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    Visiting the South Creek Branch Community Garden

    Orange County Library System’s South Creek Branch connects nature and people through gardening. Their new community garden is a hub for customers of all ages to learn the benefits of sustainability and self-sufficiency by attending informational programs, gardening events and storytimes — just in time for Earth Month and Earth Day! Where you water grows,…

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    National Library Week: Celebrate Your Library All Year!

    Thank you for coming along with me on this blog journey across Orange County Library System! Today may be the final day of National Library Week, but I hope you will celebrate your library all year long by taking advantage of the amazing events, services and programs offered at our 15 library locations. To wrap…

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    National Library Week: The Melrose Center

    My name is Kaylie Pasternak, and I will be taking you through this year’s National Library Week at Orange County Library System! National Library Week is a time to bring libraries to light and show support for all they do. The Melrose Center was founded in 2014 by a grant from the Melrose family foundation…

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    Entrevista a Samuel Bracho, el Joven BizKids

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

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  • 2023 Alafaya Bookmark Design Contest

    2023 Alafaya Bookmark Design Contest

    School’s out, and Orange County Library System is celebrating summer in a number of ways. Starting June 3, our annual summer program called Summer at Your Library will be in full swing. We’re excited about our theme this year – All Together Now: Kindness, Friendship, and Unity – and the activities we offer for all…

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    Make Your Own Candy Science Experiments!

    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 will involve heating up sugar to very hot temperatures,…

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    Preschool Fun: Monkeys and Jane Goodall!

    In honor of Women’s History Month, each preschool fun blog post this month will tie in with a famous woman! Today we’ll start with Jane Goodall. 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: Do you…

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  • Preschool Fun: Sesame Street!

    Preschool Fun: Sesame Street

    Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? This week, inspired by the library’s weekly Sesame Street Storytime, we’re celebrating our favorite Muppets! 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: Who is your favorite…

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  • Preschool Fun: Bears!

    Preschool Fun: Bears!

    I’m so excited I can bear-ly take it! For today’s theme is … bears! 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 does a bear sound like?  What color are bears?   What do bears…

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    Preschool Fun: Snow!

    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? Where does it come from? What color is it?   READING: Read any…

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North Orange Branch Closure

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