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Books About Love for Preschoolers
February 8, 2021 | Lauren Mathur


I Am Love: A Book of Compassion by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
A celebration of love in all its forms, this book asks readers to look inward when they feel afraid and to act with compassion and kindness, to live with gratitude, and to take care of... READ MORE

DIY Film Festival: Valentine's Day
February 5, 2021 | Mike Donohue
  “The sight of lovers feedeth those in love” - William Shakespeare, As You Like It  

It’s February, again, which means love is all around us. Typically, Valentine’s Day is defined by roses and chocolates. But in the Florida heat, flowers wilt, chocolate melts, and all things... READ MORE

5 Questions with Beverly Jenkins
February 3, 2021 | Scottie Campbell

Beverly Jenkins is a bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance novels, most often focusing on 19th Century African American life. She has received multiple awards including the 2017 Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award from Romance Writers of America – her... READ MORE

Window World of Central Florida Donates $50,000 to Support OCLS Summer Reading Program
February 1, 2021 | Erin Sullivan

Window World of Central Florida, a locally owned provider of window and door replacement based in Orlando, has donated $50,000 to Orange County Library System in support of its annual Summer Reading Program. The donation will help the library provide... READ MORE

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

One positive thing that has come out of this pandemic has been some new opportunities available to us due to our extensive use of virtual programming. Orange County Library System used to be an entirely in-person operation – all of our events and programs happened at one of... READ MORE

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Preschool Fun: Sesame Street!
March 12, 2021 | Lauren Mathur

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? This week, inspired by the library’s weekly Sesame Street Storytime, we’re celebrating our favorite Muppets!

These activities are based on Every Child Ready to Read, which helps our friends learn pre-reading skills. We'll... READ MORE

Hope Jahren's Lab Girl is This Year's Big Read
March 3, 2021 | Stephanie Lum

The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices... READ MORE

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

March marks one year since the pandemic truly hit home for us. On March 18, 2020, our libraries temporarily closed to the public so we could figure out how to keep our staff and customers safe. We had no idea at that time that our buildings would be closed for six weeks, and... READ MORE

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