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Ocee Library in Johns Creek has lots to interest younger patrons



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From left, the Scott sisters, 9-year-old Grace, Gabriella, 7, and Nadmi, 6, enjoy learning at the library. HATCHER HURD/Staff. (click for larger version)

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Four-year-old Katrina Karaminska, left, and sister Anastasia, 7, are engrossed in their activities at the library. HATCHER HURD/Staff. (click for larger version)
October 23, 2013
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. The Robert E. Fulton Regional Library at Ocee is a kid-friendly library, not least because juvenile materials make up two-thirds of the library's circulation.

Children's Librarian Marsha Divack has plenty of activities for younger children to do. In fact, Divack has all sorts of interesting things for young people from preschoolers to teenagers.

"We average between 250 and 300 children a week participating in activities. It just depends if we have the chess club or the astronomy club that week," Divack said.

Asked if was hard to keep the children quiet it is a library after all Divack said it's really not that hard.

"We don't make a huge effort to keep the children quiet. After all, we want them to enjoy the experience. We just ask them to use their 'inside voices.' They do pretty well," she said.

And there are lots of things to do.

For instance, there is free math tutoring Sundays at 2 p.m. for K-12 students. There is the Beginners Book Club (registration required) for children 5 to 8 to read an assigned book and then have a discussion.

The chess club meets once a month (ages 5-13) and the preschool story time meets Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Teach Me to Read is a program to teach children and parents a systematic phonics approach, which when used in conjunction with phonemic awareness, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool and ESL students. It is for youngsters 5 to 7 and grades K through 2 with parents.

Just Read It Book Club meets Mondays at 4:30 p.m. for readers 9 to 12. It has book discussions and is limited to 15 children. To register and reserve a copy of each month's book, please send an email including your name and age to marcia.divack@fultoncountyga.gov.

Operation Safe Kids is sponsored by the U.S. Secret Service Homeland Security and is set for Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m. for children pre-K to fifth grade.

Operation Safe Kids uses leading technology to produce a biographical document containing a child's photograph along with digitized, inkless fingerprints and other vital identification information.

Parents receive the document that can later be reproduced immediately for mass distribution to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies should their child go missing. This system saves valuable time when there is no time to spare.

There is a limit of 75. Tickets will be given out one hour prior to the start of the program.

There are many more events for all ages at the library. Call or go online for information.

IF YOU GO:

Robert E. Fulton Ocee Branch Library

5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek

Information: 770-360-8897 or afpls.org/oceebranch

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