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New Year, New You
December 31, 2018 | Cynthia Velasco

Many of us set goals at the beginning of a new year. In fact, according to The Washington Post, 40% of us do so! From volunteering more with local charities to improving our health, we set all sorts of goals and ambitions that are meaningful, but data shows that 80% of people... READ MORE

Best Picture Books of the Year, as Chosen by a 4-Year-Old
December 19, 2018 | Lauren Mathur

My four-year-old loves books. We read up to five before bed, and several more during the day. As penalty for the audacity of having a full-time job, I’m required to bring her home at least three books a day. I guess it’s a good thing I'm a librarian. 

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Tres películas divertidas en español
December 17, 2018 | Brendan Kalish

Las películas en español más conocidas suelen ser perturbadoras a la manera de Hable con ella de Almodóvar y Amores perros de Iñárritu. Pero algunas son más convencionales y agradables. Recomiendo tres películas en nuestra colección que puedes disfrutar si eres... READ MORE

Giving Tuesday
November 20, 2018 | OCLS Staff

Each year, nonprofit organizations around the world call on their supporters to help raise funds for the meaningful work they do in their communities on Giving Tuesday. Entering its seventh year, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and... READ MORE

The Great American Read - The Martian
October 22, 2018 | Jeff Stanford

The Great American Read is a new eight-part series from PBS that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through America’s 100 best-loved novels. Join the conversation with PBS and WUCF! 

Read the list of 100 books.
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From the Director April 2019
April 1, 2019 | Mary Anne Hodel

Libraries equal strong communities. 

That’s the theme of this year’s National Library Week, a national initiative sponsored by the American Library Association to encourage people to celebrate the contributions libraries (and library workers) make that help shape the... READ MORE

National Library Week
March 31, 2019 | Scottie Campbell & Cynthia Velasco

“To build up a library is to create a life,” Argentinian author Carlos María Domínguez once said. “It’s never just a random collection of books.” When you take a look at the Orange County Library System and the communities we serve, you get some sense of what Domínguez means... READ MORE

A Conversation with Melanie Benjamin, 14th Annual Southwest Author Series
March 25, 2019 | Penguin Random House

Melanie Benjamin has captivated readers with her bestselling historical novels, including The Aviator’s Wife, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, and The Girls in the Picture. And, she is about to do it again. Benjamin’s forthcoming Mistress of the Ritz tells the compelling story of... READ MORE



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