Every June is designated as Pride Month to celebrate the impact of LGBTQ people. This year is extra special as it is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which served as the catalyst for the gay liberation movement in the United States. These are some of my favorite selections perfect to learn more about the gay rights movement. Of course these aren’t the only books out there to celebrate Pride month. Let us know if there any other you would add to this list.
Summer brings longer days and even warmer weather, which means more time for reading—preferably indoors away from oppressive 95-degree Florida weather. But whichever environment you prefer (reading at the beach, at a park, or even relaxing at home), here are some suggestions from two Collection Development librarians to add to your #TBR list this summer.
Every year, the Orange County Library System’s Summer Reading Program grows. It’s a labor of love for us to create the hundreds of camps, events, classes and educational opportunities that help kids continue to learn over the summer. This is important because studies show that kids who don’t participate in educational activities in summer don’t retain as much of the information they learn in school.
Melrose in the Mix is a live recording session held regularly in the Melrose Center. The series began in April 2017 with a session by Swamp Sistas, a society of women singer/songwriters led by popular roots musician Beth McKee.
I want to take a minute to tell you about the Friends of the Orange County Library System. They’re an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that exists to help fund library programs that aren’t covered by our budget. They are the organization that runs our bookstore and gift shop, helps coordinate our volunteer program and funds the publication of the monthly Books & Beyond magazine.
My name is Maritza Alicea and I am proud to serve our community as Branch Manager at your North Orange Branch. The library’s staff and I are excited to invite you to the branch’s 30th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 25 at 11 a.m. We will have many interactive and fun events for all our customers such as Music in the Library, crafts, virtual games and face painting for children.
Influencer marketing is something that many might still be skeptical of. Author and influencer Brittany Hennessy first witnessed the power of influence when her blog went viral in 2010. One thing led to another, and the next thing she knew, she was in Germany on a cruise ship with Rihanna and all she had to do was tweet about it. And yes, that Rihanna.