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  • Get Ready to Shell-a-brate Adult Summer Reading!

    18 Reasons Why Adult Summer Reading is Fin-tastic!

    Gather around, sea-mates! We hope by now you’re ready for Adult Summer Reading. In case you need a little pier-pressure, we asked our colleagues what they’re looking forward to this year. We’re shore the answers shared by your favorite OCLS branches and departments will convince you to participate. Grab your umbrella, towel and sunblock because…

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  • Q&A with Dr. Trenessa Williams, Owner of Kizzy’s Books & More

    Q&A with Dr. Trenessa Williams, Owner of Kizzy’s Books & More

    We spoke with Black entrepreneur Dr. Trenessa Williams, owner of the online bookstore Kizzy’s Books & More, to discuss African American literature and her upcoming library event as we honor Juneteenth. Join Dr. Williams for the virtual event Working with Bookstores as an Author on Thursday, June 16, 7 p.m. Learn how to get your books into bookstores and…

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    Get Ready to Shell-a-brate Adult Summer Reading!

    Sea-ing is believing! Dive into this video to see what hidden treasures are in store. Remember, all you need to do is make sure you have an active OCLS library card. If you don’t have a library card or you need to renew your card, you can do so here. From there, log in or…

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  • Mental Health Awareness Month – Q&A with Sumer Strawbree

    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 Mental Health Awareness Month to discuss her mission to boost…

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  • Make a Splash at This Year’s Adult Summer Reading Events

    Grab your friends and make a splash while attending this year’s Adult Summer Reading programs and events! There’s something for every fish, mermaid and shark to enjoy. The Oceans of Possibilities are bountiful! Wrap your tentacles around a book as you participate in one, or many, of the book clubs we offer this summer. Together,…

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  • From the Interim Director, May 2022

    It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time for registration to open for the library’s annual Summer Reading Program. This year’s program theme is Oceans of Possibilities, and we’re inviting everyone in the community to take a deep dive into what the library has to offer for kids and adults this summer. The Summer Reading…

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  • Adult Summer Reading is Back!

    Join Orange County Library System on an adventure as we kick off Adult Summer Reading and the return of in-person programs! Registration begins May 2 and will create Oceans of Possibilities for participants. Not only will you get to go on a sweet escape each time you pick up a new book, but you’ll also…

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    Q&A with Adrianna Cuevas

    Adrianna Cuevas is a first-generation Cuban American originally from Miami, Florida. She is the award-winning author of several middle-grade novels for young readers including Cuba in My Pocket and The Ghosts of Rancho Espanto. In 2021, she won the Sunshine State Young Reader Award for her grade 3–5 novel, The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez.…

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  • From the Interim Director, March 2022

    From the Interim Director, March 2022

    Last year, a member of our Youth Services staff was reaching out to local businesses to ask them if they’d be interested in supporting the library’s Summer Reading Program. We always receive a warm response from our local business community, but one business owner in particular responded to our request with enthusiasm. When Brian Tillman,…

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    Women’s History Month: Knitting Espionage – Grandma’s Knitting a Scarf. Or is She?

    Women’s contributions to the great wars of the 20th century stretch beyond keeping happy on the home front, nursing and factory work. Women of all ages knitted to facilitate espionage efforts, both on the home front and the front lines. Knitting is essentially made-up variations on two stitches, knit stitches that resemble the letter V…

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Presidential Preference Primary Election Early Voting at Select Library Locations

Ten OCLS Branch locations will host early voting for the 2024 Early Voting Primary Election from Monday, March 4 to Sunday, March 17 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.): Alafaya, Chickasaw, Fairview Shores, Hiawassee, South Creek, Southeast, Southwest, Washington Park, West Oaks, and Winter Garden. Learn more about early voting at select library locations >