our history speaks volumes

Our History Speaks Volumes: West Oaks Branch and Genealogy Center
July 30, 2021 | Mike Donohue

On August 8, 2001, West Oaks Branch opened its doors for the very first time. Twenty years later, the branch continues to provide integral library services to the residents of Ocoee and Western Orange County.

West Oaks Branch began as one of several library branch... READ MORE

Our History Speaks Volumes: Remembering Glenn F. Miller (1937–1996)
June 14, 2021 | Mike Donohue

On November 1, 1970, Library Director Clara Wendel retired having served 27 years as head of Orange County Library System. She was succeeded by Glenn Miller, who became only the third library director in OCLS’ nearly 50-year history.

Originally from Saginaw, Michigan,... READ MORE

Our History Speaks Volumes: Sorosis Women's Club
March 15, 2021 | Mike Donohue

In 1893, 10 Orlando women gathered to organize a study and social group. They named their group the Sorosis Club, after the Latin word for sisterhood, and shortly thereafter began meeting regularly at members’ homes to discuss literature and civic matters.

With Sorosis... READ MORE

Our History Speaks Volumes: Captain Albertson's Gift
January 15, 2021 | Mike Donohue

One hundred years ago, a private citizen donated his personal library to the City of Orlando. The rest is history.

The year 1921 was an important one for Orlando: Before Disney World had made Central Florida a landmark tourist destination, Orlando was an up-and-coming... READ MORE

Our History Speaks Volumes: Bookmobile
November 11, 2020 | Mike Donohue

On November 22 1949, Orlando Public Library, in partnership with Sorosis Club of Orlando, unveiled Orange County’s first mobile library: A $6,000 Studebaker bus uniquely equipped to deliver library services to the outlying areas of Orange County. At the time, there were only... READ MORE

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our history speaks volumes

Our History Speaks Volumes: West Oaks Branch and Genealogy Center
July 30, 2021 | Mike Donohue

On August 8, 2001, West Oaks Branch opened its doors for the very first time. Twenty years later, the branch continues to provide integral library services to the residents of Ocoee and Western Orange County.

West Oaks Branch began as one of several library branch... READ MORE

Our History Speaks Volumes: Remembering Glenn F. Miller (1937–1996)
June 14, 2021 | Mike Donohue

On November 1, 1970, Library Director Clara Wendel retired having served 27 years as head of Orange County Library System. She was succeeded by Glenn Miller, who became only the third library director in OCLS’ nearly 50-year history.

Originally from Saginaw, Michigan,... READ MORE

Our History Speaks Volumes: Sorosis Women's Club
March 15, 2021 | Mike Donohue

In 1893, 10 Orlando women gathered to organize a study and social group. They named their group the Sorosis Club, after the Latin word for sisterhood, and shortly thereafter began meeting regularly at members’ homes to discuss literature and civic matters.

With Sorosis... READ MORE

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