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.


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.