Kids & Family
Check out the imaginative creations of the young contestants in the Orange County Library System's 2014 LEGO Contest!
The Magic & Mayhem magic show visits the Hiawassee Branch of the Orange County Library System, where kids learn about imagination, the scientific method and the adventures they can have by checking out a library book!
The UCF Entomology Club recently visited Orange County Library System branches to teach kids about insects and bugs! Kids looked through microscopes, examined specimens and even met a live Madagascar hissing cockroach.
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!
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!
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!
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
Come join the summer reading festivities at the Orange County Library System this summer!
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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Clowns from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus visit the Orlando Public Library to showcase tricks from their 2014 tour, "Legends."
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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
Radio Disney came to the Orlando Public Library to kick off the 2013 Summer Reading Program with song, dance and games!
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!
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!
Folksinger Adam Miller performs "The Frog Song" at the Orlando Public Library.
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.
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.
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.
Circus clowns from Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus return to the library to entertain a host of children.
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.
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.
Pianist Yehaa! Bob visits Library Central to play for and sing along with elementary-schoolers.
Geddy the Gecko visits children at the Orlando Public Library for a cha-cha-dancing good time!
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.
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)
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 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)
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)
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 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)
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)
Clowns from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus visit the Orlando Public Library, bringing laughter, stories, juggling, and more!
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Watch some of Orlando's most talented kids perform at the Orlando Public Library in OCLS' annual Children's Talent Show. (4:33)
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)
It's a day of fun, music, and learning when Elmo visits the Orlando Public Library! (9:52)
Have a look at the 2004 Friends Family Frolic, a day full of music, games, crafts, and entertainment for the whole family. (1:54)
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)