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.


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       

    

Infostorms

By Tom Chatfield 9 September 2019

"It’s commonplace to say that we’re all deluged by more information than we can possibly handle. Less commonplace is the acknowledgement that human judgements also rely upon secondary information that doesn’t come from any external source – and that offers one of the most powerful tools we possess for dealing with the deluge itself. This source is social information. Or, in other words: what we think other people are thinking. " Continue reading the article at BBC Future

Visit the library for help in choosing legitimate information sources.

Goldfinch & Birds of a Feather

The movie adaptation of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch opens 13 September! 
Courtney Rodgers at Book Riot has a list of similar books with their synopsis. 
    
Also included in her article are more 'doorstoppers' and book to movie adaptations. 

Art Night at Alpharetta Library

Art Night with Johns Creek Arts Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, 30009
Mondays: September 16, 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.

Entrepreneurs!

Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) 
Business Startup and Growth: Hands-On Workshop
Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza 30009
Saturday: September 28. 2:00 p.m.

Entrepreneurs this is your opportunity to learn from the experts at Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on how to launch your business and tricks on how to grow successfully. Expert trainer shares knowledge on the best kept business secrets on starting and growing a successful business! Join us as Anna Brumby of SBDC helps YOU refine your entrepreneur idea. Receive valuable tips to turn your bright idea into a viable business or expand your current one. Course materials will be provided for you. Adults only. Please bring your laptop.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Survey - please participate

Library Survey 2019 1
Click for survey

Yoga Classes

Please note multiple locations


Energy Yoga at Johns Creek Books and Gifts
6000 Medlock Bridge Pkwy Suite B500, Johns Creek, 30022
Sundays: September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Utilizes Qi Gong and meditation techniques. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to adult patrons only.

Ocee Yoga & Meditation at Newtown Community Center 
3115 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022
September 2, 9, 15, 23, 30. 10:30 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.
Introduces basic yoga and meditation techniques for beginners. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to adult patrons only.

Family Yoga (Mommy & Me Yoga) at Music in Me
11705 Jones Bridge Rd A203, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Wednesdays: Sept 4, 11, 18, 25. 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Yoga for families! Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to parents, grandparents, and preschool patrons.

For Our Youngest Patrons

Baby Story TimeMusic in Me, 11705 Jones Bridge Rd A203, Alpharetta, 30005
Fridays: September 6, 13, 20, 27. 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 TimeMusic in Me, 11705 Jones Bridge Rd A203, Alpharetta, 30005
Tuesdays: September 3, 10, 17, 24. 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Join us for a special themed story time for preschoolers. Ages 2 to 4 with caregiver

Music for PreschoolAlpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, 30009
Tuesday: September 17. 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Preschoolers and their parents are invited to attend an entertaining and educational program. 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.

Language Classes

Please note multiple locations-

French Café
Lavena Café, 11585 Jones Bridge Rd Ste 230, 
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Thursdays: September 5, 12, 19, 26. 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, 
Johns Creek, GA 30022
Thursdays: September 5, 12, 19, 26. 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, 
Alpharetta, GA 30009
Mondays: September 9, 15, 30. 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.

TAB

Teen Advisory Board
Lavena Café, 11585 Jones Bridge Rd Ste 230, 
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Saturday: August 10. September 7. 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.

SAT & ACT

Mock SAT at Alpharetta LibrarySaturday: September 7. 10:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Register at: www.applerouth.com/signup with the code: M345430
Teens ages 13 and above.

Mock ACT at Alpharetta LibrarySaturday: September 28. 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Register at: www.applerouth.com/signup with the code: M345431
Teens ages 13 and above.

Career and College Job Fair

Career and College Job FairCity of Alpharetta - 2 Park Plaza, 30009
September 14. 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

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

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Take It From Teigen

Model, author,“Bring the Funny” judge, and social media master Chrissy Teigen posted on Twitter that she visited the library with her 3 year old for story time...

I just went to the public library for the first time in *23* years. I could not believe my eyes. Did group storytelling with Luna, ran around hiding in nooks and crannies, got inspired by 1 million cookbooks and spotted many a difference in a highlights magazine. was awesome. https://t.co/4wR0tdD5UL— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 7, 2019

“seriously. go to the library,” she wrote in another tweet. “It’s a delight.”

Teigen also invited equinox and soulcycle members to instead "meet her at the library. bring weights" or to "ride your bike to the library".

You don't even need weights, just meet by the encyclopedias

Libraries are good for circulation.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Reference USA

Reference USA Live Demo – 
Free Premiere Business Resource
Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, 30009
Tuesday, August 20. 12 p.m.1:00 p.m.

Live demo by Reference USA professional team on a free premier online research and reference resource for area business professionals, government agencies, marketing executives, sales reps, job seekers, entrepreneurs, etc. Get fast and easy access to details on more than 52 million U.S. businesses and more than 290 million U.S. residents. Sponsored by Reference USA.

Woodstock


We are stardust, we are golden
We are billion year old carbon
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden...


We are stardust, we are golden
We are caught in the devils bargain
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden -Joni Mitchell


Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Woodstock

Going Down to Yasgur's Farm


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival, PW has put together a book list  of older books, re-issues, new, and even kids/YA books about the event and artists. Better yet, check the library catalogue and download services for music by the iconic performers who took part in Woodstock!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Beloved

By Aaron Robertson
August 6, 2019, 10:01am

Toni Morrison, the prolific author of such classics as Beloved and Song of Solomon, died Monday night at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She was 88 years old.

Morrison had an outsized influence on American letters for decades, culminating in 1993 when she became the first African-American to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Three years later, the National Book Foundation awarded her the Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2012, President Barack Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Morrison was known for her groundbreaking contributions as an editor at Random House from 1967 to 1983. She was the first African-American woman to hold an editorial position in the company’s history. Morrison also held teaching positions at Howard University, Yale, Bard College, SUNY Purchase, Rutgers, and Princeton.

In a statement, Morrison’s family said: “It is with profound sadness we share that, following a short illness, our adored mother and grandmother, Toni Morrison, passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family and friends. She was an extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt who reveled in being with her family and friends. The consummate writer who treasured the written word, whether her own, her students or others, she read voraciously and was most at home when writing. Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well lived life.”

https://time.com/5630489/toni-morrison-dies/ - short biography

Monday, August 5, 2019

Arts Night

Art Night with Johns Creek Arts Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Rd, Milton, GA 30009
Thursdays: August 15. 7:00 p.m.–8:00 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.

Teen Advisory Board

Lavena Café, 11585 Jones Bridge Rd Ste 230, Alpharetta, GA 30022
Saturday: August 10. September 7. 1:00- 2:00 p.m.

Join Ocee Library's Teen Advisory Board and give your input on what the Ocee Library can do for kids and teens. You can suggest program ideas, such as story times, movie nights, game nights, book clubs, decorate displays and other special projects in the library.

5 Star Blender Review

Osterizer Classic Series 10 Cycle Blender by Emily Everett

..My husband and I received this blender for a wedding present in 1975, in a color called Harvest Gold, though it’s really more chartreuse than gold. My mother-in-law ordered it from the Sears catalog with a 10-year warranty—she told me, I think, to make sure I knew just how much she’d spent on it, how much she could afford to spend on it. But I can assure you we never needed that warranty (and the joke’s on her in the end, since the Osterizer has far outlived her)... Continue reading the flash fiction here.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Jason Reynolds Keynote

Poet and YA author Jason Reynolds kicked off the 2019 American Library Association Annual Conference by urging librarians to help their patrons build “sacred” spaces in their hearts and minds.

“Maybe, what librarians really are, are architects. And maybe, libraries truly are warehouses where we build human libraries—walking, talking libraries. What does this mean? Well, let's talk about what a library is. There’s a reference desk—wouldn't it be incredible if young people walked around with their own Reference Desk right here?” he said, pointing to his heart, “that they could tap into it when they need an answer, that they could tap into when they felt lost, they could tap into when searching for something that felt so far away?”

Check Mate

Kid ChessAlpharetta Library
10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Thursdays: Aug 1. Sep 5. 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.

French and ESL

Please note multiple locations-

French CaféLavena Café, 11585 Jones Bridge Rd Ste 230, Alpharetta, GA 30022
Thursdays: August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. 

September 5, 12, 19, 26. 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, Johns Creek, GA 30022
Thursdays: August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 
September 5, 12, 19, 26. 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, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Mondays: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 

September 9, 15, 30. 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
See description above-

For Our Youngest Patrons

Baby Story TimeMusic in Me, 11705 Jones Bridge Rd A203, Alpharetta
Fridays: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 
September 6, 13, 20, 27. 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: August 6, 13, 20, 27. 
September 3, 10, 17, 24. 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Join us for a special themed story time for preschoolers. Ages 2 to 4 with caregiver

Family Yoga (formerly Mommy & Me Yoga)
Music in Me, 11705 Jones Bridge Rd A203, Alpharetta
Wednesdays: Aug 7, 14, 21, 28. Sept 4, 11, 18, 25. 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Yoga for families! Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to parents, grandparents, and preschool patrons.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra

Ocee Music After Dark presents 
Saturday 27 July 2019 from 7PM-9PM 
at the MILTON library
Image result for 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra
Afro-Klezmer is a jazz ensemble that performs original compositions and arrangements merging klezmer music with West-African influenced rhythmic styles.

Sandy Springs Branch OPEN!

Ocee Friends, Ms Burton (Mgr), and Ms Kennedy (Asss't Mgr) attended the re-opening of the Sandy Spring library yesterday - along with hundreds of patrons happy to have their library back! 

Technology has been upgraded including electrical outlets in tables, LED lighting, automated book return/sorting (with windows so patrons can see the process). The water fountain even accommodates water bottles. The branch is on its way to becoming LEED certified! Small study/meeting rooms have been added and interior decoration has been completely updated; including original artwork. The shelves are shorter, which makes the library lighter and brighter. No need for step stools to reach books above your head! 

If your travels take you to Sandy Springs, please stop by to see what sort of improvements are in store for Ocee! We think you'll like what you see!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

One Giant Leap!

NASA/Liaison/Hulton Archives, Getty Images
If you weren't around for the Moon landing 50 years ago, we hope that you can imagine the heart-stopping, nail biting, awe inspiring, pride-inducing event! Here's a few articles to help you learn more about Apollo 11-

CS Monitor offers an essay on how the landing changed the world
We honor astronauts Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin along with the 400,000 scientists, engineers, and technicians that made Apollo 11’s mission a success.