International Year of Peace and Trust: Mandela and the General & Trust First
August 6, 2021 | Scottie Campbell

Mandela and the General by John Carlin with art by Oriol Malet

Will the freedom struggle end in a bloodbath? Nelson Mandela’s fight against racism is about to spiral into an all-out race war. Unless he can win over his archenemy, the white supremacist General... READ MORE

Bringing Readers Together Through Mayor Buddy’s Book Club
August 4, 2021 | Silence Bourn

Throughout the year, Orange County Library System, City of Orlando’s Mayor Matching Grant recipient, proudly partners with Mayor Buddy’s Book Club, a City of Orlando youth program, to host monthly book... READ MORE

International Year of Peace and Trust: I Am Malala
July 12, 2021 | Scottie Campbell

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick

Malala Yousafzai, now known simply as Malala, is an international symbol of peace. She will turn just 24 years old this month.

In October... READ MORE

Q&A with Sunshine State Author Deborah Hopkins
July 5, 2021 | Jessica Pinkowski

Deborah Hopkinson is the award-winning author of more than 60 books for young readers including picture books, middle grade historical fiction and nonfiction. In 2020, she won the Sunshine State Young Reader Award for her grade 3–5 novel, How I Became a Spy: A Mystery of... READ MORE

International Year of Peace and Trust: Called To Forgive & Resist!
June 11, 2021 | Scottie Campbell

Called to Forgive: The Charleston Church Shooting, a Victim’s Husband, and the Path to Healing and Peace by Anthony B. Thompson with Denise George

Could you forgive the murderer your spouse?

On June 17, 2015, nine Black people were killed during a Bible... READ MORE



Text: Got Your Card? September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. Picture: An African American family smiling as they receive their library cards.
September 9, 2021 | Wayne Middleton

Every September, Orange County Library System joins public libraries throughout the country to celebrate National Library Card Sign-up Month. This event is the perfect occasion to remind the community that there’s nothing more empowering than a library card. From culturally... READ MORE

International Year of Peace and Trust: Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor & Think Like a Monk
September 6, 2021 | Scottie Campbell

Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi

One Israeli’s powerful attempt to reach beyond the wall that separates Israelis and Palestinians. In a series of letters, Yossi Klein Halevi explains what motivated him to leave his native New York in his... READ MORE

From the Director, September 2021
September 1, 2021 | Mary Anne Hodel

In our August issue, you may have noticed that we announced a gradual return to in-person events starting in September. That announcement was made before the rapid rise in coronavirus cases in Florida. Out of caution and concern for the safety of our customers and staff, the... READ MORE



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