Try as I might, I simply cannot recall an instance when I was ever not reading a book. Reading is one of my favorite forms of relaxation, and with it being Black History Month, I believe it’s a superb way to celebrate the occasion. While I am unquestionably a proud proponent for diversity and inclusion with people of all races and backgrounds, I want to take a moment to focus on black authors, one specifically.
English Classes for Families was a new series offered last year at the North Orange Branch thanks in large part to funding from the Florida Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This series was designed to develop English skills for the whole family. Over the course of the series, bilingual teachers help parents and children work on their language skills and provide strategies to address challenges they may face at work or school.
This year was a popular year for fiction at the Orange County Library System. From fiction veterans such as David Baldacci (who spoke at the library earlier this year) to the breakout thriller The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, the interests of readers were diverse in style but decidedly committed to the fiction genre. See which books were most-devoured by Orange County readers.
Each year, nonprofit organizations around the world call on their supporters to help raise funds for the meaningful work they do in their communities on Giving Tuesday. Entering its seventh year, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. This year, we are raising funds for the Friends of the Library to support early learning programs for children, adult education programs, creative programs offered in the Melrose Center, and our Summer Reading Program.
The Orange County Library System was forunate to receive funding from the Florida Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities to begin a new series at the North Orange Branch called English Classes for Families. This 10-week series is designed to develop English skills for the whole family.
The first-ever Melrose Film Festival will be held Saturday, September 15 in the Melrose Center at the Orlando Public Library. For this showcase of short films, the Melrose Center received 2,800 submissions from all over the world and curated them to 58. The films will be presented in 30 minutes sessions interspersed with featured speakers and panel discussions.
For the seventh year in a row, the Orange County Library System has been nominated in the Orlando Weekly's Best of Orlando Readers Poll. From June 27 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, local residents can vote for their favorites from among the nominees who advanced to the final round. The Best of Orlando Poll celebrates all the best people, places and things in our area.