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.


Sunday, December 30, 2018

Library Closing

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All branches of the AFPLS will be closed 
Monday 31 December 2018 and Tuesday 1 January 2019
for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Poster Contest

Black History Month Competition
January 7 to February 4, 2019.
Take a poster and fill out all the activities using information from library resources in print or online. Last day to submit posters: February 4th. The top three posters will win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place prizes. Ages: 8 to 12

Give Blood

Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday, January 25. 10 am – 3 pm

Giving blood saves lives! Help support our community by giving back to those in need. To sign up as a donor, simply visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/ and search for the blood drive by our zip code: 30005.

"The Big Free" Author Visit

Ocee Author’s Series: Martha Boone
Saturday, January 5. 5:00 pm
   
Local author Martha B. Boone visits Ocee Library to talk about her medical memoir, The Big Free. Martha B. Boone is a private practice urologist. The Big Free is her first novel. She did her surgical and urology training in New Orleans at Tulane and worked for six years at Charity Hospital. She is one of the first one hundred women in the world trained in urology. She writes the humor and horror of the world of medicine as only a true insider can write.

All ages. No registration required.


Yoga and Dance

We have several new* class offerings to start the New Year! Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Adult patrons only unless stated otherwise. 

Energy Yoga
Sundays: January 6, 13, 20, 27. 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm AND
Wednesdays: January 9, 16, 23, 30. 10:15 am – 11:15 am
Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Utilizes Qi Gong and meditation techniques.

Yoga & Meditation
Mondays: January 7, 14, 28. 11 am – Noon
Introduces basic yoga and meditation techniques for beginners.

*NESO Line Dancing with Jean Chen at Ocee Library 
Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22 & 29. 1 pm – 2 pm
Join Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library’s line dancing group! Adults and teens.

*Sahaja Yoga Meditation
Tuesdays: January 8, 15, 22, 29. 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
A relaxing afternoon meditation for beginners.

Mommy and Me Family Yoga 
Wednesdays: January 9, 16, 23, 30. 11:30 am-Noon
Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Open to mothers and preschool patrons.

*Core Yoga
Thursdays: January 10, 17, 24, 31. 11 am – noon
A new yoga class on Thursdays.

*NESO Won Yoga at Ocee Library
Fridays, January 11, 18 & 25. 11 am – 12:15 pm
Join Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library’s Won Yoga class! 

Music and Storytime

Baby Storytime
Fridays:
January 4, 11, 18, 25. 10 am – 10:30 am
Join us for a special themed storytime for babies. Ages 0 to 2 with caregiver.

Preschool Story time
Tuesdays: January 8, 15, 22, 29. 10:30 am – 11am
Join us for a special themed story time. Stories, songs, fun for toddlers, preschoolers, and their parents. Ages 2 and above with caregiver.
  
Music for Preschool
Tuesday: January 8. 11 am – 11:45 am
Preschool kids will have a fun time at music with Ms. Gail. No registration required.

small, Small World
Tuesday: January 15. 11 am – 11:45 am
Grab your passports and join us as we travel the globe as part of the Johns Creek Art Cetner (JCAC)’s newest learning adventure. small, small World is a multi-sensory learning experience for children ages 2 to 4 and their caregivers. Each week participants embark on a 40-minute journey to far-off locales where they learn about children around the world through music, movement, art, and literature. Sponsored by Johns Creek Art Center.

Cosplay Storytime with Cosplay for a Cause
Saturday, January 19. 1 am – Noon
A special storytime featuring stories read by your favorite children’s characters. All ages.

Tooth Fairy Story Time
Tuesday, January 29. 10:30 am.

Join us for a special story time. The tooth fairy will read your preschoolers a book about the dentist and our puppet will demonstrate proper brushing techniques. Preschool with caregiver.

NESO at Ocee

In anticipation of NESO renovations, the following Clubs will meet at Ocee. Ocee patrons are welcome to attend!

NESO Library Anime Club at Ocee LibrarySunday, January 6. 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Join Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library’s Anime Club! Teens meet to discuss anime and manga, share fan art and fan fiction. Occasionally there may be snacks and videos! This program is by teens for teens. Ages 12-18. Registration required. Please email ellen.baxter@fultoncountyga.gov with participant's name, age, and a contact phone number to register.”

NESO Library Book Club at Ocee Library Tuesday, January 8 at the Ocee Library. 11:00 a.m. – noon – One True Thing, Anna Quindlen.
Ocee Library will host Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library Book Club. New book club members are encouraged to attend! Resource Room. Adults and teens.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Exceptional Volunteer!

All of Ocee's volunteers are exceptional, but one was recently featured in ACCESS! 

'Former volunteer and current Emory University college student Hyunjun "Max" Ahn returned to the Ocee Library to speak with students participating in the September Job Fair. He excelled at math and science classes in high school and served 62 hours leading the CAST tutoring program at Ocee. Max said, "I never imagined I could be in the position to provide advice or inspiration, so it was an honor to meet all the students and parents after I spoke." 

Pick up a copy of ACCESS to read the entire article.

No Lines, No Waiting

Need a quick inexpensive gift, books to keep the kids or holiday company occupied, or something to have on hand while you wait for holds to come in? Visit the Ocee Friends Book Nook! Books sell for 50 cents, $1, and $2. Your purchases help fund library programs!

Crying in Baseball

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There was 'crying in baseball' this week with the news of actress, director, and producer Penny Marshall's passing Look for Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Big, AwakeningsA League of Their Own, and her other work at the library.

Library Closing - Holiday


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Please note that all libraries in the AFPL System will be closed 24 and 25 December in observance of the Christmas holiday. 

Darkest Night

Today is the Winter Solstice and tomorrow is both a full moon and meteor shower, so this is an exciting time in the cosmos as the sun begins its return closer to earth and the sky showers us with light on this darkest night of the year.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Ocee Community Outreach - AHS

Our Ocee 'elves' will be making an after-Christmas visit Thursday 27 December to the Atlanta Humane Society Mansell Campus to drop off your donations of gently used towels and blankets for their homeless pets. If you have donations, please drop them off before Christmas. You'll find a drop-off box in the lobby.

KidGineers

KidGineers
Saturday: December 15. 2 pm – 3 pm

Join KidGineers to use your skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Ages 5 and up. Limit: 45. Registration required. Register at Patron Services Desk or call 770-360-8897.

A Dog is for Life-

Not just Christmas... "The decision to keep an animal must not be taken lightly - the whole family must be involved in the decision-making process," said Claudia Hämmerling from Berlin's animal protection association.

To help you make the best decision for your household, Furkids Animal Rescue will visit Ocee library this Friday, December 14 from 11 am – 2 pm. Learn about pet adoption and pet ownership, and maybe take home a Furkid of your own! Furkids is a nonprofit charitableorganization that operates no-kill shelters in the Southeast for rescued cats and dogs. For more information call the library at 770-360-8897.