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    Book Buzz Recommendations: October

    From pumpkin seeds to pumpkins turning green, this month's featured books are sure to bring some spooky fun for readers of all ages. Visit your local library for some fang-tastic reads!

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  • An Interview with Margarita Engle

    An Interview with Margarita Engle

    Margarita Engle is a multi-award winning, Cuban-American author of children, teen and adult literature. She is the reigning Young People’s Poet Laureate and is the first Latino to be chosen for the prestigious honor. For Hispanic Heritage Month, Margarita Engle, along with illustrator Mike Curato, will be visiting our Chickasaw Branch to talk about their…

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    Book Buzz Recommendations: August

    Back to school is nearly upon us! Teachers have begun preparing lesson plans and students are ready to shop with their parents for new school supplies. But just because the Summer Reading Program is over and school is about to begin, doesn’t mean that recreational reading has to end. Parents can relieve anxiety over a…

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    9 LGBTQ Titles for Young Readers

    In honor of LGBTQ pride, here is a show-stopping book list that describes the lives, struggles, and strengths of LGBTQ characters and people, fact or fiction. These books—ranging from children’s picture books to works of fiction—all celebrate the spirit of the movement and implore us, at any age, to build a better world.   Beyond…

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    Book Buzz Recommendations: June

    (Ages 1-3) Just Like My Papa by Toni Buzzeo A lion cub, who wants to be just like his father, imitates his every move. (Pre-K –K) Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin Find out exactly how much dragons love tacos, but be sure not to feed them salsa or you’re in for a hot surprise.…

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    Book Buzz Recommendations: May

    (Ages 1-3) Rhymoceros by Janik Coat A blue rhinoceros unabashedly subjects himself to undignified elements in order to demonstrate 16 pairs of rhyming words, from "caring" and "daring," to "stinky" and "inky." (Pre-K –K) Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn Every Tuesday, Lola and her mother visit their local library to return and check…

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    Offbeat Children’s Books Destined to Become Classics

    Children’s Book Week is the perfect time to discover a new “read it again” storybook for your little one. While there are always the beloved, classic stories that we all remember from our childhood, it is worth taking a look at some of the more quirky and offbeat stories that have appeared over the last couple…

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    Books to Read with your Children in Honor of Autism Awareness Month

    Storybooks to Help Children Understand Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder April is National Autism Awareness Month and what better way to gain awareness than by reading and teaching your child about autism and sensory processing disorder. Whether your child is on the spectrum, you know someone who is autistic, or you simply wish to teach…

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    Book Buzz Recommendations: April

    (Ages 1-3) Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett Chameleon tries to fit in by changing colors and shapes. (Pre-K –K) Black Cat, White Cat by Silvia Borando This cheerful story of juxtaposed personalities brings to light the adventure of sharing discoveries with a friend. (Grades 1-3) Telephone by Mac Barnett A string of birds on a…

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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 >