Events & Presentations
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.
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.
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
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.
Science Cafe helps Orlando kids learn about robotics by featuring Florida Robotics' Tagi, a robot that loves skateboarding.
Learn how to make and frost delicious buttercream hamburger cupcakes with Alex Marin and Joey Conicella of Orlando's Yum Yum Cupcake Truck.
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!
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)
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)
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)
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!
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 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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 Under The Surface at the awesome 2013 teen summer reading program at the Orange County Public Library!
A small group of crafters at the Winter Garden library turn the pages from old books into beautiful paper flowers.
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.
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.
Orange County Library System: http://www.ocls.info/vivaflorida500
Florida Department of State: http://www.vivaflorida.org
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Staff and patrons of the Orange County Library System wish Squirt, the system's mascot, a happy 10th birthday!
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.
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.
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!
Former Assistant State Attorney Jeff Ashton, prosecutor for the Casey Anthony trial, answers questions about the trial and his new book, Imperfect Justice
, at the Orlando Public Library.
The Disney Prize Patrol from Walt Disney World visits the Orlando Public Library and surprises the Orange County Library System with a Help Kids Shine grant!
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and special guests visit the Orlando Public Library to kick off Mayor Buddy Dyer's Orlando Cares initiative, a city-wide service plan that aims to help youth improve their academic success, increase their literacy skills, plan viable career choices, and much more.
Circuit Judge Alicia Latimore of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Orange County, Florida visits the Orlando Public Library to talk about her road to becoming the first African American female on the court and the importance of getting an education. (19:34)
Jim West, LMHC, NCC, explains what can lead a child to bully others and how to help children effectively deal with bullies. Part of the March Against Bullying
initiative from the Orange County Library System. (13:05)
Chris Trevas and Chris Reiff, the master illustrators behind the Star Wars Blueprints book series, among other Star Wars books, toys, and models, visit the Orlando Public Library on August 16, 2010 during Star Wars Celebration V to discuss their artwork, collaborating with Lucasfilm, and their love of all things Star Wars. (14:48)
Twelve-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres (the only woman ever to swim in the Olympics past the age of 40) visits the Orlando Public Library to talk about her life, her accomplishments, and her new book, "Age Is Just a Number." (10:11)
Dr. John Fleming of Florida Hospital discusses geriatrics, aging problems, and providing effective care for the elderly. Part of the Counsel for Caregivers Seminar Series. (8:50)
Dr. David E. Guggenheim, marine biologist and president of 1planet1ocean, speaks about nutrient pollution, overfishing, and shifting baselines, and gives us a glimpse into what we can do about them now and in the future. (10:45)
Watch the Citizenship Inspired kick-off event with appearances by James Tyson (OCLS Board of Trustees) and Tico Perez (Más Communications, local businessman, activist, and talk show host), as well as a special message from United States Senator Mel Martinez. (7:59)
WESH-TV reporter and author Bob Kealing recounts the story of Brownie Wise, Earl Tupper, and Tupperware as told in his new book, Tupperware Unsealed
Jan C. Garavaglia, M.D. (a.k.a. Dr. G), chief medical examiner for the District Nine (Orange-Osceola) Medical Examiner's Office in Florida, and star of her own show on the Discovery Health channel, speaks about the job of a medical examiner and opportunities for women in medicine. (7:37)
Val Demings, Orlando's first female chief of police, speaks about her career, struggles, and women's history at the Orlando Public Library. (9:42)
Take a trip to Weeki Wachee with Dr. Lu Vickers, author of the new book Weeki Wachee: City of Mermaids, and learn about this once-popular Florida roadside attraction.
Neil Connolly, head chef of Doc’s Restaurant in downtown Orlando and former personal chef to the Kennedy family, shares stories from his new book, In the Kennedy Kitchen
, at the Orlando Public Library. (9:47)
The Orlando Sentinel's
own consumer advocate Greg Dawson shares stories about his work and tips on how to avoid getting scammed. (16:50)
OCLS kicks off its new public awareness campaign with new billboards, a television commercial, Orange County Mayor Richard T. Crotty, and many more Central Florida celebrities. (15:57)
Author and Rollins College professor Dorothy Mays discusses what life was like for Puritan women in 17th century Colonial America. (15:25)
Research scientist and author Bernard Ban Zyl recounts his massive, near-fatal heart attack and the experimental stem cell treatment that saved his life. (12:03)
Check out highlights of The Big Read Kick Off as speakers and storytellers celebrate Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God
as a classic piece of American literature. (11:33)
Journalist Philip Chien (one of the only reporters to know all of Columbia's astronauts personally) revisits the Columbia space shuttle tragedy and honors those that were lost through personal stories and memories. (14:40)
Joan Kostenbater from the Mel Fisher Treasure Museum speaks about sunken treasure found off the coast of Florida. (5:49)
Watch the press conference announcing the launch of the "Be Well Informed at Your Library" program, a partnership between the American Library Association and Walgreens. (5:41)
Enjoy highlights of the Central Florida Memory conference at the Orlando Public Library, where library and historical society leaders gathered to discuss the preservation of history and family memories. (33:17)
Get an in-depth look at the history of the Orlando Public Library and the Orange County Library System in this documentary produced by Library staff for Staff Day 2003. (9:39)