5 Questions with Beverly Jenkins
February 3, 2021 | Scottie Campbell

Beverly Jenkins is a bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance novels, most often focusing on 19th Century African American life. She has received multiple awards including the 2017 Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award from Romance Writers of America – her... READ MORE

Window World of Central Florida Donates $50,000 to Support OCLS Summer Reading Program
February 1, 2021 | Erin Sullivan

Window World of Central Florida, a locally owned provider of window and door replacement based in Orlando, has donated $50,000 to Orange County Library System in support of its annual Summer Reading Program. The donation will help the library provide... READ MORE

From the Director, February 2021
February 1, 2021 | Mary Anne Hodel

One positive thing that has come out of this pandemic has been some new opportunities available to us due to our extensive use of virtual programming. Orange County Library System used to be an entirely in-person operation – all of our events and programs happened at one of... READ MORE

Preschool Fun: Snow!
January 29, 2021 | Lauren Mathur

It rarely snows in Florida, but that doesn’t mean we can’t pretend! These activities are based on Every Child Ready to Read, which helps our friends learn pre-reading skills. We'll cover Reading, Writing, Talking, Singing and Playing. 


TALKING: What is snow?... READ MORE
Six Facts About Braille for Braille Literacy Month 
January 20, 2021 | Luis Rivera

January is Braille Literacy Month, which also honors Louie Braille (born on January 4, 1809), creator of the braille system. Braille created this code system at the age of 12 after an accident left him blind at three-years-old. He discovered a French military code called "... READ MORE


#OCLSReads: Early Learning Books for Summer 2021
May 17, 2021 | Stacy Lawson

The 2021 Early Learning Summer Reading List is now available! This booklist covers a lot of ground, serving parents of children ages 0-5—a wide range of abilities! One thing all young children have in common is their hunger for learning. Capitalizing on the opportunity to... READ MORE

Q&A with Emily Coughlan, Albin Polasek Museum Curator
May 7, 2021 | Josh Shidel
For the readers who haven’t had a chance to visit the Polasek Museum how would you describe it?

Founded in 1961, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens preserves the over 200 piece collection of world-renowned Czech American sculptor Albin Polasek (1879–1965).... READ MORE

DIY Film Festival: Rescue and Survival Movies
May 5, 2021 | Mike Donohue

On May 22, Orlando Science Center will open their newest exhibition, Rescue. Visitors can learn about the work of emergency rescue teams including rescue techniques, the details surrounding emergency situations and the various life-saving equipment used by rescue personnel.... READ MORE



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