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From the Director, April 2023
April 1, 2023 | Steve Powell

If there’s one thing our library system has always excelled at, it’s innovation. As we celebrate our 100 years, I’ve enjoyed taking the time to explore how the library has evolved during each decade we’ve been in existence.

This month in Books & Beyond, we look... READ MORE

Q&A with Kelly J. Baptist
March 31, 2023 | Gabrielle Baco

Kelly J. Baptist is the author of several works for young readers. Her published works include the middle-grade novels The Swag is in the Socks, Eb & Flow and the Isaiah Dunn series. She won the 2015 We Need Diverse Books short story contest with her story, The Beans and... READ MORE

The History of Orange County Library System: Friends of the Library Bookmobile
March 30, 2023 | Nathaly Ruiz

In 1949, the Albertson Public Library board received a proposal for a bookmobile that would reach residents in outlying areas of the county. Believing that no other service would be a greater benefit to the community, Sorosis of Orlando Woman’s Club raised $6,000 to purchase... READ MORE

"Still using the OverDrive App? Switch to Libby! Same great titles & new features you'll love."
March 27, 2023 | OCLS Community Relations Team

On May 1, 2023, the OverDrive app for iOS, Android, and Windows 8/10 will be discontinued. OverDrive users are encouraged to upgrade to the newer Libby app to browse, check out, and enjoy Orange County Library’s eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazine collection.

From the Director, March 2023
March 1, 2023 | Steve Powell

As part of our 100 Year Celebration, we plan to share stories about the history of Orange County Library System in each issue of Books & Beyond. We’ll focus on one decade at a time, and this month, we take a look at the 1930s – a particularly difficult time for everyone,... READ MORE


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From the Director, July 2023
July 1, 2023 | Steve Powell

This year, the library’s home delivery service turns 50 years old. It was launched in 1973 by former Library Director Glenn Miller, who was looking for a way to make library service more accessible for people in the county. The library had a bookmobile, but it was aging and... READ MORE

The History of Orange County Library System: Home Delivery
June 30, 2023 | Jim Myers

The Orange County Library System books-by-mail program was initiated in December 1973. At the time, the library’s presence in Orange County consisted of the Orlando Public Library, nine branches and an aging bookmobile. The county population was about 350,000 and development... READ MORE

2023 Alafaya Bookmark Design Contest - markers, colored pencils, a drawing compass, a protractor and hand drawn bookmarks arranged on a brown paper background
June 15, 2023 | Steven DeGarmo

School’s out, and Orange County Library System is celebrating summer in a number of ways. Starting June 3, our annual summer program called Summer at Your Library will be in full swing. We’re excited about our theme this year – All Together Now: Kindness, Friendship, and... READ MORE



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