30 am - 7:00 pm. To see the list of early voting locations Click Here .

 Visit www.fultonelections.com or call 404-612-7020 for more information.

Sunday, November 19, 2021

National Book Awards

Actress Cynthia Nixon emceed the 68th National Book Awards ceremony. “For many of us, books provide a welcome escape into another world.” Literature can also, she said, provide “broadened perspective.” “They expose us to an experience we couldn’t imagine on our own. Books matter.”

Young People’s Literature
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart

The Future Is History: 
How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

$ Smart, Art, H2O at Ocee This Week

Money Smart Kids - Understanding Credit
Tuesday, November 21. 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm.
We’re always looking for extra cash and credit cards can easily seem like the best option for teenagers. Join us as we teach wise credit decisions, choosing a credit card, your credit score, and the importance of understanding how spending today will affect you in the future. Aimed at middle and high schoolers. Sponsored by UGA Extension - Fulton County.

small, Small World Preschool Art
Tuesday November 21. 10:30 a.  - 11:30 am.
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 www.johnscreekarts.org. 

Johns Creek Environmental Campus
Wednesday, November 22. 11:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Come visit the library and learn all about what happens to water before and after you use it. See the journey it takes to get all cleaned up. Find out where all the water goes once it's all cleaned up. Presented by David Horton. Sponsored by the City of Johns Creek.

Friday, November 17, 2021

Yoga Schedule Update

Sundays at 4:30
Class will be held on Nov 19 and will resume there after the election on December 10. No class the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Wednesdays at 10:15
Classes continue except for November 22 and December 6.

Wednesday, November 15, 2021

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Please note holiday hours for the AFPL system.

November 22 Wednesday - library closes at 6 pm 
November 23 Thursday Thanksgiving - Closed 
November 24 Friday - Closed 

Sunday, November 12, 2021

Take care of Yourself

Signature recommends 15 books for self-care-
     The cover of the book The Power of Meaning    The cover of the book Stress-Proof
The cover of the book Yoga Body, Buddha Mind    The cover of the book Start Where You Are    

12-18 November Programs

Energy Yoga
Sundays:  November 12. 19. 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm.
Wednesday: November 15. 10:15 a.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.

Music for Preschool
Tuesday: November 14. 10:30 am - 11:30 am.
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.

Legacy Audiobook Club
Tuesday  November 14. 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
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.

Database Crash Course with Mr. Johnson 
Thursday, November 16. 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
A topical crash course featuring AFPLS databases with Ocee’s Adult Services Librarian, Mr. Ryland Johnson. Learn how to navigate EBSCO Databases for research. Great for high school students, college students, and professionals! Adults & students of all experience levels are welcome. First-come, first-served. Laptop users welcome. Adults only ages 17 and up. Adult Reference Area.

Declawing Test-Anxiety: 
Put the Tiger to Bed with Proven Success Strategies
Saturday, November 18. 10:30 am — 11:30 am. 
Explore potential confounding factors such as processing speed deficits and learning differences, familial expectations, generalized anxiety disorders, metacognition, and self-regulation strategies. Help your students take the edge off of high-stakes testing. Teens ages 13+ and parents. No registration required.

Tuesday, November 7, 2021

Hairy Pawtter

What a creative & informative way to help find forever homes for their shelter cats & dogs!

Friday, November 3, 2021

Look to the Stars

Try looking to the stars for your next book. Whether or not you believe in astrology, Bustle looks to the zodiac to help you find what authors you should read. 

Bless Your Warm Hearts!

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Thank-you to everyone who donated coats at Ocee library for North Fulton Community Charities! A car trunk full of cosy warm winter wear was delivered to NFCC for their Warm Coat Day this Saturday.

Ocee Programming

Yoga & Meditation
Mondays:  November 6, 13. 11 am - 12 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.

Movies on the Big Screen: The Boss Baby
Tuesday, November 7. 10:30 am
A hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. 

Chess Club  
Wednesdays:  November 8. 6 pm. - 7pm.
Club members will learn strategies, game variations and perhaps have the opportunity to participate in a tournament. Ages 5 and above.

Libraries Closed for Veterans Day

All branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will be closed in observance of Veterans Day on Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11, 2017.   

You can renew your books online by visiting afpls.org or downloading the AFPLS app in app store (iOS only, at this time).