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Enjoy some of the great events that are just for kids and their families!

SRP 2014: The Sound of FIG Newton

Juggler Ron Anglin teaches children about the physical properties of sound through juggling, clowning and tricks during "Fizz, Boom, Read," 2014's Summer Reading Program at the Orange County Library System! (1:19)

Summer Break @ OCLS North Orange Branch!

Enjoy some summer fun with the students and staff at the North Orange Branch Library in Apopka, FL! Spend time with Orlando City Soccer, learn about video editing with Whiz Kids, and write opinion articles with Skills Challenge! With librarian Marilyn John, circulation clerk Deborah Aponte-Cruz, and Orlando City Soccer players Austin da Luz and Giussi Gentile! (2:19)

PBS Kids' Miss Rosa Live!

Miss Rosa, host of PBS Kids, returns to her Central Florida home to meet and tell stories with children at the Orange County Library System! Miss Rosa's appearance was sponsored by PBS Kids, WUCF and OCLS. (1:48)

SteveSongs -- "Hey Ho"

PBS Kids' SteveSongs performs his fun songs for kids live at the Orange County Library System! Go on a pirate adventure with Mr. Steve and his friend Chris, and sing along! (2:23)

Experiments with NASA: Rockets!

Learn about and fly rockets with educators from the Kennedy Space Center! Discover how a rocket flies with hands-on demonstrations in this fun Fizz, Boom, Read summer program! (:45)

Groovy Genetics: Strawberry DNA Extraction

Did you know that you can extract DNA from a strawberry right in your own home -- or your local library? Kids who attended the recent Groovy Genetics program at the Orlando Public Library with science teacher Miss M from OCPS got to do just that. (1:51)

Melrose Center: Future Engineers Kids' Camp

What's it like to be an engineer? Find out at the Melrose Center Future Engineers Kids' Camp! Discover how machines are made, how airplanes and gliders fly, and more! Register for an upcoming session at http://www.ocls.info/melrose. (1:12)

The Bucky & Gigi Show

Funny clowns Bucky & Gigi entertain kids at the Orange County Library System with magic tricks, slapstick fun and more! (1:16)

Melrose Center: Media Producers Camp for Kids

Join the fun at the Melrose Center Media Producers' Camp for Kids! Learn about photography, making comic books, video production, foley sounds, recording and more in the Melrose Center's brand-new, state-of-the-art labs and studios. For more information or to register for the next session: http://www.ocls.info/melrosecenter (1:27)

Summer Reading 2014: Kids & Teens!

Come join the summer reading festivities at the Orange County Library System this summer! (:43)

K-Ready App Launch Party!

Play with OCLS' new kindergarten readiness app at a special storytime! K-Ready helps preschoolers learn skills they'll need for school: colors, numbers, letters, and shapes. Hosted by the OCLS Children's Department! See more about the app here: K-Ready App Promo
Get the app:
Apple iPad
Android Tablet (1:46)

Clowning Around At the Library: 2014!

Clowns from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus visit the Orlando Public Library to showcase tricks from their 2014 tour, "Legends." (1:08)

Lego Competition 2013!

Join the Orange County Library System and the Exploding Bacon Robotics Team for a fantastic journey into LEGO-land! See our competitors' awesome alien planets, amazing planes and automobiles, and awesome architectural marvels! (4:00)

SteveSongs -- "Bear Hunt"

Go on a scary, exciting bear hunt with Mr. Steve of PBS Kids' SteveSongs! Recorded live at the Orlando Public Library. (7:41)

SteveSongs -- "And The Dog Says..."

Don't you think it would be cool if your pets could talk back to you? Mr. Steve of PBS Kids' SteveSongs has figured out the secret to making that happen! Recorded at a live concert at the Orlando Public Library. (3:07)

SteveSongs -- "Giant"

What if you woke up tomorrow and discovered that you've grown 20 sizes in one day? Mr. Steve of PBS Kids' SteveSongs sings about what happens when you grow into a giant at the Orlando Public Library! (3:00)

Skills Challenge

Skills Challenge helps children at the North Orange Branch Library of the Orange County Library System learn science, reading, writing, math and more! This program is made possible by a grant provided by the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation. (3:16)

Reactory Factory: Spooky Ghost Eggs!

Reactory Factory's DJ Dan is scared of the "ghost eggs" he saw one night in Dr. Reacto's lab! Here, Dr. Reacto explains what DJ Dan really saw... and the super-cool scientific principle of sublimation! This program was part of the 2013 Summer Reading Program, "Dig Into Reading." http://www.ocls.info/srp. (2:38)

Jack, Annie & The Magic Tree House!

Jack & Annie from The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne visit the Orlando Public Library as part of the Soar Into Reading program sponsored by Random House and JetBlue! (3:35)

Fun with LEGOs

Bricks4Kids visited the Orlando Public Library with LEGO airplane sets to help teach kids about how airplanes are made and built! This program was part of the 2013 Summer Reading Program, "Dig Into Reading." http://www.ocls.info/srp. (1:26)

Orville and Company

With the help of puppeteer Steve Knight, Orville & his friends learn the importance of good character! This program was presented as part of the Summer Reading Program 2013: http://www.ocls.info/srp. (1:52)

Rumble, Crackle, Whoosh! Learning about Volcanoes at OCLS!

This summer, kids learned the different kinds of volcanoes and how they work during a Summer Reading program at the Orange County Library System! This program was part of the 2013 Summer Reading Program, "Dig Into Reading." http://www.ocls.info/srp. (2:16)

The Tricky Dogs Show

Rick Martin and his Tricky Dogs entertain a crowd at the Orlando Public Library. This program was presented as part of the Summer Reading Program 2013: http://www.ocls.info/srp. (1:41)

Experiments with NASA!

Children at the Orlando Public Library became NASA scientists-for-a-day, helping their marshmallow astronauts to develop shock-absorbing methods of landing safely on Mars! This program was part of the 2013 Summer Reading Program, "Dig Into Reading." http://www.ocls.info/srp. (2:37)

The Talako Indian Dancers

The Talako Indian Dancers of Orlando, FL perform traditional Native American dances, including the men's and women's fancy dance, an eagle dance, a war dance, and hoop dances. This program was presented as part of the Summer Reading Program 2013: http://www.ocls.info/srp (2:09)

Cuentame un Cuento: Songs, Stories and Fun!

Cuentame un Cuento, the Orange County Library System's bilingual storytime for families, is in full swing at the Orlando Public Library! Visit http://www.ocls.info/cuentame to register and learn how you can win free books! (6:05)

Reading with Ronald McDonald

Guess who visited the Orlando Public Library to let kids know that reading is cool? Ronald McDonald! Unearth treasure with Ronald during the 2013 Summer Reading Program! http://www.ocls.info/srp (2:34)

Summer Fun Kickoff with Radio Disney AM990!

Radio Disney came to the Orlando Public Library to kick off the 2013 Summer Reading Program with song, dance and games! (2:04)

Read and Learn at the Zoo and the Library!

Learn all about the storytime partnership between the Central Florida Zoo and the Orange County Library System, and attend storytime at the Zoo and the Library! (2:52)

Cuentame un Cuento Bilingual Book Club

OCLS' Cuentame un Cuento (Tell Me A Story) bilingual book club is fun for all families! Register now by calling (407) 835-7323. (1:15)

Rainforest Adventures!

Learn about the animals that live in the rainforest with the Central Florida Zoo and the Orlando Public Library! Meet a tarantula, a red-eyed tree frog, a python, and more! (1:59)

2013 OCLS Children's Summer Reading Program

Dig into reading this summer with the Orange County Library System! Read fantastic books, learn new things at library programs and win fun prizes! (1:18)

"The Frog Song," performed by Adam Miller

Folksinger Adam Miller performs "The Frog Song" at the Orlando Public Library. (4:43)

2013 Youth Art Show

Middle and high school students from across Orange County exhibited their art at the Orlando Public Library during the month of February and competed for prizes. (1:07)

Cooking Together: Baked Tortilla Chips & Fruit Kebabs

Families at the Washington Park Branch Library recently met to learn how to make heart-healthy Valentine's Day treats with LuAnn Duncan, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent with the University of Florida IFAS Extension. The children and parents made baked tortilla chips as well as fruit and veggie kebabs. (1:29)

Storytime at the Zora Neale Hurston Festival 2013

The Eatonville Branch Library held storytime and face painting for the youngest attendees of the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts. Some of the stories told, like the short excerpt from "Why Dogs Chase Cats," were collected by Hurston herself. (1:25)

Reactory Factory: FCBCTPS

Reactory Factory's DJ Dan and Dr. Reacto help kids learn about books and get excited about reading at their recent concert at the Orlando Public Library. (3:45)

Ringling Brothers Circus Clowns: Built to Amaze at the Library!

Circus clowns from Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus return to the library to entertain a host of children. (2:00)

Mr. Tim The Comedy Magician

Join the bumbling magician Mr. Tim as he amazes, entertains, and makes children laugh at the Windermere Branch Library. (2:20)

Dog Powered Robot visits the 2012 OCLS Lego Contest!

Dog Powered Robot and his friends, Lollibot, Scraps and Senor Basura, visited kids competing in the 2012 Lego Contest at the Orlando Public Library. Children exhibited their Lego creations and competed for prizes in three categories. Many thanks to iBrickAcademy, the National Women in Construction, the National Association for Civil Engineers and UCF College of Engineering. (3:26)

Squirt's 10th Birthday Party

It's the 10th birthday of the Orange County Library System mascot, Squirt -- and children of all ages came out to wish him a happy birthday, play party games and eat birthday cake! Celebrations were held all across the system -- check out some of the fabulous parties right here! (3:58)

Meet a Gatorland Wrangler

Meet Mr. Joel, a real-life alligator wrangler from Gatorland, as he exhibits exotic animals like boa constrictors, bearded dragons and -- of course -- alligators! Learn which species of animal make good pets, and which are better off left in the wild. (8:49)

Yehaa! Bob

Pianist Yehaa! Bob visits Library Central to play for and sing along with elementary-schoolers. (19:45)

Geddy The Gecko

Geddy the Gecko visits children at the Orlando Public Library for a cha-cha-dancing good time! (2:17)

Jiggleman @ OCLS

Jiggleman brings his unique brand of comedy to the Orlando Public Library to thrill adults and children alike. (1:43)

Author Reading: John Rocco's "Wolf! Wolf!"

Author, artist and Caldecott Medal honoree John Rocco reads his book, "Wolf! Wolf!" to an audience of children at the Orlando Public Library. (7:49)

SteveSongs, Hooper, and Whyatt Visit the Library

PBS Kids' SteveSongs, Hooper, and Whyatt visit the Orlando Public Library to sing songs and meet new friends on part of their Soar With Reading tour across America! (1:53)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Visit the Library

Maurice Stovall (WR), Dekoda Watson (LB), and Captain Fear of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stop by the Orlando Public Library to teach kids and parents alike the importance of exercise and education. (4:24)

Curious George Gets a Library Card

Curious George and The Man With the Yellow Hat visit the Orlando Public Library to read stories, sing and dance, and get their very own library cards! (1:50)

Disney Live! at the Library

Tigger, Mickey, and Minnie Mouse pay a special visit to the Orlando Public Library to dance, get a Library card, and meet their biggest fans! (1:31)

Skull Skills

Library Central becomes "Skull Central" when the Central Florida Zoo stops by, along with some creepy friends who are still very much alive! (1:28)

Elmo and Grover Visit the Library!

Elmo and Grover have come all the way from Sesame Street to visit the Orlando Public Library! But Grover doesn't have a library card! What's going to happen? Watch and find out! (1:12)

OCLS @ The 2008 Citrus Parade

Watch Squirt, Curious George, Winnie the Pooh, and more of your favorite storybook characters ride the Library's float in the 2008 Citrus Parade in Orlando, Florida. (1:19)

Ringling Brothers Circus Clowns at the Library

Clowns from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus visit the Orlando Public Library, bringing laughter, stories, juggling, and more! (3:23)

How to Build a Paper Rocket

Lt. Col. John Lynn, director of Aerospace Education for the State of Florida Civil Air Patrol, teaches Orange County Library System patrons how to easily build a paper rocket. Then, they blast them into the sky with compressed air! (2:04)

Tiki Time: The 2008 Friends Family Frolic

Check out the games, crafts, music, face painting, and more at this year's Friends Family Frolic, held at the Orlando Public Library in Orlando, Florida. (1:43)

OCLS @ The 2007 Citrus Parade

Join Curious George, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Strawberry Shortcake, and their friends as they take part in the 2007 Citrus Parade in Orlando, Florida with the Orange County Library System! (1:17)

The Friends Family Frolic 2007

Have a look at 2007's Friends Family Frolic at the Orlando Public Library, a day full of music, games, crafts, and entertainment for the whole family. (0:42)

Reptile Realities

Alligators, snakes, iguanas and more reptiles invade the Children's Department of the Orlando Public Library when the Central Florida Zoo stops by for a visit! (0:54)

Children's Talent Show

Watch some of Orlando's most talented kids perform at the Orlando Public Library in OCLS' annual Children's Talent Show. (4:33)

The Super Grover Challenge

Super Grover flies all the way in from Sesame Street to visit the Orlando Public Library, sing songs, tell stories, and get some exercise! (5:36)

Storybook Fun with Sesame Street Live!

It's a day of fun, music, and learning when Elmo visits the Orlando Public Library! (9:52)

The 2004 Friends Family Frolic

Have a look at the 2004 Friends Family Frolic, a day full of music, games, crafts, and entertainment for the whole family. (1:54)

Hogwarts 101 and the Harry Potter Party

Dozens of budding witches and wizards enroll in Hogwarts 101 for a day of arts, crafts, food, stories, and most of all... magic. (8:59)
 
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