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.


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Tax Help - March

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

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

It's a Birthday!

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


French Group

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

Book Club

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

Anime Club

NESO Library Anime Club at Ocee LibrarySunday, March 3. 2:30pm – 4pm
Join Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library’s Anime Club! Teens meet to discuss anime and manga, share fan art and fan fiction. Occasionally there may be snacks and videos! This program is by teens for teens. Ages 12-18. Registration required. Please email ellen.baxter@fultoncountyga.gov with participant's name, age, and a contact phone number to register.

Career College Planning Fair

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

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

ESL

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

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

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Book Sale

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

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

"Stay dropping knowledge"

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

Dear Students, 

THEY DIDN'T STEAL SLAVES...

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

S
incerely, 
Your Ancestors

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

Monday, February 18, 2019

Books for Anxious Kids

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

50 in 50 YA Books



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

Author Story Time


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Story Time with Herschel Khan

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

Art for Adults

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

Library After Dark

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

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

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

Cosplay for a Cause

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

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

Happy Valentine's Day!

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

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

Monday, February 4, 2019

Happy Lunar New Year!

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5 February - 19 February

Renovation Meetings

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

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

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

About ATL

The first week of February is sure to please Fulton County readers, as we have a New Book Newsletter full of stories with Atlanta area connections. Long time Newsletter readers know we have always denoted our local authors with a peach icon to better draw attention to their work. There are now so many excellent books that use both Fulton County and our state as a setting that we felt our readers would like a way to quickly recognize those as well. A Georgia icon will now let you know when an author has been smart enough to recognize that our state is the best place for their story to take place - even if they aren't lucky enough to live here themselves.

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Rounding out this week's crop of stories with local connections is a recommendation that highlights the re-release of an Atlanta classic. Next week our promotional copy give away feature will return! Be sure let all your friends know they can sign up for the New Books Newsletter for a chance to win, as well as our weekly highlights of new titles you can be the first in line to read.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Vote for...

Big Library Read
This ebook club is facilitated by OverDrive and the Fulton County Library System to connect readers around the world with the same ebook at the same time without any wait lists or holds. This is an amazing opportunity to read one book globally and write reviews, post comments about the book and share the experience in our Fulton County community. Vote for the title we will all read at: https://biglibraryread.com/vote-now. Voting ends February 6, 2019 and the Big Library Read is April 1-15, 2019.  The selected title will be announced in March, so stay tuned. Register in Beanstack today with your library card at https://fultoncounty.beanstack.org/reader365.



Too Many Books?

Tom Gauld