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

We have a lot to celebrate this spring. First of all, there’s the ever-widening availability of COVID-19 vaccines to those who want them. As of this writing, the state has made the vaccine available to people 50 and over, and Orange County has taken the additional step of... READ MORE

Bestselling Author Angie Thomas Opens OBF
March 31, 2021 | Sarah Fisk

Angie Thomas’s debut novel, The Hate U Give, has been on the New York Times’ bestseller list for over four years straight and was adapted into a critically acclaimed film starring Amandla Stenberg. The book won the American Library Association’s William C. Morris Award,... READ MORE

International Year of Peace and Trust: The Good Neighbor: The Life And Work Of Fred Rogers
March 31, 2021 | Scottie Campbell

In September of 2019, the United Nations adopted a resolution to designate 2021 as the International Year of Peace & Trust. The UN’s resolution “underlined that the International Year constitutes a means of mobilizing international efforts to promote peace and trust among... READ MORE

Q&A with Chris Grabenstein - Home Sweet Motel - One Book, One Community - Shelf Centered
March 26, 2021 | Scottie Campbell & Mike Donohue

One Book, One Community encourages communities to come together through the reading and discussion of a common book. This year, Orlando Sentinel selected Home Sweet Motel, the first book in Chris Grabenstein’s Welcome to Wonderland series. In anticipation of the event, Chris... READ MORE

Preschool Fun: Airplanes!
March 26, 2021 | Lauren Mathur

In honor of Women’s History Month, each Preschool Fun blog post this month will tie in with a famous woman! Today we’ll learn about Bessie Coleman and Amelia Earhart. These activities are based on Every Child Ready to Read, which helps our friends learn pre-reading skills. We... READ MORE

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Preschool Fun: Gardening!
April 16, 2021 | Lauren Mathur

This week, in part of our celebration of the book Lab Girl, we’re going to learn flowers and gardening!  So, get out your shovel, and let’s dig in! These activities are based on Every Child Ready to Read, which helps our friends learn pre-reading skills. We'll cover Reading,... READ MORE

International Year of Peace and Trust: The Dead Are Arising & Let Your Voice Be Heard
April 12, 2021 | Scottie Campbell


The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne & Tamara Payne

NPR’s Gabino Iglesias describes The Dead Are Arising as “the definitive biography of Malcolm X.” Iglesias credits the contextualization the book offers as the reason this biography stands... READ MORE

DIY Film Festival: National Poetry Month
April 7, 2021 | Mike Donohue

Celebrate Poetry Month with films from our digital section.
Or request them through free home delivery, 
There’s quite a large selection.
Either way works 
For they’re just some of the perks 
Of Orange County Library System’s movie collection.

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