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From the Director, March 2020
March 1, 2020 | Mary Anne Hodel

Parents, we know it can be tough to keep your kids busy when school’s out of session. So, our staff has come up with a series of fun, creative spring camps to help beat the boredom. This month, we’ll host programming at multiple locations during spring break that’ll give your... READ MORE

We’ve Got Questions For Dhonielle Clayton and Tim Dorsey
February 27, 2020 | Sarah Fisk

Dhonielle Clayton is the author of The Belles and its follow-up The Everlasting Rose. She is a former elementary and middle school librarian, and co-founder of CAKE Literary, a creative kitchen whipping up decadent – and decidedly diverse – literary confections for middle... READ MORE

Read It! Don't Lose It: How to Regain Your Focus While Reading
February 21, 2020 | Luis Rivera

Imagine you have just picked up a book from your “books I need to read” list. You prepare your favorite beverage and find the comfortable spot on your couch. Enthusiastically, you open the book and begin to read it, scanning the words, feeling the pages on your fingertips... READ MORE

From the Director, February 2020
February 1, 2020 | Mary Anne Hodel

In 1976, President Gerald Ford became the first president to officially recognize Black History Month. He called upon the nation to, “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”... READ MORE

Our History Speaks Volumes: Remembering Eddie T. Jackson
January 27, 2020 | Mike Donohue

In June 1924, our Booker T. Washington Branch opened at 107 South Terry St. The branch was the second public library location to open in the city of Orlando following the Albertson Public Library, which began service the previous year. Selected to serve as Head Librarian of... READ MORE

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Stay Fit While Staying at Home
May 13, 2020 | Melissa Tees

Keeping myself active and motivated has been difficult over the last few weeks. Even with the “home gym” my husband and I created, I still hit a rut when it comes to exercise. Luckily for me, I have found new inspiration through the wonderful world of the internet. Below are... READ MORE

Great A24 Films on Kanopy
May 11, 2020 | Patrick Green

Few independent studios have been as prolific and interesting as A24, a studio responsible for recent films such as The Lighthouse (2019), Midsommar (2019) and The Farewell (2019). In addition to their rising prestige in the independent film scene, A24 has created some... READ MORE

Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program 2020 Book List
May 10, 2020 | Ruben Cortes

On April 23, the Florida Association of Media in Education revealed this year’s titles for the Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program (SSYRA). The SSYRA is a statewide initiative to encourage students to read independently to improve reading fluency. Books picked for the... READ MORE

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