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.
                                                                                -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
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

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

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


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.