Services for Schools
Connect with Your Library Liaison
Start by getting in touch with your school’s Library Liaison! Every Orange County Public Elementary School has a dedicated representative from the Orange County Library System as part of our Children’s Initiative. Liaisons can answer questions about library services and make school visits. Call 407.835.7323 to connect to your liaison or e-mail them directly. Middle and high schools should e-mail Youth Outreach Coordinator Natalie Houston at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or requests for services.
Library Outreach Services
The library makes strides each year to promote literacy and create greater awareness of the services we offer. We reach out to our community through storytelling, book talks, and other special events. Invite the library to your next community event! Contact your school’s Library Liaison or e-mail Youth Outreach Coordinator Natalie Houston at email@example.com.
Our professional storytellers are available free of charge to make school visits for large groups of students. They combine songs, stories, and popular books in fun sessions for all ages. Call 407.835.7323 to schedule a date for this popular service.
Middle School Book Talks
Our recommended reading list for middle school students, My Middle School Yearbook, lists books that deal with issues important to young adults. Our staff conduct entertaining, interactive book talk sessions that will entice students to explore the books on their own. Each school year, OCLS offers book talk sessions to 7th graders at all OCPS middle schools. Contact Youth Programs Coordinator Brittany Nethers at firstname.lastname@example.org to book now!
Tiny Tales Workshop for Teen Parents
In an effort to promote early literacy, the library offers a Tiny Tales Workshop for teen parents. The storyteller will demonstrate a Tiny Tales: Rhyme Time for You and Your Baby program especially designed for infants from birth to 18 months and their parents. The program introduces reading readiness and fine motor skills. The workshop can be scheduled at the library as well as an outreach. Contact Crystal Sullivan at email@example.com to schedule the workshop.
Field Trips to the Library
A field trip to the library is a great way to celebrate literacy any time of year. OCLS offers several programs for your school to choose from including library tours, storytimes, database classes, and family nights. The best part is all library field trip services are free of charge.
Children’s Library Tours
We recommend tours of the Children's Library at the Orlando Public Library for children in first grade through high school. Youth tours last for approximately 20 minutes. For groups with youth ages 13 to 18, the tour includes Club Central, our area just for teens. Call 407.835.7323 to schedule a visit or browse our Parent and Teacher page for more library tours information. Tours of your local library branch are also available by special arrangement.
We offer storytimes at the Orlando Public Library for groups of up to 100 children on Tuesdays and Thursdays at
9:15 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 10:45 a.m. Storytimes can be combined with a library tour for a great field trip!
Call 407.835.7323 to register.
Dive Into Databases
Introduce students to library databases available from home with a library card. This class, which takes place at the Orlando Public Library, provides an overview of reputable online resources useful for homework, test taking practice, and general subject skill building. They include Science Online, Tutor.com, Learning Express, Biography in Context and more. Recommended for students in grades 4-12. Class size is limited. Call 407.835.7323 to schedule.
Family Night at Your Local Library
Invite families to gather at your local library branch. Make arrangements through the branch manager and your Library Liaison by calling 407.835.7323. Family Night may include demonstrations of library resources, storytelling, library card registration, and more. Find out which branch is closest to your school by looking at our library locations page.
Available Online, Anytime!
If your school is looking for a simple way to incorporate the public library into your school’s Literacy Week Celebration, consider one the following online resources.
Link to Us
Highlight the Orange County Library System on your school's website. You can link to our home page, www.ocls.info, or our collection of School Resources at www.ocls.info/schoolresources.
Our storytellers have captured some of their favorite tales on film. Share these videos with students on the morning announcements or in the classroom.
Library Card Applications
Download a library card application (PDF) to send home with your students. Completed applications can be dropped off at or mailed to the library. Library cards will then be mailed directly to student's homes. Applications are also available in Spanish and French.
Facebook and Twitter
If your school has a Facebook account, be sure to "like" our Facebook page for teens, Club Central @ OCLS, which offers information about our teen volunteer program, homework help resources, and our teen online book club. And follow us on Twitter at @OCLSyouth or @OCLSteen to find out about upcoming programs, contests, and special events.