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Orange County Library System (OCLS)
receives largest single private gift in its history

Big changes coming to Orlando Public Library thanks to gift from former Central Florida native

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April 16, 2012 (Orlando, Fla.)—Benefactor Ken Melrose announced that his family foundation is donating $1million to the library system for the creation of The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity.  The Center, which will be housed on the second floor of the Main Library, will feature labs for visual arts and filming, digital media, graphic design, and audio engineering.   A fabrication lab is also planned for The Center.  With gratitude, Library Director and CEO Mary Anne Hodel pointed out that is the largest single private gift in the library’s history.

The gift from The Kendrick B. Melrose Family Foundation is a source of tremendous pride for the philanthropist.   Melrose grew up in Orlando and The Center is named in his mother’s memory.  “My mother was active in the Orlando community for years from her philosophy of serving others coupled with education,” he said.  The late Mrs. Melrose was very involved in the construction of the Orlando Public Library in the 1960s.

Renovations to the Orlando Public Library will begin immediately. To keep up with the progress of the project, please visit: www.ocls.info/tic.

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