The Winner of the Draw a Better World Crayola Contest is...

This summer, the Orange County Library System held an art contest, which challenged children to “Draw a Better World.” The contest was hosted in partnership with The Crayola Experience and winners throughout the county received free admission tickets for their winning entries. The winner for the Orlando Public Library was 8-year-old, Blankner Elementary School student, Elizabeth L.

Book Buzz Recommendations: August

Back to school is nearly upon us! Teachers have begun preparing lesson plans and students are ready to shop with their parents for new school supplies. But just because the Summer Reading Program is over and school is about to begin, doesn’t mean that recreational reading has to end. Parents can relieve anxiety over a new school year or unwind with their seasoned grade school students with these carefully selected recommendations. Happy reading!

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Cómo aprender el inglés en cinco pasos sencillos

Muchos recién llegados a los Estados Unidos quieren saber cuanto tiempo se necesita para aprender bien el inglés. Algunos llevan aquí años y todavía no lo han podido aprender bien. Siempre es un reto grande acostumbrarse a un país nuevo y además aprender otro idioma a la misma vez. ¡Pero no te preocupes! Es importante entender que todos cometemos muchos errores al principio. Nadie habla con fluidez después de un día de estudio. Sin embargo, con mucho tiempo y esfuerzo, cualquier persona puede aprender bien. Se puede dividir el aprendizaje de inglés en cinco pasos aproximadamente.

9 LGBTQ Titles for Young Readers

In honor of LGBTQ pride, here is a show-stopping book list that describes the lives, struggles, and strengths of LGBTQ characters and people, fact or fiction. These books—ranging from children’s picture books to works of fiction—all celebrate the spirit of the movement and implore us, at any age, to build a better world.


An Interview with Jonathan Maberry

The Orlando Book Festival is a daylong celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library. Our closing keynote speaker will be Jonathan MaberryNew York Times bestseller and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author. He is the author of Rot and Ruin, Marvel comics, X-Files novels, Dark Horse comics, and more. Staff member and author Sarah Fisk interviewed him ahead of the Orlando Book Festival.