Here are stories about the Orange County Library System from the news media.
The Winter Garden Magazine
The Orange County Library System of Orlando, Florida has been recognized by The Institute of Museum and Library Services one of 10 recipients of the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
The Orange County Library System was just awarded a 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, during the wee hours of May 1, 2018.
The Orange County Library System was recognized Tuesday as a recipient of the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service for the exceptional work it does in the community.
Orange County Library System director and CEO Mary Anne Hodel announced on Tuesday that OCLS is one of 10 recipients of the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
Walt Disney World Resort surprised and celebrated several non-profit organizations that aim to make a difference in Central Florida, including the Orange County Library System.
Author David Baldacci, whose novel 'The Fallen' has just been released, will speak Saturday at the Orlando Book Festival at the public library downtown.
As an upgrade from those elementary school book fairs we know and miss, Orange County Library System is hosting a book festival with just a few similarities.
Downtown Community Paper
The Melrose Center houses an impressive lineup: photography studio, audio studio, video studio, fabrication lab, and simulator lab.
The Orange County Library System has been named among the top 29 finalists for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
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 the newcommer there is so much to figure out, housing, jobs, schools, transportation, not to mention the language and culture of your new town.
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.
Bogin, Munns & Munns.com
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.
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.
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.
The daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the author is headed to Orlando to discuss her children’s novel “The Hero Two Doors Down.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local television station WFTV has a hot scoop: Homeless people are using the library, and they're getting kicked out sometimes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Monday, Aug. 21, 10 public library branches will host Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties, with free glasses available to attendees (while supplies last).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Orange County Library System recieves a special mention in the 2017 Gale/Library Journal's Library of the Year list.
About 50 people watched a half dozen performances by musicians and poets for Pulse Remembrance Through Music & Poetry at the Orlando Public Library.
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.
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.
With 16 locations throughout Orange County, your public library has so much to offer, and books are only the beginning.
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.
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.
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.
Students participated in the first graduation ceremony for the Career Online High School program by the Orange County Library System.
The downtown Orlando Public Library, in conjunction with the Orange County History Center, hosts Gray this week for a talk about his career.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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" has been rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 21, after being postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Orlando Public Library celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend with a talk from architectural historian Christine Madrid French.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The Orlando Public Library hosted Senator Geraldine F. Thompson Monday, April 25. She discussed preserving African-American history in Orlando’s Parramore district.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
OCLS receives a special mention in the Library Journal write-up on the Gale/Library Journal "Library of the Year" winner.
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.
Melrose Center First Anniversary Event
My City Mondays
My City Mondays does a feature on the Melrose Center First Anniversary event.
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.