Monday, July 29, 2019

Jason Reynolds Keynote

Poet and YA author Jason Reynolds kicked off the 2019 American Library Association Annual Conference by urging librarians to help their patrons build “sacred” spaces in their hearts and minds.

“Maybe, what librarians really are, are architects. And maybe, libraries truly are warehouses where we build human libraries—walking, talking libraries. What does this mean? Well, let's talk about what a library is. There’s a reference desk—wouldn't it be incredible if young people walked around with their own Reference Desk right here?” he said, pointing to his heart, “that they could tap into it when they need an answer, that they could tap into when they felt lost, they could tap into when searching for something that felt so far away?”

Check Mate

Kid ChessAlpharetta Library
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 and ESL

Please note multiple locations-

French CaféLavena Café, 11585 Jones Bridge Rd Ste 230, Alpharetta, GA 30022
Thursdays: August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. 

September 5, 12, 19, 26. 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Practice speaking French with others. For teens and adults.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Group Classes at 
Johns Creek Books and Gifts, 
6000 Medlock Bridge Pkwy Suite B500, Johns Creek, GA 30022
Thursdays: August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 
September 5, 12, 19, 26. 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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.

English as a Second Language (ESL) 
Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Mondays: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 

September 9, 15, 30. 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
See description above-

For Our Youngest Patrons

Baby Story TimeMusic in Me, 11705 Jones Bridge Rd A203, Alpharetta
Fridays: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 
September 6, 13, 20, 27. 10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Join us for a special themed story time for babies. Ages 0 to 2 with caregiver.

Preschool Story Time
Music in Me, 11705 Jones Bridge Rd A203
Tuesdays: August 6, 13, 20, 27. 
September 3, 10, 17, 24. 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
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

4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra

Ocee Music After Dark presents 
Saturday 27 July 2019 from 7PM-9PM 
at the MILTON library
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Afro-Klezmer is a jazz ensemble that performs original compositions and arrangements merging klezmer music with West-African influenced rhythmic styles.

Sandy Springs Branch OPEN!

Ocee Friends, Ms Burton (Mgr), and Ms Kennedy (Asss't Mgr) attended the re-opening of the Sandy Spring library yesterday - along with hundreds of patrons happy to have their library back! 

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

One Giant Leap!

NASA/Liaison/Hulton Archives, Getty Images
If you weren't around for the Moon landing 50 years ago, we hope that you can imagine the heart-stopping, nail biting, awe inspiring, pride-inducing event! Here's a few articles to help you learn more about Apollo 11-

CS Monitor offers an essay on how the landing changed the world
We honor astronauts Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin along with the 400,000 scientists, engineers, and technicians that made Apollo 11’s mission a success.

Friday, July 19, 2019


Part bookstore, part membership library, BiblioCactus has recently opened in Roswell (1255 Grimes Bridge Road - 770.809.4765)

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.

Read the full ATLANTA Magazine here and in Spanish here!

Lunar Reads and Good Dogs

In honor of the 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOON LANDING, some lunar perspectives: 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Sandy Spring Re-Opening

The first of the North Fulton library renovations will be re-opening next week! Come out if you can!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Reduce Cognitive Decline

"A study presented Sunday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Los Angeles found that combining five lifestyle habits — including eating healthier, exercising regularly, refraining from smoking, and limiting alcohol — can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by 60 percent. A separate study showed that lifestyle choices can lower risk even for those who are genetically predisposed to the disease."

Number 5? People who 'engaged in mentally stimulating activities such as reading the newspaper, visiting the library or playing games such as chess and checkers' reduced their risk of cognitive decline. 

Including even 1 of these healthy lifestyle factors can a make a difference. Our libraries can help you with at least 3 of these positive habits! Come along to the library for cooking classes, lectures, yoga (or walk through Brook St Park!), join a book club, learn a new hobby or language. The social connections you'll find at the library also have positive health effects - as does volunteering!

Full Moon

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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!

You Gotta Have Art

Here's some bookish arts and crafts. Inspirational Gecko is the brainchild of natural sciences student, Francesca. She loves creating little, colorful, cute things using only felt and thread. Born in Tulza, Bosnia, Jasenko Đorđević uses an X-acto knife and tiny chisel to carve detailed pencil-tip sculptures. 
French artist and paper designer Mlle Hipolyte has recreated a ‘tropical jungle’ using pieces of vibrantly colored paper, cut entirely by hand.

If you're feeling creative or are looking for some artistic inspiration, come along to Ocee Art Night (adults only) at Milton. You'll find info in the 9 July post.

Lift Off!!!

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Fifty years ago this morning Apollo 11 and its crew began their journey to the Moon! Hope you've been 'spacing out' this summer and learning about (or re-living) this incredible event!

Starry Night on Apollo Moon Landing Anniversary
East Roswell Library (Ages 12+)
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! 
Reservations required by emailing

Museum of Aviation Apollo 11 Moon Landing CelebrationThe moon landing anniversary is a great time to visit this collection of 85 historic U.S. Air Force aircraft about an hour and half's drive from downtown Atlanta. For the big day, there will be extra kids' activities and exhibits at the Nugteren Hangar and grounds (weather permitting).

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Free. 
Museum of Aviation, 1942 Heritage Blvd., Robins AFB. 478-926-6870.

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. 
Fernbank Museum, 767 Clifton Road, Atlanta. 404-929-6300.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Pre-school Story Time

Bridgeway Preschool Story Time 
6000 Medlock Bridge Pkwy Suite B500, 30022 
Thursday. July 17 10:30 AM 

The books store is also hosting programs for Northeast Spruill Oaks library as well as their own events. Please check their calendar.

See 25 June post for additional story times at Music in Me!

Ocee Programs at Lavena Café

Ocee's conversational French program, French Café, moves to Lavena Café!
11585 Jones Bridge Rd Ste 230, Alpharetta 30022 
Thursdays: July 11, 18, 25. 6:30 p.m. 
Practice speaking French with others. Teens & adults. 

Teen Advisory Board 
Lavena Café
11585 Jones Bridge Rd Ste. 230, 30022 
Saturday: July 13. 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
TEENS: Put your ideas into action for your community at the public library. Leadership opportunity.

If you'd like to treat yourself, "Lavena Cafe has a fresh coffee, bubble tea, sandwiches and a variety of bread, desserts, toasted bread with toppings, It is the meeting place in town for family and friends"

Ocee Adults' Art Night

Ocee Art Night with Johns Creek Arts continues at a new location:
Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Rd, Milton, GA 30009 
Thursdays: July 18, August 15. 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Free art workshop with Johns Creek Arts. Adults only. Registration Required. Register at Milton patron services desk or email

Time and Gravity on the Road

Equations of a Falling Body by Kimberly Glanzman

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... 
Continue here and for more flash fiction.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Celebrate Independence!

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All branches of the library system will be closed
for the 4th of July holiday.
Ocee library is currently closed for renovations.