Monday, August 27, 2021

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. 
Visit Mental Floss for more benefits and the science behind it.

Monday, August 20, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

Peace Corps - Make the Most of Your World

Peace Corps Info. SessionSaturday, August 18, 2021
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.   Phone: 770-360-8897x245

Chinese for Kids

Chinese for KidsSaturdays, August 11, 2021 - September 1, 2021
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. Phone: 770-360-8897x245

Thursday, August 9, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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"
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!

Lire à la Plage

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.
Image via Seine-Maritime

Flash Ficton Submissions Open

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, 2021

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


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.