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  • The History of Orange County Library System: The Melrose Center

    The History of Orange County Library System: The Melrose Center

    On April 16, 2012, Orange County Library System received the largest single private gift in its history when benefactor Kendrick B. Melrose donated $1 million in memory of his mother, Dorothy Lumley Melrose. The family lived in Orlando during Kendrick鈥檚 childhood, and he cited his mother鈥檚 strong support of libraries and keen interest in emerging…

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  • From the Director, November 2023

    From the Director, November 2023

    This year, we鈥檝e focused a lot on what our library system can do to be more supportive of our community. We want to be involved and engaged with those doing good things around us.  So, when we learned that Orange County was open to having us participate in the annual Mayor鈥檚 Holiday Toy Drive, a…

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  • Mary Anne Hodel looking at panels on wall depicting the library's history.

    The History of Orange County Library System: Mary Anne Hodel & the New Millennium

    In December of 2001, Orange County Library System was poised at the edge of the 21st century. The retiring director, Dorothy Field, had accomplished a remarkable amount to prepare the library system for the new millennium, including opening three new branches and ensuring public computers with internet access were available to all library users. But…

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  • OCLS Blog Post, From the Director, October 2023.

    From the Director, October 2023

    In 2021, we were looking for a unique way to mark an interesting occasion: the 100th anniversary of a huge book donation by Captain Charles Albertson to the city of Orlando, which helped accelerate the progress the city was making toward the establishment of our first public library system. We thought it would be fun…

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  • Boy wearing chef's uniform smiling and waving

    Entrevista a Samuel Bracho, el Joven BizKids

    Durante la primavera de este a帽o, en un evento de la comunidad de Orlando, tuve el honor de conocer a un joven que con tan solo 11 a帽os ya es un emprendedor. Este joven tiene su propio negocio de postres llamado Samuel鈥檚 Great Desserts. Cuando lo vi por primera vez, me impresion贸 su vestimenta de…

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  • Hispanic Heritage Month / El mes de la Herencia Hispana

    El mes de la Herencia Hispana

    Estaremos dando comienzo a la celebraci贸n de la herencia Hispana desde septiembre 15 hasta octubre 15 en las Bibliotecas del Condado de Orange.  En este mes aprenderemos sobre la cultura y contribuciones de los Latinos que tanto aportan a esta hermosa comunidad y que cada d铆a crece, predomina y contribuyen en nuestras comunidades del Condado…

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  • Orlando Ballet, Reflections, 50th Anniversary Celebratt

    Celebrate Orlando Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Season with Reflections

    Are you ready to be swept off your feet by the enchanting world of dance and celebrate 50 years of Orlando Ballet‘s incredible journey? Get ready to embark on a captivating and inspiring adventure as Orlando Ballet kicks off its 50th Anniversary Season with Reflections: 50th Anniversary Celebration. Reflections: A Glimpse into the Past and…

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  • The History of Orange County Library System: The Storytelling Troupe

    The History of Orange County Library System: The Storytelling Troupe

    Storytelling is an ancient art form that has been around since the beginning of time. Storytellers have always been important in their communities. They are the people who teach life lessons and hold all the stories about their people鈥檚 history and culture. Since the inception of public libraries, storytelling has been a crucial offering to…

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  • From the Director, September 2023

    From the Director, September 2023

    While doing some research on what OCLS was like in the 1990s, I learned something new: The first issue of Books & Beyond was published in 1996, which makes the magazine 27 years old.  The first issue was a simple black-and-white newsletter, just four pages long, consisting of a few program listings, a story about…

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  • Q&A with Youth Services Intern Amanda Sarro

    Q&A with Youth Services Intern Amanda Sarro

    Hi, my name is Amanda Sarro and I am the intern in the Youth Services department for the summer this year. I am currently a University of Central Florida student studying Early Childhood Development and Education. This means that I am studying and learning about how children ages 0-8 grow and learn throughout those most…

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