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, June 28, 2019

Summer


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"Summer was our best season: It was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat..."  Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Mr Dewey Decimal

Known as the father of librarianship, Melvil Dewey invented the Dewey decimal system.
Melvil Dewey (1851- 1931)
Melvil Dewey is know as the "Father of American Librarianship". Among his many innovations were the Dewey Decimal System and he co-founded the American Library Association (ALA). Dewey also established the first school to train librarians at Columbia College in 1887. In spite of disapproval by the Regents at Columbia, he admitted women to the program. However, he had "a persistent inability to control himself around women" and was accused by his female students and colleagues of sexual harassment.

This Sunday, at the ALA conference, there was an overwhelming vote to remove his name from their top librarian award. Dewey also had a history of racism and antisemitism. No one is suggesting that his accomplishments be erased, but “the behaviour demonstrated for decades by Dewey does not represent the stated fundamental values of ALA in equity, diversity, and inclusion”.

Pride

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This June marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in NYC. Atlanta experienced a similar event just weeks later. The riots were a catalyst for the modern LGTBQ Rights movement. OprahPenguin/Random House, and Bustle have each put together LGTBQ book lists for the commemoration.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Ocee Story Time!

Story time has relocated to Music in Me at 11705 Jones Bridge Rd, Suite A203 - just across the street from Ocee! They're also hosting Family Yoga!


Story Time at Music in Me
Tuesdays: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 10:30 a.m.

Baby Story 
Time at Music in Me 
Fridays: July 5, 12, 19, 26. 10:00 a.m.

Family Yoga at Music in Me
Wednesdays: July 10, 17. 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
Preschool patrons with caregiver.

Ocee Programming - ESL

Ocee will continue programming at off-site locations. 

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes 
Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza
Mondays: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. 11:30 a.m.
No advanced registration is necessary. Ages 18 and up.  No textbooks needed.  

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes 
Johns Creek Books and Gifts
6000 Medlock Bridge Pkwy Suite B500, 30022
Thursdays: July 11, 18, 25. 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
No advanced registration is necessary. Ages 18 and up. No textbooks needed.

"Sex and Shopping"



Romance author Judith Krantz died last week at age 91. Her 10 novels (featuring sex and shopping) --beginning with Scruples in 1978 and ending with The Jewels of Tessa Kent in 1998--have together sold more than 85 million copies in more than 50 languages. Krantz's first novel was published when she was 50!

The Day Is Here!

At 6 pm today, Ocee library will be closed for renovations. NE Spruill Oaks closed yesterday. Renovations for both libraries are expected to take approximately 6-9 months. During construction library service will be available at the following nearby locations:

• East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell 30076
• Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta 30009
• Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Rd., Milton 30009

You'll find their hours, phone, programming here. While you're visiting the website, don't forget to change your holds locations and take a look at all the digital options the library offers!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Summer Reading Program

Reading Programs and Recommendations

Discover great books, track your reading, and earn badges!

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Closing Countdown!

Ocee library will be closing for renovations in one week - Tuesday 25 June at 6pm. Updates are planned for the decor and mechanical systems. The library will be getting a small meeting room, study rooms and carrels! The entrance drive and parking lot will also be redesigned. Friends will have a small store - not just a few shelves! You can view the floor plan at the AFPLS website-

"Night of the Living"

If the constellation of stars
above your house looks like 
a woman skating across a lake

you could name it that. If someone 
long before you called it warrior with a sword 
or dragon at the gate, it doesn’t matter, 

it’s your sky now. If you’re lost in the evening 
fog all your former selves line up by the side 
of the road to show you the way home. 

If you want to pry open the moon 
and crawl inside, remember the sky 
waits like a clock for you to unwind... 

Gloria

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Heiress, actress, artist, author. 1924-2019

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Don't Forget!

Ocee is closing soon for renovations!
If you have books/materials on hold, 
don't forget to change your pick-up location!
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Thanks, Dad!

Image result for father's readingWe love to see dads bringing their kids to the library. Turns out there's research to show why dads (and other male relatives) reading to their kids is such a good thing!

Dads take stories to another level.
Dads who read are a great role model.
A bedtime read is an important way to bond - especially with their sons.
Kids whose dads read to them show better behavior and concentration.
Dads de-stress when reading aloud.

Click the links above to learn more!

A word from AFPLS Director

Dr. Gabriel Morley, Director of the Fulton County Library System says, “While we know the closing of this library will bring some inconvenience, the result will be well worth it. We look forward to completing the renovations as quickly as possible and re-opening beautiful renovated libraries that can serve the community more efficiently.”

Renovations at Ocee and Northeast/Spruill Oaks are expected to take approximately 6-9 months. During construction library service will be available at the following nearby locations:

• East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell 30076
• Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta 30009
• Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Rd., Milton 30009

All dates are subject to change. For up-to-date information on the Library Renovation Project and for information on all libraries being renovated, please visit: http://www.afpls.org/news/2193-library-renovation-project-update or call the renovation hotline at 404-613-READ(7323).

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Ocee Yoga Continues

Patricia Gagne has found some exciting new venues to hold her yoga classes while Ocee is closed for renovations.

Music in Me studio will host Mommy and Me Family Yoga. It's across the street from the library, but facing Jones Bridge Road. Class is at 11:30 am on Wednesdays.

Sunday Energy Yoga class will be at 4:00 pm at Books and Gifts at 6000 Medlock Bridge Pkwy Suite B500 Johns Creek. This location is less than ten minutes from the library.

Patricia says, "The Music in Me studio is perfect for small groups of toddlers and their parents. And the book store, surprisingly, has wonderful floor space for our large Sunday class. It closes at 4:00 PM on Sundays, so we will have the space to ourselves."

Thanks to Patricia for providing program consistency while the library is closed! Big thanks to our neighbors at Music in Me and Johns Creek Books and Gifts for providing space.

Renovations - Really

Yesterday's library renovation update page announced the following:

Ocee Library Closing June 24, 2019 at 6 pm

Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library Closing June 21, 2019 at 6 pm

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Thanks, Partners!

“The Fulton County Library System is so thankful for community partners like Johns Creek Books & Gifts, who are generously sharing their space with the library during our renovation project,” Strange said. “While we completely understand that a closed library is a massive inconvenience to our patrons, taking our show on the road and bringing programs to local businesses and community spaces … allows us to keep providing great programs and services, keeping citizens engaged during this time.”

For more information about the store as well as upcoming library events being held there, visit www.johnscreekbooks.com. Johns Creek Books & Gifts is located at 6000 Medlock Bridge Road, Suite B500, Johns Creek. Thanks, Anne and Tina!

D-Day 75th

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"On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s troops."