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    9 LGBTQ Titles for Young Readers

    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 implore us, at any age, to build a better world.   Beyond…

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    An Interview with Jonathan Maberry

    The Orlando Book Festival is a daylong celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library. Our closing keynote speaker will be Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestseller and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author. He is the author of Rot and Ruin, Marvel comics, X-Files novels, Dark Horse comics, and more. Staff member and author Sarah Fisk interviewed him ahead of the…

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    An Interview with Adam Silvera

    The Orlando Book Festival is a daylong celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library. Our opening keynote speaker will be New York Times bestselling author Adam Silvera. He is the author of More Happy Than Not and History is All You Left Me. Staff member and author Sarah Fisk interviewed him ahead of the Orlando Book Festival. Sarah Fisk: What are you most…

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  • June is Audiobook Month

    June is Audiobook Month

    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 already. Listening to audiobook can be just as rewarding as reading.…

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  • Book Buzz

    Book Buzz Recommendations: June

    (Ages 1-3) Just Like My Papa by Toni Buzzeo A lion cub, who wants to be just like his father, imitates his every move. (Pre-K –K) Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin Find out exactly how much dragons love tacos, but be sure not to feed them salsa or you’re in for a hot surprise.…

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    Asimov—A Pillar of Science Fiction: Part 2 (Robots)

    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 would conflict with the First Law. A robot must protect its own existence as long as…

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    2017 OCLS Kids and Teens Poetry Contest Winners

    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. Seylah is seven-years-old and part of Orlando’s homeschooler…

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    Book Buzz Recommendations: May

    (Ages 1-3) Rhymoceros by Janik Coat A blue rhinoceros unabashedly subjects himself to undignified elements in order to demonstrate 16 pairs of rhyming words, from "caring" and "daring," to "stinky" and "inky." (Pre-K –K) Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn Every Tuesday, Lola and her mother visit their local library to return and check…

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    Offbeat Children’s Books Destined to Become Classics

    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 have appeared over the last couple…

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    Happy Birthday Charlotte Brontë!

    Here are 10 facts to commemorate the 201st birthday of British novelist, Charlotte Brontë, most famously known for writing Jane Eyre.   1. Charlotte Brontë was born on April 21, 1816 in Thornton, England to an Anglican clergyman (Reverend Patrick Bronte) and Maria Branwell. She grew up in nearby Haworth, in a parsonage on the…

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