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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

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

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

Preschool Fun: Fairies!
August 7, 2020 | Lauren Mathur

Since we’re continuing to celebrate all types of magical creatures this summer, let’s continue this week with fairies!

Let’s start with some questions:

What does a fairy look like? Are fairies big or little? Are they kind? Can you name a fairy? What would you name... READ MORE

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What Does Hispanic Heritage Month Mean to You?
October 12, 2020 | Luis Rivera

In 1968, President Johnson commemorated the first Hispanic Heritage Week to honor the cultures and contributions of Latin Americans in our country. Twenty years later, President Reagan expanded the week-long celebration from September 15 through October 15, thus creating... READ MORE

Preschool Fun: Hispanic Heritage!
October 9, 2020 | Lauren Mathur

Hola! September 15–October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, so let’s celebrate! Vamonos!

QUESTIONS: What is Hispanic Heritage Month? A time when we recognize all the awesome things Hispanic Americans have done. Like what? Language, food, dance, art, movies, medicine and... READ MORE
Thriving in the Misinformation Chaos
October 7, 2020 | Brendan Kalish

Misinformation has been with us as long as the written word, but it has become a very hot topic in the last few years. Inaccurate medical information can even be deadly during a global public health crisis. The library profession’s traditional response is to promote... READ MORE

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