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  • Pilar Winter Hill

    Pilar Winter Hill

    At just 15 years old, Pilar Winter Hill is an accomplished violinist and children’s book author who is passionate about classical music and being a positive role model. She was first introduced to the violin at age 6, and she’s been mesmerizing audiences ever since, performing at prestigious venues like the Lincoln Center and Carnegie…

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  • Q&A with Renita Hunt

    Q&A with Renita Hunt

    Renita Hunt is an empowerment speaker and marketing communications executive. Her robust corporate marketing career began as a library page at 14 years old. She holds an MBA from University of Phoenix and a BA in Public Relations from Clark Atlanta University. Renita has been emceeing the African American Read-In at Orange County Library System…

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  • COHS

    Scholarship Opportunities for Adults Through Career Online High School

    Orange County Library System is proud to present scholarship opportunities for adults to Career Online High School (COHS) with their residential library card. Geared toward adults who never completed their high school course work, COHS allows individuals to earn a private high school diploma online and gain career skills. In addition to an accredited diploma, COHS…

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  • Early Childhood Literacy

    #OCLSReads: 2022 Early Childhood Literacy Calendars

    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 content like nursery rhymes, early literacy tips, song lyrics and suggested reading…

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    Top 10 Circulating Titles of 2021

    From your favorite fiction authors to Frozen II, Orange County Library System customers read a surprisingly diverse selection of titles, DVDs and CDs in 2021. Here were the most popular checkouts from across the system this year:    Adult Fiction A Time for Mercy by John Grisham Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens The Return by Nicholas Sparks The Four…

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  • Zora Neale Hurston: The Storyteller and Her Town - Q&A with Author Rae Chesny

    Zora Neale Hurston: The Storyteller and Her Town – Q&A with Author Rae Chesny

    Award-winning social expert and author Rae Chesny will be joining us at Eatonville Branch to host a three-day event series called Zora Neale Hurston: The Storyteller and Her Town. Library staff have also partnered with Eatonville Chamber of Commerce and ZORA! Festival as part of the project. This program has been funded by the Community…

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  • Graphic that says, "Best Books of the Year, As Chosen by a 7 and 4-Year-Old" featuring the children reading in and next to a bookcase.

    Best Books of the Year, As Chosen by a 7 and 4-Year-Old

    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 of their three renewals…

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  • DIY Film Festival: Ruffing It

    DIY Film Festival: Ruffing It

    Throughout January, Orange County Library System is hosting a diverse range of events celebrating Jack London’s adventure classic, The Call of the Wild. To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of recommended films which feature dogs that expound upon the literary themes found in The Call of the Wild. All titles are available for checkout…

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  • The 2022 NEA Big Read is Jack London’s The Call of the Wild

    The 2022 NEA Big Read is Jack London’s The Call of the Wild

    NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Midwest designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. This year, Orange County Library System, in partnership with Valencia College, has been chosen as an award recipient for…

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    International Year of Peace and Trust: Peace is Every Step

    Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hahn In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very…

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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 >