How to NaNoWriMo

Have you ever looked at a book on our shelves and thought “I could write that?” Have you ever started writing and given up after a few pages? Congratulations, you’re like most writers!

Writing a book is hard, but possible, as proven by the countless books published daily. But how do you get from page one to The End without giving up? That’s where NaNoWriMo comes in.

Twisted Picture Books

Picture books are a requisite for any child. Sweet, funny, charming, with pigeons, bears, big red dogs and more, there’s something for everyone. But what about those picture books that aren’t quite what you expected? The ones that make you go “WHAT DID I JUST READ?” Here’s a list of those books.

Dillweed’s Revenge: A Deadly Dose of Magic by Florence Parry Heide, illustrated by Carson Ellis

The Best Halloween Movies Are Available For Free Home Delivery

With the Orange County Library System’s DVD Vault and home delivery services, movie night is just a click away. Using just your library card number and pin, you can choose from an inventory of thousands of films brought to your front doorstep entirely for free. 

From classics to new releases, and blockbusters to indies, the Vault has options for everyone. But with so many choices making a selection can be hard, so we made a list of some of the best spooky films that you can check out just in time for Halloween.

A Conversation with Kelly Barnhill

Newbery award-winning author Kelly Barnhill kicks off the Orange County Library System’s Sunshine State Author Series with an author event on October 18 at our Winter Garden Branch, followed by a writing workshop at the library’s Alafaya Branch on October 19. Library staff member Mira Tanna got a few minutes with her recently to ask her some questions about her work.


An Interview with Margarita Engle

Margarita Engle is a multi-award winning, Cuban-American author of children, teen and adult literature. She is the reigning Young People’s Poet Laureate and is the first Latino to be chosen for the prestigious honor. For Hispanic Heritage Month, Margarita Engle, along with illustrator Mike Curato, will be visiting our Chickasaw Branch to talk about their new book, All the Way to Havana.

5 Awesome Books to Inspire Future Inventors

Do you want to become an inventor, but need some inspiration to get started? Are you curious about the advances in technology that were made 50 years ago? Or a hundred? Or even a thousand! Well, you’re in luck! Check out these awesome books where you can learn about the people behind great inventions and how their advances in technology helped shape our world today.