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