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.

As of 25 June 2019, OCEE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS. Ocee will be closed for ~6-9 months.

Please visit http://www.afpls.org/ to find alternate library locations and hours. You'll also find info regarding the renovations/closures that are taking place throughout the library system.

Ocee library is offering programs at off-site locations. This blog will remain active during the closure.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Library Cards @ Kroger

Ocee Library Outreach - Library Card Drive at Kroger State Bridge
Wednesdays:  December 5, 2018. 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

We’ll come to you! Become a Fulton County (F.C.) library card holder at the convenience of shopping for your favorite grocery items.  Must present school ID, ID with F.C. address, or I.D. with other proof of F.C. residency.  Cards issued onsite.   Open to all.  Location:  10945 State Bridge Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30022.

If you're a business who'd like to learn more about the library, please phone the library at 770.360.8897.

Book Club

Ocee Library will host Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library Book Club. New book club members are encouraged to attend! Resource Room. Adults and teens.

NE Spruill Oaks Library Book Club at Ocee Library 
Tuesday, December 4 at the Ocee Library. 11:00 am – noon 
Our Souls at Night byKent Haruf
Tuesday, January 8 at the Ocee Library. 11:00 a. – noon 
One True Thing by Anna Quindlen



Art Classes

Young Artists
Saturdays: December 1. January 12, 26. February 9, 23. 
March 16, 30. April 13, 27. May 4. 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Basic techniques of drawing, painting, elements of art, principles of design, and cartoon/anime’ drawing.

BTW: Adults can look forward to an art class in late January!

Yoga

Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes for meditation and stress relief. Classes continue into January!

Energy Yoga
Sundays: December 2, 9, 16. 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm and
Wednesdays: December 5, 12, 19. 10:15 am – 11:15 am
Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Utilizes Qi Gong and meditation techniques. Open to adult patrons only.

Yoga & Meditation
Mondays: December 3, 10, 17. 11 am – Noon
Introduces basic yoga and meditation techniques for beginners.  Open to adult patrons only.

Sahaja Yoga Meditation
Tuesdays: December 4, 11, 18. 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
A relaxing afternoon meditation for beginners. Open to adult patrons only.

Mommy and Me Family Yoga
Wednesdays: December 5, 12, 19. 11:30 am-Noon
Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Open to mothers and preschool patrons.

Core Yoga
Thursdays: December 6, 13, 20. 11 am – noon
A new yoga class on Thursdays. Open to adult patrons only.

TGIF! After-Hours at Ocee!

Cosplay Storytime with Cosplay for a Cause
Friday, December 7 from 6 pm –7pm
A special after-hours story time featuring stories read by your favorite children’s characters. All ages.

Ocee Library Performances: Special Holiday Concert 
Featuring Chad Shivers & the Silver Santas
Friday, December 7 from 7 pm – 9pm
Join us for a special, after-hours holiday music concert at Ocee Library, featuring surf-rock inspired holiday favorites for the whole family.

Thanks for Giving!

Thanks to everyone who participated in GaGives #Giving Tuesday - especially those who donated to FoOL or the AFPL Foundation. GaGives allows people to donate by credit card all year round. If you can give your time or have expertise you'd like to share as a library program, please let Ocee staff know! Thanks for making our community a better place!

Monday, November 26, 2018

#Giving Tuesday

Can't make a financial contribution tomorrow for Giving Tuesday/GA Gives Day? Consider donating your time and talents at your local library. Visit afpls.org or your branch's Friends of the Library for more information - or any other organisation you're passionate about!
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Support Your Library


Join the movement & give back to your local library 
November 27th, 2018

You can support your local library this holiday season by making a donation during this nationwide day of giving. Simply visit GA Gives Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Foundation or Friends of Ocee Library page and make your donation!

This year, your Atlanta-Fulton Public Libraries served over 4 million visitors at 34 branches, and offered free online resources to thousands more. 

Give thanks this season to the important work our libraries do in our communities. Join the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Foundation with your gift of support this #givingtuesday!

You can also catch our outreach librarians live on WSB-TV at 10:30 a.m. during the #gagives #givingtuesday coverage. Be sure to share the love and tag us in your #givingtuesday post and tell us why you support your local library.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Gratitude

“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.”
Kahill Gibran, The Prophet, 1923

Being grateful all the time isn’t easy. But it’s when you feel least thankful that you are most in need of what gratitude can give you: perspective. Gratitude can transform any situation. It alters your vibration, moving you from negative energy to positive. It’s the quickest, easiest, most powerful way to effect change in your life—this I know for sure.”
Oprah Winfrey, What I Know for Sure, 2014

“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything, 2006

Black FUR Day

If you're looking to add a pet to your family, our friends at the Atlanta Humane Society have a deal for you this Friday. 
Black Furday. Name your own adoption price.

If you're not able to adopt, you can still help shelter pets. Ocee is collecting blankets and towels for AHS Mansell Campus. Visit AHS website for more ways you can make a difference.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

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What One Word?

'Imagine you and an intelligent robot are both before a judge who cannot see you. The judge will guess which of you is the human, and so will live, while the other will die. The judge is fair and smart. The judge says: “You must each give me one word from an English dictionary. Based on this word, I will guess who is the human.”'

What one word do you choose? Learn more at the BBC.

Love & Thanks to Libraries!

"My library gives me a free place to take the kids and feel like part of the community. "Being a stay-at-home mom can be very isolating."

"I’m dyslexic and needed extra help learning to read, but the library was my saving grace."

"I've begun to talk with the other parents/caregivers as well and begin friendships."

"Growing up my family couldn’t afford a home computer and internet service so the library is where I would go to research colleges and eventually apply for them.

"My parents could never afford to buy me all the books I wanted to read."

"It's a simple but meaningful way for me to honor my late father's memory."

"Books helped me feel a little less lonely."

"The library provides so many resources for me to practice a new language."

Early Voting at Ocee

Fulton County voters are encouraged to cast their ballots early for the December 4, 2018 General and Special Election Runoff. Early voting locations will be open Monday, November 26 – Friday, November 30 from 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Residents can verify their voter eligibility in this election by visiting www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.

Election Day for the 2018 General and Special Election Runoff will be Tuesday, December 4. Eligible voters have to vote at their designated polling location on Election Day.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Dynamic Duo

GA Gives Day shines a spotlight on the work of the many Georgia non-profits that make our state a better place to live. #GivingTuesday is a global giving initiative. Both come together on 27 November to raise consciousness for worthy causes.
The Georgia Center for Non Profits provides an on-line giving platform. It's an easy, quick, and secure way to make a tax-deductible donation with your credit card. Friends of Ocee and the AFPLS Foundation are both participating. Your donation helps fill in the gaps not covered by the country's budget. The gift of your time is also greatly appreciated!  

Indigenous Cookery

“You take from the land only that what you require and give thanks to the creator for the gift that was shared to you to share with others. And by doing so, you insure a continued nature flow of life.” - CHEF QUENTIN GLABUS

Visit here for news about indigenous cookbooks, some history, and five recipes from indigenous chefs.

Library Closed

Take note that all branches in AFPLS will close at 6 pm Wednesday 21 November and will be closed Thursday and Friday in celebration of Thanksgiving. Branches will reopen on Saturday the 24th. Digital services are available during closing.
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2018 National Book Award Winners

Secrets

George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, 1949
“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”

Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin, 2000
“The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn’t one.”

Joyce Carol Oates, Man Crazy, 1997
“Secrets have always been easy for me, it’s the opposite of secrets that is hard.”

Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go, 2005
“Maybe all of us at Hailsam had little secrets like that — little private nooks created out of thin air where we could go off alone without fears and longing.”

Oxford Word of the Year

“In 2018, toxic added many strings to its poisoned bow becoming an intoxicating descriptor for the year’s most talked about topics,” the publisher said in a statement online Thursday. “It is the sheer scope of its application, as found by our research, that made toxic the stand-out choice for the Word of the Year title.” Other words on the short list include:

Gaslighting: The action of manipulating someone by psychological means into accepting a false depiction of reality or doubting their own sanity.

Incel: An incel is a member of an online community of young men who consider themselves unable to attract women sexually. Typically, they hold views that are hostile towards men and women who are sexually active.

Orbiting: Orbiting is the action of abruptly withdrawing from direct communication with someone while still monitoring, and sometimes responding to, their activity on social media.

Overtourism: An excessive number of tourist visits to a popular destination or attraction, resulting in damage to the local environment and historical sites and in poorer quality of life for residents.

Techlash: A strong and widespread negative reaction to the growing power and influence of large technology companies, particularly those based in Silicon Valley.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Reader's Block

“Reader’s block” is a well-documented problem, and even avid readers occasionally suffer from it. The good news is that it’s not incurable, but it might require a little creativity and effort on your part." Visit Mentalfloss for some great ways to get out of your reading slump!

31 Ways

Book Riot suggests 31 ways to find the best book recommendations. Here's a few: 

8. READ THE NEW YORK TIMES’S BY THE BOOK COLUMN 

13. TAKE A BOOK RIOT QUIZ!

17. CHECK OUT CELEBRITY BOOK CLUBS

22. SIGN UP FOR A BOOKISH NEWSLETTER

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Library Closed



Please note that branches of AFPLS will be closed both Sunday 11 November and Monday 12 November in observance of  Veterans Day. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.  Learn more here - and thank a veteran.