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 http://www.afpls.org/

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Writers and Workshops

Page Master Screenwriter’s Group
Saturday:  October 6. 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
EXTENDED THROUGH OCTOBER 6 - Master storyteller Danny V. Wright leads a progressive, weekly 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.

Ocee Authors Series: Roger Johns
Wednesday:  October 10. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Georgia Author-of-the-Year (Mystery) Roger Johns comes to Ocee Library to discuss his novel, “River of Secrets.”

Ocee Authors Series: Eric Simmons
Saturday, October 27.  4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Local author Eric Simmons comes to Ocee Library to discuss his work and the business of self-publishing.

ESL Group Classes

English as a Second Language (ESL) Group Classes
Thursdays: October 4, 11, 18, 25,  
November 1, 8, 15, 29.  2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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.

Mature Patrons

AARP SMART Drivers Safety Program
Wednesday, October 3. 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
AARP SMART Drivers Safety Program is intended to provide all drivers, especially those age 50 and above, with a classroom course to assess, enhance, and improve driving skills. FEE: $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. REGISTRATION REQUIRED, call 770-360-8897. Attendees are encouraged to bring a snack for a 30 minute lunch break.  Open to teens and adults.

Social Security Workshop
Thursday, October 4. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
A free, informative workshop on social security benefits. Presented by Evans Wealth Management.  Adults only.

AFPLS at Avalon

Ocee Youth Outreach:  
Avalon in Alpharetta - A Special Storytime and Craft
Tuesday, October 2 & 23. 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
AFPLS and Fulton County Public Works will be at Avalon in Alpharetta for Little Acorns. Featured will be a Pollution Prevention program with story time and craft. Ages preschool with caregiver.

Story Times!

Preschool Story time
Tuesdays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Join us for a special themed story time. Stories, songs, fun for toddlers, preschoolers, and their parents. Ages 2 and above with caregiver.

Baby Story time
Fridays:  October 5, 12, 19, 26. story time 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Join us for a special themed story time for babies. Ages 0 to 2 with caregiver. 

Music for Preschool
Tuesdays:   October 9, November 13. 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Preschool kids will have a fun time at music with Ms. Gail. No registration.

Yoga at Ocee

Yoga & Meditation
Mondays:  October 1, 15, 22, 29. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Introduces basic yoga and meditation techniques for beginners. Adult patrons only.

Energy Yoga
Sundays:  October 7, 14, 28. 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Wednesdays: October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Utilizes Qi Gong and meditation techniques. Adult patrons only.

Mommy and Me Family Yoga 
Wednesdays: October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.  11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Physical exercises to open and clear energy.  Mothers and preschool patrons.

Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Missy Flapjack & the Butterworth Blues Band

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Ocee ROCKS: Missy Flapjack & the Butterworth Blues Band 
LIVE in Concert at Ocee Library
Friday: October 5. 7:00 pm 9:30 pm
Join us for a special after-hours concert featuring Missy Flapjack & 
the Butterworth Blues Band. 
Limited supply of adult refreshments courtesy of PBR | first come, first served

Missy Flapjack and The Butterworth Blues Band have been serving up delicious blues and rock for nearly a decade in Atlanta and across the Southeast. Featuring Brian Rosen on guitar, David Knaub on drums, Jon Roberts on bass, and Alexis M. LaSalle as Missy “Mississippi” Flapjack on lead vocals and keys.

This band writes and performs a variety of rock and traditional blues-style songs and are currently producing and arranging several new songs for their upcoming 2017-18 record release. Look for their upcoming debut album, Sunny Side Up, featuring “When You Least Expect It”, “Dirt.”, “Miles of Craggy Road”, and “Sing Tonight”.

Heal the Cracks

...Now the bells chime like the muscle beating in every chest, 
heal the cracks in the bell of every face listening to the bells. 
The chimes heal the cracks in the bell of the moon. 
The chimes heal the cracks in the bell of the world.  -Martin Espada

Visit poets.org for more poetry celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
15 September -15 October

Book Art Winners

On your next trip to Ocee library take a look at the Book Art winners! You'll find them in the display case in the lobby. The finalists each took home a 'swag bag' donated by Barnes and Noble! Congratulations, all- Keep looking for ways to be inspired by books!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Crafting

A ‘Yarn’ Good Time: Crochet Craft WorkshopThursdays: September 6, 13, 20, 27. 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Join us for a free, weekly, community-taught crochet craft workshop at Ocee Library! All skill levels welcome! Work on your own crochet projects and help others learn a fun, relaxing craft!

Young ArtistsSeptember 8, 22. October 13, 27, November 3, December 1.
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Basic techniques of drawing, painting, elements of art, principles of design, and cartoon/anime’ drawing.

ESL and Math Tutoring

English as a Second Language (ESL) Group Classes
Thursdays: September 6, 13, 20, 27.   2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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.
CAST – Math Tutoring                             
Sundays: September 9, 16, and 23.
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 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. 

College Prep Events at Ocee

SAT College Prep Mock Test  
Saturday, September 8 and November 10.   10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Take a practice SAT test! Registration required. Register at https://www.applerouth.com/schools.php/128876.
Ages 14-18.

ACT College Prep Mock Test                                 
Saturday, October 13 and December 8.10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Take a practice ACT test! Registration required. Register at https://www.applerouth.com/schools.php/128876.
Ages 14-18.

Teens Find Your Future Life Faster – What Do You Want To Be
Saturday, September 8.  3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Calling all teens ages 13 and above. You will go through a series of online exercises, based on the most advanced career science. You will receive 14 natural aptitudes most important to your career choice based on your interests and future job market needs. Receive a detailed profile that connects you with a personalized fit to specific careers from a database of over 500 careers. Bring your Fulton County School ID for participation in this assessment.

Career and College Planning Fair
Saturday, September 15. 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Calling all teens and adults. Join us for your opportunity to connect with members of metro-Atlanta community for internship, volunteer and career opportunities. College, medical, government, retail and business organizations will be onsite and ready to speak with you. Learn about your career and educational options. Bring your resume and positive attitude. Resume and cover letter review will be available. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to plan your future career path.

eCampus for College Success: Research and Databases
Thursday, September 27. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

An instructional program on using databases to conduct college-level research. Will introduce basic searching strategies and research methods. All ages welcome. Laptop users welcome.

Kids Chess Club

Kids Chess Club           
Wednesdays: September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5.
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Club members will learn strategies, game variations and perhaps have the opportunity to participate in a tournament. No registration required. Ages 5 and above. Sponsored by Kid Chess.

Get Fit at Ocee

Zumba
Saturdays: September 1, 8, 15, 22. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fitness inspired by various styles of Latin-American music and dance. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Open to adult patrons only.

Energy Yoga
Sundays: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Wednesdays:September 5, 12, 19, 26. 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Utilizes Qi Gong and meditation techniques. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to adult patrons only.

Mommy and Me Family Yoga
Wednesdays: September 5, 12, 19, and 26. 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to mothers and preschool patrons.

Well Done, Summer Readers!

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Friends of Ocee Library congratulates all Ocee's 
Summer Challenge Readers! 
We're pleased to award prizes to-

Anya, 4 - $25 Disney gift card (early reader) 
Mehul, 5 - $25 Lego gift card (kid) 
Amelia, 12 - $25 Barnes and Noble gift card (tween) 
Anirudh, 13 - $30 Regal Cinemas gift card (teen)

Friends and Staff hope you'll keep reading all through the school year!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Happy Labor Day!

Branches of the AFPLS will be closed for Labor Day 
Monday 3 September. 

Also of note, several branches are closed for renovations

150 Years Ago

the more they stay the same. Thanks to Friend of East Atlanta Henry Bryant for sharing this information!

“150 yrs. ago today, August 30, 1868: In Atlanta, GA, the “Constitution”, this week, has this about an emerging city treasure: “ Y.M.L.A.—The Young Men’s Library Association is now one of the established institutions of our city, and it behooves the citizens to sustain it as an organization of usefulness. It is one of the many evidences of enterprise which distinguish Atlanta as a wide awake, growing city. Though already in possession of a select library, yet the number of books is not sufficient to meet the demand of readers. The YMLA proposes to give an exhibition of Tableaux very soon, and a Concert about the middle of September.”