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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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Short Stories Can Be Big Reads
August 17, 2020 | Scottie Campbell

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has encouraged communities across the country to read through their Big Read program. Showcasing a diverse range of books reflecting many different voices, the initiative aims to inspire conversation and broaden our perspective of the... READ MORE

Learning at Home
August 12, 2020 | Lauren Mathur

As the new school year looms, parents have an important decision to make: what’s the best (and safest) learning environment for their child? Orange County Public Schools has offered three models: face to face, their new LaunchEd virtual program and Orange County Virtual... READ MORE

Reaching Out: A Community Resource Fair
August 10, 2020 | Wayne Middleton

Now, more than ever, understanding how to navigate social services and assistance programs is vital. Even in the best of circumstances, figuring out how to connect with organizations that can help with accessing unemployment benefits, healthcare resources, food subsidy, and... READ MORE

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