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

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Gary Cooper

No, not the actor, but a star in his own right. "Our" Gary Cooper custom designed and crafted the Friends donor wall. You see his work each time you pass through the library doors (or here on the blog). Visit here and here to learn how the donor wall came about. 

Past Ocee Friends President, Rachel recalls, "Gary was a very sweet man - his brother helped him with the installation. I remember he was hesitant to take the project on because he had never done anything like it, and we were just giving him a photo for inspiration and asking him to wing it. But he ended up being very proud of how it came out (justifiably! I think ours ended up looking much better than the original), and I fondly recall taking a picture of him next to it, and he just had the biggest smile on his face!"

Jan 12, 1944 – Jan 27, 2019

Turanga Library - Christchurch, NZ

Christchurch’s librarians have been tested by crises that no community should face, and proved themselves to be brave, compassionate, effective, and resolute. They are heroes of the information profession. Spare a thought for them this weekend.

The Tūranga central library in Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand went into lockdown during the terror attacks which occurred in the city centre last Friday.

Movies in

Ngā Kete Wānanga-o-Ōtautahi@ChristchurchLib

We have lots of children from the climate change protest here in Tūranga. They - and all other customers - are being well looked after by staff. There are storytimes taking place, people playing video games, reading, and some watching Shrek. ^DR

10:47 PM - Mar 14, 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019

A Novel Approach

It can be tricky to make time for reading, but would those postponed pages really take you that long to conquer? Take Lenstore's test to determine how your reading speed compares to the British public, and see how long it would take you to tackle some of the best-loved books. There's also a chart of how many books you could read in a year based on how many minutes a day you have to read. Just a few minutes really adds up! How long will it take you to read the 500 list below?

Top 500

Ever wonder what books other libraries have? Here's a list of the 500 most held books from libraries all over the world. The list includes classics and newer books for both adults and children. Many of them have been made into films as well. Check the AFPLS/FCPL catalogue for books, ebooks, audio books, and DVDs/downloads. Enjoy!

No Book Donations

Ocee library is scheduled to close for renovations 3 June 2019! To prepare for the closure, the Friends of Ocee Library are no longer accepting book donations (and will close the Nook in a few weeks).

Friends groups at Alpharetta, Milton, and East Roswell libraries can take your donations as well as North Fulton Community Charities and Goodwill stores. 

If your book donations aren't in good condition, please recycle them in your curbside bin or Webb Bridge Middle School. 

Relax & Restore

Art Night with Johns Creek Arts
Wednesdays. March 27. 6:00 pm– 7:00 pm
Join us for a free art workshop with Johns Creek Arts. Registration required. Register at the patron services desk or call 770-360-8897. Adults only.

Book Nook Closing

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In preparation for Ocee renovations, the Friends Book Nook will be closing soon. We plan to close by the end of April, unless we sell out before then. Shop now for best selection!

Ocee VolunTeens!

Check out Ocee teen volunteers Brian Shon and Samah Khan on FGTV!

And a belated thank you to all our Book Sale volunteers - especially the Boy Scouts and Friends of Roswell Library!

Another Week...

another tragedy...

This article offers suggestions as to how to cope with vicarious trauma - including reading for stress relief. "Reading can be a wonderful (and healthy) escape from the stress of everyday life. Simply by opening a book, you allow yourself to be invited into a literary world that distracts you from your daily stressors. 

Reading can even relax your body by lowering your heart rate and easing the tension in your muscles. A 2009 study at the University of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%. It works better and faster than other relaxation methods, such as listening to music or drinking a hot cup of tea. Find a book or magazine that piques your interest-a romantic paperback, gardening magazine, or even a cookbook. Set aside 30 minutes to read every day in a quiet place."

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. Outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

small World

small, Small World
Tuesdays, March 19. 11:00 a.m. – 11:40 p.m.
Grab your passports and come along as we travel the globe as part of the Johns Creek Art Center’s newest learning adventure. small, small World is a multi-sensory learning experience for children ages 2 to 4 and their caregivers. Participants will embark on a 40-minute journey to far-off locales where they learn about children around the world through music, movement, art, and literature. Ages 2-4 with caregiver only.

Cosplay Saturday!

Cosplay Storytime with Cosplay for a Cause
Saturday, March 16. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
A special story time featuring stories read by your favorite children’s characters. All ages.

Cosplay Workshop and Discussion 
with Cosplay for a Cause
Saturday, March 16. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Ocee welcomes Cosplay for a Cause to discuss the craft of cosplay and how cosplay can help give back to the community. Costumes encouraged! All ages welcome.

Library Cuts!

For a third straight year, the Trump administration has proposed the permanent elimination of the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and with it virtually all federal library funding.

In a statement, American Library Association officials criticized the Trump administration’s proposed library cuts. "Not only does the administration’s new budget dismiss the value of IMLS, it reduces funding for many other worthwhile programs, including resources for children,” said ALA president Loida Garcia-Febo in a statement. “Cutting federal support for programs like the Department of Education’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) comes at the cost of early literacy, often in the most under-served areas of our nation. In addition, the White House budget proposal undermines public education for all students, penalizes librarians striving to improve their professional skills, and makes careers in public service out of reach for many."

In an article on the ALA's American Libraries web site, ALA Washington Office Director Kathi Kromer urged library advocates to contact their local representatives, asking them to show their support for federal funding for libraries by co-signing a “Dear Appropriator” letter. The deadline for signatures is March 28.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Tax Help - March

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
Wednesdays in March. 3pm – 8pm
Saturdays in March. 9:30am – 4pm

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides free, in-person tax assistance. For more info, please visit Registration required. Call 770-360-8897.

It's a Birthday!

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
Friday, March 1. 10:30a.m.
Don't be a Grinch! Come along for a fun-filled 'Read Across America' birthday celebration featuring Dr. Seuss. All ages welcome.

French Group

French Conversation
Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28. 
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Practice your French skills in a casual group setting for beginners, intermediates, and advanced. For teens and adults.

Book Club

NESO Library Book Club at Ocee Library
Tuesday, March 5 at the Ocee Library. 
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ocee Library will host Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library Book Club. New book club members are encouraged to attend! Resource Room. Adults and teens.

Anime Club

NESO Library Anime Club at Ocee LibrarySunday, March 3. 2:30pm – 4pm
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 with participant's name, age, and a contact phone number to register.

Career College Planning Fair

Career College Planning FairSaturday, March 9. 2pm-4pm.

Join us for your unique opportunity to connect with members of the metro-Atlanta community for education and career opportunities. Meet face to face with college, government, retail and business organizations on site and ready to speak with you. Bring your resume, two forms of ID, and dress for success. Be prepared with an engaging and motivated attitude. Teens ages 16+ and adults.


English as a Second Language (ESL) Group ClassesThursdays, March. 2pm – 4pm
Group classes in conversational English as a Second Language for intermediate and advanced English speakers. First come, first served. No advanced registration is necessary. Free and open to the public. Ages 18 and up. No textbooks needed.

ESL Beginner’s ClassFridays, March 1, 15. 4pm – 5pm
Group classes in English as a Second Language for beginning English speakers. First come, first served. No advanced registration is necessary. Free and open to the public. Ages 18 and up. No textbooks needed.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Book Sale

We're having a book sale this Friday at 1 pm and Saturday 10 am-4 pm. Come along and stock up for rainy days, summer vacations, and Ocee's closure* for renovations. Really, who needs an excuse to shop for books? ; ) Proceeds help fund programs and purchase materials for Ocee library. 

*The public is invited to learn more about Ocee renovations 
Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 pm at Ocee

"Stay dropping knowledge"

Jovan Bradshaw is a teacher at Magnolia Middle School in Moss Point, Mississippi where 3/4 of the students are African American. For Black History Month, Bradshaw posted the following  by Rev. Nadine Drayton-Keen on her classroom door.

Dear Students, 


They stole Scientists, Doctors, Architects, Teachers, Entrepreneurs, Astronomers, Fathers, Mothers, Sons, Daughters, Etc. and MADE THEM SLAVES. 

Your Ancestors

She's surprised by the attention her door has received. “It all started with this little boy in my class. We were talking and he said, ‘Slaves didn’t do much because they couldn’t read or write.’ He kinda caught me off guard. I said, ‘Baby, if I snatched you up and dropped you off in China or Germany or Africa even, you wouldn’t be able to read and write their language either. Does that make you useless or any less educated?”

Monday, February 18, 2019

Books for Anxious Kids

Natasha Daniels, child therapist and author says “I do think kids learn through stories so either if a child has a hard time talking about it or if we want to normalize it, it’s super helpful to say, ‘Look, it’s in this book, When we distance it and it’s not about the child, it’s just about this character in this book.”

HuffPost put together a list of helpful titles, a mix of recommendations from therapists, counselors, psychologists and other mental health experts as well as some other notable books of the past few years.

Check the library catalogue for availability or ask a librarian. Additionally, Ocee offers a yoga class for preschoolers and their caregivers Wednesdays 11:30 -Noon.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

50 in 50 YA Books

Kelly Jensen at Book Riot has compiled a list of young adult books set in all 50 states.

Author Story Time

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Story Time with Herschel Khan

Saturday: February 23. 3pm – 4pm
Join us for a special story time with author, Herschel Khan,
who will read from his book
Knowing is Growing: Grown-Up Values for Children.
For ages 5 – 8.

Art for Adults

Art Night with Johns Creek Arts
Wednesdays. February 27. March 27. 6pm – 7pm
Join us for a free art workshop with Johns Creek Arts. Registration is required. Register at the patron services desk or call 770-360-8897. Adults only.

Library After Dark

S.T.E.A.M. Night Ocee Branch
Friday, February 22. 7pm. – 9pm

Come learn how to draw with 3D Pens, build a piano with Makey-Makey’s, build with Snap Circuits, design your own button on our button machine, and more! We are staying open late for this special Library After Dark event. All Ages welcome. 

Additionally, all volunteers from FCLS have been invited to attend. Come out and meet the folks who help keep the library running! Maybe you'll be inspired to volunteer, too?

Cosplay for a Cause

Cosplay Storytime with Cosplay for a CauseSaturday, February 16. 11am – noon
A special story time featuring stories read by your favorite children’s characters. All ages.

Cosplay Workshop and Discussion with Cosplay for a CauseSaturday, February 16. Noon – 1pm
Ocee welcomes Cosplay for a Cause to discuss the craft of cosplay and how cosplay can help give back to the community. Costumes encouraged! All ages welcome.

Happy Valentine's Day!

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” — Helen Keller
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By The Strength of Our Voices

Bookpages feature article "You will know us by the strength of our voices" showcases 4 new books for Black History Month.
Sign up for a digital copy of Bookpages or pick up a paper version at the library for news about the latest book releases for all ages.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Happy Lunar New Year!

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5 February - 19 February

Renovation Meetings

Please make plans to attend public meetings regarding branch renovations! You'll have the chance to give feedback to and ask questions of the design and building teams.

Thursday, February 28 – Ocee Library
Monday, February 25 – Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library 

Meetings will take place 6:30 pm - 8 pm at Ocee and NESO.

About ATL

The first week of February is sure to please Fulton County readers, as we have a New Book Newsletter full of stories with Atlanta area connections. Long time Newsletter readers know we have always denoted our local authors with a peach icon to better draw attention to their work. There are now so many excellent books that use both Fulton County and our state as a setting that we felt our readers would like a way to quickly recognize those as well. A Georgia icon will now let you know when an author has been smart enough to recognize that our state is the best place for their story to take place - even if they aren't lucky enough to live here themselves.   
Rounding out this week's crop of stories with local connections is a recommendation that highlights the re-release of an Atlanta classic. Next week our promotional copy give away feature will return! Be sure let all your friends know they can sign up for the New Books Newsletter for a chance to win, as well as our weekly highlights of new titles you can be the first in line to read.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Vote for...

Big Library Read
This ebook club is facilitated by OverDrive and the Fulton County Library System to connect readers around the world with the same ebook at the same time without any wait lists or holds. This is an amazing opportunity to read one book globally and write reviews, post comments about the book and share the experience in our Fulton County community. Vote for the title we will all read at: Voting ends February 6, 2019 and the Big Library Read is April 1-15, 2019.  The selected title will be announced in March, so stay tuned. Register in Beanstack today with your library card at

Too Many Books?

Tom Gauld

Monday, January 28, 2019

Oh, Snow! Library Closed Tuesday

Due to expected inclement weather, all Fulton County Government buildings, including all libraries, will be closed Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

All scheduled meetings will be rescheduled to a later date.

The library may be closed, but our digital library is always open! Visit and download books, music, movies and more to keep you entertained on this cold winter day!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

New Look - New Name

"FULTON COUNTY, GA — Fulton County kicked off 2019 with a new image, as it unveiled the first update to its logo since 1989.

This update, which was adopted in October 2018 by the Fulton County Commission, includes a redesign of the county's oak tree logo featuring fresh design elements and a new color palette emphasizing blue and orange. The logo and rebranding efforts were developed by county staff.
The new logo keeps the county's long-running symbol of the oak tree, which is a "symbol of strength, growth and dependability," the county said. The oak symbol dates back several decades and has seen many iterations. The tree is now surrounded by an open circle emphasizing Fulton County government's inclusiveness and transparency, with curves inside the circle denoting forward momentum.
Over the coming months, the new branding will be phased in across the organization, in signage, printed materials, and all other visual communications. The redesign will also inform elements of the redesign of Fulton County's new website."

Additionally, the new logo will be used for the library along with the legal name of Fulton County Library System.