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, July 29, 2019
10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Thursdays: Aug 1. Sep 5. Oct 3. Nov 7. Dec 5. 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.
French CaféLavena Café, 11585 Jones Bridge Rd Ste 230, Alpharetta, GA 30022
Thursdays: August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
Practice speaking French with others. For teens and adults.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Group Classes at
Thursdays: August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29,
Group classes in conversational English as a Second Language. First come, first served. No advanced registration is necessary. Free and open to the public. Ages 18 and up. No textbooks needed.
Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Mondays: August 5, 12, 19, 26,
See description above-
Fridays: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
Preschool Story Time
Music in Me, 11705 Jones Bridge Rd A203
Tuesdays: August 6, 13, 20, 27.
Join us for a special themed story time for preschoolers. Ages 2 to 4 with caregiver
Family Yoga (formerly Mommy & Me Yoga)
Music in Me, 11705 Jones Bridge Rd A203, Alpharetta
Wednesdays: Aug 7, 14, 21, 28. Sept 4, 11, 18, 25. 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Yoga for families! Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to parents, grandparents, and preschool patrons.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Technology has been upgraded including electrical outlets in tables, LED lighting, automated book return/sorting (with windows so patrons can see the process). The water fountain even accommodates water bottles. The branch is on its way to becoming LEED certified! Small study/meeting rooms have been added and interior decoration has been completely updated; including original artwork. The shelves are shorter, which makes the library lighter and brighter. No need for step stools to reach books above your head!
If your travels take you to Sandy Springs, please stop by to see what sort of improvements are in store for Ocee! We think you'll like what you see!
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Friday, July 19, 2019
Venezuelan Carlos Carrasquero moved to the area about 15 years ago. An avid reader, he had a hard time finding books in Spanish for him and his family to read.
“I take my kids to the public library to check out books, in Spanish if we can, but the variety and availability isn’t great,” he says in Spanish.
Carrasquero dreamed of owning his own bookstore, and in May, he opened BiblioCactus Librería in a strip mall on Grimes Bridge Road in Roswell. A small neon green cactus welcomes you at the window, and the bookshelves lining the walls carry more than 8,000 Venezuelan and Latin American books, ranging from hard-to-find local authors to translated American bestsellers. The books come in the typical categories: fiction, self-help, technology, poetry, politics, religion, and more.
BiblioCactus has become a family affair, too, as his three kids spend hours opening boxes and alphabetizing books across genres. “I’m doing this because I love to read and want to help others start reading. Hearing that they want to keep the books because they love them is my objective,” he says.
- What if they had gotten stuck up there?
- A poet and a novelist discuss the literary allure of outer space
- Gaze upon some heroic (and very good) space dogs
- On Gemini, the human spaceflight program that made Apollo possible
- Read an excerpt from Johan Harstad's novel Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? | Lit Hub
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
The skies seem to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon launch 16 July 1969 with a full moon tonight. Some countries will be able to see a partial lunar eclipse. Unfortunately, in North America the eclipse occurs during daylight hours. You'll also be able to see Saturn and Jupiter to the right of the moon tonight!
20 July 2019 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
A Universe of Stories is the theme for the Summer Reading Program for 2019. Join us as we paint and celebrate space and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing!
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Free.
Moon Landing Celebration at the Fernbank MuseumDon't miss screenings of the movie “Apollo 11: First Steps” Edition 2D at the Fernbank. Activities include creating moon phases from Oreo cookies and building LEGO® Rockets.
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 20. ValuePass Combo ticket is $27.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Teen Advisory Board
Time drove down the street in her vintage Volkswagen Beetle, her best friend Gravity in the passenger seat. The top was down even though it was January. Their hair slapped their cheeks and got caught in the corners of their mouths and pulled against their scalps. They yelled over the top of a Black Flag song, destroying the lyrics.
Gravity laughed at the women on the sidewalk, who didn’t see the Beetle...