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:

$10,000 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.

Library Receives $7,500 Curiosity Creates Grant

The Association for Library Service to Children awarded OCLS a $7,500 grant to implement creativity programming for children. The grant will be used for the OCLS curriculum specialist to provide training to branch staff at six locations on how to effectively present the 6-program Fairy Tale STEM series. Fairy Tale STEM is a series of programs, each based on a familiar fairy tale, in which children design engineering solutions to resolve the conflict in the story.

Florida Humanities Council Awards OCLS $8,250

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 2016 at Chickasaw, Edgewater, South Creek, and Windermere .

Books & Beyond Wins Two Gold 2015 MarCom Award

The Books & Beyond newsletter has won two Gold 2015 MarCom Award 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 2015 competition. The MarCom Awards program is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

Technology Center Awarded $3,500

Technology Department staff applied for a Mayor's Matching grant and received $3,500 for future sewing classes in the Melrose Center. The funds will help support It's Sew Easy Camps in the Melrose Center and sewing events at branch libraries.

Right Service at the Right Time Receives Funding

The successful Right Service at the Right Time resource received $71,610, awarded by the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA). The funds from this grant will be used toward deploying Right Service at the Right Time stations systemwide.

OCLS to Present Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

The library was been selected to receive a $10,000 ALA programming grant for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.  The grant funds are provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities initiative: The Common Good: Humanities in the Public Square. While 203 grants were awarded only 55 organizations were awarded at the maximum level of $10,000, The grant features the PBS documentary series Latino Americans: the 500 Year Legacy that Shaped a Nation.  The Latino American programming will take place at North Orange, South Creek, West Oaks, Chickasaw and Orlando Public Library beginning in July 2015 through May 2016.

Library Journal Gives Special Mention to OCLS

Library Journal gave a special mention to the Orange County Library System (OCLS) in its 2015 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.

Melrose Center and Friends of the Library Win Awards

The new Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity has already been honored with multiple awards. The new center received Golden Brick Awards in three categories: Downtown Experience, Interior Projects and Public Projects. Meanwhile, the Friends of the Orange County Library System were honored with a Silver Brick Award in the Special Event Category for Booktoberfest. The Downtown Orlando Partnership announced the winners at its Awards Luncheon on April 2. The annual awards program recognizes projects that have positively impacted the Downtown Development District—making the area a more exciting, interesting and desirable place to work, shop, play and live.

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