Here are stories about the Orange County Library System from the news media.

Orange County Library System's Summer Reading Program

Orlando Sentinel

It's time to rock with the Orange County Library System during our annual Summer Reading Program.

Orange County Library System finalist for National Medal for services


The Orange County Library System has been named among the top 29 finalists for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Orlando Book Festival: David Baldacci, S. Jae-Jones to speak

Orlando Sentinel

The Orlando Book Festival has lined up authors David Baldacci and S. Jae-Jones as keynote speakers this year.

Orlando Science Center, Orange County Public Library are finalists for national award

Orlando Sentinel

Fourteen libraries and 15 museums made the cut as finalists for the national medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Orlando is the only city with representation in both categories.

For Central Florida's growing Latino population, 'welcome workshops' are invaluable tool


For the newcommer there is so much to figure out, housing, jobs, schools, transportation, not to mention the language and culture of your new town.

Try Virtual Reality Karaoke At The Melrose Creative Expo

Melrose Expo


The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center at the Orlando Public Library will host the Melrose Creative Expo on Saturday, February 17, showcasing local tech, creative projects, and makers. 

Orlando Library Helps Turn Patrons Into Citizens

Bogin, Munns &

Adults who hold a public library card in Orange County are able to take free classes, called Citizenship Inspired, allowing prospective citizens to participate in a citizenship preparation course three to four times per week in preparation for the U.S. citizenship exam.

Young Readers Learning Through Jackie Robinson's Life Story


Jackie Robinson’s daughter is coming to Orlando for a reading of her book The Hero Two Doors Down.

Why Libraries are Awesome with the Orange County Public Library

Orlando Lady Boss

Cynthia Velasco and Erin Sullivan share how the Orange County Library System (OCLS) helps the community and makes an impact in education in the January edition of Orlando Lady Boss podcast.

"49 Pulses" Filmmaker Coming to Orlando


Filmmaker Charlie Minn will be hosting an evening at the Orlando Public Library on January 24 to discuss his latest film, 49 Pulses, which takes a look at the survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Sharon Robinson revisits her famous father in new book

Orlando Sentinel

The daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the author is headed to Orlando to discuss her children’s novel “The Hero Two Doors Down.”

Orange County Expands English Learning Curriculum at Libraries

The Orange County Public Library System is expanding its English language programs, with classes averaging about 20 to 30 students, and are held at eleven library branches.

At a "Human Library" in Florida, People "Checked Out" an Atheist for Discussion


Last weekend, the Orlando Public Library conducted a “Human Library,” where visitors could check out people instead of books for the purpose of a conversation.

Library 2.0

Journalism X

The Winter Garden Branch of the Orange County Library System goes above and beyond when it comes to accepting advances in technology and encouraging people to read.

Virtual library cards help Orange County students learn

Orlando Sentinel 

Even in our internet-centered time, getting a library card is still a rite of passage for many young people. That’s one reason the Orange County Library System and the Orange County Public Schools have teamed up to provide a virtual library card to middle and high school students.

Orlando Public Library goes human for a day

Orlando Sentinel 

The Orlando Public Library will host a Human Library on Saturday from 1-4 p.m., where members of the community will be available to be “checked out” for conversations about their lives and experiences.

WFTV wants you to know that homeless people are using our libraries

Orlando Weekly

Local television station WFTV has a hot scoop: Homeless people are using the library, and they're getting kicked out sometimes. 

Orange County Celebrates Success of Let's Read Initiative During Week of the Family

Orange County Government, Florida

Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ yearlong literacy initiative, Let's read Orange County, assisted in the distribution of more than 1,400 library cards to local children and families.

Mayor Buddy's Book Club

Global Sharpers Community Orlando

The City of Orlando partners with Orange County Library System to host book clubs in community centers, schools and libraries during the after-school hours.

Literary pairings: What to drink while you read

Orlando Sentinel 

The library will feature select beers from Yuengling, Orange County breweries and “a private brewmaster’s collection.”

Orlando Public Library invites you to drink openly (for once) in celebration of Booktoberfest

Orlando Weekly

Kick off a month of Oktoberfest celebrations at the Orange County Library’s Booktoberfest.

Kids Embrace Capitalism At Local Children's Business Fair


The child-focused entrepreneur fair will allow youth to set up booths and debut their inventions and products as well as to sell the goods they’ve created themselves, in a public forum.

Orlando United Day: Central Floridians Remember Pulse, One-Year Later

The Orlando Public Library hosted Drag Queen Storytime, where BenDeLaCreme read children’s books.

Orlando Public Library Fall Book Sale happening this weekend as planned

Orlando Weekly

The Orlando Public Library Fall Book Sale, hosted by the Friends of the Library, is happening this weekend as scheduled. 

Best Of Orlando 2017, Best Use of Our Tax Dollars: Drag Queen Storytime

Orlando Weekly

On June 12, the Orlando Public Library took a page out of the books of sister institutions from San Francisco to Brooklyn and scheduled a Drag Queen story hour.

Orlando Libraries Host Eclpise Viewing Parties

My Central Florida Family

Ten branches will host Soilar Eclipse Viewing Parties with free safe-viewing glasses while supplies last.

Orange County libraries are holding free solar eclipse viewing parties

Orlando Weekly

On Monday, Aug. 21, 10 public library branches will host Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties, with free glasses available to attendees (while supplies last).

Orlando Magic and Florida Blue Help Promote Importance of Reading to Local Youth

With assistance from the Orlando Magic and Florida Blue, more kids are aware of the benefits of reading and storytelling. They partnered up to celebrate the Orange County Library Systems (OCLS) Summer Reading Program, which helps engage local students in literacy and learning.

Meet a Gatorland Wrangler at the Winter Garden Library

Orange Observer

Kids of all ages got to learn about and come face to face with some cool, creepy creatures.

Orlando is looking for its first poet laureate

Orlando Weekly

The poet laureate will be chosen from three finalists selected by a committee made up of local poets and literary experts from the University of Central Florida, Valencia College, Rollins College, Orange County Library System, Burrow Press and the Florida Humanities Council. 

NYT best-selling author Adam Silvera highlights Orlando Book Festival this weekend

Orlando Weekly

The daylong event at the downtown public library is dedicated to all things books and includes panels, writing workshops, book signings and the chance to see best-selling authors. 

Orlando Library Celebrates Potterversary

My Central Florida Family

Choose your house: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin and show off your colors, answer trivia questions and enjoy cool crafts when the Orlando Public Library presents Potterversary.

Potterversary, June 24th at Orlando Library

Winter Garden Magazine

For one day only, the library will be transformed into the literary universe of Harry Potter, with various departments representing scenes from the beloved books.

The Southwest Library was just one of the branches participating in Celebrate Summer events with Mix 105.1

Orange Observer

MIX 105.1 radio station has joined the Orange County Library System for its Celebrate Summer events, which is also a kickoff for the summer reading program.

2017 Gale/LJ Library of the Year; OCLS recieves special mention

Library Journal

The Orange County Library System recieves a special mention in the 2017 Gale/Library Journal's Library of the Year list.

Local creatives mourn Pulse victims through poetry, music

Orlando Sentinel

About 50 people watched a half dozen performances by musicians and poets for Pulse Remembrance Through Music & Poetry at the Orlando Public Library.

Drag queen story hour to celebrate diversity on anniversary of Pulse shooting

Orlando Sentinel

The Orange County Public Library hosts its first Drag Queen Storytime.

Orlando Public Library to host Draq Queen Storytime


Drag Queens will be reading stories at the Orlando Public Library on June 12, in recognition of Orlando Together Day.

Loyal Pokémon fan finds her place

Orlando Sentinel

Every other Sunday, the devoted mother drove her daughter to the downtown Orlando library for Pokémon League, where the young, old and those in-between gathered to discuss and play the beloved game.

Summer Reading Program at Orange County Library System

Families can register their kids in fun, educational camps, classes and events taking place at 16 library locations across Orange County as part of the Orange County Library System’s Summer Reading Program.

One card gives you access to everything you need to free yourself

Orlando Sentinel 

With 16 locations throughout Orange County, your public library has so much to offer, and books are only the beginning.

Love in the Stacks: Meet RWA's 2017 Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year, Danielle King

Happy Ever After: USA Today

The Romance Writers of America announced the 2017 RITA and Golden Heart finalists last month, along with this year’s award winners. And the Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year is Danielle King from the Alafaya Branch Library in Orlando.

Por amor al arte: Tertulia Cuatro Gatos cumple 10 años

El Sentinel

El club Tertulia Cuatro Gatos llevará a cabo su celebración de 10 años en la biblioteca de Chickasaw Branch el 22 de abril.

Melrose Center launches new series of talks where the public chooses the speaker


The Melrose Center in the Downtown Library will host a new series of talks called Script Orlando, where the community nominates individuals to speak each month.

Here's how to record your Pulse experience with StoryCorps

Orlando Weekly

StoryCorps, a New York-based project that travels the country recording humanity's stories, is in Orlando this week in partnership with 90.7 WMFE to record how you were affected by the June 12 mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse.

Orange County Library holds first graduation ceremony for Career Online high School

Orlando Sentinel

Students participated in the first graduation ceremony for the Career Online High School program by the Orange County Library System.

Talbert T. Gray, the first black TV newsman in Florida, gives insightful look into "the media" at downtown library

Orlando Weekly

The downtown Orlando Public Library, in conjunction with the Orange County History Center, hosts Gray this week for a talk about his career.

Read-In at Orlando library promotes literacy and education

Orlando Sentinel

About 100 gathered at the library to hear her and other local luminaries read passages from present and historical works at the African-American Read-In.

WWE gives back to Orlando community at library reading event

Orlando Sentinel

Students gathered at the Orlando Public Library for storytime with WWE superstars.

Downtown Library hosting Writers Conference on January 21


The Orange County Library System has gathered top-notch instructors to help you reach your writing and publishing goals for 2017.

Volunteer Alert: Library is looking for e-book reviewers


The Orange County Library System is looking for a diverse group of volunteers to review content that will be submitted for possible inclusion in the public ePULP collection.

Downtown's latest live venue ... the library?

Orlando Weekly 

Since its 2014 opening, the Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity at the downtown Orlando Public Library has gotten increasingly fresh and relevant, preserving the grand old notion of a civic library by bringing it into shining modernity.

The Orange County Library System offers free events for the holidays


The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone! Thankfully the Orange County Library System is here to relieve that stress with fun, informative events for the whole family.

Library event celebrates local veterans

The Apopka Voice

OCLS has partnered with CareerSource Central Florida in providing events that will engage children and families of all ages with our local heroes.

Watch the 'Hamilton' documentary at the Orlando Public Library Monday evening

Orlando Weekly

Hamilton-mania is making its way to Orlando with an exclusive screening of the documentary Hamilton's America at the Orange County Library Monday evening. This screening precedes the documentary's airing on PBS 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.

Orlando Public Library's Booktoberfest back on, beer still happening

Orlando Weekly

Orlando Public Library's "Booktoberfest" has been rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 21, after being postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.

P.L.A.N.E.T. opening celebration at Washington Park Branch Library

Orlando Advocate

The Washington Park Branch Library will be hosting a grand opening celebration for the P.L.A.N.E.T. multimedia center for kids, tweens and teens.

Submissions being accepted for Third Annual Melrose Awards


The Orange County Library System is now accepting submissions for the third annual Melrose Awards. The awards recognize projects made using resources available in the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center at the Orlando Public Library.

Paint Strong Orlando is the touching Pulse tribute worth seeing at the Orlando Public Library 

Orlando Weekly

The "Paint Strong Orlando" collection is currently at the Orlando Public Library downtown, and about 200 of the pieces will stay on the first and third floors of the library through October.

Global Initiative Aims to Highlight the Importance of Librariesaint Strong

The Epoch Times

More than 250 libraries and organizations from around the world are participating this week in an initiative to bring attention to the importance of libraries.

Paint Strong Orlando showcases art made in the wake of the Pulse shooting at Orlando Public Library

Orlando Weekly

In the days after the massacre at the gay nightclub Pulse, local art shop Sam Flax announced it would donate supplies to artists to create works of art responding to the tragedy.

Paint Strong Orlando comes to library

Orlando Sentinel

An art project born in response to the Pulse nightclub shootings has been turned into an "amazing" show.

Orlando Public Library to Host Opening Reception for Paint Strong Orlando Art Show 

The Orlando Times

The Orlando Public library will host an opening reception for Paint Strong Orlando, an art show organized by local art-supply store Sam Flax.

Ghost Society meet-up at Orlando Public Library - On Any Given Sunday

Orlando Sentinel

The Beyond Invesitgators host a meet-up at the Orlando Public Library.

Orlando Public Library celebrates its 50th birthday this weekend with a tribute to concrete

Orlando Weekly

The Orlando Public Library celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend with a talk from architectural historian Christine Madrid French.

Orlando Public Library celebrating 50th anniversary with Brutalism lecture


The Orlando Public Library is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the dedication of their Downtown building.

Orange County Library System's end-of-summer events for foodies

Orlando Weekly

If you weren't aware already, the Orange County Library System of locations has a pretty awesome culinary program going on, and the run-up to the end of summer is looking pretty tasty.

Urban farming class at Alafaya branch of OCLS this Saturday

Orlando Weekly

If you've ever thought that you might like to have a couple of backyard chickens or build up a nice self-sustaining vegetable garden (or both!), the Alafaya Branch will educate attendees in an event called #FarmDay.

Go Local Wedneday: Orlando Public Library

Think Downtown

April of the Think Downtown blog encourages readers to explore the downtown library and discover all the cool activities and classes that families can take advantage of for free!

Geraldine Thompson promotes the preservation of Parramore

Orlando Politics

State Senator Geraldine Thompson participated in Preservation Week, hosted by the Orange County Library, and discussed the importance of preserving African-American communities and the Parramore neighborhood.

Sen. Geraldine F. Thompson discusses preserving African American history in Parramore

The Orlando Public Library hosted Senator Geraldine F. Thompson Monday, April 25. She discussed preserving African-American history in Orlando’s Parramore district.

Library Reveals Chapters From Orlando's Past

Orlando Sentinel

This week's Florida Flashback column by Joy Wallace Dickinson focuses on the varied past of Orlando as the Orange County Library System presents a series of workshops and lectures in honor of Preservation Week.

NASA hackathon to give astronauts something to do on Mars

Orlando Sentinel

For the fifth year, NASA will host its International Space Apps Challenge this weekend and, as part of it, has asked those who attend the hackathon to tackle specific challenges, which were submitted by NASA scientists. The event will be held at Melrose Center, Orlando Public Library’s high-tech space downtown.

Orlando’s Burgeoning Tech Scene


Orlando tech week is in full swing, with an emphasis on the future of tech in the City Beautiful. Intersection’s Brendan Byrne explores all the offerings including a 3D printer and state-of-the-art recording studio.

ALA, Google Launch “Libraries Ready to Code”

Library Journal

On April 13, the American Library Association (ALA) and Google announced the “Libraries Ready to Code” project, which will investigate the current status of computer programming activities in U.S. public and K–12 libraries with the goal of ultimately broadening the reach and scope of these coding programs. One of the programs mentioned in the article is the well-established coding courses offered by the Orange County Library System.

Orlando fosters Nicholas Roberts to produce his debut album

Orlando Sentinel

Indie-folk artist Nicholas Roberts celebrates his debut release, which was partly written at the Orlando Public Library. Roberts is a regular Music in the Library artist.

25 free concerts in Orlando this week (4/13-4/19)

Orlando Weekly

Upcoming free concerts in Orlando, including Music in the Library featuring Aleksandra Vargas and Marisa Dawson.

New U.S. citizens excited about voting in 2016 elections

Orlando Weekly

25 local residents became U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony inside the Orlando Public Library on Tuesday.

Más vidas que un gato: Tertulia cumple 9 años

El Sentinel

En medio de éxitos y nuevos amigos, los integrantes de Tertulia Cuatro Gatos comenzaron a celebrar su noveno aniversario con varios eventos, y uno de ellos será, literalmente, "al otro lado del charco".

Drones, Genealogy, Dinner and a Movie


Mark Baratelli writes about upcoming local events, including the West Oaks Branch & Genealogy Center's special "Genealogy for Night Owls" event.

Orange County Library offers online program for adults who need high school diplomas

Orlando Weekly

If you didn't finish high school and don't want a GED, the Orange County Library System offers a program for those seeking diplomas.

"Fed up" Florida Voters Speak Out

CBS News

Political strategist Frank Luntz and CBS News filmed a focus group at the Orlando Public Library to discuss their frustration about their options in the 2016 presidential race.

Services from the Orange County Library System

About Orlando

Most of us carry a library card in our wallets, but how many of us are aware of all the advantages that come with that card ownership? If you haven’t signed up for a library card yet here are 7 reasons that you should sign up today!

Fairy Tale Programming Is Alive and Well

School Library Journal

The article focuses on fairy tale programs at libraries around the country, including the successful Fairy Tale STEM series offered by the Orange County Library System. This series was founded in part by a Curiosity Creates Grant from ALSC, supported by Disney.

Melrose turns 2: Library's tech center meant to encourage entrepreneurs

Orlando Sentinel

Ken Melrose learned quickly the difficulties of being an entrepreneur when a small company he formed with a couple of friends went bankrupt quickly in the mid-1980s. But when the Orlando native wanted to honor his mother, he encouraged others to pursue their own entrepreneurial dreams, especially in technology.

Author Tim Dorsey's recipe for success — mixing crime, humor

Orlando Sentinel

Crime-caper novelist Tim Dorsey last week became the seventh writer to be awarded the John D. MacDonald Award for excellence in Florida fiction, joining the likes of Elmore Leonard, James W. Hall and Randy Wayne White. Dorsey will autograph books at 1 p.m. Sunday at Barrel of Books and Games, 128 W. Fourth Ave., Mount Dora; 4 p.m. at the Orlando Public Library, 101 E Central Ave.; and 6 p.m. at the Writers Block Bookstore, 124 Welbourne Ave., Winter Park.

New library program to help high school dropouts

Orlando Sentinel

Adults without high school diplomas who live in Orange and Lake counties now have a new way to finish school, courtesy of their public libraries.

The Social Library, Volume 39

OCLC Webjunction

WebJunction made mention of the library's Facebook post about the recent Naturalization Ceremony held at the Orlando Public Library.

En su idioma: Rostros latinos en las bibliotecas de Orange

Orlando Sentinel | El Sentinel

Algunos de ellos nacieron en Estados Unidos de padres latinos y otros llegaron aquí procedentes de países de América Latina. Tienen diferentes profesiones y cargos, pero hay algo los une de manera especial: el hablar español, el aprecio por sus raíces hispanas y el trabajar en el Sistema de Bibliotecas del Condado de Orange.

Puerto Rican business, Trump and testing: Letters

Orlando Sentinel

Library Board of Trustees President Ted Maines' letter to the editor regarding the Chickasaw Branch grand opening was published.

No shushing: Flamenco dancers open new library branch

Orlando Sentinel

If you think libraries are grim, stuffy book vaults, check out the newest branch in the Orange County Library System on Saturday. The Chickasaw Branch Library at 870 North Chickasaw Trail welcomes flamenco dancers to its performance stage.

La nueva biblioteca en el este de Orlando abrió sus puertas | FOTOS

Orlando Sentinel | El Sentinel

Una nueva biblioteca en el este de Orlando abrió sus puertas el sábado en el 870 N. Chickasaw Trail, convirtiéndose en la decimosexta del Sistema de Bibliotecas del Condado de Orange (OCLS, siglas en inglés).

2015 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: Ferguson Municipal Public Library, MO, Courage in Crisis

Library Journal

OCLS receives a special mention in the Library Journal write-up on the Gale/Library Journal "Library of the Year" winner.

Summer reading, flag burning and NSA: Letters

Orlando Sentinel

Director Mary Anne Hodel's Letter to the Editor regarding summer reading was published on June 1, 2015.

My Word: Crockett Bohannon

Orlando Sentinel

Crockett Bohannon, President of the Friends of the Library, shares his thoughts on the value of libraries during National Library Week.

EN FOTOS: Tertulia Cuatro Gatos cumple 8

Orlando Sentinel | El Sentinel

Tertulia Cuatro Gatos, el club de libros en español que nació en una biblioteca del condado de Orange, y que hoy en día reúne a poetas, artistas, músicos y fotógrafos en toda la Florida Central, celebró este jueves 23 de abril su octavo aniversario con una gala española en la Biblioteca Central de Orlando.

SciTech Short: Melrose Center


There are many types of simulators, and the Orlando Public Library is making several of them available to the entire Central Florida community.

Program teaches kids how to sew

Local 6

The unique and valuable after-school program South Trail in Stitches was featured in a Local 6 Making a Difference segment.

Melrose Center First Anniversary Event

My City Mondays

My City Mondays does a feature on the Melrose Center First Anniversary event.

SunRailRiders Melrose Rail Adventure


SunRailRiders tours the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity.

Roy Moore, family trees, and journalism: Letters

Orlando Sentinel

Branch Manager's Gregg Gronlund's letter in response to the article "Help With Family Trees."

The Internet of Things Plan To Make Libraries and Museums Awesomer

Fast Company

When Apple launched iBeacon last year, experts said it would transform the retail industry. But while companies have used iBeacons to sell everything from currency exchange at airports to designer handbags at Macy's, some startups are using the technology to help libraries and museums innovate.

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