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  • Steve Powell Selected as Orange County Library System's New Library Director/CEO

    Steve Powell Selected as Orange County Library System’s New Library Director/CEO

    On behalf of the Orange County Library System Board of Trustees, I would like to congratulate Interim Director/CEO & COO Steve Powell on being selected to become the library’s new Library Director/CEO. Steve was the top choice among three finalists, all of whom had impressive backgrounds in library service. After an eight-month-long nationwide search, interviews…

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  • Expanding Library Services with the New Group Home Library Card

    Expanding Library Services with the New Group Home Library Card

    On June 2, a group from the Great Oaks Village group foster home visited Orlando Public Library for a tour of the building. They showed their excitement for programs like BizKids Club and the objectively cool Melrose Center. They also received welcome bags full of library swag, but most importantly, they went home with their…

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    From the Interim Director, April 2022

    National Library Week is April 3–9, 2022. It’s a week to celebrate libraries and all the contributions they make to the community. Aside from promoting reading and literacy, libraries impact communities in so many ways – some visible and some not so much. For example, according to research from the American Library Association (ALA), library…

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  • Girl Scouts of Citrus - Library Love Patch

    Girl Scouts of Citrus – Library Love Patch

    This April, Girl Scouts of Citrus Council and nonmembers can earn a Library Love patch with Orange County Library System by completing a self-lead program. The objective of Library Love program is to educate Girl Scouts on the library system, the resources available, and to have an enjoyable educational experience working together in our community. The…

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  • Our History Speaks Volumes: Sorosis Women's Club

    Our History Speaks Volumes: Sorosis Women’s Club

    In 1893, 10 Orlando women gathered to organize a study and social group. They named their group the Sorosis Club, after the Latin word for sisterhood, and shortly thereafter began meeting regularly at members’ homes to discuss literature and civic matters. With Sorosis growing, regular club events moved to the Knox-Bacon Building, an historically preserved…

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  • Our History Speaks Volumes: Captain Albertson's Gift

    Our History Speaks Volumes: Captain Albertson’s Gift

    One hundred years ago, a private citizen donated his personal library to the City of Orlando. The rest is history. The year 1921 was an important one for Orlando: Before Disney World had made Central Florida a landmark tourist destination, Orlando was an up-and-coming city whose growth was fueled primarily by citrus farming. In that year,…

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  • The Book Nerd Community Thrives on Instagram

    The Book Nerd Community Thrives on Instagram

    One of the benefits of social media is being able to find people with the same interest as you, and, let’s face it, reading can often feel like a solitary habit. Type “bookstagram” into the search bar on Instagram and you’ll uncover a worldwide bibliophile community that not only embraces reading but does so with…

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    We’re Reopening, With Care

    “The library hasn’t been closed, only our buildings have.” I’ve repeated this refrain often over the past couple of months when friends and neighbors would ask about our reopening. We’ve been able to offer an impressive amount of services online during this time and it has been heartening to see a large amount of Orange…

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  • Alafaya Branch 20th Anniversary

    Alafaya Branch 20th Anniversary

    Orange County Library System’s Alafaya Branch is excited to celebrate our 20th Anniversary on Saturday, February 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. You are invited to enjoy a day packed full of events and activities. Hear a story and mingle with visiting animals at Animal Storytime Presented by the Central Florida Fair, laugh out loud with the amazing Jiggleman and…

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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 >