Sumer Strawbree is a middle school student in Central Florida and the author and illustrator of two coloring books Black, Brown and Beautiful and Glow Up. She has a third book on the way called My Career Glow Up. We caught up with her for... READ MORE
We’ve experienced a lot of change at Orange County Library System over the past two years. The pandemic forced us to rethink what it meant to be a library, how we serve our community and how to remain relevant during an unprecedented time. Now, we’re looking at a change in... READ MORE
January 2022 marks the end of an important chapter in the story of Orange County Library System. After 20 years at the helm of the organization, Director/CEO Mary Anne Hodel retires after the January 13 board meeting.
When she came to the library in 2002, Hodel says... READ MORE
Now available in English and Spanish! Our 2022 Early Learning Calendar includes twelve months of learning activities, book lists and nursery rhymes. One side has a calendar with a fun skills-building activity for every day of the month, and the other contains supplementary... READ MORE
It’s not surprising that the children of a librarian are enormous readers. Am I required to bring them home at least two books each, every day I go to work? Yes. Do they tell me exactly which books they love, and which ones are a disappointment? Absolutely. Do they make use... READ MORE
El año nuevo 2022, será un año lleno de cambios, oportunidades y logros. Las bibliotecas del Condado de Orange harán cambios para que la comunidad tenga nuevas oportunidades y alcancen sus metas. En enero del 2022 las bibliotecas comenzarán con eventos y clases presenciales;... READ MORE
Orange County Library System is providing scholarships to adults in Orange County to earn a... READ MORE
Likely the most important development in the area of science remains the ability to make everyone’s favorite snack: candy. In this post, you will learn about three different types of candy that you can make from the comfort of your kitchen. Just be careful. These experiments... READ MORE
It’s a dark and stormy night and you’re but days away from finishing your library book. But, what’s this? Something stirs on the check-out receipt you’ve creased into a bookmark: It’s the dreaded due date!
You watched helplessly for weeks as the date crept slowly, but... READ MORE
Este mes estamos celebrando la Herencia Hispana y las bibliotecas del Condado Orange presentan varios eventos educativos y culturales para nuestra comunidad, que van desde cómo hacer un buen... READ MORE
When this pandemic first started, I remember having conversations about how we could best serve customers, even though we couldn’t invite them to gather in our buildings for storytimes, author talks and computer classes. Our team hustled to find the right tools to convert... READ MORE
Every September, Orange County Library System joins public libraries throughout the country to celebrate National Library Card Sign-up Month. This event is the perfect... READ MORE
In our August issue, you may have noticed that we announced a gradual return to in-person events starting in September. That announcement was made before the rapid rise in coronavirus cases in Florida. Out of caution and concern for the safety of our customers and staff, the... READ MORE
Orange County Library System is hosting Orange County Emergency Rental Assistance Program “office hours” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at select library branches for the remainder of August. Orange County... READ MORE
Due in no small part to the slow organic processes of our natural world, some scientific experiments demand more than the prescribed 30 to 40 minutes of a library event. Some require much more time to occur. Listed below are instructions on how to perform three awesome... READ MORE
Orange County Library System’s Board of Trustees, the City of Orlando and Orange County have agreed to pursue a plan to work together to build new library branches in Horizon West and Lake Nona. Both communities have been requesting that the library build new branches to... READ MORE
In July, Orange County Library System will host Explore Florida, a series of events which survey Florida’s rich history and cultural traditions. In concert with this series, we’ve selected a number of films – all of which are available for free through the library’s... READ MORE
There’s nothing that brings a library to life like the smiles we see on the faces of children and families who come to our live events. We haven’t been able to see those smiles in person in nearly a year and a half, as we’ve held nearly all of our events and programs online... READ MORE
Byento Lekòl pral fèmen, epi elèv yo pral jwi vakans ete yo. Pandan ke vakans ete a se yon bon moman pou yo pran plezi ak detann, konsa tou li kapab fè yo pèdi sa yo te aprann pandan lane lekòl la. Ki pi bon fason pou ede pitit ou yo kenbe ladrès akademik ak konesans yo te... READ MORE
It seemed just a few weeks ago that we were all counting down to say goodbye to 2020 – with hopes that 2021 might be the balm to soothe the scars of a hard year – and here we are staring at a new season on the horizon. 2021 has already had its ups and downs, but it’s safe to... READ MORE
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
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
March marks one year since the pandemic truly hit home for us. On March 18, 2020, our libraries temporarily closed to the public so we could figure out how to keep our staff and customers safe. We had no idea at that time that our buildings would be closed for six weeks, and... READ MORE
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
I have two very opinionated readers. The eldest, L, has helped me make these lists the past two years. The youngest, M, is now joining the blogging game and is excited to share her favorite books that were published in 2020.
As noted in previous years, these are... READ MORE
To say that 2020 was a tumultuous year would be a gross understatement, so I think it’s only natural that most of us are hoping for a fresh start in 2021. While the pandemic continues to impact our lives as we ring in this new year, I hope you won’t let that dampen your... READ MORE
Now available! Our 2021 Early Learning Calendar, which includes twelve months of learning activities, book lists and nursery rhymes. One side has a calendar with a fun skills-building activity for every day of the month, and the other contains supplementary content like... READ MORE
What gets you out of bed in the morning? For some people, it’s seeing friends or going to restaurants. For others, it’s family or a favorite hobby.
For some, though, it’s a simple love of something light and fun, and maybe even seemingly trivial, that brings a smile... READ MORE
You know what I love? Pumpkins! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin decorating – everything pumpkin! Let’s celebrate pumpkins this week!
These activities are based on Every Child Ready to Read, which helps our friends learn pre-reading skills. We'll cover Reading,... READ MORE
In a variety of contexts, storytellers are obligated to provide readers, or audiences, with engrossing tales of struggle, love, tragedy, comedy and horror. Some storytellers write these stories within the span of 400 pages while other writers choose to write these same types... READ MORE
This photo of Cory Osceola comes from a postcard sold at the Musa Isle Indian Village in Miami around 1929. Musa Isle was the first Seminole tourist camp, founded in 1907. At this time, the Seminole people were struggling to make ends meet in a natural environment that was... READ MORE
Chef Joycelyn Bryant, a frequent OCLS presenter, shares her recipes for two Thanksgiving favorites. You can join Chef Jocelyn for a live online cooking demonstration on Saturday, November 14, 4 p.m. where she will... READ MORE
November is a month for reflection. It’s a time when our thoughts turn inward, to focus on the goodness in our lives. It’s a time to be with our friends and our families to share food and conversation. It’s a time for togetherness and a time to give thanks.
For many... READ MORE
A great score can elevate a whole movie to heavenly heights if given to the audience at the right moments. Soundtracks, on the other hand, impress moviegoers with recognizable music, or unrecognized music that everyone really ought to recognize. From classical compositions to... READ MORE
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
The pandemic has changed the way we do just about everything, from work to school to leisure activities. Now, as we’re about to enter the holiday season, it’s changing how we celebrate special occasions. Halloween is upon us, and the CDC made recommendations against sending... READ MORE
I grew up in the 1980s, before the internet existed. There were no smartphones or video streaming services. I couldn’t watch Netflix or text my friends. I had to entertain myself in other ways, especially in the summer when school was on break. Sure, there was a lot of... READ MORE
In the early days of the pandemic, when the library made the difficult choice to close its doors and offer services remotely, we received a lot of comments on social media from customers who were also struggling with how to navigate life in quarantine. A common theme that... READ MORE
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
Typically when someone asks another person a riddle, they are left with dire consequences should they fail to answer correctly. You get eaten if a sphinx asks you and you fail. If Gollum from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit asks you and you fail, you’ll get eaten as well... READ MORE
In July of 1998, work began on a project to relocate the Children’s Library from its original location in the basement of Orlando Public Library, to the east wing of the first floor. The move – which was overseen by then Library Director Dorothy Field – was part of a... READ MORE
There exists an unwanted stigma around graphic novels. They are too dark and gritty, some say. The format of this art style does not match with the serious tone of dark narratives, some say. Graphic novels are just comic books with blood, language, and mature themes, some say... READ MORE
If you are like me, you are out of content to stream, tired of sitting at home and bored of cleaning your house. We all want to remain safe but have an ardent desire to go out and return to a bit of normalcy! Thankfully, there are some local Orlando spots that want that for... READ MORE
Summer has arrived once again and it's the best opportunity to catch up on some new and popular books as suggested by three of Orange County Library System's Collection Development Librarians. Most of the suggested titles are available as e-books, digital audiobooks or... READ MORE
June is Pride Month in commemoration of the Stonewall Uprising in June of 1969. In recognition of this occasion, we have selected eight films for you to create a Pride film festival in your own living room or wherever you may be. No need to stop with our suggestions, there is... READ MORE
Science is an essential tool for understanding how the world works. It is the process of analyzing data through experimentation and predictions. It can also give a middle school student the ability to make a paper-mache volcano that can spew vinegar, baking soda, and food... READ MORE
The past week has been a trying time for our country, and for our community. We know that many of our families, friends, colleagues and leaders are struggling with feelings of fear, sadness and frustration in the week since Mr. George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police... READ MORE
Some of us intend to implement new, healthier habits while staying home, but there still aren’t enough hours in the day. Others have personally been affected by the pandemic, or the past month has led to feelings of loneliness, anxiety or depression.
Whatever your... READ MORE
We’re nearly through half of 2020 and it’s safe to say the year isn’t turning out how any of us envisioned. We are all working together to try to flatten the curve of a global pandemic. It’s the sort of situation we would prefer to encounter in a thick Stephen King book or on... READ MORE
I normally teach our Art 101 events in-person, but since we're unable to do that for the time being in this post I would like to share a little bit of information about ancient Greek pottery and how you can create your own Greek style flowerpot for your home.
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Keeping myself active and motivated has been difficult over the last few weeks. Even with the “home gym” my husband and I created, I still hit a rut when it comes to exercise. Luckily for me, I have found new inspiration through the wonderful world of the internet. Below are... READ MORE
Reading. The most enriching activity an individual can perform – if you do not include cooking or frolicking through a field of freshly grown sunflowers. As a bibliophile, I find that my mind is constantly overcome with thoughts about how I can read more, despite my best... READ MORE
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been missing live music during the stay at home order. Seeing talented musicians perform their craft uncut and imperfect with the energy of the crowd all around you is a feeling like nothing else. While we can’t check out our favorite local... READ MORE
As we are adapting to our new way of life that includes social distancing, people also need to find new ways of entertaining themselves. Luckily this includes books! While the library has temporarily suspended home delivery for physical items, our digital collection,... READ MORE
With many people at home during self-isolation, now is the perfect opportunity to learn a new craft and get organized around the house. Crafting is a great way to relax, relieve stress and have fun. Below, I have listed three inexpensive craft projects you can enjoy making at... READ MORE
Orders to stay at home can have some people longing for the outdoors and the wildlife that comes with it. Fortunately, for those with a yard there is no reason you can’t invite some native Florida wildlife into your life. You may not be able to acquire all the plants you will... READ MORE
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily lives. While text messaging, email and video chat are currently bridging the “social” part of social distancing, it’s important we remain connected to one another in ways that allow mental breaks from the sensory... READ MORE
Debido a preocupaciones acerca del COVID-19 y recomendaciones de directivos y oficiales públicos a practicar la distancia social, el sistema de bibliotecas del condado de Orange ha decidido cancelar todos los eventos y clases. La biblioteca toma muy en serio... READ MORE
Practicing social distancing, but needing new activities to do with your toddler or preschooler? We’ve got you covered! Welcome to another edition of Preschool Fun! This week we’re celebrating puppies.
Start by asking your child a few questions about puppies, just for... READ MORE
The date is May 3, 2006. I am a junior in high school and as of yet unencumbered by the difficult decisions of adulthood. Yet, for several months I have felt conflicted. Everywhere I look, people are asking me, “whose side are you on?”
As if it was that easy. On one... READ MORE
April is a time where flowers bloom from their winter sleep, birds sing as they fly across the skies and writers pick out their new seasonal pens of inspiration to write with. Well, not so much that last part. Among other celebrations, April is also recognized as... READ MORE
April 6, 2020 marks the 35th anniversary of Orlando Public Library’s 230,000 square foot expansion. In 1966, when the building was first constructed, it occupied a comparatively meager 60,000 square feet. However, it was always the intention to further expand upon... READ MORE
“I was raised in New York City,” Andre Morris, Library Social Worker for Orange County Library System explains his personal investment in his work. “I was from Jamaican parentage. We didn’t have our residency, green card, and I went through homelessness; sleeping on floors.... READ MORE
Imagine you have just picked up a book from your “books I need to read” list. You prepare your favorite beverage and find the comfortable spot on your couch. Enthusiastically, you open the book and begin to read it, scanning the words, feeling the pages on your fingertips... READ MORE
We find ourselves smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, meaning it is time to host a plethora of dietary restrictions, picky guests and high expectations. Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Chanukah, Festivus, National Cookie Day, New Year's, or just having the... READ MORE
On December 2, Orange County Library System begins offering a digital version of your library card that can be stored in your phone, mobile checkout with interactive receipts, and a brand-new Express Collection to all library users through the cloudLibrary app.
With... READ MORE
Mucha gente nueva está llamando a Orlando su hogar y por eso está creciendo la demanda para clases de inglés. En febrero de este año empezamos a dar clases de inglés por primera vez en la biblioteca principal (Orlando Public Library). Comenzamos con lo básico en English from... READ MORE
What is Día de los Muertos all about? Dr. Beatriz M. Reyes‐Foster, Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator of Anthropology at UCF, presents Día de los Muertos at... READ MORE
It’s always hard to believe when August rolls around that summer is just about over. Summer is the busiest time of year at our libraries, and this summer has been one for the books! In July, we celebrated serving 100,000 free meals to children through our annual partnership... READ MORE
Upon us is the season of family road trips, beach getaways, barbecues galore and summer vacations away from those dreadful, heavy textbooks.
Traveling is the time when we aspire to worry less and soak in as much relaxation or adventure as possible. But is total and... READ MORE
This month, our nation celebrates a scientific achievement by which nearly every other technological advancement is measured: July 20 is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which put a man on the moon for the first time. It was, indeed, a giant leap that... READ MORE
Every June is designated as Pride Month to celebrate the impact of LGBTQ people. This year is extra special as it is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which served as the catalyst for the gay liberation movement in the United States. These are some of my favorite... READ MORE
Summer brings longer days and even warmer weather, which means more time for reading—preferably indoors away from oppressive 95-degree Florida weather. But whichever environment you prefer (reading at the beach, at a park, or even relaxing at home), here are some suggestions... READ MORE
Every year, the Orange County Library System’s Summer Reading Program grows. It’s a labor of love for us to create the hundreds of camps, events, classes and educational opportunities that help kids continue... READ MORE
The Orlando Book Festival is a day-long celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library. Join us for panels, writing workshops, book signings and more from bestselling authors from all over the country.
... READ MORE
The Orlando Book Festival is a day-long celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library. Join us for panels, writing workshops, book signings and more from bestselling authors from all over the country.
... READ MORE
Last year I wrote a post from my 4-year-old's perspective, listing her top books of the year. Today I’m bringing you some of my 1-year-old's favorites, and this was inspired by several interactions.
As a librarian, many parents ask me for book recommendations,... READ MORE
“To build up a library is to create a life,” Argentinian author Carlos María Domínguez once said. “It’s never just a random collection of books.” When you take a look at the Orange County Library System and the communities we serve, you get some sense of what Domínguez means... READ MORE
This week our focus was to describe people and places with as much detail as possible. On the first day, students were instructed to think about their home cities or towns and to describe it by what they can see, hear, smell and taste. For many students this was a reflective... READ MORE
When you think of the library, what comes to mind? Perhaps you think of it as the place you visited as a child, where you learned to sit quietly while you listened to adults reading you stories. Maybe you think of it as the place you went in college to escape the din of your... READ MORE
At the end of 2018, I attended a pot-luck dinner party with some friends. The majority of us brought holiday favorites such as casseroles, cheese platters, sugar cookies, etc. One of the guests at the party brought what I assumed to be a delicious platter of buffalo chicken... READ MORE
Which book was the first to be adapted to film is the matter of surprising debate and we’ll leave the curious to venture down that internet wormhole on their own. It is a safe bet, though, that from even that first film adaptation in the late 1800s, people were discussing... READ MORE
Every new year is an opportunity to learn, grow and connect to the world around you – a chance to set new goals and look forward to the future.
The start of the new year is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. Whether you’ve got a list of resolutions a mile... READ MORE
My four-year-old loves books. We read up to five before bed, and several more during the day. As penalty for the audacity of having a full-time job, I’m required to bring her home at least three books a day. I guess it’s a good thing I'm a librarian.
As the... READ MORE
During the second week of English Classes for Families, we made an effort to get to know the families who have been attending better, and as a result participation in our classroom has increased.
In the first class of the week, we reviewed formal and informal... READ MORE
FREE DAPS is a group of freestyle rappers and improvisers who use hip-hop to create a thrilling, one-of-a-kind musical comedy show every time they perform. Erin Topolsky, Youth Programs Coordinator, recently got to know a little bit more about the group and its founders,... READ MORE
Bicycle trails and public transportation in the Orlando area have improved significantly in the last few years, but they remain among our city’s best kept secrets. Consider going on an adventure and riding a bicycle or hopping on a train to your local library. It requires... READ MORE
In April, the library is bringing back its wildly popular #oclslovesorlando Instagram Photo Challenge. We want to encourage you to get out and explore Orlando. New art exhibit, restaurants and venues open every month. The opportunities to learn, grow, enrich... READ MORE
Valentine’s Day and crafts are like most classic combos we all love—milk and cookies, peanut butter and jelly, or extra guac and tacos. Crafting can be a fun way to engage with your kids, as well as an opportunity to de-stress from the challenges that come from being a parent... READ MORE
The year 2018 is upon us and for most of us that means it’s the perfect time to think about the things we want to accomplish and change, or in other words, the time to create our resolutions. However, as you may have noticed, it is common not to keep these resolutions,... READ MORE
As 2017 draws to a close, we take this time to reflect on some of the best books of the year. Social media, migration, gender inequality, love and loss were all hallmarks of 2017 and these issues are all reflected in this year’s literature. Dive on in to some of the best... READ MORE
With all the different models of e-readers available, making a choice can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. The first thing you need to decide is how you plan to use it. Do you only want to read books? Or would you also like to take pictures, browse the internet,... READ MORE
December is the perfect time to reminisce on the many great things we’ve accomplished throughout the year, including the many books that have been read. After a long day of fun-filled holiday activities, pour some of your favorite hot cocoa and snuggle up with some of this... READ MORE
The Orlando Children's Business Fair (OCBF) was a one-day marketplace, where children debuted their innovative products and inventions and built marketing strategies at the Orlando Public Library. Staff interviewed the category winners to learn more about their business and... READ MORE
Foundation is not only an essential part of the Asimov saga, but also one of the most important pieces of fiction of the 20th Century. The original trilogy’s influence penetrated the barrier of the science fiction community. It has been cited by economists,... READ MORE
Made Official by George H.W. Bush in 1990, November is National American Indian Heritage Month. Back in 1915, NAIHM started out as a May holiday proposed by Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, to recognize the contributions of the first Americans. Today, we celebrate... READ MORE
Ah, Thanksgiving is coming. A time for family and friends to gather, and videos of turkey frying disasters to be posted. Anyone who cooks has stories of triumphs and tragedies in the kitchen, especially when it comes to holiday cooking. Some of those less successful attempts... READ MORE
We all have plenty to be grateful for; from family and friends to our favorite books. This holiday season while your stomachs are full make time to spend together with your loved ones and snuggle up with some of our picks for this month’s Book Buzz. Happy reading!
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Picture books are a requisite for any child. Sweet, funny, charming, with pigeons, bears, big red dogs and more, there’s something for everyone. But what about those picture books that aren’t quite what you expected? The ones that make you go “WHAT DID I JUST READ?”... READ MORE
Do you want to become an inventor, but need some inspiration to get started? Are you curious about the advances in technology that were made 50 years ago? Or a hundred? Or even a thousand! Well, you’re in luck! Check out these awesome books where you can learn about the... READ MORE
Back to school is nearly upon us! Teachers have begun preparing lesson plans and students are ready to shop with their parents for new school supplies. But just because the Summer Reading Program is over and school is about to begin, doesn’t mean that recreational reading has... READ MORE
Muchos recién llegados a los Estados Unidos quieren saber cuanto tiempo se necesita para aprender bien el inglés. Algunos llevan aquí años y todavía no lo han podido aprender bien. Siempre es un reto grande acostumbrarse a un país nuevo y además aprender otro idioma a la... READ MORE
The Empire series is the shortest and does little to advance the saga as a whole. Instead, each book for this sequence has its own independent story. They are vignettes, depicting a Galactic Empire in the process of becoming established, and the turmoil that is experienced by... READ MORE
In honor of LGBTQ pride, here is a show-stopping book list that describes the lives, struggles, and strengths of LGBTQ characters and people, fact or fiction. These 11 books celebrate the spirit of the movement and implore us, at any age, to build a better world.
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In honor of LGBTQ pride, here is a show-stopping book list that describes the lives, struggles, and strengths of LGBTQ characters and people, fact or fiction. These books—ranging from children’s picture books to works of fiction—all celebrate the spirit of the movement and... READ MORE
Did you know that 85% of learning derives from listening? When we listen, really listen and not dose off, information is better retained than just reading it. June is Audiobook month, which means your headphones will likely become your greatest accessory if they aren’t... READ MORE
The Three Laws of Robotics
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders... READ MORE
April was National Poetry Month and to celebrate the library invited kids and teens to participate in a county-wide poetry contest. Two winners were chosen, one from the 6-12 age range and one from the 13-18 age range.
Our 2017 Kids’ Poetry Contest winner is Seylah H.... READ MORE
Here in Orlando, our seasons always seem to be mushed together under one hot umbrella. Trying to make improvements or enhancements doesn't have to be super expensive, so to make this season stand out I’ve collected five simple DIY projects to make your home bloom. At the... READ MORE
Sometime between watching the first teaser trailer and shoveling buttery handfuls of movie theater popcorn into our mouths that inevitable question may start to dawn on us… Hey, wasn’t this a book?
It seems that many movie studios, writers and producers are... READ MORE
Does your child love video games? And do they ever wonder how they’re made? Learning how to code is an important part of literacy in today’s world. There are many books in the library that can get you started at any age. With so many books to choose from, it can get tricky.... READ MORE
Children’s Book Week is the perfect time to discover a new “read it again” storybook for your little one. While there are always the beloved, classic stories that we all remember from our childhood, it is worth taking a look at some of the more quirky and offbeat stories that... READ MORE
On April 25, 1940, “Batman #1” was released to newsstands throughout the United States. While not officially the first appearance of the Caped Crusader, Batman #1 does mark Bruce Wayne’s first appearance in a solo comic series. 77 years and over 600 issues later, the Batman... READ MORE
Storybooks to Help Children Understand Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder
April is National Autism Awareness Month and what better way to gain awareness than by reading and teaching your child about autism and sensory processing disorder. Whether... READ MORE
Isaac Asimov’s bibliography count is around 500 published books. The exact number depends on the source. Although he delved into subjects ranging from politics to astrophysics, in both fiction and non-fiction formats, Asimov is remembered most commonly for the three series... READ MORE
In April, the library wants to encourage you to get out and explore Orlando. With so many one-of-a-kind things to do see, explore and experience, there's no shortage of inspiration to be found. Tag your photos with #oclslovesorlando. We'll repost our favorite submissions... READ MORE
43 Forever Fashionistas
Take a journey through time with the book, Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga by Jennifer Croll, to discover exactly what Cleopatra... READ MORE
Sunshine State author Jackson Pearce entranced audiences at Alafaya Branch and the Orlando Public Library on March 8 and March 9 with the true story of a wounded rat that she saved from the jaws of a cat, put in her backpack and brought home at age 9. The rat, much to her... READ MORE
March is National Women’s History Month! What started as just a week in 1980 centered around March 8th has grown into a month-long celebration of the progress and contributions of women in society (but I know what you’re thinking… why not every day of the year?).... READ MORE
This week, if you’re riding on SunRail, look before you sit – is there a little journal labeled “Open Me” on a seat near you? If so, don’t be shy. Open it, grab the writing implement of your choice and write, sketch or draw something that inspires you.
The journals... READ MORE
Lady Ada’s Algorithm
Imagine a baby girl, born in nineteenth century England, who studied music, French, and especially mathematics as a child, growing into a uniquely talented woman who is recognized today as the “world’s first computer programmer... READ MORE
2016’s best surprise in the graphic novel world has to be Tom King’s sci-fi suburban drama “Vision“. Relatively new to the professional comic scene, King once was an assistant to the legendary “X-Men” writer, Chris Claremont. He put his comic career on... READ MORE
Dr. Eugenie Clark, Shark Lady
Can you say ichthyologist?
Merriam-Webster online offers this phonetic spelling for better pronunciation. Go ahead, take a stab at it. \ˌik-thē-ˈä-lə-jist\ This is a fancy word for a fish... READ MORE
“We can’t be more loyal to our fears than our futures,” said Jason Reynolds, co-author of All American Boys, during a truly inspirational talk at the Orlando Public Library. He and co-author Brendan Kiely visited Orlando as part of the OCLS Sunshine State Author... READ MORE
It’s National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day! Unlike “Peanut Butter Day” in January, National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day celebrates those who love peanut butter and the different ways they eat it.
When you think of peanut butter, most people think of peanut butter... READ MORE
The Sunshine State Author Series brings top-notch writers of children’s and young adult literature to Orange County for public readings, writing workshops and visits with students to spark interest in reading. Library staff member Stephanie Doane had the privilege of... READ MORE
A new year gives us the opportunity to restart or even refresh areas of our lives. Our homes can be a haven but can also cause us unnecessary stress in our lives. Sometimes the way we organize – or don’t organize – our living spaces can contribute to feelings of overwhelm or... READ MORE
The Sunshine State Author Series brings top-notch writers of children’s and young adult literature to Orange County for public readings, writing workshops and visits with students to spark interest in reading. Library staff member Lauren Mathur had the privilege of... READ MORE