Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Book Store Hours

As I mention, " hours subject to change", I received the following from Fulco Library System. This applies to Ocee, as well as Spruill Oaks, Alpharetta, Milton, etc.

"Friends groups with open book stores manned by volunteers that their hours per county guidelines would now only be allowed between 10am-2pm. The County is committed to the safety of all volunteers, staff and patrons. We know this change affects bookstore volunteers and patrons. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause."

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Afghan Women

Beyond the sound bites, Book Riot has selected 9 memoirs by Afghan women.





Check the library catalogue for those in the list and others.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Environmental Lit

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BookLit celebrates Environmental Literature Day with books from a wide range of categories! Explore with a book - and go outside!


Indigenous Authors

Mysteries with environmental themes

Middle grade fiction


Climate change

Queer explorations of nature and place

Women and nature


Ecofiction by BIPOC authors

Book Store Hours - week of 23 August

August 23  -  10am to 12n
August 24  -  12n to 2 pm
August 25  -    3 to 5 pm
August 26  -    3 to 5 pm
August 27   -  10am to 12n 3-5pm
August 28   -    2 to 4pm

The book store is staffed by volunteers. Hours are subject to change.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

COVID-Free Communities Webinar

Join Fulton County and our partners with The Alive & In Color Campaign on Wednesday, 8/18 at 7:30 p.m. for “Back to Life: But First, a Reality Check: Uplifting Facts & Empowering ‘The Culture’ to Drive COVID-Free Communities.” An impressive group of community leaders will discuss vaccination, the Delta variant, and the need to address health disparities and close the vaccination gap. You will hear from Kenny Burns with V103 Atlanta; Durand Bailey with the Atlanta Music Project; Lisa Cunningham with BWHI; Dr. Jayne Morgan with Piedmont Healthcare COVID Taskforce; DJ Mars; Zachary Wallace with Local Green Atlanta; and Nancy Flake Johnson with the Urban League of Greater Atlanta. REGISTER FOR EVENT

The Spine Collector

For several years, a mysterious figure has been stealing books before their release. Is it espionage? Revenge? Or a complete waste of time? Read on here.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Book Club Picks

Publisher's Weekly brings you August book club picks from 30+ groups. Look for the next read for you or your club or just see what others are reading. Who would've guessed the Richard Branson Book Club is reading "Wind, Sand and Stars" by Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry!

'Sweat Thicker than Glue'

The Sierra Club has some new book recommendations for the summer. From the gifts of our earth to things unseen to the challenges we face,  have a look and learn something new!

Monday, August 9, 2021

Book Store Hours week of 9 August

The book store is run by volunteers and hours are subject to change without notice.
With the rapid rise in COVID cases, there may be changes in library services.

Book store hours for this week are as follows:
Mon 9th 10am to 12 noon

Tues 10th 11am to 1pm and 5 to 7pm

Wed 11th 12:30 to 2:30pm

Thurs 12th 11am to 1 pm

Fri 13th 10am to 12 noon

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Books to Heal

The folks at Publisher's Weekly have compiled quite a list of books for healing. They range from herbs, mudras, yoga/breathing, the natural world, and worlds beyond. Take a look and maybe you'll find some new ways to keep body, mind, and spirit well during these changing and uncertain times.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Fulton Co COVID Updates

Re: Fulco libraries, beginning Monday 9 August, library meeting rooms will be closed, study rooms limited to 2 people, and indoor programs will be on hold.

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners announced today that it will reinstate the indoor mask mandate. Starting Thursday, August 5, 2021, all employees and those visiting Fulton County facilities will be required to wear a mask indoors. Fulton County Chief Operating Officer Anna Roach advised the Board that Fulton County would return to requiring masks inside its facilities.

“Our goal is to ensure the safety of everyone that comes into this building and all Fulton County buildings,” said Fulton County Chairman Robb Pitts. “It is vital that this mask mandate be for those who are vaccinated as well as unvaccinated individuals especially since we all are still facing the threat of a contagious pandemic now known as the Delta variant.”

Although breakthrough cases are possible but rare, the Board and Fulton County Officials are working to remain proactive when it comes to protecting workers and residents. COVID-19 cases have increased by 300% over the last three weeks. Hospitalization rates have also increased, and 99% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated. More than 4.1 million vaccines have been administered throughout Georgia – 515,000 of those were issued in Fulton County. The County is implementing guidelines consistent with those currently recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Masks REQUIRED -again

With the sharp rise in COVID-19 Delta cases, masks will again be required in the Fulco libraries as well as other Fulton County offices/buildings. The mask requirement is in effect as of 5 August 2021 for all library patrons - regardless of vaccination status.

If you need information about getting vaccinated, please refer to the previous post (Ask a Librarian).

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Ask a Librarian

Other than library questions, the following question has been popular-

How do I schedule a COVID-19 vaccination?

COVID-19 vaccines can protect you and your family. The vaccines are safe and offered at no charge to you. Everyone age 12 and over is eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Within Fulton County there are two sites operated by the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency and the Fulton County Board of Health. In addition, Fulton County is bringing COVID-19 vaccine to neighborhoods through mobile vaccination units.

Parking is free at all sites. No ID is required.

Youth age 12 – 17 do not have to have a parent present but must have a consent form signed by a parent.

For locations, times, and further information visit:

Ocee Book Return

Ocee's book return is now automated (hooray!) and is for library materials ONLY. Please do not use it for Friends' book donations. 

The Friends' old plastic book bins have been replaced (hooray!) with beautiful custom cabinets for donations. You'll find them in the same place - between the big meeting room and the restrooms.

See the 2 August post re: info on donations.

Book Store

Store hours for the rest of this week are:

Wed. Aug 4.      4-6 pm
Thurs. Aug 5.   12-3 pm 
Fri. Aug 6.        10 am-12 noon and 1-3 pm

The book store is staffed by volunteers. Hours may be subject to change.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

More News from the Book Store

Friends are now officially taking book donations (see below). 

Help us by limiting your donations to 1 box per week.  Thanks!

Friends ‘best-sellers’:
  • Recent adult fiction and non-fiction
  • Children’s picture and chapter books
  • Young adult books, HS/college reading list faves
  • Books in like new condition
We can not accept:
  • Reference materials (encyclopedias, dictionaries)
  • Textbooks, workbooks, technical manuals
  • CDs, DVDs, VHS/cassette tapes, video games
  • Magazines
  • Soiled or damaged books (it's OK to trash these!)

The bookstore depends on volunteers to sort donations and open our new store. Please consider donating your time. Ask library staff for a volunteer application or for more information.