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  • Book Bikes Roll Out Library Access Directly to Seniors

    When the Orange County Library System (OCLS) Book Bike makes its monthly visit to Hyde Park Village, a 55+ community in Winter Garden, Florida, we know that for many of the residents, it’s a penciled-in occasion. As Branch Outreach Specialist Ethan W. rolls in to set up, you see eager residents waiting in the wings…

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    Women’s History Month: Retelling HER Story

    The Stories we Gain by Reshaping Myths with Women as the Main Characters Modern authors are myth-busting familiar tales by passing the pen to the side characters – women. Centuries of mythology across the world has historically centered around and celebrated male narratives: their origins, battles, journeys, wins and losses. Female characters, whether damsels or…

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  • CFCArts Brings “The Giver” Stage Production to Local Wanderer Program

    As Central Florida Community Arts continuously strives to weave enriching performing arts experiences into the fabric of the Central Florida community, we’re excited to extend a special invitation to you and your family. This month, the CFCArts Youth Theatre program is bringing to life a beloved literary classic, The Giver, at the CFCArts Black Box…

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    Check Out Heart Healthy Habits With OCLS

    Did you know you can use your library card to check out a blood pressure monitoring kit? February is Heart Month and OCLS is proud to partner with the American Heart Association and HCA Florida Healthcare in the Libraries With Heart program. OCLS card holders can check out blood pressure monitoring kits free of charge…

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  • From the Director, January 2024

    From the Director, January 2024

    When Alice Walker published her story “In Search of Zora Neale Hurston” for Ms. Magazine in 1975, the author we currently consider to be a prominent voice of the Harlem Renaissance and one of the most brilliant authors in Black literature was all but forgotten. Walker describes the day she first walked into the Eatonville…

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    International Year of Peace and Trust

    In September of 2019, the United Nations adopted a resolution to designate 2021 as the International Year of Peace & Trust. The UN’s resolution “underlined that the International Year constitutes a means of mobilizing international efforts to promote peace and trust among nations on the basis of political dialogue, mutual understanding and cooperation in order…

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  • Preschool Fun: Unicorns!

    Preschool Fun: Unicorns!

    Since it’s a fantastical summer at Orange County Library System, let’s talk about unicorns this week! Let’s start with some questions: What does a unicorn look like? What does a unicorn sound like? Are unicorns big or little?  Are they kind? Are they colorful?   READ Read any book you may have that mentions unicorns.…

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  • From the Director August 2019

    From the Director, August 2019

    It’s always hard to believe when August rolls around that summer is just about over. Summer is the busiest time of year at our libraries, and this summer has been one for the books! In July, we celebrated serving 100,000 free meals to children through our annual partnership with Orange County Public Schools and its…

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    A Conversation with Delilah S. Dawson, Orlando Book Festival Closing Keynote Speaker

    The Orlando Book Festival is a day-long celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library. Join us for panels, writing workshops, book signings and more from bestselling authors from all over the country. Delilah S. Dawson, Closing Keynote Speaker for the Orlando Book Festival, is the award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: PHASMA…

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    Romance Favorites of 2017

    So many great romances to choose from in 2017. Here are a few not to miss. Silver Silence by Nalini Singh Continuing the phenomenal Psy-Changeling series, this latest entry focuses on Silver Merchant, Psy and head of the worldwide EmNet, and Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears. What do a silent Psy and emotion-driven changeling…

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