Thursday, April 26, 2018


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2 Minute Library Survey

The Library needs your input on the 2018 Annual Library User Survey. This quick two-minute survey will help Library leadership determine how to best meet the needs of the millions of patrons who visit the Library each year, as well as which programs and services are most important to the residents the library serves. Visit and click “Take the Library Survey” to complete the survey on any device.

Library HQ

Central Library Residents are invited to the library for a review of design plans for the Central Library Renovation Project Tuesday 8 May from 6:30 pm - 8 pm . The Design team will be on hand to answer questions and share plans for the renovation of the Central Library/Library System HQ, as well as, to gather additional input on the renovation project.

Ocee Library has had its 1st public meeting. We're excitedly waiting for follow-up. Stay tuned!

Medieval Times

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Before Kindle, tablets, and iphones people still needed to carry books with them. Atlas Obscura has a great article about "girdle books". In the 14th-16th centuries, people would attach small books to their belts (girdle). This allowed clergy, nuns, lawyers, etc. to to have information at hand. The smallest, from Scotland, measures 2.5 inches by 1 7/8 inch!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Pocket Poems

"Poem in Your Pocket Day 2018 is on April 26 and is part of National Poetry Month. On this day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

Poem in Your Pocket Day was initiated in April 2002 by the Office of the Mayor in New York City, in partnership with the city’s Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative to all fifty United States, encouraging individuals around the country to participate. In 2016, the League of Canadian Poets extended Poem in Your Pocket Day to Canada."

Monday, April 23, 2018

Yoga Classes and Early Voting

Here's an update from Patricia about her classes. "During election times our class will be held in the main section of the library. They are putting up privacy screens for us. The library staff is really going all out to maintain consistency in our yoga training in spite of the many challenges created by early voting at Ocee. Thank you, Ryland, Karen, and Carla!"

Sundays at 4:30 and Wednesdays at 10:15. Mommy and Me Yoga class from 11:30 - noon Wednesdays is open to parents with pre-schoolers. Bring yoga mats and wear comfortable clothes.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Book-a-Librarian for Kids and Teens

Wednesdays, April 11, 2018 - May 9, 2018
4:30 PM-5:30 PM

Customized help with library resources for research projects, book selection using the catalog, or other library questions. Meet Mr. Brown, the Youth Librarian, at the Children's desk with your questions. First come, first served. Ages 5 to 18.

That's My Philosophy Reading Group

A monthly reading group engaging short philosophical texts. Beginners welcome! For a copy of the next reading, ask a librarian! Adults & students of all experience levels are welcome. Laptop users welcome. Adults only ages 17 and up. Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 4PM-5PM.

Hospitality Industry Job Fair

Top Job Hospitality will host a job fair at the Ocee Library on Thursday 26 April 2018 from 3PM-5PM. Hiring for part-time and full-time positions in the hospitality industry, including banquet servers and stewards. Adults only. For more information call 770-360-8897.

Free Concert

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Our friends at the Alpharetta Community Chorus invite you to a free concert celebrating their 5th anniversary! The event features Schubert's "Mass in G" with soloists and chamber orchestra. Additional selections include lyrics by Nathaniel Hawthorne and WB Yeats. The concert is Sunday 6 May at 3pm at the Alpharetta Presbyterian Church (near the Alpharetta Branch library).

Secure Document Shredding / Recycling

Secure document shredding will be available at the Ocee Library for proper on-site disposal of personal and confidential documents Saturday 28 April from 10AM-2PM. Sponsored by the Fulton County Department of Real Estate and Asset Management.

The Roswell Recycling Center - 11570 Maxwell Rd, Alpharetta 30009 - has been at the heart of the city's recycling efforts for the past three decades. What started as a grassroots initiative organized by a group of citizens has grown into an environmental force in the community, offering recycling services to both residents and non-residents.

Keep Johns Creek Beautiful has a number of programs ongoing and throughout the year.

Friends of Ocee Library accepts donations of newer books in good condition to re-sale in the Book Nook as our fundraiser for the library. 

If your books have seen better days, please drop them at Webb Bridge Middle School for recycling - magazines, too.

Earth Day

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On this 48th Earth Day, the focus is on plastic pollution. Plastic is threatening our planet's survival, from poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our streams and landfills. Together, we can make a difference. Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Barbara Bush 1925-3018

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Adorning a bench in 'Ganny's Garden' is Barbara Bush's iconic floppy hat, her favorite book 'Pride and Prejudice' and a mismatched pair of Keds shoes.

”The American Dream is about equal opportunity for everyone who works hard. If we don't give everyone the ability to simply read and write, then we aren't giving everyone an equal chance to succeed.“ —Barbara Bush 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Reading Without Walls

During April, author Gene Luen Yang challenges readers, educators, librarians and booksellers to read outside of their walls by doing one (or all) of the following:
  • Read a book about a character who doesn't look or live like you.
  • Read a book about a topic you don't know much about.
  • Read a book in a format that you don't normally read for fun.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Crochet Workshop

Thursdays, April 12 - June 21, 2018
6:30 pm-7:45 pm / Resource Room

All skill levels are welcome! Work on your own crochet projects (check the library catalogue!) or join us in making this adorable crochet pony! Please bring your own yarn and hooks. You'll can purchase the pony pattern at ETSY for $7.

Furkids at Ocee!

Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters will be at Ocee library Sunday 22 April from 10:30 am til 2 pm with some of their cutest pups for an educational adoption event. Come along to learn about the importance of adoption, pet ownership tips, and maybe even take home a Furkid of your own (or find out how to foster,  volunteer, or donate)

Furkids, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that operates the largest cage-free, no-kill shelter in the Southeast for rescued cats and Sadie's Place, a no-kill shelter for dogs. For more information phone 770-360-8897. 

Fur, Feathers...

Image result for reading with catsfins or scales, “National Pet Day (11 April) was founded in 2006 by Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige, to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives and to create public awareness about the plight of many different kinds of animals awaiting a forever home in shelters and rescues all around the globe.” Thinking about adopting? Learn more at the library!

National Library Week

Since 2003, National Library Worker’s Day has been a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. Nominate your library staff here:
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Library Survey - Have Your Say!

We need your input to strengthen our services, so be sure to tell us what is working well and what is needed. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to take the annual Library Survey at:

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Art at Ocee!

Young Artists
Saturday, 4/14/2018 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Learn the basic techniques of drawing, painting, elements of art, principles of design, and cartoon/animé drawing. 

small, Small World Preschool Art
Tuesday, 4/17/2018 10:30 AM-11:15 AM
Travel the globe as part of the John Creek Art Centers learning adventure. 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. This is a free program funded by the City of Johns Creek. Class size is limited to 12 children. REGISTER at 770-360-8897 or with

Tax Help

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Saturdays, February 10- April 14
10:00 AM-4:00 PM
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides free, in-person tax assistance. For more info, please visit REGISTRATION REQUIRED, call 770-360-8897.

Isha Yoga

Isha Yoga
Fridays, April 6, 2018 - May 25, 2018
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Simple yet powerful practices derived from the yogic sciences that activate joints and muscles, release tension and inertia, and bring ease, alertness, and liveliness to the whole system. Followed by a deep and relaxing meditation. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to adult patrons only.