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.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Banned Book Week

National Coalition Against Censorship staff has compiled a list of 40 rebellious reads. Titles include Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Beach Music, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1984, and The  People's History of the United States. Visit their website for the full list and the reasons why they're challenged.

Lit Locked Up

banner for Literature Locked Up Banned Books Week 2019
"Each September, Banned Books Week celebrates open access to books in our schools, libraries, and communities. We must defend our right to read as a fundamental liberty in this country and reject attempts to censor works on political, religious, or other grounds. This is core to PEN (Poets, Essayists, Novelists) America’s mission.

Today, by far the most extensive book ban in America is happening in the prison system. More than 2.2 million individuals are affected, too often given substantially restricted access to books, legal materials, or even dictionaries.

Studies repeatedly show that allowing incarcerated people access to outside information and ideas reduces recidivism and is essential to a successful transition back into society. More broadly, the United States Supreme Court has consistently emphasized the importance of education, and we believe access to literature is fundamental to supporting the liberties that underpin our democracy."

Additional Family Yoga Class

Patricia says, "a new Family Yoga class for toddlers and their moms or dads will begin in October at the Music in Me studio on Jones Bridge Road at 4:00 PM on Wednesdays. We are also continuing the existing class at 11:30 for October as we see how attendance can build.

We are working on developing this class. Please spread the word to families with toddlers. We welcome input about how the timing would work best for our families!"

Monday, September 23, 2019

SAT ACT

Mock SAT at Alpharetta Library
Saturday: Oct 19. 10:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Register at: www.applerouth.com/signup with the code: M345432
Teens ages 13 and above.

Mock ACT at Alpharetta LibrarySaturday: Oct 26. 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Register at: www.applerouth.com/signup with the code: M345433
Teens ages 13 and abov
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Art Workshop

Art Night with Johns Creek ArtsAlpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Monday: October 21. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 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.

October Yoga

Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. 

Family Yoga (formerly Mommy & Me Yoga)Music in Me, 11705 Jones Bridge Rd A203, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Wednesdays: Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Yoga for families! Open to parents, grandparents, and preschool patrons.

Energy Yoga at Johns Creek Books and Gifts 
6000 Medlock Bridge Pkwy Suite B500, Johns Creek, GA 30022
Sundays: Oct 6, 13, 20, 27. 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Utilizes Qi Gong and meditation techniques. Open to adult patrons only.

Ocee Yoga & Meditation at Newtown Community Center 
3115 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022
Mondays: Oct 7, 21, 28. 10:30 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.
Introduces basic yoga and meditation techniques for beginners. 
Open to adult patrons only.

Tell Me A Story

Baby Story Time
Music in Me, 11705 Jones Bridge Rd A203, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Fridays: Oct 4, 11, 18, 25. Nov 1, 8, 15, 22. 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: Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Nov 5, 12, 19. 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Join us for a special themed story time for preschoolers. Ages 2 to 4 with caregiver

Languages

French Club
Lavena Café, 11585 Jones Bridge Rd Ste 230, Alpharetta 30022
Thursdays: Oct 3, 10, 17. 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, 30022
Thursdays: Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. 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, 30009
Mondays: Oct 7, 21, 28. 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.

Kid Chess

Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, 30009
Thursdays: 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.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

National Hispanic Heritage Month

 Celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of people whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America 15 September - 15 October!

Like You

Roque Dalton - 1935-1975
translated by Jack Hirschman

Like you I
love love, life, the sweet smell
of things, the sky-blue
landscape of January days.
And my blood boils up
and I laugh through eyes
that have known the buds of tears.
I believe the world is beautiful
and that poetry, like bread, is for everyone.
And that my veins don’t end in me
but in the unanimous blood
of those who struggle for life,
love,
little things,
landscape and bread,
the poetry of everyone.


Como Tú

Yo, como tu,
amo el amor, la vida, el dulce encanto
de las cosas, el paisaje
celeste de los días de enero.
También mi sangre bulle
y río por los ojos
que han conocido el brote de las lágrimas.
Creo que el mundo es bello,
que la poesía es como el pan, de todos.
Y que mis venas no terminan en mí
sino en la sangre unánime
de los que luchan por la vida,
el amor,
las cosas,
el paisaje y el pan,
la poesía de todos.


From Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination (Curbstone Press, 2000), edited by Martín Espada. Used with the permission of Northwestern University Press.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Pop Up Library!

Libraries Closed

All branches of the Fulton County Library System will be closed Tuesday
September 24, 2019 for Staff Development Day, 
a full day of training for all library staff. 
 Libraries will re-open to the public Wednesday, September 25th 
at regularly scheduled hours of operation.

The Library may be closed but the digital library is ALWAYS open. Visit www.afpls.org/digitallibrary to download books, music and more, 
place materials on hold or search our catalog.

Covering Climate Now

MORE THAN 170 NEWS OUTLETS from around the world with a combined audience of hundreds of millions of people have now signed up for Covering Climate Now, a project co-founded by CJR and The Nation aimed at strengthening the media’s focus on the climate crisis.

All outlets have committed to running a week’s worth of climate coverage in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York on Sept. 23. At that meeting, the world’s governments will submit plans to meet the Paris Agreement’s pledge to keep global temperature rise “well below” 2 degrees Celsius.

“The need for solid climate coverage has never been greater,” said Kyle Pope, CJR’s editor and publisher. “We’re proud that so many organizations from across the US and around the world have joined with Covering Climate Now to do our duty as journalists—to report this hugely important story.”

No ACCESS

The AFPLS magazine will no longer be printed. Please go to the website www.afpls.org. Go to the bottom of the page and click on the SIGN UP TODAY FOR FULTON COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM E-NEWSLETTER.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Tonga Gets a Library

Tonga is getting it's first public library! The Corbetts, a couple from Auckland, New Zealand, visited the island after cyclone Gita. "I looked at the schools. It was just nothing left ... I said 'Well, we have to do something about this' because there were no books." 

Children in Tonga put together shelves for Tonga's first public library
The Corbetts noticed an abandoned building and convinced the city to let them turn it into a library. While Tonga has a literacy rate of 99%, they had little access to reading material other than school books and the Bible. With the help of the Auckland libraries, Tonga now has a proper cataloged library with thousands of books! Others donated shelving, paint, and shipping to the island. The kids helped with construction as well as unpacking, scanning, and shelving books. 
  
Mrs Corbett said she hoped the library inspired the village locals, and especially the kids, to dream big. "I feel really happy to see the reaction from the community, understanding why it's important to have books. It's opened them up to another world," she said.


We wish them good luck and happy reading!

Reading Before Bed

survey featured in Real Simple magazine reveals there are many more benefits to reading before bedtime than just better sleep. They've also included a list of the best books (so far) of 2019. Will let you read the article on your own so you can reap the rewards!

Pups!

Ocee has fantastic yoga classes for all ages, but couldn't resist sharing this special class/fundraiser from our community partner, the Atlanta Humane Society!

Puppy Yoga
Puppy Yoga


Back by popular demand! Join the Atlanta Humane Society and Bring It Om Yoga Studio on Sunday, September 29th as we embark on a yoga experience like no other… with adoptable puppies! Find out all the details at atlantahumane.org/yoga.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Catch Your Eye



"Imagine for a moment, that you are walking in a winter wood. The ground is soft beneath your feet; something catches your eye—something untoward, something not quite natural, in a depression just off the beaten track. Perhaps you are here walking your dog (this is the way so many stories start). Perhaps the dog hurtles off into the undergrowth and whines. As you fight through the brambles to reach it, you have a moment of foreboding—and, looking down, you realize why . . . for there in front of you where the dog has frantically scraped the soil, the lifeless hand of a body is exposed, its pallor stark against the black humus." Read more here from the author Patricia Wiltshire about her work as a forensic ecologist.

Understanding the Drug Epidemic

Some 70,000 Americans per year are dying from drug overdoses. Ben Westhoff spent over 4 years interviewing addicts, healthcare professionals, law enforcement officers, and activists. his book Fentanyl, Inc. Additionally, his work is built on the works below. Read more here

Fentanyl, Inc by Ben Westhoff       

    

Infostorms

By Tom Chatfield 9 September 2019

"It’s commonplace to say that we’re all deluged by more information than we can possibly handle. Less commonplace is the acknowledgement that human judgements also rely upon secondary information that doesn’t come from any external source – and that offers one of the most powerful tools we possess for dealing with the deluge itself. This source is social information. Or, in other words: what we think other people are thinking. " Continue reading the article at BBC Future

Visit the library for help in choosing legitimate information sources.

Goldfinch & Birds of a Feather

The movie adaptation of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch opens 13 September! 
Courtney Rodgers at Book Riot has a list of similar books with their synopsis. 
    
Also included in her article are more 'doorstoppers' and book to movie adaptations. 

Art Night at Alpharetta Library

Art Night with Johns Creek Arts Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, 30009
Mondays: September 16, October 21. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 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.

Entrepreneurs!

Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) 
Business Startup and Growth: Hands-On Workshop
Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza 30009
Saturday: September 28. 2:00 p.m.

Entrepreneurs this is your opportunity to learn from the experts at Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on how to launch your business and tricks on how to grow successfully. Expert trainer shares knowledge on the best kept business secrets on starting and growing a successful business! Join us as Anna Brumby of SBDC helps YOU refine your entrepreneur idea. Receive valuable tips to turn your bright idea into a viable business or expand your current one. Course materials will be provided for you. Adults only. Please bring your laptop.