Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Rock and Rain Sale

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Friends of Ocee Library will have music CDs, DVDs, and audio books for sale Friday from 3-7 pm. A small selection of books will also be available. Come stock up for a 'rainy day' and sunny (soon we hope!) summer reading. Adult patrons are invited to stay for the Jeffrey Butzer concert at 7 pm.


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Ocee library rocks after hours with Atlanta musician Jeffrey Butzer!
Adult patrons only, please. 7-9 pm
Sponsored by Friends of Ocee Library

Wanna Be a Rock Star?!

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Karaoke Fun: Let's Rock the Library
Friday, June 29, 2018
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Teens and adults come on and rock the library!
or 770-360-8897

Writing Workshops!

Page Master Screenwriter's Group
Saturdays: June 9 through Aug 4. 4 - 5:30 pm.
Master storyteller Danny V. Wright leads a progressive, nine week 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.

Summer Reading Presents: 
Reading/Writing Workshop 
Professional Assessment & Tutoring
Wednesdays from 4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Professional reading/writing instructor will coach your child on reading/writing techniques and evaluate grade appropriate reading proficiency. Included will be reading exercises, strategies, writing and study skills. Sessions target specific grades.
June 13- grades K-2, June 27-grades 2-3, July 11-grades 4-5.
E-mail:karen.kennedy@fultoncountyga.gov Phone: 770-360-8897x360

Upcoming Programs for Teens

Video Game Club
11:00 AM-1:00 PM
A video game club for middle school kids. XBOX games. Players are invited to bring other game consoles.
Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Summer Reading Presents: Teen Video Production Series of Classes
4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Professional training from local MTechProMedia, providing production and post-production services for films, television programs, commercial and corporate projects. Great opportunity for teen s ages 13 and above interested in learning video production from professionals. June 4 - Camera Ready Techniques, June 11 - Audio Setup, June 18 Lighting Effects. June 25- Editing Techniques. No registration required.

Thursday programs

ESL Group Classes
2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Book-A-Librarian Open Instruction
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Need research help? Updating your professional resume? Interested in discovering your family history? For informational questions, a librarian can be your best resource. Book-A-Librarian is an open instructional program where you can get one-on-one instruction with librarian.

Crochet Craft Workshop
6:30 PM-7:45 PM
April 12, 2018 - June 21, 2018

Feeling Flat

Come to the library and energize during this week of gloomy weather! Bring a towel or yoga mat and wear comfortable/loose clothing.

Energy Yoga
10:15 AM-11:15 AM

Mommy and Me Yoga
11:30 AM-12:00 PM

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Rockin' with the Oldies

Signature Reads brings you 12 0f the best books of the 2000

House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Díaz

Atonement - Ian McEwan

Visit their website for the complete list along with a synopsis of each.


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In observance of Memorial Day, all libraries in the Atlanta Fulton
Library System will be closed Monday 28 May. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ocee Rocks After Hours!

Image result for libraries rockFriends of Ocee Library is excited to sponsor a first ever after hours event at Ocee library! Jeffery Butzer will perform in concert Friday 1 June from 7-9 pm; kicking off Libraries Rock Summer Reading Program for adults! 

From 6-7 pm, Friends will have a mini-sale for adults featuring music CDs, DVDs, and audio books! We'll have a small selection of books, too. 

Adults patrons only, please.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Libraries Roll

Whether your an armchair traveler or are planning a summer vacation- roll around the world with AFPLS and RB Digital with some of the best travel magazines!

Elastic Thinkers - and Lobsters

Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Constantly Changing World 
by Leonard Mlodinow
  • Capacity to let go of comfortable ideas
  • Become accustomed to ambiguity and contradiction
  • Rise above conventional mind-sets
  • Reframe questions we ask
  • Abandon ingrained assumptions
  • Rely on imagination as much as logic
  • Willing to experiment
  • Be tolerant of failure
  • Generate and integrate a variety of ideas
Read more at BBC (and learn how lobsters figure in) or check the book out at the library.
Source: Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change

Register Summer Reading 2018

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Are you ready to rock with your local library this summer!? Take a moment to check out our new Summer Reading Program website and register online now! Summer Reading begins June 1 and is open to children and adults of all ages. afpls.beanstack.org

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tom Wolfe

Known for his white suits, author Tom Wolfe has passed at age 88. Wolf is best known for The Right Stuff and Bonfires of the Vanities.

"I think every living moment of a human being's life, unless the person is starving or in immediate danger of death in some other way, is controlled by a concern for status."

“I went to the woods..."

Just in time for summer reading, The Guardian has a list of top 10 wilderness books

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
In Bowles’s strange, frightening, and at times almost hallucinatory novel, an American couple, Port and Kit, and their friend Tunner, travel in the aftermath of the second world war to the harsh emptiness of the north African desert.

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
A short novel of extraordinary power, Train Dreams tells the story of Grainier’s long life in the midst of a violent, changing, haunted landscape of the 1900s.

A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
At once philosophical and immensely readable, these essays on the importance of getting lost are among Solnit’s best.

The Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge
Bainbridge brings them heartbreakingly to life in the cruel Antarctic wilderness.

South: The Endurance Expedition by Ernest Shackleton

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
Both a page-turning story and a meditation on love and mortality, suffering and loss, morality and faith.

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby
“Rarely in my life had I felt such an ecstatic feeling of happiness …”

Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë

by Jim Crace
Crace’s masterful novel takes us into the parched and hostile landscape of the Judean desert, where we meet Christ himself – naked and fasting – and a small band of other “quarantiners”, all with their different reasons for being there.

Walden by Henry David Thoreau
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life …"

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ocee Rocks Concert

Ocee ROCKS: Jeffrey Butzer Live in Concert at Ocee Library
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Come out for a special after-hours concert, featuring renowned musician Jeffrey Butzer, to kick off this year’s Summer reading program, “Libraries Rock.” Jeffrey Butzer is an Atlanta musician who has been performing for nearly two decades, producing critically acclaimed albums and performances. Open to adult patrons only.

Story Time from Space

Story Time from Space
Imagine Astronauts on the Space Station reading stories to and conducting science experiments for the children of Earth as the world rotates below.
Imagine no more…it’s Story Time from Space!

Breen's Bonkers Bookcase!


Monday, May 7, 2018

6 Reasons to Read More

Here are six scientific reasons you should be reading up more books.







Melanoma Monday

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What's better than reading outside on a spring day? May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer Whether you're outdoors in sun or clouds, summer or winter - the American Academy of Dermatology wants you to protect yourself from skin cancer and premature aging. Your first line of defense is sunscreen

Friday, May 4, 2018

"Commissioner Conversations"

Fulton County Vice Chairman Bob Ellis invites you to join him for "Commissioner Conversations," an opportunity to ask questions and share your comments and concerns about issues that are important to you and residents of Fulton County. Read More

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sandy Springs Library
395 Mount Vernon Hwy NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Opioid Forum with Commissioner Hausmann

Commissioner Liz Hausmann and the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority invite residents to attend the 2018 North Fulton County Community Health Forum. Commissioner Hausmann emphasizes the forum will focus on opioid addiction. The forum will link residents to the resources available in North Fulton. Register

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Centennial High School
9310 Scott Road, Roswell, GA 30076

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Johns Creek Art - Special Mother's Day Art Program

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Johns Creek Art Center has a fun Mother's Day theme story and craft planned for your enjoyment. Ages 5 and 9. Registration required. Register by calling 770.360.8897 or register at the Patron Services desk. Sponsored by Johns Creek Art Center.

ESL Group Classes

Thursdays during May
2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Group classes in conversational English as a Second Language (ESL) 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 Free Math Tutoring

Sundays through May 13, 2018
2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Meeting Room or Resource Room
Bring an assignment or a math topic that you are struggling with. First come first served basis. All programs are subject to cancellation without prior notice.

Fairy Tales - Past and Future

Maria Tatar, Professor of Folklore and Mythology at Harvard explains, "Many of our fairy tale adaptations for children today close with one-liners designed to create moral fables about specific values rather than narratives challenging us to think..." Read more of Tatar's insightful article at ReadBrightly.

Playaway® Bookpacks available for checkout!

Playaway® Bookpacks “bring together the simplicity of our all-in-one audiobooks and their print versions to deliver a fun and educational read-along experience to children of all ages.”

The Bookpacks are “a powerful literacy tool for children at every reading level. Bookpacks are the easiest way for emerging and struggling readers, auditory and special education learners, and ESL patrons to develop literacy skills.” 

The Bookpacks can assist young readers:
Improve reading comprehension and retention
Expand vocabulary skills
Build phonemic awareness and fluency

The Bookpacks include pre-recorded best sellers, award-winning titles, classic titles and Common Core State Standard selections for various ages and reading levels. The read-along content is perfect for every student.