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

Friday, February 16, 2018

Library Closed Monday

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Atlanta Fulton Public Library System
will be closed 
Monday 19 February
for Presidents Day

Have Your Say - Library Renovations

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Ocee's first public meeting concerning library renovations is Thursday 8 March from 6:30-8 pm. Please plan to attend and give your input regarding renovations!

Sacred Tears

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” — Washington Irving

Monday, February 12, 2018

Newberrry and Caldecott Medals

Image result for Wolf in the Snow.Erin Entrada Kelly's "Hello, Universe," has won the John Newbery Medal for the outstanding children's book of 2017. The Randolph Caldecott Medal for best illustration went to Matthew Cordell and his near-wordless story "Wolf in the Snow". Visit US News for the full list of winners!

24 per Minute

On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.

362.829 is the library call number for books about domestic abuse. Or to learn more, find resources, or get help visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline at or phone 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY). The phone for Partnership Against Domestic Violence in Metro Atlanta Crisis Line 404.873.1766 V/TTY.   GCADV offers a 24-Hour Statewide Hotline: 1.800.33.HAVEN (1.800.334.2836)

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Forever Free

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Coming Up at Ocee

Cooking for Kids/Teens
Friday: February 16.      11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Vimla Dave, RD/LDN, will teach you how to fuel your growing body, with basic food groups and their role for growth and development. Learn how to eat right to play hard and breakfast's importance role, the key to learning. Kids and teens live cooking demonstration. Ages 8 and above with caregiver. Registration required. Register by calling 770.360.8897 or register at the Patron Services desk.

Movies On The Big Screen: Remember the Titans
Friday: February 16.      4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit. Teens and Adults.

Story Time with Chris Harris
Tuesday: February 20.   10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Local storyteller, Ms. Chris Harris, will entertain with a story, puppets and fun atmosphere. Ages 2 and above with caregiver.

Movies On The Big Screen: PJ Superheroes
Saturday: February 24.  11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Join Catboy, Owlette and Gekko on their nighttime missions, into the night to save the day. Gekko's desire not to take the blame for stealing Cameron's mini-car allows Luna Girl to almost destroy HQ! Owlette tries to get back at Night Ninja by destroying his masterpiece statue, but she learns two wrongs don't make a right.

Trash or Treasure?

Turkish garbage collectors in the country’s capital city of Ankara have opened a public library that is full of books that were originally destined to be put into landfill. The workers began collecting discarded books and opened the new library in the Çankaya district of Ankara. News of the library has spread and now people have begun donating books directly to the library, rather than throwing them away...

The library now has over 6,000 fiction and non-fiction books and includes a children’s section, an area dedicated to scientific research books, and a number of English and French language books for those who are bilingual.

The library building itself used to be a brick factory and is located at the sanitation department HQ. The building featured long corridors and an aged brick facade and transformed perfectly into a library...

“Before, I wished that I had a library in my house. Now we have a library here,” Serhat Baytemur, a 32-year-old garbage collector, told state media.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Ocee Programming

Energy Yoga
Sundays: February 4, 11, 18, 25. 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: February 7, 14, 21, 28. 10:15 am.– 11:15 am.
Physical exercises to open and clear energy, Qi Gong, and meditation. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to adult patrons only.

CAST Free Math Tutoring        
Sundays: February 4, 11, 25. 2 -4 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.

Yoga & Meditation
Mondays: February 5, 12, 26. 11 am – 12 pm.
Introduces basic yoga and meditation techniques for beginners. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Adults only.

Story time for Preschool                                                                                                         
Tuesdays: February 6, 27. 10:30 am. – 11 am.
Join us for a special themed story time. Stories, songs, fun for toddlers, preschoolers, and their parents. Ages 2 and above with caregiver.  

English as a Second Language (ESL) Group Classes
Thursdays: February 8, 15, 22. 2 pm. – 4pm.
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.

Story time for Babies
Fridays: February 9, 16, 23. 10 am – 10:30 am.
Join us for a special themed story time for babies. Ages 0 to 2 with caregiver.

Movies On The Big Screen: 
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Long Haul
Friday: February 9. 4 pm. – 5:45 pm.
Greg schemes to use his family trip to Meemaw's 90th birthday party as an opportunity to sneak into a video game convention. Ages 5 and above with caregiver.

Bees and Quotes Kids Art
Saturday: February 10.  3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Bees and Quotes Art Studio teaches kids art techniques. Ages 5 and above with caregiver. Registration required. Register by calling 770.360.8897 or register at the Patron Services desk.

Tax Help at Ocee

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
Saturdays: February 3, 10, 17, 24
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
For more info, please visit 
Register by calling 770.360.8897 or register at the Patron Services desk.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Invisible Man

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Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison

"So much has changed since Ellison’s groundbreaking tome won the National Book Award in 1953, but arguably even more has not. Most notably, many men of color often are not seen by our society as themselves so much as what is projected upon them, which is a profoundly lonely way to move through life. As a powerful mirror to the most alienating aspects of American life, this book burns bright 65 years after its original publication."

Happy 200th, Monster

Lorraine Berry provides some historical and psychosocial insight into the deeper meanings of Mary Shelley's iconic 1818 novel, Frankenstein

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Black History Month

From vaccinations to Betty Boop to cowboys, visit PBS for little known facts for Black History Month. The New York Times has a month's worth of wonderful photo essays.

N Fulton Library Renovations

Depending on where your days take you, you might also use these N Fulton libraries. Ocee is in group 2 - stay tuned!