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  • Waive Fines Goodbye

    Have you heard the big news yet? Orange County Library System is fine free.

    That’s right – you can waive fines goodbye! All existing overdue charges have been canceled and late fines were eliminated as of Sunday, October 16. If you had fines on your account but have returned your items to the library, your account has been cleared. Come back and use the library! However, if you have…

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  • Q&A with Youth Services Intern Emily Gingras

    Q&A with Youth Services Intern Emily Gingras

    Emily Gingras has been interning at the library throughout the summer, working in the Youth Services department. As her internship comes to a close, we caught up with her to learn about her time working at OCLS and the upcoming blog series she’s writing for the library. What’s your major/minor at UCF and why were…

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  • Expanding Library Services with the New Group Home Library Card

    Expanding Library Services with the New Group Home Library Card

    On June 2, a group from the Great Oaks Village group foster home visited Orlando Public Library for a tour of the building. They showed their excitement for programs like BizKids Club and the objectively cool Melrose Center. They also received welcome bags full of library swag, but most importantly, they went home with their…

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  • From the Interim Director, August 2022

    From the Interim Director, August 2022

    The Summer Reading Program is the library’s busiest time of year, at least in terms of volume. But when summer ends, a lot of the library’s most important work begins. As parents are preparing their kids for their return to the classroom and teachers are making plans for what’s to come in the new year,…

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  • From the Interim Director, July 2022

    From the Interim Director, July 2022

    We are heading into summer with some good news – our 2022 Summer Reading Program is off to a strong start. We announced that we would be offering in-person events this summer, in addition to virtual selections, and the response has been fantastic. Hundreds of kids and their parents are showing up for events at…

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  • Orange County Library System issues library card to Orange County group home Great Oaks Village

    Orange County Library System issues library card to Orange County group home Great Oaks Village

    On June 2, a group of kids from the Great Oaks Village group foster home visited the Orlando Public Library. They received welcome bags, toured the building and (most importantly) they received their new Group Home Card, which allows them to check out materials. Group foster homes offer kids in need a place of safety…

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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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  • Shellabrate Adult Summer Reading Header

    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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