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 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.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Pre-school Story Time

Bridgeway Preschool Story Time 
6000 Medlock Bridge Pkwy Suite B500, 30022 
Thursday. July 17 10:30 AM 

The books store is also hosting programs for Northeast Spruill Oaks library as well as their own events. Please check their calendar.

See 25 June post for additional story times at Music in Me!

Ocee Programs at Lavena Café

Ocee's conversational French program, French Café, moves to Lavena Café!
11585 Jones Bridge Rd Ste 230, Alpharetta 30022 
Thursdays: July 11, 18, 25. 6:30 p.m. 
Practice speaking French with others. Teens & adults. 

Teen Advisory Board 
Lavena Café
11585 Jones Bridge Rd Ste. 230, 30022 
Saturday: July 13. 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
TEENS: Put your ideas into action for your community at the public library. Leadership opportunity.

If you'd like to treat yourself, "Lavena Cafe has a fresh coffee, bubble tea, sandwiches and a variety of bread, desserts, toasted bread with toppings, It is the meeting place in town for family and friends"

Ocee Adults' Art Night

Ocee Art Night with Johns Creek Arts continues at a new location:
Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Rd, Milton, GA 30009 
Thursdays: July 18, August 15. 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Free art workshop with Johns Creek Arts. Adults only. Registration Required. Register at Milton patron services desk or email

Time and Gravity on the Road

Equations of a Falling Body by Kimberly Glanzman

Time drove down the street in her vintage Volkswagen Beetle, her best friend Gravity in the passenger seat. The top was down even though it was January. Their hair slapped their cheeks and got caught in the corners of their mouths and pulled against their scalps. They yelled over the top of a Black Flag song, destroying the lyrics.

Gravity laughed at the women on the sidewalk, who didn’t see the Beetle... 
Continue here and for more flash fiction.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Celebrate Independence!

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All branches of the library system will be closed
for the 4th of July holiday.
Ocee library is currently closed for renovations.

Friday, June 28, 2019


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"Summer was our best season: It was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat..."  Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Mr Dewey Decimal

Known as the father of librarianship, Melvil Dewey invented the Dewey decimal system.
Melvil Dewey (1851- 1931)
Melvil Dewey is know as the "Father of American Librarianship". Among his many innovations were the Dewey Decimal System and he co-founded the American Library Association (ALA). Dewey also established the first school to train librarians at Columbia College in 1887. In spite of disapproval by the Regents at Columbia, he admitted women to the program. However, he had "a persistent inability to control himself around women" and was accused by his female students and colleagues of sexual harassment.

This Sunday, at the ALA conference, there was an overwhelming vote to remove his name from their top librarian award. Dewey also had a history of racism and antisemitism. No one is suggesting that his accomplishments be erased, but “the behaviour demonstrated for decades by Dewey does not represent the stated fundamental values of ALA in equity, diversity, and inclusion”.


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This June marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in NYC. Atlanta experienced a similar event just weeks later. The riots were a catalyst for the modern LGTBQ Rights movement. OprahPenguin/Random House, and Bustle have each put together LGTBQ book lists for the commemoration.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Ocee Story Time!

Story time has relocated to Music in Me at 11705 Jones Bridge Rd, Suite A203 - just across the street from Ocee! They're also hosting Family Yoga!

Story Time at Music in Me
Tuesdays: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 10:30 a.m.

Baby Story 
Time at Music in Me 
Fridays: July 5, 12, 19, 26. 10:00 a.m.

Family Yoga at Music in Me
Wednesdays: July 10, 17. 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
Preschool patrons with caregiver.

Ocee Programming - ESL

Ocee will continue programming at off-site locations. 

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes 
Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza
Mondays: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. 11:30 a.m.
No advanced registration is necessary. Ages 18 and up.  No textbooks needed.  

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes 
Johns Creek Books and Gifts
6000 Medlock Bridge Pkwy Suite B500, 30022
Thursdays: July 11, 18, 25. 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
No advanced registration is necessary. Ages 18 and up. No textbooks needed.

"Sex and Shopping"

Romance author Judith Krantz died last week at age 91. Her 10 novels (featuring sex and shopping) --beginning with Scruples in 1978 and ending with The Jewels of Tessa Kent in 1998--have together sold more than 85 million copies in more than 50 languages. Krantz's first novel was published when she was 50!

The Day Is Here!

At 6 pm today, Ocee library will be closed for renovations. NE Spruill Oaks closed yesterday. Renovations for both libraries are expected to take approximately 6-9 months. During construction library service will be available at the following nearby locations:

• East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell 30076
• Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta 30009
• Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Rd., Milton 30009

You'll find their hours, phone, programming here. While you're visiting the website, don't forget to change your holds locations and take a look at all the digital options the library offers!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Summer Reading Program

Reading Programs and Recommendations

Discover great books, track your reading, and earn badges!

Get started by registering!

Closing Countdown!

Ocee library will be closing for renovations in one week - Tuesday 25 June at 6pm. Updates are planned for the decor and mechanical systems. The library will be getting a small meeting room, study rooms and carrels! The entrance drive and parking lot will also be redesigned. Friends will have a small store - not just a few shelves! You can view the floor plan at the AFPLS website-

"Night of the Living"

If the constellation of stars
above your house looks like 
a woman skating across a lake

you could name it that. If someone 
long before you called it warrior with a sword 
or dragon at the gate, it doesn’t matter, 

it’s your sky now. If you’re lost in the evening 
fog all your former selves line up by the side 
of the road to show you the way home. 

If you want to pry open the moon 
and crawl inside, remember the sky 
waits like a clock for you to unwind... 


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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Don't Forget!

Ocee is closing soon for renovations!
If you have books/materials on hold, 
don't forget to change your pick-up location!
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Thanks, Dad!

Image result for father's readingWe love to see dads bringing their kids to the library. Turns out there's research to show why dads (and other male relatives) reading to their kids is such a good thing!

Dads take stories to another level.
Dads who read are a great role model.
A bedtime read is an important way to bond - especially with their sons.
Kids whose dads read to them show better behavior and concentration.
Dads de-stress when reading aloud.

Click the links above to learn more!

A word from AFPLS Director

Dr. Gabriel Morley, Director of the Fulton County Library System says, “While we know the closing of this library will bring some inconvenience, the result will be well worth it. We look forward to completing the renovations as quickly as possible and re-opening beautiful renovated libraries that can serve the community more efficiently.”

Renovations at Ocee and Northeast/Spruill Oaks are expected to take approximately 6-9 months. During construction library service will be available at the following nearby locations:

• East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell 30076
• Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta 30009
• Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Rd., Milton 30009

All dates are subject to change. For up-to-date information on the Library Renovation Project and for information on all libraries being renovated, please visit: or call the renovation hotline at 404-613-READ(7323).

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Ocee Yoga Continues

Patricia Gagne has found some exciting new venues to hold her yoga classes while Ocee is closed for renovations.

Music in Me studio will host Mommy and Me Family Yoga. It's across the street from the library, but facing Jones Bridge Road. Class is at 11:30 am on Wednesdays.

Sunday Energy Yoga class will be at 4:00 pm at Books and Gifts at 6000 Medlock Bridge Pkwy Suite B500 Johns Creek. This location is less than ten minutes from the library.

Patricia says, "The Music in Me studio is perfect for small groups of toddlers and their parents. And the book store, surprisingly, has wonderful floor space for our large Sunday class. It closes at 4:00 PM on Sundays, so we will have the space to ourselves."

Thanks to Patricia for providing program consistency while the library is closed! Big thanks to our neighbors at Music in Me and Johns Creek Books and Gifts for providing space.

Renovations - Really

Yesterday's library renovation update page announced the following:

Ocee Library Closing June 24, 2019 at 6 pm

Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library Closing June 21, 2019 at 6 pm

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Thanks, Partners!

“The Fulton County Library System is so thankful for community partners like Johns Creek Books & Gifts, who are generously sharing their space with the library during our renovation project,” Strange said. “While we completely understand that a closed library is a massive inconvenience to our patrons, taking our show on the road and bringing programs to local businesses and community spaces … allows us to keep providing great programs and services, keeping citizens engaged during this time.”

For more information about the store as well as upcoming library events being held there, visit Johns Creek Books & Gifts is located at 6000 Medlock Bridge Road, Suite B500, Johns Creek. Thanks, Anne and Tina!

D-Day 75th

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"On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s troops."

Monday, May 27, 2019

Herman Wouk - WWII Veteran

Herman Wouk at his home in Palm Springs, California, 2012. Wouk’s career included gag writing, fiction and a musical co-written with Jimmy Buffett. His 2 part World War II epic, “The Winds of War” and “War and Remembrance,” adapted by himself, was an Emmy Award-winning TV miniseries. Her also wrote about Judaism and modern belief.

After Pearl Harbor, Wouk joined the Navy and served in the Pacific Theater. During his off hours, he wrote. His publisher's contract for Aurora Dawn was sent to his ship.

Wouk won a Pulitzer Prize for "The Caine Mutinty" and was the first recipient of the Library of Congress' award for lifetime achievement in fiction. His centenary was marked by Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year Old Author (2015).

Wouk passed at his Palm Springs home just days of his 104th birthday.

Beer and Bar BQ

Between picnics, shopping the sales, and other holiday festivities, please take a moment to give thought to the real reason for this holiday.  On Memorial Day we remember and honor those men and women who have died in service to our country.
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The library will reopen Tuesday.

Saturday, May 11, 2019


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Special thanks to our moms for reading to us ("again, again!"), buying us books, all the trips to the library, helping us learn to read, and letting us stay up late to finish just one more chapter...!

Kids faves to read with Mom
Reading thank you stories
The Storybook Project gives incarcerated moms the opportunity to record books for their kids

Boredom and Dread?

OnePoll researchers surveyed 2000 US adults to find out the average percentage of a week that is lacking in fun, or consumed with boredom and dread, finding that Americans spend ~60 hours a week mired in tedium. That's just over 131 boring days each year. And things are getting worse – half said 2018 was more stressful than 2017. Additionally, 60 percent of Americans feel like their life is 'too grown up' and 74 percent miss aspects of their childhood.

The library can help! Branches offer yoga, cooking classes, author visits, kids programming, and much more. You can also check out free family passes for parks and museumsYou can learn anything anytime with 500+ courses at Universal classes as well as downloading books, music, movies, magazines, and newspapers - or volunteer your time and talents at the library!

Last Chance Shopping at Ocee

According to the AFPLS website, Ocee is still on schedule to close 3 June. Friends are required to be moved out of Ocee 2 weeks before closing. Come stock up on books for the summer during the last few days of the Book Nook! Money from the Nook sales helps fund library programs, purchase materials, and help keep the library's shelves stocked. Thanks!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May Yoga with Patricia

Patricia Gagne plans to continue with all 3 of her yoga classes until Ocee closes for renovations. She teaches "Mommy & Me"(family yoga) as well as Wednesday and Sunday adult classes. She's all ready lined up alternate venues for when the library's closed. Details closer to time.

Patricia (center - in white) said, "It was a great honor to be selected as the Fulton County Library's Volunteer of the Year last week. Unfortunately, the ceremony kept me from teaching my class that day. I missed you Sunday students but I know you share my pleasure in this honor. We have spent so many years learning and growing together and will have many more to come!"

Monday, April 29, 2019

Poet Visit/Workshop

Cecilia Woloch Flier
Please note that this program takes place at the bookstore

Shred It!

Secure Document Shredding at Ocee Library
Saturday, May 18. 10am – 2pm
Been spring cleaning? Secure document shredding at Ocee Library for proper on-site disposal of personal and confidential documents. Sponsored by the Fulton County Department of Real Estate and Asset Management.

Comic Book Give-Away

Did you know comic books and graphic novels are a great way to engage reluctant and less confident readers?

Free Comic Book Day at the Library! Fulton County Library celebrates Free Comic Book Day! Stop by one of our branches on Saturday 4 May and receive a free comic book. For ages 5-12, one per person, while supplies last.

Ocee Authors Series

Ocee Authors Series: Donna LonginoWednesday, May 15. 6pm – 7:30 pm
A special reading and discussion featuring a local author. All ages welcome.

Longino retired from a 30-year corporate career in 2012 to travel and pursue her lifelong dream of writing fiction. A native of Marietta, Longino attended the University of Alabama where she received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in journalism. Sarah’s Way is her first published novel.

The Cherokee County resident drew upon her knowledge of local history to write and publish a historical novel set in the gold-mining boomtown of Auraria in Lumpkin County.
“North Georgia has a rich and compelling history,” said Donna Longino,“From the nation’s first gold rush to the Civil War, the area is ripe with stories that are waiting to be told.”

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According to AFPLS website, Ocee library is still scheduled to close for renovations on 3 June 2019. Staff will be using the Meeting Room to prepare for closing. This will limit programs in May. 

Additionally, Friends have been asked to move out of the library by mid-May at the latest.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Bookish Imagery

"Artist Ekaterina Panikanova recently opened her third solo show at Sara Zarin Gallery in Rome featuring a number of ink and acrylic paintings on grids of vintage books. Reflecting the age of the books, Panikanova creates imagery suggesting aspects of memory or old snapshots commingled with illustrations of birds, antlers, baked goods, and lace."

Reading Heals Refugee Children

"Research reveals that the traumatic experiences of many refugees can affect their health in wide-ranging ways that can last a lifetime — social anxiety, depression, addiction, cardiovascular disease and more. Children and youth are most vulnerable. A mounting body of evidence demonstrates that repeated traumatic events early in life, if unbuffered by adults who can restore a child’s sense of calm, interfere with healthy brain development. This physiological response is known as “toxic stress.” But the damage is not irreparable if treated in time...

Rasha Al-Masry, who fled Syria in 2014, may be part of this shift in the community in Jordan where she now lives. Ms. Al-Masry, 30, is an “ambassador” for We Love Reading, a local organization that trains adults to read aloud to children in dedicated public spaces and provides books written specifically for the context they’re going to be read in, with messages and images that the children can relate to. “It’s through these stories that kids learn to deal with their challenges,” from gender inequality to migration, said Rana Dajani, the founder of We Love Reading." Please continue the article to learn more at the New York Times.

Celebrate Indies!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Earth Day - Every Day

The Earth remains humanity's only home in all the Universe, and the only planet that we know of capable of supporting human beings. Today, Earth Day, it's more important than ever to appreciate it. Forbes celebrates with some of the best photos of Earth from space.

Earth Day Network reminds us that 'all living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life. We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species: bees, coral reefs, elephants, giraffes, insects, whales and more.' 

Infographic showing ten things you can do to protect the earth.
NOAA has tips and 14 more great reads for Earth Day including the difference between weather and climate change.

The Sierra Club encourages people to consume less but has some gift ideas  for special occasions, including books. 

Monday, April 15, 2019

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris

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"The restless light of the flames made them seem to move. There were serpents, which seemed to be laughing, gargoyles yelping, salamanders blowing the fire, dragons sneezing amid the smoke."       
- Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Proud April


From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leapt with him.
Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odour and in hue,
Could make me any summer's story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew: 
Nor did I wonder at the lily's white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seemed it winter still, and you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.
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Volunteer of the Year!

The Harriet Macklin Adult Volunteer of the Year Award* 
Patricia Gagne
Ocee Library since 2015 

You've likely seen Patricia's photographic art in the children's section. Perhaps you've read her book or enjoyed one of her popular yoga classes at Ocee-

Congratulations, Patricia!
Thank-you for sharing your time and talents!

*Harriet Macklin was a dedicated library advocate, Friend’s President and volunteer from 2008-2016. She served over 2,000 hours at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History and at the Central Library. We are grateful to honor her legacy through this award.

Happy 103, Beverly Cleary!

"Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school." —Beverly Cleary

Cleary spent her early childhood in a small town in Oregon with no library and didn't learn to read until second grade.

It wasn't until her family moved to Portland that Cleary became a solid reader. Her school librarian suggested that she become a writer, and Cleary's path was set. She wanted to write about kids like the ones she knew in her own neighborhood, and so she created the characters so many of us grew up getting to know. Continue the article here.

Library Report

"Did you know that in 2016 there were 1.4 billion visits to public libraries across the country? Or, that the nation’s academic libraries hold some 2.5 billion items in their collections? Or, that only 61% of school libraries have a full-time school librarian, despite numerous studies showing the positive impact librarians have on student performance? These are just some of the facts called out in the American Library Association’s 2019 “State of America’s Libraries Report,” released this week in conjunction with National Library Week. The 30-page report is a brief but interesting overview of the array of programming libraries now offer, as well as the challenges libraries face."

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Art Night for Adults

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Art Night with Johns Creek ArtsWednesday: April 24. 6pm – 7pm
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.
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Exam Prep

ACT Mock TestSaturday: April 20. 10:30am - 3pm
Take a practice ACT test! Registration required. Ages 14-18.
Register at
Sponsored by Applerouth.

Introduction to AP ExamsSaturday: April 27. 3-4 pm
Details on why AP classes are so very important for teens. Learn how and when to prep for the AP exam. No registration required. Teens ages 13 and above. No registration required. Sponsored by C2 Education.

Ocee Authors Series

Ocee Authors Series: Hoke Kimball
Wednesday, April 17. 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 pm
A special reading and discussion featuring a local author. All ages welcome.