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  • International Year of Peace and Trust: The Peacemakers & You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train

    International Year of Peace and Trust: The Peacemakers & You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train

    The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons From Twentieth-Century Statesmanship by Bruce W. Jentleson In the 20th century, great leaders played vital roles in making the world a fairer and more peaceful place. How did they do it? What lessons can be drawn for the 21st century global agenda? Those questions are at the heart of The Peacemakers,…

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  • From the Director, November 2021

    From the Director, November 2021

    It was this month 100 years ago that the first seeds of Orange County Library System were planted. A retired police inspector from Waverly, New York named Captain Charles Albertson, who spent his winters in Orlando, recognized that the city lacked a proper public library. Over the years, he had amassed a collection of 12,000…

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  • Our History Speaks Volumes: What Happened to What Happened To Forrester?

    Our History Speaks Volumes: What Happened to What Happened To Forrester?

    It’s a dark and stormy night and you’re but days away from finishing your library book. But, what’s this? Something stirs on the check-out receipt you’ve creased into a bookmark: It’s the dreaded due date! You watched helplessly for weeks as the date crept slowly, but inevitably towards you. Callously devouring your renewals until all…

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  • International Year of Peace and Trust: A Call to Action & Champions for Peace

    International Year of Peace and Trust: A Call to Action & Champions for Peace

    A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power by Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter turns 97 this month. In addition to being the 39th President of the United States (1977–1981), he is the author of over 30 books which include nonfiction, children’s books and poetry. A Call to Action takes a stern look at sexism…

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  • Q&A with Horror Author Grady Hendrix

    Q&A with Horror Author Grady Hendrix

    New York Times bestselling author Grady Hendrix has dabbled in nonfiction, screenwriting, film criticism and founding film festivals. His novels include Horrorstör, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, We Sold Our Souls and The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires. His latest novel The Final Girl Support Group, takes place in a world where final girls…

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  • From the Director, October 2021

    From the Director, October 2021

    When this pandemic first started, I remember having conversations about how we could best serve customers, even though we couldn’t invite them to gather in our buildings for storytimes, author talks and computer classes. Our team hustled to find the right tools to convert everything we do to a virtual format, and I must say, I…

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  • International Year of Peace and Trust: Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor & Think Like a Monk

    International Year of Peace and Trust: Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor & Think Like a Monk

    Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi One Israeli’s powerful attempt to reach beyond the wall that separates Israelis and Palestinians. In a series of letters, Yossi Klein Halevi explains what motivated him to leave his native New York in his twenties and move to Israel to participate in the drama of the…

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  • Five Shonen Jump Manga Recommendations!

    Five Shonen Jump Manga Recommendations!

    With Demon Slayer: The Movie – Mugen Train (2020) sweeping the Japanese and American box office, it has become apparent that a huge audience exists for the genre of Japanese manga and anime. Who could be surprised? Manga showcases some of the most fascinating artwork, bombastic storylines and colorful characters in any modern medium. If…

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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 >