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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

English Classes for Families - Week Six Recap
March 6, 2019 | Mayonne Granzo

This week our focus was to describe people and places with as much detail as possible. On the first day, students were instructed to think about their home cities or towns and to describe it by what they can see, hear, smell and taste. For many students this was a reflective... READ MORE

From the Director March 2019
March 1, 2019 | Mary Anne Hodel

When you think of the library, what comes to mind? Perhaps you think of it as the place you visited as a child, where you learned to sit quietly while you listened to adults reading you stories. Maybe you think of it as the place you went in college to escape the din of your... READ MORE

From the Director
February 4, 2019 | Mary Anne Hodel

It has been 30 years since the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English came up with the idea to sponsor an African-American Read-In. The event, held each year during Black History Month, highlights the contributions of African-American authors to... 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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