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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

North Orange Branch 30th Anniversary
April 30, 2019 | Maritza Alicea

My name is Maritza Alicea and I am proud to serve our community as Branch Manager at your North Orange Branch. The library’s staff and I are excited to invite you to the branch’s 30th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 25 at 11 a.m. We will have many interactive and fun... READ MORE

Orlando Book Festival 2019 - A Conversation with Daniel Jose Older, Opening Keynote Speaker
April 26, 2019 | Sarah Fisk

The Orlando Book Festival is a day-long celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library. Join us for panels, writing workshops, book signings and more from bestselling authors from all over the country.

Daniel José Older, Opening Keynote Speaker for the Orlando Book... READ MORE

Library After Hours: Brittany Hennessy
April 22, 2019 | Whitney Gonzalez

Influencer marketing is something that many might still be skeptical of. Author and influencer Brittany Hennessy first witnessed the power of influence when her blog went viral in 2010. One thing led to another, and the next thing she knew, she was in Germany on a cruise ship... READ MORE

How to Find Books For a 1-Year-Old
April 9, 2019 | Lauren Mathur

Last year I wrote a post from my 4-year-old's perspective, listing her top books of the year. Today I’m bringing you some of my 1-year-old's favorites, and this was inspired by several interactions.

As a librarian, many parents ask me for book recommendations,... READ MORE

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Melrose in the Mix: The Pauses
June 25, 2019 | Scottie Campbell

Touring regularly in support of their acclaimed 2018 album Unbuilding, Orlando band The Pauses come home to perform at Melrose in the Mix on Saturday, July 6, 3:30 p.m. Click here to reserve your seat. Library staff member Scottie Campbell had the opportunity to ask the group... READ MORE

#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

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