Books & Beyond: A monthly Library news and information publication sponsored by the Friends of the Library

January 2014

Volume 11 Issue 5

What the Dickens!

Celebrating Charles Dickens Charles Dickens

The library and other local organizations are coming together to honor the life, works and world of prolific novelist Charles Dickens. Take part in our Dickens-related events including film festivals, plays and readings.


Second Saturday

Dickens, Then & Now Vivi Barnes

Vivi Barnes, author of Olivia Twisted, speaks about how the classics of 175 years ago still relate to themes and people today.




Author Hallie Ephron

visits the Orlando Public Library Hallie Ephron

Spend an evening with author Hallie Ephron.
She will discuss her experiences growing up in a family of writers—which includes her late sister Nora Ephron—as well as her best-selling book There Was An Old Woman.




New Year, New You

Let's make 2014 fantastic! New Year

Get back on track after the holiday season. Whether it's saving money, losing weight or getting more organized, the library is here to help make your dreams a reality.



Healthcare Spotlight

Get covered in 2014!

Need help navigating the new federal healthcare law and what it means for you? Attend these programs to get the support you're looking for.



Library Snapshot Day

A Day in the Life of Florida Libraries

Come to any Orange County Library location on Wednesday, January 22 to take part in Snapshot Day! We want your photos to help us document a day in the life of Florida libraries.




The Writers' Corner

The Road to Writing Success Pen

This month meet author Peter M. Gordon and learn the ropes of how to become a successful indie author from Tawdra Kandle.


Music in the Library

Free performances! Music

There is a vast array of music programs this month at the downtown library and branch locations. Don't miss these free concerts!


Explore Your Family History

at the West Oaks Branch Old photo

The New Year is the right time to learn about your family history. Join us for a workshop that will teach you about the library resources that can help.





Craftologie 101

A Crafting Class for Adults
Memory Jar

Make a take-home craft that will help you preserve the memories you make in the New Year.





Book Clubs

Book Clubs Join the club!

Join one of our regular book clubs and meet others with similar interests and tastes.





Featured Database

Biography in Context Featured Database

Biography in Context has more than 600,000 biographies of notable people from yesterday to today. Get authoritative at-a-glance or in-depth information.

Zinio for Libraries

Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity

DIY Learning

New Book Alerts

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