The Friends of the Ocee Library is a non-profit group whose purpose is to promote general knowledge of library services and to provide financial assistance for special library needs and events.

If you have specific questions about Ocee Library, phone the library at 770-360-8897 or visit http://www.afpls.org/

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Dynamic Duo

GA Gives Day shines a spotlight on the work of the many Georgia non-profits that make our state a better place to live. #GivingTuesday is a global giving initiative. Both come together on 27 November to raise consciousness for worthy causes.
The Georgia Center for Non Profits provides an on-line giving platform. It's an easy, quick, and secure way to make a tax-deductible donation with your credit card. Friends of Ocee and the AFPLS Foundation are both participating. Your donation helps fill in the gaps not covered by the country's budget. The gift of your time is also greatly appreciated!  

Indigenous Cookery

“You take from the land only that what you require and give thanks to the creator for the gift that was shared to you to share with others. And by doing so, you insure a continued nature flow of life.” - CHEF QUENTIN GLABUS

Visit here for news about indigenous cookbooks, some history, and five recipes from indigenous chefs.

Library Closed

Take note that all branches in AFPLS will close at 6 pm Wednesday 21 November and will be closed Thursday and Friday in celebration of Thanksgiving. Branches will reopen on Saturday the 24th. Digital services are available during closing.
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2018 National Book Award Winners

Secrets

George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, 1949
“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”

Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin, 2000
“The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn’t one.”

Joyce Carol Oates, Man Crazy, 1997
“Secrets have always been easy for me, it’s the opposite of secrets that is hard.”

Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go, 2005
“Maybe all of us at Hailsam had little secrets like that — little private nooks created out of thin air where we could go off alone without fears and longing.”

Oxford Word of the Year

“In 2018, toxic added many strings to its poisoned bow becoming an intoxicating descriptor for the year’s most talked about topics,” the publisher said in a statement online Thursday. “It is the sheer scope of its application, as found by our research, that made toxic the stand-out choice for the Word of the Year title.” Other words on the short list include:

Gaslighting: The action of manipulating someone by psychological means into accepting a false depiction of reality or doubting their own sanity.

Incel: An incel is a member of an online community of young men who consider themselves unable to attract women sexually. Typically, they hold views that are hostile towards men and women who are sexually active.

Orbiting: Orbiting is the action of abruptly withdrawing from direct communication with someone while still monitoring, and sometimes responding to, their activity on social media.

Overtourism: An excessive number of tourist visits to a popular destination or attraction, resulting in damage to the local environment and historical sites and in poorer quality of life for residents.

Techlash: A strong and widespread negative reaction to the growing power and influence of large technology companies, particularly those based in Silicon Valley.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Reader's Block

“Reader’s block” is a well-documented problem, and even avid readers occasionally suffer from it. The good news is that it’s not incurable, but it might require a little creativity and effort on your part." Visit Mentalfloss for some great ways to get out of your reading slump!

31 Ways

Book Riot suggests 31 ways to find the best book recommendations. Here's a few: 

8. READ THE NEW YORK TIMES’S BY THE BOOK COLUMN 

13. TAKE A BOOK RIOT QUIZ!

17. CHECK OUT CELEBRITY BOOK CLUBS

22. SIGN UP FOR A BOOKISH NEWSLETTER

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Library Closed



Please note that branches of AFPLS will be closed both Sunday 11 November and Monday 12 November in observance of  Veterans Day. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.  Learn more here - and thank a veteran.


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Programs for Preschoolers

Baby Story timeFridays: November 2, 9, 16, 30. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Join us for a special themed story time for babies. Ages 0 to 2 with caregiver.

Preschool Story timeTuesdays: November 6, 13, 20, 27. 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Join us for a special themed story time. Stories, songs, fun for toddlers, preschoolers, and their parents. Ages 2 and above with caregiver.

Music for PreschoolTuesdays: November 13. 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Preschool kids will have a fun time at music with Ms. Gail. 

Kids' Art Classes

Young Artists
Saturdays: November 3rd, 17th, December 1st.  4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Basic techniques of drawing, painting, elements of art, principles of design, and cartoon/anime’ drawing.

Thanksgiving Art with Johns Creek Art
Saturday:  November 17.  2 p.m.
Johns Creek Art will create a Thanksgiving themed craft. Ages 5 and above. Limit first 20. Registration required. Register at Patron Services desk or call 770-360-8897.

small, Small World by Johns Creek Art
Tuesdays: November 20.  11 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
small, small World is a multi-sensory learning experience for children ages 2 to 4 and their caregivers. Each week participants embark on a 40-minute journey to far-off locales where they learn about children around the world through music, movement, art, and literature. Sponsored by Johns Creek Art.

ESL Classes

English as a Second Language (ESL) Group ClassesThursdays: November 1, 8, 15, 29. 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Group classes in conversational English as a Second Languages for beginner to intermediate English speakers. First come, first served. No advanced registration is necessary. Free and open to the public. Ages 18 and up. No textbooks needed.

Yoga at Ocee!

Energy YogaSundays: November 4, 11, 18. 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  AND
Wednesdays: November 7, 14, 28. 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Utilizes Qi Gong and meditation techniques. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to adult patrons only.
Yoga & MeditationMondays: November 5,19, 26. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.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.

Mommy and Me Family Yoga Wednesdays: November 7, 14, 28. 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to mothers and preschool patrons.

College Prep Programs

Finding a ScholarshipThursday, November 1. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Learn how to use AFPLS databases to get information on colleges and scholarships. All ages.

Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.)Saturday: November 10. 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. Ocee’s T.A.B. meets to discuss program ideas, new books and movies, and other community outreach possibilities. Teen leadership opportunity for future college applications. Ages 12-18 only.

SAT College Prep Mock Test Saturday: November 10. 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Take a practice SAT test! Registration required. Register at https://www.applerouth.com/schools.php/128876.
Ages 14-18.

Why Elections Are Held On Tuesdays

Between 1788 and 1845, states decided their own voting dates. In 2012, then-Historian of the Senate Don Ritchie told NPR that strategy resulted in chaos, a "crazy quilt of elections" held all across the country at different times to pick the electors—the white, male property owners who would cast their votes for president on the first Wednesday of December. In 1792, a law was passed mandating that state elections be held within a 34-day period before that day, so most elections took place in November. (Society was mostly agrarian; in November, the harvest was finished but winter hadn’t yet hit, making it the perfect time to vote.)

With the advent of the railroad and telegraph, Congress decided it was time to standardize a date. Monday was out, because it would require people to travel to the polls by buggy on the Sunday Sabbath. Wednesday was also not an option, because it was market day, and farmers wouldn’t be able to make it to the polls. So it was decided that Tuesday would be the day that Americans would vote in elections, and in 1845, Congress passed a law that presidential elections would be held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

Roswell Branch Renovations

Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted to make more adjustments to the ongoing renovations to the Fulton County library branch at 115 Norcross Street, Roswell, Georgia 30075. The Board approved an option that would remove and replace the building’s main roof along Norcross Street and raise the roof’s height as a new vestibule and entry doors would be constructed on that side.

“Roswell community leaders have made clear that they believe renovations to their library, which rests in the historic district, could transform the building into a welcoming community center and enhance the entire downtown area,” says Fulton County District 1 Commissioner Liz Hausmann. “I’m pleased the Fulton County Commission seized this opportunity to work with municipal leaders to ensure the library reaches its full potential in serving the community for many years to come.”

Early Voting Info

This is the final week to take advantage of Early Voting in Fulton County. Eligible voters in Fulton County have this weekend through next Friday, November 2, 2018, to cast an early ballot for the November General and Special Election. During early voting, any voter may cast their ballot at any early voting locationFor residents who chose to vote on Election Day 6 November, they must vote at their assigned precinct. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

America's Best Loved Book

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a coming-of-age story about racism and injustice, overpowered wizards and time travelers to be voted America’s best-loved novel by readers nationwide.

The 1960 book by Harper Lee emerged as No. 1 in PBS’ “The Great American Read” survey, whose results were announced Tuesday on the show’s finale. More than 4 million votes were cast in the six-month-long contest that put 100 titles to the test.

The other top-five finishers in order of votes were Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series about a time-spanning love; J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” boy wizard tales; Jane Austen’s romance “Pride and Prejudice”; and J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” fantasy saga.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Little Free Libraries

You may have noticed the book 'birdhouses' at Ocee, Newtown, and Shakerag Parks. Todd Bol, who started Little Free Libraries passed away at 62. 

Bol set a goal of 2,150 — to beat the number of Carnegie Libraries in the country. Less than a decade later, more than 75,000 'libraries-on-a-stick' have sprouted on front lawns in 88 countries!The Star Tribune has a wonderful tribute to Todd. We hope you'll take a minute to learn more.

Friends

National Friends of Libraries Week October 21-27, 2018
Friend Your Library
National Friends of Libraries Week is coordinated by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

TAB Food Drive

Ocee's Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is collecting canned and boxed (cereal, pasta/mac n'cheese) foods to donate to our community partners at North Fulton Community Charities. Please check your pantry or add a couple of cans to your grocery cart to help our teens with a successful meaningful event AND those in need this holiday season.

NFCC | North Fulton Community Charities | Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Roswell


Based in Roswell, North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) mission is to build self-sufficiency and prevent homelessness and hunger in our community by providing emergency assistance and enrichment programs.

Working Outside the Library

Did you know that Ocee staff works outside the library, too? You'll find them in the community visiting schools, businesses, senior living facilities, and more to let them know about the variety of services the library offers! 

If your business or organization would like to schedule an outreach visit or to discuss a partnership with Ocee library, please phone Manager, Ms Burton at (770) 360-8897. 

Staff will be at the Johns Creek Family Fall Festival at Newtown Park
Saturday 27 October from 10am to 1 pm issuing library cards and showcasing library programs and events. Entry and all activities, games, rides are FREE! Costume contest and trick-or-treating. Food and drink available for purchase.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Please Help Our Furry Friends

Image result for puppy with a blanketOcee library is collecting blankets and towels for our four-legged friend waiting to be adopted at the Atlanta Humane Society on Mansell. Old towels and fleece make comfy beds for sick and injured animals. They'll help make puppies and kittens feel safe & warm. This is an on-going project. You'll find a marked donation box in the lobby. Visit the AHS website to learn about donating, volunteering, or adopting a new best friend. 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Halloween Art

Halloween Art with Johns Creek Art Center
Saturday, October 27. 11 a.m.

Johns Creek Art will create a Halloween themed craft. Ages 5 and above. Limit first 20. Registration required. Register at Patron Services desk or call 770-360-8897

Early Voting

Fulton County’s Early Voting period for the November 6, 2018 General and Special Election will begin on Monday, October 15, 2018. Sample ballots can be viewed online at www.fultonelections.com Residents are encouraged to visit the website to review ballots prior to Election Day, November 6, 2018.

During early voting, any voter may cast their ballot at any early voting location . Early Voting locations will be open three weeks.

Monday, October 15 to Friday, October 26, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Monday, October 29 to Friday, November 2, 1018
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 20 and Saturday, October 27, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
 
Sunday, October 21 and Sunday, October 28, 2018
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Information Self-Defense

Information Self-Defense – 
How to Spot Fake News & Conduct Research Online
Thursday:  October 18. 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Learn simple techniques to evaluate the quality of online information. Adults & students of all experience levels are welcome.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Writers and Workshops

Page Master Screenwriter’s Group
Saturday:  October 6. 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
EXTENDED THROUGH OCTOBER 6 - Master storyteller Danny V. Wright leads a progressive, weekly group class on the art and craft of screenwriting. Students will work within a classic narrative structure to produce an original screenplay. Laptops welcome. Adults only. REGISTRATION REQUESTED, call 770-360-8897.

Ocee Authors Series: Roger Johns
Wednesday:  October 10. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Georgia Author-of-the-Year (Mystery) Roger Johns comes to Ocee Library to discuss his novel, “River of Secrets.”

Ocee Authors Series: Eric Simmons
Saturday, October 27.  4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Local author Eric Simmons comes to Ocee Library to discuss his work and the business of self-publishing.

ESL Group Classes

English as a Second Language (ESL) Group Classes
Thursdays: October 4, 11, 18, 25,  
November 1, 8, 15, 29.  2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Group classes in conversational English as a Second Languages for beginner to intermediate English speakers.  First come, first served. No advanced registration is necessary. Free and open to the public. Ages 18 and up.  No textbooks needed.

Mature Patrons

AARP SMART Drivers Safety Program
Wednesday, October 3. 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
AARP SMART Drivers Safety Program is intended to provide all drivers, especially those age 50 and above, with a classroom course to assess, enhance, and improve driving skills. FEE: $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. REGISTRATION REQUIRED, call 770-360-8897. Attendees are encouraged to bring a snack for a 30 minute lunch break.  Open to teens and adults.

Social Security Workshop
Thursday, October 4. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
A free, informative workshop on social security benefits. Presented by Evans Wealth Management.  Adults only.

AFPLS at Avalon

Ocee Youth Outreach:  
Avalon in Alpharetta - A Special Storytime and Craft
Tuesday, October 2 & 23. 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
AFPLS and Fulton County Public Works will be at Avalon in Alpharetta for Little Acorns. Featured will be a Pollution Prevention program with story time and craft. Ages preschool with caregiver.

Story Times!

Preschool Story time
Tuesdays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Join us for a special themed story time. Stories, songs, fun for toddlers, preschoolers, and their parents. Ages 2 and above with caregiver.

Baby Story time
Fridays:  October 5, 12, 19, 26. story time 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Join us for a special themed story time for babies. Ages 0 to 2 with caregiver. 

Music for Preschool
Tuesdays:   October 9, November 13. 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Preschool kids will have a fun time at music with Ms. Gail. No registration.

Yoga at Ocee

Yoga & Meditation
Mondays:  October 1, 15, 22, 29. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Introduces basic yoga and meditation techniques for beginners. Adult patrons only.

Energy Yoga
Sundays:  October 7, 14, 28. 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Wednesdays: October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Utilizes Qi Gong and meditation techniques. Adult patrons only.

Mommy and Me Family Yoga 
Wednesdays: October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.  11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Physical exercises to open and clear energy.  Mothers and preschool patrons.

Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Missy Flapjack & the Butterworth Blues Band

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Ocee ROCKS: Missy Flapjack & the Butterworth Blues Band 
LIVE in Concert at Ocee Library
Friday: October 5. 7:00 pm 9:30 pm
Join us for a special after-hours concert featuring Missy Flapjack & 
the Butterworth Blues Band. 
Limited supply of adult refreshments courtesy of PBR | first come, first served

Missy Flapjack and The Butterworth Blues Band have been serving up delicious blues and rock for nearly a decade in Atlanta and across the Southeast. Featuring Brian Rosen on guitar, David Knaub on drums, Jon Roberts on bass, and Alexis M. LaSalle as Missy “Mississippi” Flapjack on lead vocals and keys.

This band writes and performs a variety of rock and traditional blues-style songs and are currently producing and arranging several new songs for their upcoming 2017-18 record release. Look for their upcoming debut album, Sunny Side Up, featuring “When You Least Expect It”, “Dirt.”, “Miles of Craggy Road”, and “Sing Tonight”.

Heal the Cracks

...Now the bells chime like the muscle beating in every chest, 
heal the cracks in the bell of every face listening to the bells. 
The chimes heal the cracks in the bell of the moon. 
The chimes heal the cracks in the bell of the world.  -Martin Espada

Visit poets.org for more poetry celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
15 September -15 October

Book Art Winners

On your next trip to Ocee library take a look at the Book Art winners! You'll find them in the display case in the lobby. The finalists each took home a 'swag bag' donated by Barnes and Noble! Congratulations, all- Keep looking for ways to be inspired by books!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Crafting

A ‘Yarn’ Good Time: Crochet Craft WorkshopThursdays: September 6, 13, 20, 27. 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Join us for a free, weekly, community-taught crochet craft workshop at Ocee Library! All skill levels welcome! Work on your own crochet projects and help others learn a fun, relaxing craft!

Young ArtistsSeptember 8, 22. October 13, 27, November 3, December 1.
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Basic techniques of drawing, painting, elements of art, principles of design, and cartoon/anime’ drawing.

ESL and Math Tutoring

English as a Second Language (ESL) Group Classes
Thursdays: September 6, 13, 20, 27.   2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Group classes in conversational English as a Second Languages for beginner to intermediate English speakers.  First come, first served. No advanced registration is necessary. Free and open to the public. Ages 18 and up.  No textbooks needed.
CAST – Math Tutoring                             
Sundays: September 9, 16, and 23.
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm


Tutors will provide math instruction. Bring an assignment or a math topic that you are struggling with. First come first served basis. No registration required. Ages 8 and above. 

College Prep Events at Ocee

SAT College Prep Mock Test  
Saturday, September 8 and November 10.   10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Take a practice SAT test! Registration required. Register at https://www.applerouth.com/schools.php/128876.
Ages 14-18.

ACT College Prep Mock Test                                 
Saturday, October 13 and December 8.10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Take a practice ACT test! Registration required. Register at https://www.applerouth.com/schools.php/128876.
Ages 14-18.

Teens Find Your Future Life Faster – What Do You Want To Be
Saturday, September 8.  3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Calling all teens ages 13 and above. You will go through a series of online exercises, based on the most advanced career science. You will receive 14 natural aptitudes most important to your career choice based on your interests and future job market needs. Receive a detailed profile that connects you with a personalized fit to specific careers from a database of over 500 careers. Bring your Fulton County School ID for participation in this assessment.

Career and College Planning Fair
Saturday, September 15. 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Calling all teens and adults. Join us for your opportunity to connect with members of metro-Atlanta community for internship, volunteer and career opportunities. College, medical, government, retail and business organizations will be onsite and ready to speak with you. Learn about your career and educational options. Bring your resume and positive attitude. Resume and cover letter review will be available. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to plan your future career path.

eCampus for College Success: Research and Databases
Thursday, September 27. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

An instructional program on using databases to conduct college-level research. Will introduce basic searching strategies and research methods. All ages welcome. Laptop users welcome.

Kids Chess Club

Kids Chess Club           
Wednesdays: September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5.
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Club members will learn strategies, game variations and perhaps have the opportunity to participate in a tournament. No registration required. Ages 5 and above. Sponsored by Kid Chess.

Get Fit at Ocee

Zumba
Saturdays: September 1, 8, 15, 22. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fitness inspired by various styles of Latin-American music and dance. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Open to adult patrons only.

Energy Yoga
Sundays: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Wednesdays:September 5, 12, 19, 26. 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Utilizes Qi Gong and meditation techniques. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to adult patrons only.

Mommy and Me Family Yoga
Wednesdays: September 5, 12, 19, and 26. 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to mothers and preschool patrons.

Well Done, Summer Readers!

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Friends of Ocee Library congratulates all Ocee's 
Summer Challenge Readers! 
We're pleased to award prizes to-

Anya, 4 - $25 Disney gift card (early reader) 
Mehul, 5 - $25 Lego gift card (kid) 
Amelia, 12 - $25 Barnes and Noble gift card (tween) 
Anirudh, 13 - $30 Regal Cinemas gift card (teen)

Friends and Staff hope you'll keep reading all through the school year!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Happy Labor Day!

Branches of the AFPLS will be closed for Labor Day 
Monday 3 September. 

Also of note, several branches are closed for renovations

150 Years Ago

the more they stay the same. Thanks to Friend of East Atlanta Henry Bryant for sharing this information!

“150 yrs. ago today, August 30, 1868: In Atlanta, GA, the “Constitution”, this week, has this about an emerging city treasure: “ Y.M.L.A.—The Young Men’s Library Association is now one of the established institutions of our city, and it behooves the citizens to sustain it as an organization of usefulness. It is one of the many evidences of enterprise which distinguish Atlanta as a wide awake, growing city. Though already in possession of a select library, yet the number of books is not sufficient to meet the demand of readers. The YMLA proposes to give an exhibition of Tableaux very soon, and a Concert about the middle of September.”

Monday, August 27, 2018

Books Young Georgians Should Read

2018 Books All Young Georgians Should Read 

Irene Latham—Can I Touch Your Hair?
Laura Freeman--The Hidden Figures 
Surishtha & Kabir Sehgal—Festival of Color 
Jackson Pearce—Ellie, Engineer
Roshani Choksi—Aru Sha and the End of Time 
Matt Laney—Pride Wars: The Spinner Prince
Brian Stelfreeze, illustrator—Black Panther 
Nic Stone—Dear Martin
Rachel Allen—The Taxonomy of Love
Becky Albertalli—Leah on the Offbeat

Books Georgians Should Read

2018 Books Georgians Should Read 

Anthony Grooms—The Vain Conversation: A Novel 
Tayari Jones—An American Marriage: A Novel 
Joshilyn Jackson—The Almost Sisters: A Novel 
Tayari Jones, editor—Atlanta Noir 
David Peisner—Homey Don’t Play That: 
The Story of In Living Color and the Black Comedy Revolution 
Maryn McKenna—Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics 
Created  Modern Agriculture & Changed the Way the World Eats 
Jimmy Carter—Faith: A Journey for All 
Virginia Willis and Angie Mosier, photographer—Secrets of the Southern Table: 
A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South 
Eddie Hernandez, Susan Puckett, and Angie Mosier, photographer--
Turnip Greens & Tortillas: A Mexican Chef Spices Up the Southern Kitchen 
Rupert Fike–Hello the House: Poems

Scientific Benefits of Reading Printed Books

Mental Floss reports there are many reason why reading on paper is more beneficial that  e-books. 
1. YOU ABSORB MORE INFORMATION.
3. THEY’RE EASIER ON THE EYES.
7. THEY AMPLIFY THE JOY OF READING.
Visit Mental Floss for more benefits and the science behind it.


Monday, August 20, 2018

Shakespeare Midsummer Magic!

ACT1 Theater and the City of Alpharetta have formed a new Shakespeare Troupe that will perform for FREE in Wills Park. Offerings include Scenes, Sonnets, and Soliloquies themes Midsummer Magic in August and Family Feud: Daddy Issues in September. The Troupe will host auditions in January for Summer 2019 performances.

Midsummer Magic – August 24 at Wills Park Lions Pavilion at 7:30 pm and August 25 at ACT1 Theater at 7:30 pm

Family Feud: Daddy Issues – September 21, 22, 28, 29 at Wills Park Lions Pavilion at 7:30 pm

Financial Planning

Lunch & Learn: Estate Planning
Friday, August 31. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join us for a comfortable, afternoon information session on estate planning and other financial topics. Part of the Ocee Library Financial Literacy Series. Ages 18 and up.

Medicare Information Workshop
Thursday, September 13. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

A free, informative workshop featuring helpful information on Medicare.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Ocee Keeps Rocking - Take the Bait

Live concert at Ocee library
Friday 17 August at 7pm

The Ocee Library Performances is a concert series featuring exciting local musicians. This month we welcome Sad Fish and Sara Rachelle to Ocee Library. Sad Fish blends Brazilian tropicalia with psychadelic pop. Sara Rachele is a talented singer-songwriter. It's a great way to kick off the weekend! Come out and support local music and your local public library. 
  
Limited supply of free beverages courtesy of PBR with library card and valid ID | First come, first served.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Peace Corps - Make the Most of Your World

Peace Corps Info. SessionSaturday, August 18, 2018
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Whether you're fresh out of college, mid-career, or ready to retire, Peace Corps service is the opportunity of a lifetime. Join us at this information session to learn about Volunteer experiences, ask questions about service, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.
E-mail:aaron.brown@fultoncountyga.gov   Phone: 770-360-8897x245

Chinese for Kids

Chinese for KidsSaturdays, August 11, 2018 - September 1, 2018
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Kids learn to read Mandarin Chinese. For kids ages 5 to 10. Limited to six students. Register at 770-360-8897.
E-mail:aaron.brown@fultoncountyga.gov Phone: 770-360-8897x245

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Bookspotting on 'Orange is the New Black'

Bookspotter Kate Scott has combined a list of 22 books the ladies of Litchfield are reading on season 6 of "Orange is the New Black". There's also an even bigger list for season 5.
Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven book cover  Dubliners by James Joyce book cover  Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux book cover 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Mister Rogers & Hope

“The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.”

Book Riot contributor, Sonja Palmer, has compiled a list of ten Mister Rogers quotes from You Are Special: Neighborly Wit And Wisdom From Mister Rogers and The World According to Mr. Rogers to remind us all that good people do exist and that kindness matters. Look for Mister Rogers at a theater near you and at the library.

4 More Weeks To See Pooh

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic is at the High Museum through 2 September. This exhibition, organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, explores the history and legacy of Pooh through original sketches, photographs, memorabilia, and letters. The exhibition includes interactive elements that bring Shepard’s illustrations to life.

You can visit Pooh and the Hundred Acre Wood anytime - at the library!

"Christopher Robin"

"So they went off together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the forest, a little boy and his bear will always be playing." A.A. Milne 

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In the heartwarming live action adventure "Disney's Christopher Robin," the young boy who loved embarking on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with a band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside. At a theater near you.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Unfinished Books

We've all left a book unfinished. Slogging through a novel you don't enjoy is pointless (unless it's an assignment, of course). Reading is meant to be fun! These Goodreads 15 most frequently unfinished books might be deserving of another try.
         

Animal Farm

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others"
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George Orwell's dystopian novella, Animal Farm, is coming to Netflix.

Keep It Clean

 According to the Library Journal, dust “absorbs moisture, increases acid hydrolysis, and causes a quicker breakdown of valuable resources” and attracts insects! Moisture will also cause mold and mildew - all of which can trigger allergies!
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Lire à la Plage

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Lire à la Plage have set up library beach-huts with orange slanted roof and red beach chairs at twelve French resorts.  Open every afternoon from July 7 to Aug 26, each of the huts has been equipped with 1,000 books, novels, poetry, and manga for all ages. The only rule is that books must be enjoyed on the premise, but the librarian will hold your book for the next day's reading.
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Image via Seine-Maritime

Flash Ficton Submissions Open

FLASH FICTION SUBMISSIONS OPEN TODAY
From August 1 to 8, the Recommended Reading Commuter is open for flash fiction prose submissions. For this submissions period, submit up to 3 pieces, either standalone or connected. Full guidelines here.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A Day in the Library

A recent Forbes article, since removed, suggested that libraries could be replaced by Amazon stores. A you can imagine library patrons worldwide were not having it! The Irish Times has a wonderful article and photos detailing a day at the Central Dublin library in Ireland. It could just as well be about Dublin, Ohio or Georgia.
Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Logic?

Contrariwise,’ continued Tweedledee, ‘if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.’        Lewis Carroll, ‘Through the Looking Glass’

Germany's Oldest Public Library

‘Really incredible’ … the site of the second-century library discovered in Cologne.
"The remains of the oldest public library in Germany have been discovered in the middle of Cologne."
A 2nd century library discovered in Cologne, Germany.
"The walls were first uncovered in 2017, during an excavation on the grounds of a Protestant church in the centre of the city. Cologne, one of Germany’s oldest cities, founded by the Romans in 50 AD under the name Colonia. But the discovery of niches in the walls, measuring approximately 80cm by 50cm, was, initially, mystifying."
Find out what the niches held here.

Out of a Magician's Hat?

Friends hope everyone had a great time at Summer Reading events!

Unlike magician Ken Scott, we can't pull funding out of a hat. While all AFPLS programs are FREE OF CHARGE to patrons, some of the bigger shows do charge a fee. Friends of Ocee Library raise money to help pay for these programs (as well as supplies, books...).

You can help Friends by becoming a member, shopping at our Book Nook, or by simply making a financial donation. Visit the pages above for more information!

The Shannon Reader

Here are her timetable vows: one hour
at the river, then two in the library,

and then back down to the river again.
This rhythm bore no automatic fruit.

But a day came when suddenly the whole
thing sweetened and deepened. She found herself

on first name terms with concentration’s ghost,
while currents kissed the root of every book.

She’s upstairs now, the Shannon’s own reader,
within whose work the otters see themselves,

the one whose silence manifests a line
heard on the bridge, a line the sun makes true

by changing these black words into a shoal:
I read, I write, therefore all life is near.
                                                               -Martin Dyar

Summers Off?

It’s commonly believed that school kids started taking summers off in the 19th century so they’d have time to work on the farm. Summer vacation has little to do with tilling fields and more to do with city kids playing hooky.

Farm kids never had summers off. They stayed home during the spring and fall, when crops needed to be planted and harvested. City kids hit the books all year long.

But as cities got denser, they got hotter. That’s when America’s swelling middle and upper class families started hightailing it to the cooler countryside. School attendance wasn’t mandatory then, and classrooms were half-empty each summer.

Working adults were getting more time to themselves than ever before. Advocates for vacation time also argued (incorrectly) that the brain was a muscle, and like any muscle, it could suffer injuries if overused. They argued that students shouldn’t go to school year-round because it could strain their brains. Air conditioning was decades away...

By the turn of the 20th century, urban districts had cut about 60 schooldays from the most sweltering part of the year. Rural schools soon adopted the same pattern. Business folks obviously saw an opportunity here. The summer vacation biz soon ballooned into what is now one of the country’s largest billion-dollar industries.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Blood Drive!

Image result for red crossRed Cross Blood Drive
Thursday August 16. 10am–3pm

Summer is an especially critical time. In fact, the nation is experiencing a blood shortage. Help support our community by giving back to those in need. Giving blood saves lives! 

For donor sign up, click here and search for the blood drive by Ocee's zip code: 30005.

Finding a Scholarship

Finding a Scholarship
Thursday, August 9. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Learn how to use AFPLS databases to get information on colleges and scholarships. All ages.

Keep Fit at Ocee

Zumba
Saturdays: August 4, 11, 18, 25...
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fitness inspired by various styles of Latin-American music and dance. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Open to adult patrons only.

Energy Yoga
Sundays: August 12, 19, 26... 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Wednesdays: August 15, 22, 29. ..4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Utilizes Qi Gong and meditation techniques. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to adult patrons only.

Mommy and Me Family Yoga
Wednesdays: August 15, 22, 29...
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to mothers and preschool patrons.