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  • Charlotte Bronte

    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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  • Library Workers

    National Library Workers Day

    Happy National Library Week! Have you ever wondered what library workers do all day? Strictly speaking, not everyone who works in a library is a librarian. Like a hospital has doctors, nurses, and several types of technicians and assistants, employees in various roles make a library run. Their duties and training differ, but all of…

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  • IG Challenge

    April Instagram Photo Challenge

    In April, the library wants to encourage you to get out and explore Orlando. With so many one-of-a-kind things to do see, explore and experience, there's no shortage of inspiration to be found. Tag your photos with #oclslovesorlando. We'll repost our favorite submissions throughout the month on our Instagram account, so give us a follow!

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  • Books to Read

    Books to Read With Your Children in Celebration of Women’s History Month: Part Five

    43 Forever Fashionistas Take a journey through time with the book, Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga by Jennifer Croll, to discover exactly what Cleopatra and Marie Antoinette were wearing and why. Admire the fashion sense of Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Marlene Dietrich, and Diana Vreeland. Ponder the clothing choices…

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    Sunshine State Author Jackson Pearce visits the Orlando Public Library

    Sunshine State author Jackson Pearce entranced audiences at Alafaya Branch and the Orlando Public Library on March 8 and March 9 with the true story of a wounded rat that she saved from the jaws of a cat, put in her backpack and brought home at age 9. The rat, much to her mother’s chagrin…

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    Books to Read With Your Children in Celebration of Women’s History Month: Part Four

    As Beyonce sings, Run the World (Girls) From Pocahontas to Misty Copeland, Laurie Calkhoven writes about 50 significant women throughout American history in the book, Women Who Changed the World: 50 Amazing Americans. Each two-page biographical overview is listed chronologically and includes a Fact File and highlighted text boxes that explain why these important ladies…

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  • women power

    10 Awesome Quotes by Awesome Women

    March is National Women’s History Month! What started as just a week in 1980 centered around March 8th has grown into a month-long celebration of the progress and contributions of women in society (but I know what you’re thinking… why not every day of the year?). Celebrate girl power by taking a good look at…

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  • tulips

    7 Books to Spring Into Gardening

    The first day of Spring—also known as the Vernal Equinox—officially began today at 6:29 a.m. EDT. In numerous cultures, this transition marks an opportunity for new beginnings. Here are seven book recommendations from library staff to spring into gardening this year. Plus, we've included a free coloring sheet for you to enjoy at the very…

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    Books to Read With Your Children in Celebration of Women’s History Month: Part Three

    Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation Cokie Roberts, the American journalist and political commentator, adapts her 2007 book, Ladies of Liberty, for children in this non-fiction picture book of the same name. Roberts highlights unsung, yet influential women (writers, educators, reformers) from 1796 – 1828, emphasizing the importance of primary sources like…

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  • art is moving

    OCLS is Taking Part in Art is Moving

    This week, if you’re riding on SunRail, look before you sit – is there a little journal labeled “Open Me” on a seat near you? If so, don’t be shy. Open it, grab the writing implement of your choice and write, sketch or draw something that inspires you. The journals were created right here at…

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Memorial Day Closing

Orange County Library System will be closed Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. The library system will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 28. View a complete list of holiday closures >