The Orange County Library System has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions. Further, as a recognized national leader in providing cutting-edge library services, representatives of the Orange County Library System are regularly invited to present at major national conferences. A partial listing of recent awards and grants received appears below:
Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards OCLS $10,000 (July 2017)
After a Dollar General Manager credited the Southeast Branch's ESOL classes for teaching him English, Dollar General donated $10,000 to support language learning programs throughout the Library.
Library Journal Gives Special Mention to OCLS (June 2017)
Library Journal gave a special mention to the Orange County Library System (OCLS) in its 2017 Library of the Year awards program.
This national annual award recognizes innovative libraries that stay on the cutting edge in delivering innovative resources, technology and programming to the communities served. Library Journal sponsors multiple awards to recognize greatness and contributions to the library industry—the highest honor of which is Library of the Year.
Orange County Library System Receives $25,000 Grant for Sunshine State Author Series (June 2017)
The Orange County Library System is proud to announce that it is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs. The funding will be used to present the 2018 Sunshine State Author Series, which brings award-winning authors of literature for children, teens and young adults to library branches for readings, book discussions and writing workshops. The goal of the series is to cultivate a love of reading in school-aged children by introducing them to outstanding writers.
OCLS Wins Hermes Creative Awards for Newsletter Design, Marketing Animation and Poster Design (April 2017)
The Orange County Library System has been given 2017 Hermes Creative Awards in the categories of Newsletter Design for the March 2017 Issue of Books & Beyond, Marketing Animation for our Technoween promotional video and Poster Design for our teen writing camp, Game Changer. Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials and programs, and emerging technologies. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, graphic design shops, production companies, web and digital creators and freelancers.
Florida Humanities Council Awards OCLS $8,250 (October 2016)
The Florida Humanities Council awarded the library the PrimeTime grant. The funds will be used to present PrimeTime, a six-week program of reading, discussion, and storytelling for families with young children. The events will take place in 2017 at Main, Southeast, North Orange, and South Trail.
Books & Beyond Wins 2016 Marcom Award for Nonprofit Newsletter Design (October 2016)
The Books & Beyond newsletter has won two 2016 MarCom Awards in the category of External Newsletter for a Nonprofit. The annual competition recognizes outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communication professionals. There were over 6,500 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and several other countries in the 2016 competition. The MarCom Awards program is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.
National Association of Chief Information Officers chooses Melrose Center for its annual Give Back campaign (September 2016)
When the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) visited Orlando for its annual conference Sept. 18-22, the organization donated $12,500 to the Melrose Center as part of its annual Give Back program. The CompTIA SLED Council gave a kickoff gift of $5,000, NASCIO contributed an additional $5,000, and conference attendees contributed $2,250 – providing a grand total donation of $12,250 to the local organization.
Donations made through the NASCIO Give Back program will help offset the cost of supplies, such as circuitry and materials for 3-D printing, that are used in Melrose Center camps and classes to allow kids to take their projects home and keep learning.
Google Grant Awarded to OCLS
The library received an ongoing Google Grant for $10,000 a month in free Google Adword advertising. This grant will be used in efforts to market library services to users searching online.