Ocls-blog logo

from the director

  • 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…

    Read More

  • From the Director, July 2019

    From the Director, July 2019

    This month, our nation celebrates a scientific achievement by which nearly every other technological advancement is measured: July 20 is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which put a man on the moon for the first time. It was, indeed, a giant leap that helped pave the way for so many scientific discoveries…

    Read More

  • From the Director Header June 2019-01

    From the Director, June 2019

    Every year, the Orange County Library System’s Summer Reading Program grows. It’s a labor of love for us to create the hundreds of camps, events, classes and educational opportunities that help kids continue to learn over the summer. This is important because studies show that kids who don’t participate in educational activities in summer don’t…

    Read More

  • From the Director May 2019

    From the Director, May 2019

    I want to take a minute to tell you about the Friends of the Orange County Library System. They’re an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that exists to help fund library programs that aren’t covered by our budget. They are the organization that runs our bookstore and gift shop, helps coordinate our volunteer program and funds the…

    Read More

  • From the Director April 2019

    From the Director, April 2019

    Libraries equal strong communities.  That’s the theme of this year’s National Library Week, a national initiative sponsored by the American Library Association to encourage people to celebrate the contributions libraries (and library workers) make that help shape the world we live in.  Think, for a moment, what libraries do for those around you. They give…

    Read More

  • From the Director March 2019

    From the Director, March 2019

    When you think of the library, what comes to mind? Perhaps you think of it as the place you visited as a child, where you learned to sit quietly while you listened to adults reading you stories. Maybe you think of it as the place you went in college to escape the din of your…

    Read More

  • From the Director

    From the Director: February 2019

    It has been 30 years since the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English came up with the idea to sponsor an African-American Read-In. The event, held each year during Black History Month, highlights the contributions of African-American authors to literature. Since the NCTE adopted the concept, the African-American Read-In has gained…

    Read More

  • From the Director Header-01

    From the Director, January 2019

    Every new year is an opportunity to learn, grow and connect to the world around you – a chance to set new goals and look forward to the future.  The start of the new year is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. Whether you’ve got a list of resolutions a mile long, or you…

    Read More

Information Icon

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 >