Friday, June 29, 2018

Library Reno Updates

East Point Library closed June 5, 2018.
Fairburn Library closed June 13, 2018.
Central Library will close Sunday, July 1, 2-6 pm.
August 8 closing: Sandy Springs, 
Kirkwood, Southwest and Washington Park.
August 21 closings: Roswell
Dogwood and West End Libraries.

Ways of Seeing

"As Atticus Finch said in To Kill a Mockingbird, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Reading encourages us not to reduce others to caricatures. “Unconsciously we begin to accept that the other is always a mystery and that easy characterisations lead nowhere,” says the Greek writer Amanda Michalopoulou. “Literature transforms amorphous fear and pity into individualities. It tells us: the other is not what it seems.”...Perhaps most importantly, reading can reaffirm a feeling we all have – that who we are as humans varies from moment to moment. In response to the question posed by the Caterpillar – “Who are you?” – Alice says: “I-I hardly know, Sir, just at present. At least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have changed several times since then.” "

Read the full article on how literature helps us better understand ourselves and others here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Early Voting at Ocee

Three weeks of early voting begins Monday, but the equipment has all ready been set-up in the Meeting/Community Room. Please check with the library to make sure programs you plan to attend are still scheduled.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Empathy Day

'In reading, you get to feel things, visit places and worlds you would never otherwise know. You learn that everyone else out there is a me, as well. Empathy is a tool for building people into groups, for allowing us to function as more than self-obsessed individuals' Neil Gaiman
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Libraries, school, and bookshops in Britain are observing Empathy Day 12 June! Because scientific research shows the power of books to build real-life empathy, the focus is on using books as a tool to challenge prejudice and build connections between us all.

READ - because reading in itself can make us more empathetic
SHARE - because sharing books can connect us in new ways
DO - put empathy into action and make a difference in your community

Monday, June 4, 2018

Library Renovations

While Ocee and Northeast Spruill Oaks branches wait on news about library renovations, Sandy Springs and Roswell branches have begun exterior renovations. They will then close for interior remodeling in August through late February. Central library will close to the public in early July.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Financial Literacy Series

The following programs are part of the Ocee Library Financial Literacy Series. Free and open to the public. Ages 18 and up.

Estate Planning Workshop & Information Session

Thursday: June 14. 6:30 pm.– 7:30 m.
An informative evening to outline the basics of estate planning.

Debt Relief Workshop
Thursdays: June 21, July 12. 6 pm. – 7 pm
An informative evening to outline basic strategies for managing and reducing debt.

Resume Workshop
Thursdays: June 28, July 26. 6 pm – 7 pm
Questions about your resume? Your friendly Ocee librarian can help! Get one-on-one resume help with an information science professional. First come, first served.

Lunch & Learn: Estate Planning
Fridays: June 29, July 27. 2 pm – 3 pm
Come for an information session on estate planning and other financial topics. 

Like a Radio

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"As a librarian, I’m more like a radio, tuning into the different stations that the community members are broadcasting. I’m trying to keep up with what they want."

Travel Talk: Italy

Rome    Venice    Florence
Travel Talk: Italy
Thursday 7 June from 6 pm – 7 pm

A fun and informative lecture on the culture of Italy, with helpful tips for planning a fabulous Italian vacation! Free and open to the public.