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#OCLSReads for Pride Month
June 3, 2019 | Ruben Cortes

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... READ MORE

#OCLSReads Books for Summer
June 1, 2019 | Chris Neumann and Ruben Cortes 

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... READ MORE

From the Director Header, June 2019
May 31, 2019 | Mary Anne Hodel

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... READ MORE

How Ali Learned English With The Library
May 30, 2019 | Viviana Valencia-Serrano

Did you know the Orlando Public Library is now offering English from Zero? Located in the heart of downtown, the location will offer the course on Sundays starting June 9. English from Zero is a basic English course for speakers of other languages, no matter the language.... READ MORE

From the Director May 2019
May 1, 2019 | Mary Anne Hodel

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... READ MORE

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NaNoWriMo Celebrates 20 Years & Countless Words
October 28, 2019 | Sarah Fisk

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short, is an international event for which over 300,000 writers attempt to write 50,000 words of a new novel in the month of November. The goal is to turn off the internal editor, which often slows writers down to a crawl, and... READ MORE

NEA Big Read is Coming to OCLS
October 18, 2019 | Matthew David & Stephanie Lum

One of the most unbeatable things about reading is that every now and then our passion for it is renewed by something unusual, or unique, or just exceptionally good. That is the opportunity Big Read offers. The NEA Big Read is a grants program, managed by Arts Midwest, which... READ MORE

Sunshine State Author Series: A Conversation with Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos
October 3, 2019 | Stephanie Lum

Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos are the co-authors of The Adventurers Guild, winner of the Sunshine State Young Readers Award for grades 6–8. The Adventurers Guild tells the story of two best friends as they battle monsters to protect one of the last surviving cities in... READ MORE

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