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

 

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

Bungalower.com

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

WMFE

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

WMFE

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

WUCF TV

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

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.