Check out some of the amazing opportunities for fun and learning for all ages this winter at the Orange County Library System!
The Melrose Center is planning its first anniversary celebration which will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015. The Orange County Library System is pleased to announce its first annual Melrose Award to recognize users of the Melrose Center.
Categories include: Film / Audio / Photography, Web & Graphic Design / Maker: 3D Design, Electronics, Engineering, Programming / Gaming & Computer Programming.
More information: http://www.ocls.info/melroseawards (:40)
Learn about archaeology and archaeologists -- and how they do their work -- with Kevin Gidusko of the Florida Public Archaeology Network. Children were able to participate in an "excavation" of their own after learning archaeological techniques and Cartesian coordinates!
Coming in 2015: the newest location of the Orange County Library System in Orlando, FL: the Chickasaw Branch Library!
Dr. Paul Wehr, author of "Dateline: Pine Castle - Stories of Stories of Orange County 1870-1890 as reported by Will Wallace Harney," speaks about Harney's difficult first few years in Orange County. Harney began his letters to the Cincinnati Commercial newspaper with the byline, "Dateline: Pine Castle," and his focus was on all of Central Florida. Dr. Wehr, an historian of the American Frontier, taught history at the University of Central Florida for 25 years.
Donating to OCLS is easy when you use Amazon Smile. Learn how Amazon will help OCLS earn money to support books, programs and the community whenever you order goods and products through smile.amazon.com!
Author Dale Finley Slongwhite reads from her book, "Fed Up: The High Cost of Cheap Food," chronicling the lives of African-American farmworkers on and around Lake Apopka, and the effects that pollution of the lake had on that population.
South Creek Library's Music Club gathered our community together to listen to fantastic Polynesian music and to eat food from many cultures during a recent Luau & Potluck Celebration held at the branch.
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!
Learn how to create a basic robot destined to compete in the sumo robotics ring! Learn about motors, transmitters, wheels and more as Kevin Hines from the Central Florida Robotics & Makers Club demonstrates an easy, cheap basic sumo robot build.
Learn some business-branding tips from Thomas and Jessica, founders of Central Florida's Creativity InMotion, Inc., design firm.
Visiting Rollins College assistant professor Patrick C. Fleming talks to an audience about the similarities between Walt Disney and Charles Dickens in this fascinating talk held as part of What The Dickens?, a yearlong celebration in the author's life. Find out how Dickens and other Victorian writers affected and influenced Walt Disney.
Flightfishing.com founder George Haskell stops by the Melrose Center to talk about how online air travel booking really works & how to find the best deals on air travel & airfare.
Spencer Hay, COO of Orlando educational technology company Quatro Solutions, speaks about how learning video at the Melrose Center is helping him reach his customers. (4:36)
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!
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.
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!
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!
What's it like to record at the Melrose Center? Get a firsthand look at the microphones, mixing board, software, equipment and live room space now available through the Orange County Library System! The Milk Carton Superstars -- featuring OCLS circulation manager Jim Myers, a chorus of OCLS staff and the engineering skills of OCLS audio instructors -- test out the new live room, control room and vocal booth before the audio studio opens for public use.
Enjoy a selection from a reading by award-winning poets Susan Lilley & Terry Godbey, presented by the Orange County Library System's Writer's Corner program.
Learn how prosthetics are made and applied in film, television, and more in this enlightening presentation by Barry Anderson of the Ghoul School FX Workshop!
Derek Demeter, director of the Seminole State College Planetarium, talks to a Science Cafe audience about the incredible (and incredibly large) canyons and mountains of Earth's nearest neighbor planet, Mars.
Is mind control possible? Join neuroscientist Dr. Kendall F. Morris, as he discusses Science Fiction versus science fact. He'll compare neurotechnology in popular television shows and movies to what might actually be possible in our lifetime. Dr. Morris is a Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida. #ASR14
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.
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.
Funny clowns Bucky & Gigi entertain kids at the Orange County Library System with magic tricks, slapstick fun and more!
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
Ben Hoyer, director of Orlando's Downtown CREDO Coffee, speaks at a recent Creative Mornings lecture held at the Orlando Public Library's Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity.
Full Sail University instructor Andrew Garraway arrives at the Orlando Public Library's Melrose Center to speak about which type of digital camera is best, shooting automatic vs. manual, and other photography basics.
Tampa Taiko Japanese Drumming performs at the Orlando Public Library during the 2014 Summer Reading Program, "Fizz Boom Read." All of the drums on stage are made traditionally by the performers, and the children learned about the taiko drums and the purpose Japanese drumming played in Japanese culture.
Science Cafe helps Orlando kids learn about robotics by featuring Florida Robotics' Tagi, a robot that loves skateboarding.
The North Orange Branch Library is celebrating 25 years of serving the communities in north Orange County in Central Florida! The North Orange Branch began as a bookmobile station in 1950, and was replaced by a branch in 1964. Moving to the Palm Plaza Shopping Center in 1969, the branch occupied a 3500 square foot space there for twenty years. In 1989 the branch moved to its present 12,000 square foot facility. (2:44)
Learn how to make and frost delicious buttercream hamburger cupcakes with Alex Marin and Joey Conicella of Orlando's Yum Yum Cupcake Truck.
Journalist T.D. Allman visits the Orlando Public Library to speak about his career, his new paperback, "Finding Florida," and his thoughts about the future of the city of Orlando.
Historian and author Jim Clark tells stories from Orlando's colorful past, including the tale of how Orlando got (or didn't get) its name, the story of the chicken ranch right outside of Disney World, and a tale of Ray Charles' early career playing clubs in downtown Orlando and Parramore.
Author Laurie Uttich reads her upcoming contribution to the linked anthology 15 Views of Orlando, vol. 3: Forget How You Found Us at a recent reading at the Orlando Public Library. The book is published by Burrow Press.
Author Susan Fallows reads her story, "Pretty," from the linked anthology 15 Views of Orlando, vol. 2: Corridor at a recent reading at the Orlando Public Library. The book is published by Burrow Press.
Author Matt Peters reads his upcoming contribution to the linked anthology 15 Views of Orlando, vol. 3: Forget How You Found Us at a recent reading at the Orlando Public Library. The book is published by Burrow Press.
Hallie Ephron, author of "There Was An Old Woman" and "Come And Find Me," talks to an audience at the Orange County Library System about her parents, Phoebe and Henry Ephron, as well as how growing up in a writing household and the death of her mother both inform her writing today.
Rock out with the 2014 Teen Battle of the Bands at the Orlando Public Library! Check out performances from Scarlett Sun, Joshua Isaiah, Evans Gambit, Carson and Carly, and Birds With Gills in this playlist!
Learn how to check out and return e-books using Axis 360. In this playlist: Checking out E-books for ePub & Blio for Nook; returning E-books in Blio for Windows PC, iOs phones & tablets; and Android phones & tablets. (8:23 total)
Author Richard E. Foglesong, author of "Married to the Mouse," speaks about the close ties between the economic development of the city of Orlando and its major employer, the Walt Disney World resort.
A hardboiled one-minute adventure that displays the grand possibilities to be found within the Melrose video production studio. Interested in replicating our results? Sign up for our series of Video Production classes either online, over the phone, or in person at the Melrose front desk. Hands-on equipment training is currently available for Camera and Lens, Lighting Techniques, and Audio and Data Management. Visit ocls.info/melrose for more details.
Join dietitians Tara Gidus and Kristina LaRue, authors of the Flat Belly Cookbook For Dummies, to cook island turkey burgers and learn some important tips for healthy eating and losing weight.
Vietnamese cook Ha Roda returns to the Orange County Library System to teach a hungry audience how to make spring rolls with lettuce wraps instead of rice paper, and to introduce Asian herbs available in stores local to the city of Orlando.
See how electrical engineer Brooks Zurn redefined "wearable" technology by sewing fiberoptic cloth and LED lights into dresses -- including her very own wedding dress!
Find your place at the Orange County Library System! OCLS strives to recruit dynamic, highly qualified, and diverse people to be a part of our team. We retain these individuals by offering competitive salaries, exceptional benefits and developmental opportunities to promote growth and job enrichment. We are committed to creating an environment that exemplifies our values: Respect for the individual, our organization, and the community; Excellence in everything we do; Integrity in our actions. (1:49)
Puppy raisers and their puppies from the Canine Companions for Independence recently visited OCLS. While at the library, they learned about going in and out of sliding doors, walking through stacks, and how to greet strange humans!
Join educators in the Orange County Public Schools and staff members of the Orange County Library System's Melrose Center to learn about the exciting future of simulation in Orlando and how this technological field will influence the military, homeland security, entertainment and the medical field in the years to come.
Josh Murdock of professorjosh.com talks about his experiences wearing Google Glass, and how the smart glasses can boost accessibility for the disabled and how they will interface with the growing field of augmented reality.
Josh Murdock of professorjosh.com talks about some of 2014's newest wearable technology, like fitness bands and the possibilities of smart fabric. (6:30)
Get some fashion advice from thrifting experts Alicia Riggins & Dana Rockwell at the 2014 Teen Fashion Show & Swap at OCLS!
Join us at the 2014 OCLS Summer Reading program. "Literary Elements!" There's something for everyone -- science, rock gardens, constellations, archaeology, hurricane preparation, and, of course, wonderful reads! (:41)
Come join the summer reading festivities at the Orange County Library System this summer!
Central Florida poets gather at the Orlando Public Library to read their work: J. Bradley, Teresa Edmond-Sargeant, Peter Gordon and Leslie Halpern.
Central Florida poets gather at the Orlando Public Library to read their work: Carlton Johnson, Oral Nussbaum, Terry Ann Thaxton and Chaz Yorick.
Orlando's steampunk horror circus troupe, Phantasmagoria, appears at the Orlando Public Library for a performance of chilling, scary stories by Charles Dickens as a part of the "What The Dickens?" celebrations across Orlando.
Learn about the amazing genealogy collection at the Orange County Library System and how it can help you discover your own family's history. With more than 75,000 books, bound periodicals, microfiche and rolls of microfilm, OCLS's genealogy collection is one of the biggest in the Southeast United States.
Join astronomer Tony Urzi of the Central Florida Astronomical Society in learning about light-years and galaxies at a recent Tech Talk at the Melrose Center!
Learn about nanoscience and nanotechnology with Dr. Amit Kumar of the University of Central Florida. Learn what a nano-scale object really is and where you can find nanotechnology in everyday products. (4:13)
Join the staff at the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity for a tour of the brand-new facility! The Center includes flight simulators, a fab lab, photo, video and audio studios, and more! (3:29)
Charles Dickens visits the Orange County Library System during his recent American book tour to read the first chapter from his classic story, "A Christmas Carol." This show was presented as part of the library's yearlong celebration of Charles Dickens, "What The Dickens?"
Charles Dickens visits the Orange County Library System during his recent American book tour to read the first chapter from his classic story, "Oliver Twist." This show was presented as part of the library's yearlong celebration of Charles Dickens, "What The Dickens?" (4:49)
Meet H. Terrell Griffin, author of the Matt Royal mysteries, at the ninth annual Southwest Author Series at the Southwest Branch of the Orange County Public Library! Presented in partnership with the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips.
OCLS plays host to some of the best technology meetups in Orlando! Attend the Indienomicon gaming meetup at OCLS's new Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity and learn about Orlando's thriving indie gaming scene! Play new games on the big screen and connect with other gamers and game developers. (1:12)
Patrons at the Alafaya Branch of the Orange County Library System show why they love their library for the 2014 National Library Week celebrations!
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
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Timothy Len from the Remote Control Association of Central Florida visits the Orlando Public Library's Melrose Center to teach audiences about the exciting hobby of flying remote control aircraft. (4:59)
Paralympic Gold Medalist April Holmes tells her amazing story to an audience at the Orlando Public Library.
Find out what it's like to be a woman working in a STEM field. Join our panelists -- engineer Pamela DiMarzio, meterologist Arlena Moses, environmental scientist Migdalia Hernandez, software developer Katherine Watwood and digital media developer Marcella Errazquez as they discuss some of the challenges and positive effects of being a woman in a science, technology, engineering or math-related career. Get advice on how to start a STEM career while still in high school! (17:11)
Find out what it's like to be a woman working in a STEM field. Join our panelists -- engineer Patricia DiMarzio, meterologist Arlena Moses, environmental scientist Migdalia Hernandez, software developer Katherine Watwood and digital media developer Marcella Errazquez as they discuss some of the challenges and positive effects of being a woman in a science, technology, engineering or math-related career.
Central Florida middle and high school steppers compete for the title of best step team at the 9th annual Step Off! competition at the Orlando Public Library.
Lucas Daniel Boyce, author of "Living Proof: From Foster Care to the White House and the NBA," speaks about his life and his mother's role in his inspiring journey from foster care to the Bush administration and the Orlando Magic.
Ashley Cisneros & Shalyn Dever, co-founders of Orlando's Chatter Buzz Media, visit the Orlando Public Library to talk about new developments regarding Twitter and Facebook and how small businesses can lever social media to their advantage.
Author and publisher Tawdra Kandle shares her indie-publishing success story and gives some good tips for aspiring indie authors to use while promoting their works on Facebook and Twitter.
Local dance group Flamenco Alborea performs at the Orlando Public Library at the end of the yearlong Viva Florida 500 celebration.
Enjoy Finnish band Vellamo's performance of "Drifting Away" during their recent U.S. tour stop at the Orlando Public Library!
FIRST Robotics Team #1902, Orlando's own Exploding Bacon, comes to the Melrose Center to talk about what it takes to build a robot to compete in FIRST Robotics games every year! Meet the team's 2013 robot, "W-Ham-O." (2:15)
See all the excitement that occurred at the Orlando Public Library on February 8 at the grand opening of the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity! Check out the Center's new audio studio, green-screen film studio, fab lab, maker spaces, photo studio and simulation lab -- with special guests the 501st Legion, Dog Powered Robot, Exploding Bacon Robotics Team, Ampersand School, Indienomicon, and more!(3:31)
Celebrate with the Friends of the Library and the Orange County Library System on the opening of the new, high-tech Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center! (4:25)
See how the Orange County Library System's brand-new high-tech center for technology, innovation and creativity was built and how an open space on the second floor was turned into a fantastic new home for a fab lab, audio studio, video studio, makerspace classes and more. (3:49)
See how the Orange County Library System's brand-new high-tech center for technology, innovation and creativity was built and how an open space on the second floor was turned into a fantastic new home for a fab lab, audio studio, video studio, makerspace classes and more.
Friction Farm performs "Katie Raise Your Sails," off their new album, "I Read Your Book," at the Orlando Public Library on January 24, 2014.
Vivi Barnes, author of "Olivia Twisted," stops by the Orlando Public Library to talk about one way to get kids and teens to read classic literature: by introducing them to retellings and related media. Barnes' novel is a retelling of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist."
Join holistic coach Shahnaz Nensey as she makes delicious breakfast quinoa and discusses some ways to avoid the trap of sweets and other unhealthy foods during the holiday months.
Clowns from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus visit the Orlando Public Library to showcase tricks from their 2014 tour, "Legends."
Learn about the pros and cons of GMO produce with Dr. Lynn Unruh, professor of Health Services Administration at the University of Central Florida.
Julian Chambliss, Ph.D., speaks about the history and origins of how the first superheroes came to be -- Western tales, hard-boiled detectives and, eventually, Superman.
Ghost hunter and author Dave Lapham reads a story from his recent book, "Ghosthunting Florida." Learn about the ghosts and supernatural residents ghost hunters have reported seeing and experiencing at the Orange County History Center in downtown Orlando.
We all love decorating with holiday flowers and plants such as holly, mistletoe and poinsettias. Find out which plants are toxic for dogs and cats from two Orlando veterinarians from the East Orlando Animal Hospital and what you can do to keep your pets safe during the holiday season.
Join De Lisa Bonaparte of nonprofit Patricia's Rock in Orlando, FL, to learn the basic steps towards creating your own nonprofit business or charity. Learn about incorporation, setting up your board of directors, and more.
Scott "Stormin'" Norman, the "Picasso of pumpkin carving," visited the Orlando Public Library to show audiences the best way to carve the iconic gourds! Norman was seen on "America's Got Talent."
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!
Learn about the new East End Market in Orlando, FL with John Rife, founder and owner. Learn why foodies and food entrepreneurs are changing Orlando from the ground up!
Learn about eating seasonally with John Rife, founder and owner of the new East End Market in Orlando, FL. Learn why being a locavore in Orlando is tastier -- and healthier!
What makes a classic Florida story? Find out with Susan Hubbard, professor of English at the University of Central Florida, as she discusses authors like Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen.
Susan Hubbard, professor of English at the University of Central Florida, reads from her novel "The Society of S" and discusses her (pre-Twilight!) journey towards publishing a coming-of-age vampire story.
Why read romance novels? Four authors -- Jax Cassidy, Wynter Daniels, Pamela LaBud and Lori Sjoberg -- discuss why readers are so attracted to the genre. Sponsored by the Orange County Library System and Central Florida Romance Writers.
How do you create awesome, believable characters in a romance novel? Four authors -- Jax Cassidy, Wynter Daniels, Pamela LaBud and Lori Sjoberg -- discuss where their characters come from. Sponsored by the Orange County Library System and Central Florida Romance Writers.
How do you start writing a novel? Four authors -- Jax Cassidy, Wynter Daniels, Pamela LaBud and Lori Sjoberg -- discuss motivation and the role of research in creating a believable romance story. Sponsored by the Orange County Library System and Central Florida Romance Writers.
Henry Cordero y su Combo Show perform their original song, "Atrapado," at the Orlando Public Library in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Go on a scary, exciting bear hunt with Mr. Steve of PBS Kids' SteveSongs! Recorded live at the Orlando Public Library.
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.
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!
Learn how the turtle cracked his back with Orisirisi African Folklore! This story was told during the Summer Reading Program '13 at the Orlando Public Library. (5:45)
Laughter Yoga comes to the Orange County Library System! Pat Conklin, "principal positivitist" of Laughter Yoga Orlando, holds a laughter yoga session for patrons of the South Trail Branch.
Want to do what you love? Learn how Virginia Hartley did it! Hartley, the owner of Ginger's Jams, Jellies and Such in Central Florida, started a successful and delicious business and currently sells her wares at farmer's markets and festivals across the Southeast. Held at the Orlando Public Library.
New York Times bestselling author Andrea Beaty visited the Orlando Public Library to talk about her new book, "Rosie Revere, Engineer," as well as provide advice for children and teens who wish to write.
Classical guitarist Miguel Cardenas and pianist Anna Gilyova perform an original piece at the Orlando Public Library in September 2013.
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.
Are there aliens out there? Get the answers from Derek Demeter, director of the Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College. Have we already heard signals from space? What is SETI? What are our chances of running into another civilization? Presented in partnership with Science Cafe and the Orange County Library System
Learn how to return E-books and audiobooks checked out through Overdrive, OneClickDigital, Freading and more to the Orange County Library System. Scroll through the playlist to find your device and your program, watch, and learn! Newly updated!
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.
Katie Adams and her friend Redhead tell an audience at the Winter Garden Library all about the real-life adventures of Anne Bonny and Mary Read, who were pirates on Calico Jack Rackham's pirate ship, "Vanity!" (6:52)
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!
Summer reading doesn't have to end with the season! The Orange County Library System will offer a variety of programs for adults, teens, children and families this fall.
Summer reading isn't just for kids! Adult summer readers at OCLS joined in the fun by learning how to start marigold seedlings for their home gardens and stopped by a book tasting where they compared different foods with their matching books.
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.
Meet the contestants at the July 2013 Teen Talent Show at the Orlando Public Library and watch them perform! This program was presented as part of the Summer Reading Program 2013: http://www.ocls.info/srp
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.
Orlando acoustic guitarist Shaun Williams performs his original song, "Back To Being Young," at the Orlando Public Library.
Orlando acoustic guitarist Shaun Williams performs his original song, "Silvereyed," at the Orlando Public Library.
Meet the members of the South Creek Branch Library's Music Club: men and women who come together to sing, play instruments, and share the music they love every week.
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.
Orlando food blogger Ricky Ly, author of the TastyChomps.com blog and the book "A Food Lover's Guide To Orlando," speaks about the many different dishes and tastes of Asia in honor of the 2013 Big Read, which featured Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club." Learn about delicious cuisines from China, Thailand, Japan, India and more! The audience at the Orlando Public Library also sampled dishes from local restaurants Bento and Hawkers.
Gene Gossman, a member of the Central Florida Accordion Club, plays a medley of military songs during a recent concert at the Orlando Public Library.
Celebrate the unique dance, music and art of China with the talented students and teachers at the Chinese School of CAACF! Watch a handkerchief dance, see a singer with the Chinese pipa, and watch a calligraphist work with two brushes to commemorate the occasion. This program was presented as part of the 2013 Big Read, Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club."
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
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
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!
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
Suzy Chan of the Wah Lum Kung Fu Temple in Orlando, FL, demonstrates the sword form of Tai Chi Chuan with some of her students to an audience at the Herndon Branch Library.
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
Learn how to return E-books and audiobooks checked out through Overdrive, OneClickDigital, Freading and more to the Orange County Library System. Scroll through the playlist to find your device and your program, watch, and learn! (:85 total)
Mark Baratelli from thedailycity.com teams up with the Orange County Library System to present an inside look at what it takes to start and succeed as the owner of one of Orlando's fantastic local food trucks! Featuring the Yum Yum Cupcake Truck, Charlie's Bakery, 5ive Gastronomy, the SwedeDish Food Truck, and more!
Radio Disney came to the Orlando Public Library to kick off the 2013 Summer Reading Program with song, dance and games!
Students from the Russian Academy of Ballet perform at the Orlando Public Library in honor of the anniversary of the birth of Russian poet and author Alexander Pushkin.
The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity is now under construction at the Orlando Public Library. See and hear about some of the exciting plans in this video from library officials!
Rock out with the 2013 Teen Battle of the Bands at the Orlando Public Library! Check out performances from Plaid Gig, Eden, Us, and Far From It in this playlist!
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Go on a gallery walk with Women in the Arts, Inc., and view the artworks of Faith Amon, Anna McCambridge, Beatrice Athanas, Phyllis Thomas, and Robin Fight, exhibited during the month of April 2013 at the Orlando Public 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!
Ever wonder why rabbits are so clever and wise? OCLS storyteller Bill Cordell will let you know through the amazing adventures of Zomo the Rabbit! (6:06)
Jump rope champion Adrienn Banhegyi of Hungary brings her talents to the Orlando Public Library in support of Cirque de Soleil's traveling show, "Quidam."
Dr. Rosalyn Howard, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Central Florida, traces the journey to freedom of a group of nineteenth-century former slaves from their home in the black Seminole town of Angola to a haven in Red Bays, Bahamas, where their ancestors still live.
Mystery maven Mary Jane Clark speaks to a crowd at the Orlando Public Library about her original inspiration for her Key News murder-mystery series as well as the experiences that informed her latest work, the Sarasota-set Piper Donovan novel "Footprints in the Sand."
Florida storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar tells some true and entertaining Florida stories, covering Ponce de Leon, crackers and cowboys, the pirate Gasparilla and the Five Flags of Florida.
Storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar spins a tale of a very clever, very hungry little mouse! (4:36)
Feel the rhythms of the flamenco and Spanish folk dances that came over from from Spain with Christopher Columbus and Ponce de Leon. Presented by the Orange County Library System; featuring the Flamenco Puro Dance Company. (2:19)
When you go trick-or-treating, make sure you beware of the house at the end of the street! (20:55)
So why does Alligator hate Dog, anyway? Find out in this retelling of an old Cajun tale! (7:29)
Sifu Charles Rivera and his students from Hung Fut Hung Man Fei Martial Arts Dragon and Lion Dance Association perform the traditional Southern Chinese Lion Dance and demonstrate their kung fu skills at the Orlando Public Library in celebration of this year's Big Read, "The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan.
We'd love to see you at the 2013 Adult Summer Reading Program, "Groundbreaking Reads," at the Orange County Library System! Check out http://www.ocls.info/asr
for a schedule and more information!
Members of the South Creek Branch Library's Cuatro Gatos tertulia, or book club, celebrated their 6th anniversary at the Orlando Public Library with song, dance, poetry readings and awards. They also celebrated the culture and crafts of Ecuador.
50 immigrants from countries around the world become American citizens at a naturalization ceremony held at the Orlando Public Library on April 16, 2013. Library director Mary Anne Hodel served as the keynote speaker.
The Orlando Confectionary Artists Guild recently visited the Herndon Branch Library to showcase easy and fun ways of making cake pops, fondant animals and cute cupcake toppers!
Join the TechKrew and go Beneath the Surface at the awesome 2013 teen summer reading program at the Orange County Public Library!
Guitar-and-mandolin duo Murphy & Spiers recently appeared at the Orlando Public Library as part of the "America's Music" series of programs. In this song, "Stone of Light," an American soldier thinks about a long-lost love from across the globe.
A small group of crafters at the Winter Garden library turn the pages from old books into beautiful paper flowers.
OCLS' Cuentame un Cuento (Tell Me A Story) bilingual book club is fun for all families! Register now by calling (407) 835-7323.
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!
Dig into reading this summer with the Orange County Library System! Read fantastic books, learn new things at library programs and win fun prizes!
North Carolina-based acoustic musician Jim Seem stopped by the Orlando Public Library as part of the America's Music series to play hits from the 40s, 50s and 60s, as well as some of his own compositions.
Harpist Christine MacPhail entertains patrons at the South Trail Branch Library with Irish and Celtic songs in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Here is her rendition of the classic song "Danny Boy."
Central Florida elementary, middle, and high school steppers compete for the title of best step team at the 8th annual Step Off! competition at the Orlando Public Library.
Learn 3D modeling and printing at OCLS! Learn how to easily create objects, art, prototypes and more in computer-aided design programs and get an up-close look at OCLS' brand-new 3D printer. (1:09)
Jason Surrell, author of "The Art of The Avengers," visited the Orlando Public Library on January 5, 2013 to talk about his experiences on-set during the filming of 2012's most popular superhero movie. Surrell also signed copies of his book for the audience.
Vietnamese cook and cookbook author Ha Roda, known as "The Pho Queen," talks about her young life in Vietnam, what it was like to escape the country on a fishing boat, and the childhood meals that continue to inspire her today.
Folksinger and autoharpist Adam Miller visited the Orlando Public Library to entertain with songs sung in Florida long ago. This is his performance of "The Golden Vanity," one of the oldest English folksongs to survive the ages.
Folksinger Adam Miller performs "The Frog Song" at the Orlando Public Library.
This video will help you navigate the login process for Zinio for Libraries and get straight to reading the Orange County Library System's collection of 250+ e-magazines.
Have a blast learning about electricity at the Orlando Public Library through a Snap Circuits workshop. The workshop, designed for kids and adults alike, teaches electrical basics through easy-to-use circuitry. (1:41)
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.
Not sure which e-reader or tablet is right for you? Get some hands-on help in deciding & loading your device with downloadable content at the Orange County Library System main library & branches with our Technology Petting Zoo.
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.
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.
When 16th-century Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon decided to continue his search for the Fountain of Youth in modern Florida, he knew the best place to start was the Orlando Public Library!
Presented as part of Viva Florida 500.
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Just over a decade ago, Loyola University professor and author Ron Tanner, who had never done anything like this before, bought a trashed fraternity house in Baltimore and started a years-long process of rehabbing it to its former glory. His rehab adventures are chronicled in his new book, From Animal House to Our House.
Here, he tells an audience at the Orlando Public Library a story from the most stressful period of the renovation process.
Dr. Eudene Harry, author of How to Live Younger in 10 Simple Steps: a Practical Guide to Slowing Down the Aging Process from the Inside Out,
begins her five-week residency at the Orlando Public Library by speaking about the effect the foods we eat can have on our overall health and how our bodies age. Dr. Harry will discuss topics such as weight loss and alternative therapies every Tuesday night until February 20, 2013.
Joy Johnson, author of the BOOB Girls novels, speaks to the book club at the Southwest Branch Library of the Orange County Library System about the series, which chronicles the raucous adventures of a group of friends living together in a retirement home.
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.
Concert pianist Richard Dowling performs "Concerto No. 2, Op. 21, 2nd movement: Nocturne," composed by Frederic Chopin when he was only 19, at the Orlando Public Library on January 9, 2013.
Concert pianist Richard Dowling treated audiences to a ragtime gem, composer Zez Confrey's "Kitten on the Keys," at a concert at the Orlando Public Library on January 9, 2013.
Circus clowns from Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus return to the library to entertain a host of children.
Ailyn Gonzalez, volunteer mediator with the Orange County Court Mediation Department, speaks to teens looking for ways to avoid fights and resolve conflicts with their families. This event was part of October 2012's "College Bound" series of programs for teens and their parents.
Storm chaser Chris Kridler, author of "Funnel Vision," appears at the Orlando Public Library to talk about what it's really like to chase tornados and supercell storms in Tornado Alley.
Olympian Gabrielle Douglas, winner of two gold medals for women's all-around individual and team artistic gymnastics at the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, spoke at the Orlando Public Library about her inspirational story, her training regimen, and her life outside of gymnastics. Douglas recently released her first book, Grace, Gold and Glory.
Bellringer Marie Loeffler brings some holiday spirit to the Orlando Public Library, exhibiting a number of bell-ringing techniques during a concert full of popular Christmas music.
Actress and re-enactor Karen De Vos takes on the role of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, delving into the life and times of the famed Florida writer, author of "Cross Creek," "The Yearling," and other novels featuring residents of the rural mid-century Sunshine State.
Peace Corps volunteer and recruiter Jessica Lampron speaks at the Orlando Public Library about what potential volunteers can expect while serving abroad in the Peace Corps.
Hollis Wilder, two-time winner of TV's Cupcake Wars and owner of Orlando cupcake shop Sweet By Holly, stopped by the Alafaya Branch Library on December 8, 2012 for a master decorating class that drew over eighty people and raised funds for the library. (2:06)
Join the bumbling magician Mr. Tim as he amazes, entertains, and makes children laugh at the Windermere Branch Library.
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.
University of Central Florida professor John Sacher recently gave a talk at the Orlando Public Library exploring why the Union won the Civil War over the Confederacy. In this excerpt, Sacher compares the leadership styles that influenced that outcome: President Lincoln vs. Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and northern General Ulysses S. Grant and southern General Robert E. Lee.
Participants in Power2Improv's free improvisational comedy class held a hilarious showcase on October 27, 2012 at the Orlando Public Library.
Five very different dance groups exhibiting dance styles from around the globe compete at the 2012 adult Talent X-Travaganza at the Orlando Public Library on September 29, 2012.
Sherri Flynt, co-author of "SuperSized Kids" and the head of Florida Hospital's Center for Nutritional Excellence, discusses the childhood obesity problem and ways parents can help children make healthier choices about food and nutrition at a program on October 30, 2012 at the Orlando Public Library. (10:24)
Ryan Schram, chief marketing officer of IZEA.com, stops by the Orlando Public Library to speak about new trends in social media, including Facebook marketing, customer relations on Twitter, Pinterest, social media sponsorship and more.
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 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.
The Orange County Library System now offers free access to e-Magazines for our cardholders! Download and read over 250 magazines on your phone, tablet, PC, Mac or supported e-reader. (0:32)
Take a look at the brand new OCLS Mobile, a breakthrough way to explore the Library using your iPhone or iPod Touch. Search the catalog, access your account, find Library locations and driving directions, learn about upcoming events, watch videos, and more! Start using it today at m.ocls.info
Staff and patrons of the Orange County Library System wish Squirt, the system's mascot, a happy 10th birthday!
Pianist Yehaa! Bob visits Library Central to play for and sing along with elementary-schoolers.
At West Oaks, learn how to use the "Egg-Bot," a unique machine able to draw on eggs and other curved surfaces. Join us as we make science and art-based crafts using mixed media to explore science and future technology! Registration required. (1:08)
Hear the poems, stories and real-life tales of the competitors in the 2012 Talent X-Travaganza, held at the Orlando Public Library!
Geddy the Gecko visits children at the Orlando Public Library for a cha-cha-dancing good time!
Attendees of the Latin Cultural Expo at the Orlando Public Library enjoyed learning about the art, music and culture of the many countries of Latin America.
Jiggleman brings his unique brand of comedy to the Orlando Public Library to thrill adults and children alike. (1:43)
Author, artist and Caldecott Medal honoree John Rocco reads his book, "Wolf! Wolf!" to an audience of children at the Orlando Public Library.
Virnell Ann Bruce, author of the one-woman play "Shells: A Cameo of Anne Morrow Lindbergh," speaks at the Orlando Public Library about the writer's works, accomplishments and marriage to aviator Charles Lindbergh. (23:43)
Kendra Lott, publisher of the magazine Edible Orlando
, visits the Orlando Public Library to introduce patrons to Central Florida's varied and differing options for delicious local autumn seafood and produce.
Authors featured in Burrow Press' short story collection, "15 Views of Orlando," read their work at the Orlando Public Library. (21:41)
Jessica Martinez, author of Young Adult novel Virtuosity
, speaks to teens at the Orlando Public Library about writing from experience and the creation of book covers. (15:59)
Corb Sarchet, Orange County Library System Trustee Emeritus, talks about his memories of living in Orlando, including the planning and construction of the Orlando Public Library and founding Fiesta in the Park. (15:16)
Doc Lucky Meisenheimer, Orlando resident and holder of the Guinness world record for the world's largest yo-yo collection, demonstrates yo-yo tricks at the Orlando Public Library. (1:35)
Teen Battle of the Bands is back at the Orlando Public Library for 2012. Enjoy performances by iStaredMedusaDown, Jetsail Drive, and first-place winners Eden.
Famed attorney, media commentator, and author Marcia Clark visits the Orlando Public Library to talk about her new novel, Guilt by Degrees
, and her transition from prosecutor to novelist. (10:26)
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs discusses her life in Orlando, how much the city has changed, and her favorite local places to go. (2:55)
Ken Melrose presents the Orange County Library System with a check for $1,000,000 as the library unveils its plans for the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity at the Orlando Public Library. Follow the Center's progress at tic.ocls.info
Interested in running your own food truck business, but not sure how to get started? Learn the ins and outs of the world of food trucks in this panel discussion featuring the owners of some of Orlando's best gourmet food trucks. Moderated by Mark Baratelli, creator of The Daily City
and The Food Truck Bazaar, and presented by the Orange County Library System.
Central Florida elementary, middle, and high school steppers from are back in action at the 7th annual Step Off! competition at the Orlando Public Library. (33:59)
OneClickdigital is the newest way to discover and download audiobooks from the Orange County Library System. Watch this video for a quick introduction to the service, and get started at ocls.info/oneclickdigital
Glen "Big Baby" Davis of the Orlando Magic visits the Orlando Public Library to announce the brand new partnership between the Orange County Library System and the Glen "Big Baby" Davis Foundation, as well as to discuss the importance of libraries and to meet some of his fans!