Sunday, December 6, 2020

Curbside Printing

 The Fulton Library system is now offering wireless printing curbside. Simply follow these basic steps to get your FREE (10 page) print job** started today:

• Visit the Wireless Printing page.
• Type in your library card number, then click "Log in."
• Locate and upload the document you want to print.
• Call the branch ahead of time to print your document and ask when you can pick up your prints. **Staff will need your name and library card number or account ID, please have this information ready when you call.
• When arriving at the library, call the number listed at curbside to let staff know you have arrived.

**If you have more than 10 pages to print, inform staff how you are paying for your prints. You can pay for prints using your credit/debit card system online or pay using exact change once you arrive at the pick-up location.

Early Voting at Ocee

Early Voting Starts December 14
Monday, December 14 – Friday, 18
Monday, December 21 – Wednesday, 23
8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, December 28 – December 30
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday Voting:
December 19 and 26
8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday Voting:
December 20 and 27
12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

All 7 library branches in North Fulton are early voting sites.

No Cost Gift Suggestions

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Black Friday Book Sales

It's no surprise that Amazon has had best sales numbers ever. Book buyers wonder what this will do to independent book stores and if individual customers can make a difference. “I can buy a book here once in a while but the occasional book that I buy here isn’t going to keep them afloat.” With the various COVID-19 restrictions, in-store shopping was down, but those individual purchases added up. It's too early to tell what the final figures will be but online sales and several best sellers have been a boon. Please continue to support independent book stores so we can shop them in the future-

House for Sale


"The Lord of the Rings" actors are joining forces again. This time it's to raise money to buy JRR Tolkien's former home in Oxford, England. "The Hobbit" and much of the "LotR" trilogy was written here. The Project Northmoor hopes to raise $5+ million to turn the house into a literary center honoring the author as none exists. Sir Ian McKellen is featured in a video which gives the history of the house and Tolkien's contribution to literature. 

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Energy Yoga On-line

Ocee's yoga instructor, Patricia, has posted her classes on-line!

"I hope all of you will consider joining our online classes. It is so healing to be connected in our efforts toward physical, mental and spiritual health."

You can also go to and search for Patricia Gagne Energy Yoga in your browser to find my channel.


Martens are weas carnivorous mammals who often steal bird eggs and are difficult to get rid of. Norbert Schild earned the nickname of 'book marten' by raiding German libraries of thousands of dollars of antique maps. Learn how librarians were able to track Schild.

Thankful for Libraries

“Growing up in a military family and moving a lot meant my best friends were library books. We always found the local library first. School librarians befriended me.”—Kerstin C.

“I believe libraries are sacred places. They hold the history, science, and imagination of the ages. From first holding a book which I could read on my own, at age four, to now seventy fours years later, I have discovered information, travel, novel perspectives, the past, innovative ideas, and so much more. My life has been enriched beyond measure.”—Kathryn F.

“I am thankful for my library because during the upheaval of 2020, my library never missed a beat and fed my heart, mind, soul and spirit; making quarantine, uncertainty, suffering from COVID, and isolation so much easier.”—Kristin S.

Dolly's Imagination Library

"The Library That Dolly Built" is a feature-length documentary, covering the history, impact and future of Dolly Parton's world-wide book gifting program. Featuring the music of Dolly Parton, the film is narrated by actress and author, Danica McKellar." Premiers 9 December!

Friday, November 27, 2020

Native American Writers

 From mystery to poetry to horror, LitHub features 11 new books from Native American writers. you'll find summaries here along with links to interviews and excerpts. 

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 The Sierra Club suggests you enjoy your holiday outside. Some of their ideas include:

  • Learn about your area's Indigenous culture 
  • Take a 'gratitude ramble' - use all your senses
  • Nature arts and crafts (Xmas gifts or ornaments?)
  • Plant a winter herb garden - or plan for spring
  • Look at the stars (full moon 11/30!)

Most any day is a great day to be outside. The library can help with research, field guides, park passes, etc. Or just take a book out on your patio to get a little sun and fresh air.

BookShop - Indies Unite

Independent bookstore have long been squeezed by the 'river' mega-retailer. With COVID-19, estimates are that 75% of all Christmas shopping will be done online. Indies need your support more than ever this year.

Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. They believe that bookstores are essential to a healthy culture. They’re where authors can connect with readers, where we discover new writers, where children get hooked on the thrill of reading that can last a lifetime. They’re also anchors for our downtowns and communities.

BookShop has been so successful in the US it's launched months ahead of schedule in Britain.

Don't forget to check our local bookshops, Johns Creek Books & Gifts and Read it Again, to see what they have on offer!

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address

The Haudenosaunee nations—the Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora—traditionally open and close every important gathering with a version of these thanks.

Today we have gathered. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as people. Now our minds are one.

We are all thankful to our mother, the earth, for she gives us all that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time. To our mother we send greetings and thanks. Now our minds are one.

We give thanks to all the waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life... please continue

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Dyslexia Awareness Month

Dyslexia is not a disease, but a difficulty in processing language, especially reading

As many as 1 in 5 people have dyslexia

People with dyslexia are not dumb or lazy
(Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Richard Branson are dyslexic)

People experience dyslexia differently

Dyslexia can't be 'cured', but can learn skills to cope

Library Resources

 Libraries offer options for those with dyslexia:

  • Audio books - can combine with paper books for more impact
  • Large print books
  • Digital books - able to change fonts, font size, background color, etc
  • Hi/Lo books - age appropriate themes combined with easy reading
  • 'Reading Paws' - dogs provide a calming non-judgmental presence
  • Librarians - get to know them!

It's a Mystery

She was referred to as the 'slow one' in the family, saying- “It was quite true, and I knew it and accepted it. Writing and spelling were always terribly difficult for me. My letters were without originality. I was an extraordinarily bad speller and have remained so until this day.”

This author has sold over 4 billion books which have been translated into 100 plus different languages. Her books have been adapted to the stage, TV, and movies. This writer also has dyslexia. Who is she?

Other authors with dyslexia include: Henry Winkler (actor, author), Fannie Flagg ("Fried Green Tomatoes..."), Avi (Newberry award winner, librarian), Octavia Butler (science fiction writer), John Irving (Academy Award winning screenwriter, "The Cider House Rule", "The World According to Garp"), and Dave Pilkey ("Captain Underpants" series). W B Yeats, Hans Christian Anderson, and F Scott Fitzgerald are also thought to have had dyslexia.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Stockdale Paradox

In 1965, Admiral James B Stockdale became Vietnam's highest ranking POW. Stockdale spent nearly eight years in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton"; beaten, tortured, confined to a 3' x9' windowless concrete cell, denied medical care, as well as letters from home. 

Stockton was later interviewed about his coping strategies. When asked about which prisoners didn't make it, he replied, "Oh, that's easy, the optimists. Oh, they were the ones who said, 'We're going to be out by Christmas.' And Christmas would come, and Christmas would go. Then they'd say, 'We're going to be out by Easter.' And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart. This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be."

Early Voting Ends Soon

Registered Fulton County voters may vote at any early voting location within the County. Use the new time tracker to see the wait time of your polling location. 

Remaining Early Voting Hours:
Saturday, October 24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, October 26 to Friday, October 30, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Christmas at Indies

According to the American Booksellers Association, Amazon doubled its net profit this year, while “more than one independent bookstore has closed each week since COVID-19 shut the country down.”

If you want independent book shops - and other small businesses for that matter - to be open next Christmas, you use purchasing power and shop our local businesses. Many are offering curbside pick-up or shipping to keep things safe. 

The closest indy bookstores to Ocee library are: Johns Creek Book and Gifts and Read it Again in Suwanee. Please visit their websites for any changes in hours and policies. 

Many other indy book stores are offering online shopping as well.

New Library Website!

The Fulton County Library System has a redesigned website and library catalog, offering library patrons a more modern platform for their library experience. The new website offers an updated look and feel, as well as mobile responsive design which will improve the user experience whether on a computer, tablet or phone.

Features of the new website include:
  • a new catalog, allowing patrons a more positive experience when tracking holds in their accounts, creating lists as well as rating books and finding reading recommendations from other users or librarians
  • a new events calendar, which will allow patrons to search events system-wide based on location, interests, ages and more
  • improved search capabilities
  • simple navigation
  • streamlined pages for each library branch, highlighting features of the branch, hours of operation and more

Friday, October 16, 2020

Early Voting at Ocee

The Fulton County Board of Registrations and Elections announced its list of early voting locations, including three Johns Creek locations, for the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election. The county will have 30 polling sites opened when Early Voting gets underway Oct. 12 – 30, 2020.

Early voting for the November 3, 2020 General Election begins Oct. 12 and ends Oct. 30. Voters can head to the early voting polling sites during the following days and times.

Monday, Oct. 12 to Friday, Oct. 16: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 19 to Friday, Oct. 23: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 26 to Friday, Oct. 30: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

and weekends:
Saturday Voting: Oct. 17 and 24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday Voting: Oct. 18 and 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Curbside pickup

 Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek 30022 is now also available for curbside pickup. Click here for a full listing of libraries providing curbside services, phone numbers and hours. 

To pick up library materials on hold, residents are asked to:
• Bring their library or photo ID to the branch where their items are being held
• Follow signs to designated parking spaces for curbside service (or to designated tables for walk-up services)
• Call the number on signs to alert a staff member that they have arrived and provide their name
• Show the staff member photo ID or library card through closed window
• Open/unlock trunk or back seat door to allow library staff to place items in their vehicle
• Walk-up patrons will use social distancing to provide ID and receive materials in front of branches

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

New Info for Ocee Library

Please note new phone number and hours of operation for curbside pick-up.
New phone number for Ocee Library: 404-613-6840
Curbside Pick-up Hours:
Mon-Tue -- 10:00 - 7:00
Wed-Sat  -- 10:00 - 4:00

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

So Long As I Can Read

While the following photo and excerpt are miles and years away, in some respects little has changed...
'More than 80 percent of South Dakota’s population lived in rural areas in the 1930s. These households suffered immensely from drought, dust storms, grasshopper infestations, and falling crop prices. Most homes had no running water, electricity, central heating, or telephone service. Farm women spent an average of sixty-six hours a week working, according to a 1930 state survey. In addition to childcare and housework, they did outdoor work on their farms and sometimes worked for wages, too.

But to advocates for women’s welfare, it was crucial that farm women took time to read.

“Every women, no matter how hard she must work, must pause at times for recreation, even though it may be only an occasional evening or Sunday afternoon,” Dagney Hinderaker, a women’s club leader from Astoria, South Dakota, wrote. “They will be more refreshed and have more things to think about if they will sit down and read.” '

For the rest of librarian Lisa Lindell's article click here.

Johns Creek Books & Gifts

If you're looking for physical books while libraries are closed, our community partners at Johns Creek Books can help. The independent bookstore offers curbside pickup and is currently open for in-store shopping. Please visit their website for new hours and additional information.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Ramble On

Being outside is good for both our physical and mental health. With restrictions being lessened some and the unofficial start of summer, outdoor spaces filled to "BC" capacity this weekend. If this leaves you feeling uncomfortable, WildSam has curated a list of 50 books that will pull you into the landscapes of America - from the safety of a lawn chair on your deck or balcony.

by D.J. Waldie (1996)
“The critics of the suburbs say that you and I live narrow lives. I agree. My life is narrow. From one perspective or another, all our lives are narrow. Only when lives are placed side by side do they seem larger.”

Class of 2020

Closeup of the 2020 tassel on a black graduation cap
Graduates, we offer you consolation. This is not the final semester you deserved. We also send you congratulations for all you've achieved and wishes for every success in the future!

Open Letter to Duke Class of 2020
Not All Right and That's OK

What Day Is It!?

Todd Meany will tell you what day it is.
Was surprised to see I'd gone several weeks without posting! Seems it's normal to lose track of time these days. Here's a few articles about 'corona time': What Day...?No Hours or DaysLosing Track

Guns N' Roses New Kids Book

James Patterson is teaming up with Guns N' Roses for a children's picture book! The September release will “follow a child’s wondrous discovery that music is everywhere around us – from the gentle wind blowing through the bluest skies, to the fearful crash of the thunder and the rain”. Sweet Child O’Mine “celebrates love and music, and how they bring us together in the sweetest ways”.
Axl Rose and Slash of Guns n’ Roses.

Congratulations, Jericho

Jericho Brown, Winship Distinguished Research Professor in Creative Writing and director of the Creative Writing Program at Atlanta's Emory University, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in poetry on May 4 for his most recent collection, “The Tradition.”

The Pulitzer Prize Board described Brown’s winning poems as “a collection of masterful lyrics that combine delicacy with historical urgency in their loving evocation of bodies vulnerable to hostility and violence.”


One of the sounds of  Memorial Day is the somber bugle tune "Taps" to honor the fallen of war.
Trim words to Taps
There are no official lyrics to the tune, but here are some popular ones:

Day is done, Gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hill,
From the sky.
All is well, Safely rest,
God is nigh.

Thanks and praise, For our days,
Neath the sun, Neath the stars,
Neath the sky,
As we go, This we know,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep, Peaceful sleep,
May the Soldier or Sailor,
God keep.
On the land or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

National Nurses Week!

Nurses Week | University of Maryland School of Nursing

Show our nurses your appreciation by staying home as much as possible. If you must be out practice ''social distancing", wear a mask, and wash/sanitize your hands frequently.

National Nurses Week begins 6 May and ends 12 May which is Florence Nightingale's birthday. The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as International Year of the Nurse and Midwife to commemorate the 200th birthday of Miss Nightingale.

The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives to achieve universal health coverage by 203o.

Teacher Appreciation Week!

Teacher Appreciation Day 5/5" | National Teacher Appreciation Week ...

Special thanks to Family and Consumer Science teachers!

Monday, May 4, 2020


adjective. of a new and unusual kind; different from anything seen or known before.

As people begin to recover from the novel Coronavirus, we're learning the scope of this infection. Barry Mangione shares his experience on facebook .

"I want to hopefully shed some light amid the confusion. There is a continuum of COVID19 in between 'you die' and 'you get over it and return to normal.' Today is day 31 for me. I tested negative on day 27. Yesterday out of nowhere, I was hit with crippling fatigue and chills. My cough is almost gone, and I've been fever-free for two weeks, but when it comes to COVID19, testing negative doesn't mean it's over. For all who talk about wanting it to spread among the healthy to encourage 'herd immunity,' let me ask you: if you get sick with COVID19, how do you know how sick you'll get? I'm a healthy 50 year old with no underlying medical conditions...devoted to developing and maintaining mental, physical, and spiritual health.

I'm a pediatric physical therapist. I work in homecare with infants and toddlers. Prior to COVID19, I would travel to people's homes and work with up to ten children a day for 30 minutes each. Prior to COVID19, I struggled with insomnia, but I could still get up after a nearly sleepless night and rock my day job. Now, I can get a full night's sleep and be wiped out after doing a couple of telehealth sessions with kids via Zoom.

I talk to other COVID19 survivors who still experience symptoms after 30, even 40 days, symptoms like kidney pain, fevers, coughing, fatigue, shortness of breath, headaches, circulation problems, loss of smell, loss of taste, body aches, rashes, back pain...

This is not an all-or-nothing virus. It's not 'you die' or 'you don't die.' When we see the numbers of people who've 'recovered from COVID19' posted to illustrate how it's not that bad, those numbers don't take the lingering health issues and symptoms into account.

Please think about this when you question social distancing. Please think about this when you question wearing a mask in public. Ask yourself, 'Can I be sick for over a month or more? Can I deal with the uncertainty of when or if this sickness will go away if I get it?'

I'm not looking for sympathy or trying to scare anyone, and I don't want to diminish the memories of those who've died or the pain felt by their loved ones. I grieve for them all. What I hope I'm doing is giving you another tool in addition to gloves, masks, and social distancing to keep yourselves, your loved ones, and all of us safe and healthy: knowledge that this is real, knowledge that we don't know enough about it yet, and that the continuum of COVID19 is more complicated than dead versus 'recovered.'

Please stay safe, my friends."

Visions of Alice

Lewis Carroll chose 4 May to release "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" as it was Alice Liddell's birthday. She turned 13 in 1865 - 155 years ago. 

Alice Liddell - 1858

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - 1864
Bessie Pease Gutmann -1907

For more visions of Alice and Wonderland visit here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Free YA Audiobooks!

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens, a yearly summer audiobook program for teens 13 years old and up, is back in its 11th season to offer free audiobooks weekly beginning April 30 until July 29. Interested participants from all over the world—not just from the U.S.—get two free audiobook downloads per week which they can keep even after the program is over. Anyone (not just teens) who might be interested in young adult audiobooks is welcome to join.

Click here for more information and their summer release schedule. You can also sign up for Book Riot's YA newsletter and there's a link to several other websites that offer free audiobooks. 

Earth Alive

For the world is changing: I feel it in the water, I feel it in the earth, and I smell it in the air.    -Tolkien

A woman sits on the ground, leaning against a pine. Its bark presses hard against her back, as hard as life. Its needles scent the air and a force hums in the heart of the wood. Her ears tune down to the lowest frequencies. The tree is saying things, in words before words. -Norton

Lit Hub has compiled a list of 13 books where the Earth is a central character. The list includes a quote, a summary, and links to interviews and excerpts.

Pantry Staples

NYPL Research Librarian has listed several books about the histories of some of our pantry favorites-
Cover of Of Sugar and Snow   Cover of Economics of Beer 
  The Cutthroat Food Fight that Revolutionized Cooking   Meanings and Memories


The New York Public Library has asked its readers to recreate their favorite book covers!
"We know many New Yorkers are looking for projects and distractions right now, and the #BookCoverDouble challenge is one of our answers," said NYPL spokeswoman Angela Montefinise. "It's fun to see all of the creative participation, and it connects our communities around books and reading. We're also hoping that while New Yorkers raid their bookshelves looking for the right covers they're inspired to do some reading."

Novel Virus Novel

Journalist Bill Grueskin asked Twitter “What’s the first sentence of the best novel that will be written about this epidemic?”

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a COVID-19 test, a reliable and prompt food-delivery service, a full Netflix queue, and a 48-pack of Charmin. (@rapoportmike)

At first we noticed the birds. Maybe they had always been there, maybe it was just the spring migration, but in any case their cheery calls filled the space normally claimed by the metallic roaring of the morning commute. (@Myrmecos)

We carried it in our hands, laying it on doorknobs and cans of beans, there was no smell of death, no taste, when we brought it to our lips and thus unaware, we breathed the killer in, and out. (@gotaimnow)

Ah, toilet roll. I remember that cylindrical delight, that teasing promise of sanitation, that wondrous, plump, cushioning comfort like a dream you can’t quite recall but feel its essence. Thank God I never liked my curtains. (@flatpackcat)

Find more submissions here along with Grueskin's winner.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Julie Andrews New Podcast

With shelter in place orders in effect and school sclosed for the foreseeable future, Julie Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, will release six episodes of the program, Julie’s Library ahead of schedule. The first episode in the series will be made available on April 29 and the subsequent five episodes will be released each week thereafter.

The podcast, which is aimed at audiences age 4–10. Book readings will be mixed with conversation with guests and vocabulary words selected by children.

The Academy Award winning actress has authored 30+ plus books for young readers - some co-authored by her daughter. Visit AFPLS on-line to access Andrew's work!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020



Tonight summer comes to a world remade.
Streets are carless. Silence treads the roads.
The sky is clear for a red kite sailing,
flamboyant, his flame ablaze on blue,
his wings and the fork of his tail
flexing on the wind.

Miles above in the high air over the fields,
over the flights of rooks, crows, gulls,
over the cities, the clouds, the atmosphere,
in the vault of heaven the ozone layer clears
of particulates, of nitrogen dioxide,
and we can breathe again.

Listen! in this clean new silence
that is not silent: birdsong,
a small wind in the trees,
the fall of a petal, an opening leaf,
a page turning,
your breath, mine.

Blaen Cwrt, Ceredigion: 28 March 2020

Britain's Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Manchester Metropolitan University/Manchester Writing School are bringing together poets from around the world to chronicle the COVID-19 pandemic in the WRITE Where We Are NOW project.

Go to Yale University

One of Yale's most popular classes, "Science of Happiness" has been made available free on-line. Learn more here. Or read the Tao Of Pooh (and Te of Piglet) by Benjamin Hoff.

"Religions, sciences, and business ethics have tried their hardest to convince us that there is a Great Reward waiting for us somewhere and that what we have to do is spend our lives working like lunatics to catch up with it," he writes.

"A way of life that keeps saying, 'Around the next corner, above the next step,' works against the natural order of things and makes it so difficult to be happy."

Celebrate Earth Day!

This year marks Earth Day's 50th anniversary. Considering where we are this day, we seemed to have missed a few lessons on caring for our planet. While gatherings have been cancelled due to COVID-19, people are celebrating on-line.

Earth Day Live - a 3 day on-line event!

This USA Today article has lots of info and links.

Newsweek highlights the ways the pandemic has impacted the environment.

The Verge lists numerous on-line events.

The Sierra Club offers great articles and resources about the environment.

CNN reports on the benefits of nature and how you can enjoy the outdoors at this time. They also include links to animal livestreams.


nasa earth photo_1020

Please take time to learn what you can do for the planet and all its beings. Earth Day needs to be every day.

We Hold the Earth

We hold the Earth

We hold everyone who suffers from storms and droughts intensified by climate change. 

We hold all species that suffer. 

We hold world leaders delegated to make decisions for life. 

We pray that the web of life may be mended through courageous actions to limit carbon emissions. 

We pray for right actions for adaptation and mitigation to help our already suffering earth community. 

We pray that love and wisdom might inspire my actions and our actions as communities. . . so that we may, with integrity, look into the eyes of all living beings and truthfully say, we are doing our part to care for them and the future of the children. 

May love transform us and our world with new steps toward life.
                                                                                            Interfaith Power and Light

Monday, April 20, 2020

Same Storm, Different Boats

I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it’s not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa.
For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis.
For some that live alone, they’re facing endless loneliness. While for others it is peace, rest & time with their mother, father, sons & daughters.
With the $600 weekly increase in unemployment, some are bringing in more money to their households than when they were working. Others are working more hours for less money due to pay cuts or loss in sales.
Some families of 4 just received $3400 from the stimulus while other families of 4 saw $0.
Some were concerned about getting a certain candy for Easter while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk, and eggs for the weekend.
Some want to go back to work because they don’t qualify for unemployment and are running out of money. Others want to kill those who break the quarantine.
Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 10-12 hour workday.
Some have experienced the near-death of the virus, some have already lost someone from it and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it. Others don’t believe this is a big deal.
Some have faith in God and expect miracles during 2020. Others say the worst is yet to come.
So, friends, we are not in the same boat. We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different.
Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing.
We are all on different ships during this storm experiencing a very different journey.
                                                                                                                   -Unknown author

Zoom Libraries

So many Zoom meetings while we're sheltering in place! If you'd rather keep your home work space private, Library Journal offers backgrounds featuring libraries from Baltimore to Helsinki to Prague to your own neighborhood!


National Library Week

The theme for National Library Week 2020, "Find your place at the library," was chosen some time ago, before any of us could imagine the emergence of a global pandemic that would force most libraries to temporarily close their physical spaces. But you can still find your place at the library because libraries are open for business online, providing the virtual services and digital content their communities need more than ever. You can access ebooks, movies, music, video games, virtual storytimes and activities, and so much more — all from the comfort of your home.

This year during National Library Week, let’s celebrate by showing our appreciation for the many innovative ways libraries, librarians and library workers are continuing to serve their communities during a time of crisis.

- American Library Association

Friday, April 17, 2020

Mondays with Michelle

By Emma Kantor |

In an effort to spread cheer and promote literacy among families that are sheltering in place during the pandemic, Michelle Obama is teaming up with Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, and PBS Kids to launch a weekly read-aloud series. Beginning on April 20 at noon ET and running through May 11, “Mondays with Michelle Obama” will feature the former First Lady of the United States reading live from favorite picture books on the PBS Kids Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Michelle Obama said in a statement, “At this time when so many families are under so much stress, I’m excited to give kids a chance to practice their reading and hear some wonderful stories (and to give parents and caretakers a much-needed break).”

The program, which is in support of Penguin Random House’s new “Read Together, Be Together” campaign and PBS Kids’s “Read-Along” initiative, will also include literacy activities, tips, and resources for each of the books featured on “Mondays with Michelle Obama.”

The schedule is as follows:
April 20 at noon: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, illus. by Axel Scheffler
April 27 at noon: There’s a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher, illus. by Greg Abbott
May 4 at noon: Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler
May 11 at noon: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Let Evening Come

Jane Kenyon - 1947-1995

Let the light of late afternoon 
shine through chinks in the barn, moving 
up the bales as the sun moves down. 

Let the cricket take up chafing 
as a woman takes up her needles 
and her yarn. Let evening come. 

Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned 
in long grass. Let the stars appear 
and the moon disclose her silver horn. 

Let the fox go back to its sandy den. 
Let the wind die down. Let the shed 
go black inside. Let evening come. 

To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop 
in the oats, to air in the lung 
let evening come. 

Let it come, as it will, and don't 
be afraid. God does not leave us 
comfortless, so let evening come.

From Otherwise: New & Selected Poems by Jane Kenyon, published by Graywolf Press. Copyright © 1996 by the Estate of Jane Kenyon.

Glad Tidings

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

"The Shows Must Go On"

Jesus Christ Superstar • US TourAndrew Lloyd-Webber announced a new youtube channel that will show stage-to-screen Broadway musicals. There'll be a new offering every Friday. This week's show is "Jesus Christ Superstar" - 10 April/Good Friday (NBC will also re-air "JCS" 10 April). Theater tickets can be expensive, so this is a great opportunity to see a show! It's a fantastic way to introduce kids to stage productions, too!

Be a Hero

...and stay home to protect our healthcare workers! They are super heros, but are sadly not immune to COVID-19.

As healthcare workers care for patients with COVID-19, they commit themselves to difficult, draining work and also put themselves at risk of infection. Thousands have tested positive with the virus and at least 150 have died - including one in Georgia.

EMS, police and fire are also at increased risk.

Read what first responders are facing every day at Newsweek
Medscape (in Memoriam), WaPo, and BBC.  

FAKE's new mural "Super Nurse" available for free download ...
"Super Nurse"  - free download