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Enjoying Orlando Safely
July 10, 2020 | Danielle Haight-Mueller

If you are like me, you are out of content to stream, tired of sitting at home and bored of cleaning your house. We all want to remain safe but have an ardent desire to go out and return to a bit of normalcy! Thankfully, there are some local Orlando spots that want that for... READ MORE

Preschool Fun: Dragons!
July 3, 2020 | Lauren Mathur

Since it’s a magical and mythological summer at Orange County Library System, let’s talk about dragons this week!

Let’s start with some questions: 

What does a dragon look like? What does a dragon sound like? Are dragons big or little?  Are they kind?  Read:

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

Every year, leading up to June, Orange County Library System makes a big push to let everyone know about our Summer Reading Program for children. There’s good reason for that – we spend so much time and effort crafting educational, fun and engaging programs for kids of all... READ MORE

#OCLSReads Books for Summer
June 30, 2020 | Chris Neumann and Ruben Cortes and Latoya Richards-Mozell

Summer has arrived once again and it's the best opportunity to catch up on some new and popular books as suggested by three of Orange County Library System's Collection Development Librarians. Most of the suggested titles are available as e-books, digital audiobooks or... READ MORE

Remembering Kendrick B. Melrose
June 29, 2020 | Mike Donohue

On April 16, 2012, Orange County Library System received the largest single private gift in its history when benefactor Kendrick B. Melrose donated $1 million in memory of his mother, Dorothy Lumley Melrose. The gift was used to enact the construction of The Dorothy Lumley... READ MORE

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Open Hour with a Librarian
August 19, 2020 | Cynthia Velasco

In the early days of the pandemic, when the library made the difficult choice to close its doors and offer services remotely, we received a lot of comments on social media from customers who were also struggling with how to navigate life in quarantine. A common theme that... READ MORE

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

Our History Speaks Volumes: A Visit from Helen Thomas
August 17, 2020 | Mike Donohue

This month, Orange County Library System welcomes Kelly Link, author of Pretty Monsters, for an event kicking off our NEA Big Read series. However, she is not the first esteemed author the library has welcomed in its history. OCLS has a long tradition of hosting compelling... READ MORE

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