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.


Saturday, November 16, 2019

Have You Used Overdrive/Libby?

Here's a few suggestions and tips-

The Family Road Trip Collection is perfect for holiday drives!
Road tripping with smaller children? This collection contains shorter stories
Frustrated by Overdrive wait times? These collections can help!
Try Something Different: https://afpls.overdrive.com/collection/31970
Available Now: https://afpls.overdrive.com/collection/31965
Your Next Great Read: https://afpls.overdrive.com/collection/31961

Upcoming Books Sales

Looking to stock up on books for the colder weather? Have book lovers on your Christmas list? Would like to have books on hand for kids home over holidays or visiting?

Friends of the Alpharetta Library Book Sale 
10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta 30009 
Saturday, December 7. 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Friends of the Milton Library Book Barn Sale 
855 Mayfield Rd, Milton 30009 
Saturday, December 14. 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Holiday Hours

The following schedule applies to all libraries in the system

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 
Libraries close at 6 pm for Thanksgiving Holiday
Thursday, November 28, 2019. Closed
Friday, November 29, 2019. Closed

Tuesday, December 24, 2019. Closed for Christmas Eve
Wednesday, December 25, 2019. Closed for Christmas

Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Closed for New Year's Eve
Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Closed for New Year's Day

100 Novels That Shaped Our World

'Stories have the power to change us. The BBC asked a panel of leading writers, curators and critics to choose 100 genre-busting novels that have had an impact on their lives, and this is the result. These English language novels, written over the last 300 years, range from children’s classics to popular page turners. Organised into themes, they reflect the ways books help shape and influence our thinking. There was months of deliberation and reflection by the panel but what would you have chosen? Share the novel that's shaped you on BBC's Facebook page or using #mybooklife on Twitter.'

Hallmark Christmas

Of the 40 Hallmark Channel Christmas movies this year, 11 of them are based on books. 
Here's a few to get you started reading. Visit Book Riot for the complete list, a brief synopsis, and their movie name.

THE GOODBYE BRIDE BY DENISE HUNTER

CHRISTMAS WISHES & MISTLETOE KISSES BY JENNY HALE

THE HOUSE OF WOODEN SANTAS BY KEVIN MAJOR

A CHRISTMAS BRIDE BY HOPE RAMSAY

A FAMILY UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE BY TERRI REED

Dickenson's Recipes

Seems Emily Dickinson was more famous for her baking than her poetry during her lifetime. LitHub features several of her recipes for the holidays. The "Black Cake" requires 19 eggs and 5 lbs of raisins. The fruitcake is said to weigh ~20 pounds! The other recipes included in the article look delicious! This one would be great to make with the kids-

Gingerbread:

1 quart flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup cream
1 tablespoon ginger
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
Make up with molasses

The editors of Emily Dickinson: Profile of the Poet as Cook add these instructions: “Cream the butter and mix with lightly whipped cream. Sift dry ingredients together and combine with the other ingredients. The dough is stiff and needs to be pressed into whatever pan you choose. A round or small square pan is suitable. Bake at 350 degrees for 20–25 minutes.” There is no attendant recipe for the glaze, although Dickinson did apparently glaze her gingerbread, and sometimes garnished it with an edible flower or two.

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Like a big holiday meal, sometimes too much of a good thing is just too much. The same can be said for long books - say 500+ pages. Book Riot has a few suggestions to make it through to the very last word.

  • Know yourself - read a few pages before you commit 
  • Reduce distractions
  • Break up long books. Read something short and easy 1/2 way
  • Slow down - it's not a race
  • Listen - try the audio version
  • Take notes or journal
  • Read in an enjoyable, comfortable space

Goodbye, Gabriel

NEWS
Nov 13, 2019
By Arielle Kass, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The director of the Fulton County library system is leaving the county for a job in New Orleans, according to a statement from that city.

Gabriel Morley came to Fulton County in 2016, and was the first permanent director since 2012. At the time, he said he wanted to use the system to foster new ideas about what a library could be.

Morley has spearheaded projects including an initiative to allow Atlanta Public Schools students to use their student IDs as library cards. He’s also been the director through much of a project to rebuild and renovate library branches. The system is in the midst of a $275 million program.

Morley did not respond to an email seeking comment about his move.

In a statement, Fulton County Manager Dick Anderson said Morley had “provided outstanding leadership during a period of strategic expansion for the Fulton County Library System.”

In a statement released Tuesday, the New Orleans Public Library said Morley would be the new executive director of the system. He was chosen after a six-month, nationwide search.

Morley will lead the 15-branch library system beginning in January.

Fulton County will begin a nationwide search for his replacement.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Do You Reread?

Laura Sackton, contributor to Book Riot, shares some thoughts on rereading.

"When it comes to rereading, every reader is different. For some, rereading is an essential part of loving and understanding the books they read; for others, it’s a chore. I fall somewhere in the middle. There are certain comfort books I read over and over, books that I can pick up when I’m stressed or upset and that always immediately make me feel better. There are other books that are just too good, too complex and layered, to read only once.

In the past few years, though, my relationship with rereading has shifted, thanks to my new favorite thing: rereading books on audio. Rereading a book is always a different experience from reading it the first time around. But listening to a book after having read it in print is something else entirely. There’s a wonderful depth to rereading on audio. It’s still rereading, but there’s also an element of newness to it. Good narrators bring so much vitality to books. Hearing characters voiced aloud adds layers to those characters I don’t always experience in print. Listening to an author read their own memoir can add an emotional depth that’s impossible replicate in print. Rereading on audio is the perfect blend of new and familiar. It’s a way to get a new perspective on beloved books."

You can download audiobooks from the library system website!

Scarlet Letter

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Friday, November 1, 2019

November Programs for Teens

TEEN ADVISIORY BOARD
Alpharetta Branch Library 
Saturday, November 2. 1:00 pm  
Discuss what library can do for teens. Plan programs, displays and special projects. Leadership opportunity.  
Contact aaron.brown@fultoncountyga.gov  

TEEN SUPPORT GROUP 
Alpharetta Branch Library 
Saturday, November 9. 12:00 pm  
Discuss teen problems, stigmas and compassionate community. How to seek help when needed. 
Contact aaron.brown@fultoncountyga.gov  

CAST MATH TUTORING 
Johns Creek Bookstore 
Sunday, November 3, 17. 1:30 pm—3:30 pm  
Free individual math tutoring for all grades.  
Contact karen.kennedy@fultoncountyga.gov 

FRENCH CLUB 
Lavena Cafe 
Thursday, November 7, 14,21. 6:30 pm-7:30 pm 
Practice speaking French. Teens and Adults. 
Contact aaron.brown@fultoncountyga.gov 

Alpharetta Branch Library 10 Park Plaza Alpharetta 30009 
Johns Creek Bookstore 6000 Medlock Bridge Pky #B500 Johns Creek 30022 
LaVena Café 11585 Johns Bridge Road #230 Alpharetta 30022 

Relax

ENERGY YOGA  
Johns Creek Bookstore 
Sundays, November 3, 10, 17. 4:00—5:00 pm  
Exercises to open and clear energy. QI Gong meditation. 
Contact ryland.johnson@fultoncountyga.gov  

OCEE YOGA and MEDITATION 
Newtown Community Center 
Mondays: Nov 4, 18.  10:00 am 
Introduces basic yoga and meditation techniques for beginners. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Adults only.  
Contact ryland.johnson@fultoncountyga.gov  

FAMILY YOGA 
Music in Me 
Wednesday, November 6, 13, 20, 27. 4:00 pm  
Yoga for young families. Open to parents and grandparents.  
Contact aaron.brown@fultoncountyga.gov 

Johns Creek Bookstore 6000 Medlock Bridge Pky #B500 Johns Creek 30022 
Newtown Community Ctr. 3115 Old Alabama Road Johns Creek  30022 
Music In Me 11708 Jones Bridge Road #A203 Johns Creek 30005

Programs for Kids

BABY STORYTIME 
Music in Me 
Fridays, November 1, 8, 15, 22. 10:00 am  Babies ages 0 to 2 with caregiver. 

YOUNG ARTISTS 
Johns Creek Bookstore 
Saturday, November 2, 16, 23. 3:45 pm  
Basics techniques of drawing, painting, elements and design. 

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME 
Johns Creek Bookstore 
Tuesdays, November 5, 12. 10:30 am  
Preschoolers ages 2 to 4 with caregiver. 

KID CHESS 
Alpharetta Branch Library 
Thursday, November 7. 6:00 pm  
Chess strategies, game variations. 

MUSIC FOR PRESCHOOL 
Alpharetta Branch Library 
Tuesday , November 19. 11:00 am  
Live entertaining and educational program. Music for early literacy. Pre-schoolers ages 2 to 4 with caregiver.

Questions? Contact karen.kennedy@fultoncountyga 
Alpharetta Branch Library 10 Park Plaza Alpharetta 30009 
Johns Creek Bookstore 6000 Medlock Bridge Pky #B500 Johns Creek 30022 
LaVena Café 11585 Johns Bridge Road #230 Alpharetta 30022 
Music In Me 11708 Jones Bridge Road #A203 Johns Creek 30005

Language Programs

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) 
Alpharetta Branch Library 
Mondays, November 4, 18. 11:30 am  Conversational English. No text book required. Contact ryland.johnson@fultoncountyga.gov  

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) 
Johns Creek Bookstore 
Thursdays, November 7, 14,21. 2:00 pm-4:00 pm Group classes. No textbooks required. Contact ryland.johnson@fultoncountyga.gov 

FRENCH CLUB 
Lavena Cafe 
Thursday, November 7, 14,21. 6:30 pm-7:30 pm 
Practice speaking French. Teens and Adults. 
Contact aaron.brown@fultoncountyga.gov 

Alpharetta Branch Library 10 Park Plaza Alpharetta 30009 
Johns Creek Bookstore 6000 Medlock Bridge Pky #B500 Johns Creek 30022 
LaVena Café 11585 Johns Bridge Road #230 Alpharetta 30022 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

If You Don't Watch Out!

Little Orphant Annie 


Little Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,
An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,
An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep,
An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board-an'-keep;
An' all us other childern, when the supper things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun
A-list'nin' to the witch-tales 'at Annie tells about,
An' the Gobble-uns 'at gits you
Ef you
Don't
Watch
Out!

Onc't they was a little boy wouldn't say his prayers,--
So when he went to bed at night, away up stairs,
His Mammy heerd him holler, an' his Daddy heerd him bawl,
An' when they turn't the kivvers down, he wasn't there at all!
An' they seeked him in the rafter-room, an' cubby-hole, an' press,
An' seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an' ever'wheres, I guess;
But all they ever found was thist his pants an' roundabout--
An' the Gobble-uns'll git you
Ef you
Don't
Watch
Out!

An' one time a little girl 'ud allus laugh an' grin,
An' make fun of ever'one, an' all her blood an' kin;
An' onc't, when they was "company," an' ole folks was there,
She mocked 'em an' shocked 'em, an' said she didn't care!
An' thist as she kicked her heels, an' turn't to run an' hide,
They was two great big Black Things a-standin' by her side,
An' they snatched her through the ceilin' 'fore she knowed what she's about!
An' the Gobble-uns'll git you
Ef you
Don't
Watch
Out!

An' little Orphant Annie says when the blaze is blue,
An' the lamp-wick sputters, an' the wind goes woo-oo!
An' you hear the crickets quit, an' the moon is gray,
An' the lightnin'-bugs in dew is all squenched away,--
You better mind yer parents, an' yer teachers fond an' dear,
An' churish them 'at loves you, an' dry the orphant's tear,
An' he'p the pore an' needy ones 'at clusters all about,
Er the Gobble-uns'll git you
Ef you
Don't
Watch
Out!

If You Dare!

Book Riot offers several book lists for Halloween and beyond: Haunted BooksEerie Reads, and Horror Poetry Collections.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Librarians on Horseback

"WaPo says Jojo Moyes (Me Before You) The Giver of Stars is a celebration of love, but also of reading, of knowledge, of female friendship, of the beauty of our most rural corners and our enduring American grit: the kind of true grit that can be found in the hills of Kentucky and on the pages of this inspiring book.

Based on the true story of the Pack Horse Library initiative — a Works Progress Administration project that ran from 1935 to 1943 and turned women and their steeds into bookmobiles — Moyes’s characters travel into the remote Eastern Kentucky mountains to deliver learning to the most isolated residents."

#ebooks

Email contains GIF image of a dissolving e-reader with the text "Library access to eBooks is disappearing." Macmillan Publishers wants to limit library access to eBooks. Visit ebooksforall.org to sign the petition. #eBooksForAll American Library Association

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Halloween Costumes

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation offers 20 Bookish Halloween Costume suggestions. 
 
 
 

Bookish Halloween Crafts

If  the thought of cutting up a book makes you cringe in horror, these crafts would be perfect for paperbacks that are worn and yellowed with age. Visit Graphics Fairy for vintage images!

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Music Bios

Janis: Her Life and Music biographer, Holly George-Warren lists her top 10 music biographies from Kurt Coban to Bing Crosby. She lists other favorites as well. If you enjoyed Ken Burns Country Music you'll definitely want to see her recommendations.
     
    

Ebook Club (no waiting)


After the Flood book cover image

Heather Cho
CHICAGO – Readers nationwide can now borrow and discuss the first ebook selection of the Libraries Transform Book Pick, a new digital reading program from the American Library Association and Rakuten OverDrive. From Oct. 7-21, 2019, book lovers across the U.S. can borrow an ebook copy of the inventive and riveting saga “After the Flood” by Kassandra Montag at their public libraries without waitlists or holds. Readers will only need a library card and the award-winning Libby app to download and read the ebook, then discuss via social media.

The Libraries Transform Book Pick program is designed to connect readers across the U.S. with the selected ebook simultaneously through their public libraries to generate conversation across communities. A book guide and other materials to help book clubs and readers foster conversation are also available.

“It is such an honor to have my debut novel selected as the first Libraries Transform Book Pick,” said author Kassandra Montag. “So many of my childhood memories are of my local library: reading by the stacks, participating in various programs, browsing the shelves. Libraries serve people of all walks of life as cultural gathering places for learning, community, discussion and reading. The Libraries Transform Book Pick continues this service and tradition, and I'm so grateful for my work to be part of that.”

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Poetry & Song

Silent Auction & Poetry and Song Concert
Sunday 13 October at 3 pm
Alpharetta Presbyterian Church
180 Academy St (near Alpharetta library)

Come at 2:30 for a silent auction

Every 40 Seconds

Romeo & Juliet, Catcher in the Rye, Me Before You, Along Way DownA Man Called Ove... Unfortunately, suicide isn't confined to fiction. In fact, every 40 seconds someone loses their life to suicide. That's 800,000 people a year globally and many many more make attempts. 
Home
10 October is WHO Mental Health Day. This year's focus is suicide. Learn more about the issues, start a conversation, raise awareness, provide support, advocate against the stigma of mental illness.

If you or someone you know are in crisis, please call the 
at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 
or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.
Free and confidential - 24 hours, 7 days a week

Friday, October 4, 2019

World Animal Day!

World Animal Day

"The first World Animal Day was organized in 1925 by a man named Heinrich Zimmermann to promote the protection of all animals, domestic or wild. The mission today is to “raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe.” With looming statistics around species loss highlighting what has been termed “the Sixth Great Extinction,” endangered protections (like the Endangered Species Act) under threat, and animals still suffering under poor conditions of treatment, today is a day to do something positive for the rest of the animal kingdom!"

Visit the library to learn more about animals and their defenders (Jane Goodall, William Wilberforce, Temple Grandin and more). Check out some vegetarian cookbooks. Research what plants are beneficial to our local wildlife...

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Banned Book Week

National Coalition Against Censorship staff has compiled a list of 40 rebellious reads. Titles include Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Beach Music, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1984, and The  People's History of the United States. Visit their website for the full list and the reasons why they're challenged.

Lit Locked Up

banner for Literature Locked Up Banned Books Week 2019
"Each September, Banned Books Week celebrates open access to books in our schools, libraries, and communities. We must defend our right to read as a fundamental liberty in this country and reject attempts to censor works on political, religious, or other grounds. This is core to PEN (Poets, Essayists, Novelists) America’s mission.

Today, by far the most extensive book ban in America is happening in the prison system. More than 2.2 million individuals are affected, too often given substantially restricted access to books, legal materials, or even dictionaries.

Studies repeatedly show that allowing incarcerated people access to outside information and ideas reduces recidivism and is essential to a successful transition back into society. More broadly, the United States Supreme Court has consistently emphasized the importance of education, and we believe access to literature is fundamental to supporting the liberties that underpin our democracy."

Additional Family Yoga Class

Patricia says, "a new Family Yoga class for toddlers and their moms or dads will begin in October at the Music in Me studio on Jones Bridge Road at 4:00 PM on Wednesdays. We are also continuing the existing class at 11:30 for October as we see how attendance can build.

We are working on developing this class. Please spread the word to families with toddlers. We welcome input about how the timing would work best for our families!"

Monday, September 23, 2019

SAT ACT

Mock SAT at Alpharetta Library
Saturday: Oct 19. 10:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Register at: www.applerouth.com/signup with the code: M345432
Teens ages 13 and above.

Mock ACT at Alpharetta LibrarySaturday: Oct 26. 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Register at: www.applerouth.com/signup with the code: M345433
Teens ages 13 and abov
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Art Workshop

Art Night with Johns Creek ArtsAlpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Monday: October 21. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a free art workshop with Johns Creek Arts. Adults only. Registration Required. Register at the patron services desk or call 770-360-8897.

October Yoga

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

Family Yoga (formerly Mommy & Me Yoga)Music in Me, 11705 Jones Bridge Rd A203, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Wednesdays: Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Yoga for families! Open to parents, grandparents, and preschool patrons.

Energy Yoga at Johns Creek Books and Gifts 
6000 Medlock Bridge Pkwy Suite B500, Johns Creek, GA 30022
Sundays: Oct 6, 13, 20, 27. 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Utilizes Qi Gong and meditation techniques. Open to adult patrons only.

Ocee Yoga & Meditation at Newtown Community Center 
3115 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022
Mondays: Oct 7, 21, 28. 10:30 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.
Introduces basic yoga and meditation techniques for beginners. 
Open to adult patrons only.

Tell Me A Story

Baby Story Time
Music in Me, 11705 Jones Bridge Rd A203, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Fridays: Oct 4, 11, 18, 25. Nov 1, 8, 15, 22. 10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Join us for a special themed story time for babies. Ages 0 to 2 with caregiver.
Preschool Story Time
Music in Me, 11705 Jones Bridge Rd A203
Tuesdays: Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Nov 5, 12, 19. 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Join us for a special themed story time for preschoolers. Ages 2 to 4 with caregiver

Languages

French Club
Lavena Café, 11585 Jones Bridge Rd Ste 230, Alpharetta 30022
Thursdays: Oct 3, 10, 17. 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Practice speaking French with others. For teens and adults.

English as a Second Language (ESL) 
Group Classes at Johns Creek Books and Gifts 
6000 Medlock Bridge Pkwy Suite B500, 30022
Thursdays: Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Group classes in conversational English as a Second Language. First come, first served. No advanced registration is necessary. Free and open to the public. Ages 18 and up. No textbooks needed.

English as a Second Language (ESL)
Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, 30009
Mondays: Oct 7, 21, 28. 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Group classes in conversational English as a Second Language. First come, first served. No advanced registration is necessary. Free and open to the public. Ages 18 and up. No textbooks needed.

Kid Chess

Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, 30009
Thursdays: Oct 3. Nov 7. Dec 5. 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 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.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

National Hispanic Heritage Month

 Celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of people whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America 15 September - 15 October!

Like You

Roque Dalton - 1935-1975
translated by Jack Hirschman

Like you I
love love, life, the sweet smell
of things, the sky-blue
landscape of January days.
And my blood boils up
and I laugh through eyes
that have known the buds of tears.
I believe the world is beautiful
and that poetry, like bread, is for everyone.
And that my veins don’t end in me
but in the unanimous blood
of those who struggle for life,
love,
little things,
landscape and bread,
the poetry of everyone.


Como Tú

Yo, como tu,
amo el amor, la vida, el dulce encanto
de las cosas, el paisaje
celeste de los días de enero.
También mi sangre bulle
y río por los ojos
que han conocido el brote de las lágrimas.
Creo que el mundo es bello,
que la poesía es como el pan, de todos.
Y que mis venas no terminan en mí
sino en la sangre unánime
de los que luchan por la vida,
el amor,
las cosas,
el paisaje y el pan,
la poesía de todos.


From Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination (Curbstone Press, 2000), edited by Martín Espada. Used with the permission of Northwestern University Press.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Pop Up Library!

Libraries Closed

All branches of the Fulton County Library System will be closed Tuesday
September 24, 2019 for Staff Development Day, 
a full day of training for all library staff. 
 Libraries will re-open to the public Wednesday, September 25th 
at regularly scheduled hours of operation.

The Library may be closed but the digital library is ALWAYS open. Visit www.afpls.org/digitallibrary to download books, music and more, 
place materials on hold or search our catalog.

Covering Climate Now

MORE THAN 170 NEWS OUTLETS from around the world with a combined audience of hundreds of millions of people have now signed up for Covering Climate Now, a project co-founded by CJR and The Nation aimed at strengthening the media’s focus on the climate crisis.

All outlets have committed to running a week’s worth of climate coverage in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York on Sept. 23. At that meeting, the world’s governments will submit plans to meet the Paris Agreement’s pledge to keep global temperature rise “well below” 2 degrees Celsius.

“The need for solid climate coverage has never been greater,” said Kyle Pope, CJR’s editor and publisher. “We’re proud that so many organizations from across the US and around the world have joined with Covering Climate Now to do our duty as journalists—to report this hugely important story.”

No ACCESS

The AFPLS magazine will no longer be printed. Please go to the website www.afpls.org. Go to the bottom of the page and click on the SIGN UP TODAY FOR FULTON COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM E-NEWSLETTER.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Tonga Gets a Library

Tonga is getting it's first public library! The Corbetts, a couple from Auckland, New Zealand, visited the island after cyclone Gita. "I looked at the schools. It was just nothing left ... I said 'Well, we have to do something about this' because there were no books." 

Children in Tonga put together shelves for Tonga's first public library
The Corbetts noticed an abandoned building and convinced the city to let them turn it into a library. While Tonga has a literacy rate of 99%, they had little access to reading material other than school books and the Bible. With the help of the Auckland libraries, Tonga now has a proper cataloged library with thousands of books! Others donated shelving, paint, and shipping to the island. The kids helped with construction as well as unpacking, scanning, and shelving books. 
  
Mrs Corbett said she hoped the library inspired the village locals, and especially the kids, to dream big. "I feel really happy to see the reaction from the community, understanding why it's important to have books. It's opened them up to another world," she said.


We wish them good luck and happy reading!

Reading Before Bed

survey featured in Real Simple magazine reveals there are many more benefits to reading before bedtime than just better sleep. They've also included a list of the best books (so far) of 2019. Will let you read the article on your own so you can reap the rewards!

Pups!

Ocee has fantastic yoga classes for all ages, but couldn't resist sharing this special class/fundraiser from our community partner, the Atlanta Humane Society!

Puppy Yoga
Puppy Yoga


Back by popular demand! Join the Atlanta Humane Society and Bring It Om Yoga Studio on Sunday, September 29th as we embark on a yoga experience like no other… with adoptable puppies! Find out all the details at atlantahumane.org/yoga.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Catch Your Eye



"Imagine for a moment, that you are walking in a winter wood. The ground is soft beneath your feet; something catches your eye—something untoward, something not quite natural, in a depression just off the beaten track. Perhaps you are here walking your dog (this is the way so many stories start). Perhaps the dog hurtles off into the undergrowth and whines. As you fight through the brambles to reach it, you have a moment of foreboding—and, looking down, you realize why . . . for there in front of you where the dog has frantically scraped the soil, the lifeless hand of a body is exposed, its pallor stark against the black humus." Read more here from the author Patricia Wiltshire about her work as a forensic ecologist.

Understanding the Drug Epidemic

Some 70,000 Americans per year are dying from drug overdoses. Ben Westhoff spent over 4 years interviewing addicts, healthcare professionals, law enforcement officers, and activists. his book Fentanyl, Inc. Additionally, his work is built on the works below. Read more here

Fentanyl, Inc by Ben Westhoff