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, August 26, 2019

Survey - please participate

Library Survey 2019 1
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Yoga Classes

Please note multiple locations


Energy Yoga at Johns Creek Books and Gifts
6000 Medlock Bridge Pkwy Suite B500, Johns Creek, 30022
Sundays: September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Utilizes Qi Gong and meditation techniques. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to adult patrons only.

Ocee Yoga & Meditation at Newtown Community Center 
3115 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022
September 2, 9, 15, 23, 30. 10:30 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.
Introduces basic yoga and meditation techniques for beginners. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to adult patrons only.

Family Yoga (Mommy & Me Yoga) at Music in Me
11705 Jones Bridge Rd A203, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Wednesdays: 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.

For Our Youngest Patrons

Baby Story TimeMusic in Me, 11705 Jones Bridge Rd A203, Alpharetta, 30005
Fridays: 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 TimeMusic in Me, 11705 Jones Bridge Rd A203, Alpharetta, 30005
Tuesdays: 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

Music for PreschoolAlpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, 30009
Tuesday: September 17. 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Preschoolers and their parents are invited to attend an entertaining and educational program. Learn how music teaches your child early literacy skills, improves motor function and deepens the bond between preschooler and parent. Preschoolers ages 2-4 with caregivers only.

Language Classes

Please note multiple locations-

French Café
Lavena Café, 11585 Jones Bridge Rd Ste 230, 
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Thursdays: 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: 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: September 9, 15, 30. 11:30 a.m.–12:30 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.

TAB

Teen Advisory Board
Lavena Café, 11585 Jones Bridge Rd Ste 230, 
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Saturday: August 10. September 7. 1:00- 2:00 p.m.

TEENS: Join Ocee Library's Teen Advisory Board and give your input on what the Ocee Library can do for kids and teens. You can also come up with program ideas, such as story times, movie nights, game nights, book clubs, decorate displays and do other special projects in the library.

SAT & ACT

Mock SAT at Alpharetta LibrarySaturday: September 7. 10:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Register at: www.applerouth.com/signup with the code: M345430
Teens ages 13 and above.

Mock ACT at Alpharetta LibrarySaturday: September 28. 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Register at: www.applerouth.com/signup with the code: M345431
Teens ages 13 and above.

Career and College Job Fair

Career and College Job FairCity of Alpharetta - 2 Park Plaza, 30009
September 14. 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Unique opportunity to connect with members of metro Atlanta community for career opportunities. Meet face to face with college, medical, government, retail, and business organizations on site and ready to speak with you. Bring your resume, two forms of ID, dress professionally. Be prepared with an engaging and motivated attitude. Teens ages 16+ and adults.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Take It From Teigen

Model, author,“Bring the Funny” judge, and social media master Chrissy Teigen posted on Twitter that she visited the library with her 3 year old for story time...

I just went to the public library for the first time in *23* years. I could not believe my eyes. Did group storytelling with Luna, ran around hiding in nooks and crannies, got inspired by 1 million cookbooks and spotted many a difference in a highlights magazine. was awesome. https://t.co/4wR0tdD5UL— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 7, 2019

“seriously. go to the library,” she wrote in another tweet. “It’s a delight.”

Teigen also invited equinox and soulcycle members to instead "meet her at the library. bring weights" or to "ride your bike to the library".

You don't even need weights, just meet by the encyclopedias

Libraries are good for circulation.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Reference USA

Reference USA Live Demo – 
Free Premiere Business Resource
Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, 30009
Tuesday, August 20. 12 p.m.1:00 p.m.

Live demo by Reference USA professional team on a free premier online research and reference resource for area business professionals, government agencies, marketing executives, sales reps, job seekers, entrepreneurs, etc. Get fast and easy access to details on more than 52 million U.S. businesses and more than 290 million U.S. residents. Sponsored by Reference USA.

Woodstock


We are stardust, we are golden
We are billion year old carbon
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden...


We are stardust, we are golden
We are caught in the devils bargain
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden -Joni Mitchell


Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Woodstock

Going Down to Yasgur's Farm


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival, PW has put together a book list  of older books, re-issues, new, and even kids/YA books about the event and artists. Better yet, check the library catalogue and download services for music by the iconic performers who took part in Woodstock!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Beloved

By Aaron Robertson
August 6, 2019, 10:01am

Toni Morrison, the prolific author of such classics as Beloved and Song of Solomon, died Monday night at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She was 88 years old.

Morrison had an outsized influence on American letters for decades, culminating in 1993 when she became the first African-American to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Three years later, the National Book Foundation awarded her the Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2012, President Barack Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Morrison was known for her groundbreaking contributions as an editor at Random House from 1967 to 1983. She was the first African-American woman to hold an editorial position in the company’s history. Morrison also held teaching positions at Howard University, Yale, Bard College, SUNY Purchase, Rutgers, and Princeton.

In a statement, Morrison’s family said: “It is with profound sadness we share that, following a short illness, our adored mother and grandmother, Toni Morrison, passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family and friends. She was an extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt who reveled in being with her family and friends. The consummate writer who treasured the written word, whether her own, her students or others, she read voraciously and was most at home when writing. Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well lived life.”

https://time.com/5630489/toni-morrison-dies/ - short biography

Monday, August 5, 2019

Arts Night

Art Night with Johns Creek Arts Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Rd, Milton, GA 30009
Thursdays: August 15. 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
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.

Teen Advisory Board

Lavena Café, 11585 Jones Bridge Rd Ste 230, Alpharetta, GA 30022
Saturday: August 10. September 7. 1:00- 2:00 p.m.

Join Ocee Library's Teen Advisory Board and give your input on what the Ocee Library can do for kids and teens. You can suggest program ideas, such as story times, movie nights, game nights, book clubs, decorate displays and other special projects in the library.

5 Star Blender Review

Osterizer Classic Series 10 Cycle Blender by Emily Everett

..My husband and I received this blender for a wedding present in 1975, in a color called Harvest Gold, though it’s really more chartreuse than gold. My mother-in-law ordered it from the Sears catalog with a 10-year warranty—she told me, I think, to make sure I knew just how much she’d spent on it, how much she could afford to spend on it. But I can assure you we never needed that warranty (and the joke’s on her in the end, since the Osterizer has far outlived her)... Continue reading the flash fiction here.