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.


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!