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 http://www.afpls.org/

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Moms

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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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Renovations

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

Sonnet XCVIII

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.
                                                                             
                                                                                -Wm Shakespeare

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 https://www.applerouth.com/schools.php/128876
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.

Celebrate Service

National Volunteer Week  (April 7-13, 2019) is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about. Their stories serve to inspire others to take action, to realize their power to make a difference, and be a force that transforms the world.

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. Today, as people strive to lead lives that reflect their values, the expression of civic life has evolved. Whether online, at the office, or the local food bank; whether with a vote, a voice, or a wallet – doing good comes in many forms, and we recognize and celebrate them all.

National Pet Day

More than 65% of American households own pets - with cats and dogs being most popular. Here are a few of the benefits pets provide:

  • They listen, know when we need them, and never judge
  • Lower risk of allergies
  • Reduced anxiety and stress
  • Better heart health
  • Stronger relationships and social skills
  • Improved mental health
  • Better sleep quality
Reading offers some of the same benefits! Pair pets and books for better health-
Ocee library collects blankets and towels for dogs and cats waiting adoption at Atlanta Humane Society Mansell Campus. Look for the donation box in the library lobby. IF it's right for you, consider adopting or fostering a cat or dog from one of the area's rescue groups.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Library Workers Day


As part of National Library Week, Tuesday is dedicated to library workers. Anna Gooding-Call says, "librarians are like ninjas: easy to overlook yet extremely effective. Any modern library worker will tell you that they don’t spend their days behind the desk reading. In fact, books are only a slice of what librarians doThat said, let us enjoy these 13 nonfiction books about librarians. As we do, let’s raise a glass to those who show the world how to operate the printer fifty times a day."

Thanks to Ocee's librarians and library staff: Ms Burton, Ms Kennedy, Mr Johnson, Mr Brown, Ms Mullins, Ms Stone, Ms Chigani, Ms Paschall, Ms Lofton-Browdway, and Ms Manley.







To Morocco!

Friends, in partnership with Kennesaw State University's 'Year of Morocco', were able to send children's books to establish an English language library for children at the Medina Children's Library. Our sentiments about books are the same - whatever the language!

    
Thanks to Mr Johnson at Ocee library for coordinating the project with KSU!

Top Eleven for 2018

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 347 challenges to library, school and university materials and services in 2018. Of the 483 books challenged or banned in 2018, the Top 11 Most Challenged Books are:

George by Alex Gino
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller
Captain Underpants series written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Skippyjon Jones series written and illustrated by Judy Schachner
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan


Saturday, April 6, 2019

Deadline Extended

While you’re celebrating libraries next week, ALA officials also remind you to contact your Senators about signing on to this year’s “Dear Appropriator” letters in support of federal library funding. The deadline has been extended to April 11. As previously reported, the Trump administration once again is proposing to eliminate all federal funding for libraries.

National Library Week



National Library Week (April 7- 13, 2019) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2019 National Library Week is "Libraries = Strong Communities," and Gates Foundation Co-founder Melinda Gates will serve as 2019 National Library Week Honorary Chair.

10 April

Library Giving Day

As part of National Library Week, 10 April has been designated as Library Giving Day. As you know, public libraries are known for books and research materials, but they also offer many programs that promote lifelong learning, connect patrons to technology, and advance our knowledge.

Shop our Book Nook, make a donation at the Nook's cash boxes, or use a credit card anytime at Friends of Ocee Library at Georgia Gives.




Nutmeg and Ginger

Writer Helen Oyeyemi’s new novel Gingerbread follows three generations of women, who each turn to a family recipe for a different reason. Baking loaves of the tea cake was an important part of the book’s research. “My entire flat just smelled like all of the nutmeg and ginger,” Oyeyemi told us on a recent episode of Bite. “That was a good phase.” Her favorite-

Emily Dickinson’s Gingerbread

Ingredients
1 quart flour
½ cup butter
½ cup cream
1 tablespoon ginger
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
Make up with molasses. (Guides at the Emily Dickinson House, who in 1975 individually experimented with the quantity of molasses, have generally agreed that a “cup or so” is just about right).

Cream the butter and mix with lightly whipped cream. Sift dry ingredients together and combine with other ingredients. The dough is stiff and needs to be pressed into whatever pan you choose. A round or small square pan is suitable. The recipe also fits perfectly into a cast iron muffin pan, if you happen to have one which makes oval cakes. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

National Poetry Month

Knopf: Poetry Month - Sign up for Knopf's Poem-A-Day
Knopf Doubleday Poetry sign-up

To get the April celebration started, here's one by the beloved Mary Oliver.

Praying

It doesn't have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don't try
to make them elaborate, this isn't
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Renovations!

Ocee's design team is busy tweaking plans based on suggestions from the February reveal. At this time, Ocee is still scheduled to close 3 June 2019

Our neighbors at Northeast Spruill Oaks will be closing in a couple of weeks! For more information, view the renovation newsletter here.

East Roswell, Alpharetta, and Milton branches will remain open. 

Art for All Ages

NESO Library Anime Club at Ocee LibrarySundays: April 7. 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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 phone number to register.

Young ArtistsSaturdays: April 13, 27. 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Basic techniques of drawing, painting, elements of art, principles of design, and cartoon/anime drawing. Ages 5 and up.

Pysanky Craft WorkshopSaturday: April 13. 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
A pysanka is a traditional Ukrainian decorative egg, symbolic of Easter, which is decorated using a wax-resist method. Come decorate a Ukrainian Easter Egg with traditional folk designs using hot beeswax, dye, and a stylus. Attendees must be 13 years +. Registration is required. Sponsored by Pat Boegel.

Art Night with Johns Creek ArtsWednesday: April 24. 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.

Pysanky Eggs

Pysanky Craft Workshop
Saturday: April 13. 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
A pysanka is a traditional Ukrainian decorative egg, symbolic of Easter, which is decorated using a wax-resist method. Come decorate a Ukrainian Easter Egg with traditional folk designs using hot beeswax, dye, and a stylus. Attendees must be 13 years and up. Registration is required. Sponsored by Pat Boegel.

Check the lobby display case for examples!

Teen Programs!

NESO Library Anime Club at Ocee LibrarySundays: April 7. 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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.

Career Ready Interview Success TipsSaturday: April 13. 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Great opportunity for students and job seekers to learn how to ace an interview. What do I bring to an interview? How do I dress for an interview? What do I say? How do I know whether the interview went well? Answer is, it depends. Prepare now to do well in your interview. Learn crucial interview techniques and tips from Shermaine Perry, Fulton County Human Resources senior trainer. No registration required.

ACT Mock TestSaturday: April 20. 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Take a practice ACT test! Registration required. Ages 14-18.
Register at https://www.applerouth.com/schools.php/128876
Sponsored by Applerouth.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)Saturday: April 20. 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
TEENS: Join Ocee Library's Teen Advisory Board and give your input on what the Ocee Library can do for kids and teens. You can also come up with program ideas, such as story times, movie nights, game nights, book clubs, decorate displays and do other special projects in the library. Ages 13 and above.

Career Ready Social Media Hands-on WorkshopSaturday: April 20. 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Social media recruitment and hiring is at an all-time high percentage. More than Linked-In. Optimize the power of all your social media profiles to showcase your unique skills, give employers a reason to hire you, and obtain a fulfilling job. This is a must attend event for all career ready teens and adults. Hands on training with Claudia Strange, Marketing and PR Manager. Please bring your laptop. Ages 14 and above.

Introduction to AP ExamsSaturday: April 27. 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
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.

For the Little Ones

Deaf Story TimeFriday: April 5. 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
A special story time expressed with American Sign Language.

Music for PreschoolTuesday: April 9. 11:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Preschoolers and their parents are invited to attend entertaining and educational programs. Learn how music teaches your child early literacy skills, improves motor function and deepens the bond between preschooler and parent. Preschoolers ages 2-4 with caregivers only. Sponsored by Ocee Library Friends.

Baby Story Time with MusicFridays: April 12, 19, 26. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Join us for a special themed storytime for babies. Ages 0 to 2 with caregiver. Sponsored by Music in Me.

Cosplay Storytime with Cosplay for a CauseSaturday: April 13. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
A special after-hours storytime featuring stories read by your favorite children’s characters. All ages.

Preschool Story Time with MusicTuesdays: April 16, 30. 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Join us for a special themed story time for preschoolers. Ages 2 to 4 with caregiver. Sponsored by Music in Me.

small, Small WorldTuesday: April 16. 11:00 a.m. – 11:40 p.m.
Grab your passports and join us 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. 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. Ages 2-4 with caregiver only. Sponsored by Johns Creek Art Center.


French and ESL

English as a Second Language (ESL) Group Classes
Thursdays: April 4, 11, 18, 25. 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Group classes in conversational English as a Second Languages for beginner to intermediate English speakers. First come, first served. No advanced registration is necessary. Free and open to the public. Ages 18 and up. No textbooks needed.

French Café
Thursdays: April 4, 11, 18, 25. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Learn French in a casual setting with other speakers. For teens and adults.

Cosplay

Cosplay Storytime with Cosplay for a CauseSaturday: April 13. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
A special after-hours storytime featuring stories read by your favorite children’s characters. All ages.

Cosplay Workshop and Discussion 

with Cosplay for a Cause
Saturday: April 13. 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!


Yoga, Movement, and Meditation

Bring a mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes for yoga. Unless stated otherwise, classes are open to adult patrons only.

Yoga & Meditation
Mondays: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Introduces basic yoga and meditation techniques for beginners.

NESO Line Dancing with Jean Chen at Ocee Library Tuesdays: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Join Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library’s line dancing group! Adults and teens.

Energy YogaWednesdays: April 3, 10, 17, 24. 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Sundays: April 7, 14, 28. 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Utilizes Qi Gong and meditation techniques.

Family Yoga (formerly Mommy & Me Yoga)Wednesdays: April 3, 10, 17, 24. 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Yoga for families! Open to parents, grandparents, and preschool patrons.

Core Yoga Thursdays: April 4, 11, 18, 25. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

NESO Tao Meditation at Ocee Library Thursdays: April 4, 11, 18, 25. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

NESO Won Yoga at Ocee Library Fridays: April 5, 12, 19, 26. 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m
Join Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library’s Won Yoga class! 

Tax-Aide

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
Wednesdays:  April 3, 10. 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: April 6, 13. 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

Tutoring

Kid ChessWednesday: April 3. 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.

FAST Afterschool Tutoring
Thursdays: April 11, 18, 25. 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
FAST tutors are high school students who can help younger students with English/language arts, math, sciences, and social studies. Elementary and Middle schoolers welcome.

CAST Math TutoringSundays: April 14, 28. 2:00 p.m.
Tutors will provide math instruction. Bring an assignment or a math topic that you are struggling with. First come first served basis. No registration required. Ages 8 and above.




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

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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.