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.


Monday, May 27, 2019

Herman Wouk - WWII Veteran


Herman Wouk at his home in Palm Springs, California, 2012. Wouk’s career included gag writing, fiction and a musical co-written with Jimmy Buffett. His 2 part World War II epic, “The Winds of War” and “War and Remembrance,” adapted by himself, was an Emmy Award-winning TV miniseries. Her also wrote about Judaism and modern belief.

After Pearl Harbor, Wouk joined the Navy and served in the Pacific Theater. During his off hours, he wrote. His publisher's contract for Aurora Dawn was sent to his ship.

Wouk won a Pulitzer Prize for "The Caine Mutinty" and was the first recipient of the Library of Congress' award for lifetime achievement in fiction. His centenary was marked by Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year Old Author (2015).

Wouk passed at his Palm Springs home just days of his 104th birthday.

Beer and Bar BQ

Between picnics, shopping the sales, and other holiday festivities, please take a moment to give thought to the real reason for this holiday.  On Memorial Day we remember and honor those men and women who have died in service to our country.
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The library will reopen Tuesday.

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!"