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  • The History of Orange County Library System: Friends of the Library

    The History of Orange County Library System: Friends of the Library

    If you’re a regular library user, you’ve probably heard mention of the Friends of the Orange County Library System, often referred to simply as the Friends, and wondered who they are and what they do. The organization was founded in 1949 and over the years, the Friends of the Orange County Library System have remained…

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  • From the Director Header, April 2023

    From the Director, April 2023

    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 back at the 1940s. The country was coming out…

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  • The History of Orange County Library System: Friends of the Library Bookmobile

    The History of Orange County Library System: Friends of the Library Bookmobile

    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 a school bus and convert it into a mobile library…

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  • A person in front of the Orlando Public Liibrary

    OCLS y el 2023

    By Laura Lizardi, Carmen Medina Bermudez, and Maria Peraza El 2022 está a punto de terminar y ha sido un año lleno de cambios, progresos y del regreso a la normalidad después de los tiempos de COVID 19. Para las bibliotecas del Condado de Orange ha sido un año de renovaciones y remodelaciones en diferentes sucursales,…

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  • From the Director, March 2023

    From the Director, March 2023

    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, including the library.…

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  • The History of Orange County Library System: Olive Brumbaugh and the Albertson Public Library

    In the spring of 1923, the library board was in need of an experienced librarian to organize and administer the newly established Albertson Public Library. After a lengthy search, they received an application from Miss Olive Brumbaugh, librarian of the Public Library of Frankfort, Indiana. On April 20, 1923, the position was offered to her,…

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  • From the Director, February 2023

    From the Director, February 2023

    On January 7, we kicked off Orange County Library System’s 100 Year Celebration at Orlando Public Library with a host of special guests. We were lucky enough to have Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, State Rep. Anna Eskamani and County Commissioner Nicole Wilson join us…

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  • The History of Orange County Library System: Eddie T. Jackson and the Booker T. Washington Library

    The History of Orange County Library System: Eddie T. Jackson and the Booker T. Washington Library

    The Albertson Public Library opened its doors in November 1923, but until the mid-1960s, those doors were closed to members of the Black community because of segregation. In her first Librarian’s Report, Olive Brumbaugh noted that Black residents “were entitled to library privileges yet could not use the Albertson [Public Library], so the Booker T.…

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  • Library Kicks Off 100 Year Celebration

    Library Kicks Off 100 Year Celebration

    On January 7, Orange County Library System kicked off its 100 Year Celebration with a daylong event at the Orlando Public Library that featured a ceremony dedicating the library to the community for the next 100 years, live music and activities for all ages. The library also announced at the event that, thanks to a…

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  • From the Director, January 2023

    From the Director, January 2023

    In 1923, the city of Orlando was less than 100 years old. Founded in the 1840s as a town called Jernigan, the city had nearly doubled in size by the 1920s, and a building boom was underway. The Angebilt Hotel, which is still located on Orange Avenue, opened to the public in 1923. The Orlando…

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