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    Visiting the South Creek Branch Community Garden

    Orange County Library System’s South Creek Branch connects nature and people through gardening. Their new community garden is a hub for customers of all ages to learn the benefits of sustainability and self-sufficiency by attending informational programs, gardening events and storytimes — just in time for Earth Month and Earth Day! Where you water grows,…

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    South Creek Branch Blossoms with New Community Garden 

    South Creek Branch is proud to launch our new community garden to teach the benefits of sustainability and self-sufficiency to customers of all ages. We hope our garden will inspire and educate for years to come!  The community garden started out as an ambitious dream shared by the employees at the South Creek branch library: …

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  • Preschool Fun: Gardening!

    Preschool Fun: Gardening!

    This week, in part of our celebration of the book Lab Girl, we’re going to learn flowers and gardening!  So, get out your shovel, and let’s dig in! These activities are based on Every Child Ready to Read, which helps our friends learn pre-reading skills. We’ll cover Reading, Writing, Talking, Singing and Playing.   TALKING:…

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  • Discover a New Hobby

    Discover a New Hobby

    Staying at home when you are not used to it can be stressful and super boring. One way to help alleviate both is by taking up a new hobby. As someone who loves mastering new skills, I have learned a few things about how to get started.   1. Choose a Hobby You’ll Like Do you enjoy…

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  • Build a Backyard Ecosystem

    Build a Backyard Ecosystem

    Orders to stay at home can have some people longing for the outdoors and the wildlife that comes with it. Fortunately, for those with a yard there is no reason you can’t invite some native Florida wildlife into your life. You may not be able to acquire all the plants you will want right now…

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  • Kitchen Scrap Garden

    Kitchen Scrap Garden

    “I just left some groceries on your doorstep. Go ahead and bring it inside,” I texted my brother.  Our community was and still is in the trenches of battling the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing is requiring parents, siblings, friends, neighbors, co-workers, acquaintances and strangers to stay at least six feet away from each other. All Orange County…

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  • Q&A with Rob Greenfield

    Q&A with Rob Greenfield

    Rob Greenfield is self-described as an adventurer, environmental activist, humanitarian, and a dude making a difference. He just completed Food Freedom, a year-long project to grow and forage all of his food. That’s an entire year with no grocery stores, restaurants or even a nibble from a friend’s pantry. Rob did this without land of…

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    7 Books to Spring Into Gardening

    The first day of Spring—also known as the Vernal Equinox—officially began today at 6:29 a.m. EDT. In numerous cultures, this transition marks an opportunity for new beginnings. Here are seven book recommendations from library staff to spring into gardening this year. Plus, we've included a free coloring sheet for you to enjoy at the very…

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Memorial Day Closing

Orange County Library System will be closed Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. The library system will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 28. View a complete list of holiday closures >