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  • Sign reading: Holocaust in History. Woman standing and looking at exhibit.

    Q&A with the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida

    Did you know that May is Jewish American Heritage Month? It is a time to honor and pay tribute to Jewish Americans who have contributed to the rich history of this country. A history that must be remembered. To learn more, we reached out to Talli Dippold, CEO of the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education…

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  • Dr. Phillips Center for the performing arts Arts for every life

    Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts: Arts For Every Life

    To fulfill their vision, Arts for Every Life™, The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts makes performing arts accessible to people from all walks of life, all around the world. With the help of over 19,000 donors and 32 sponsors to date, the Dr. Phillips Center has contributed more than $20.7 million to the…

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  • Title: Q&A with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Image: Orchestra performing in Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. P. Phillips Center for Performing Arts

    Q&A with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the many great cultural institutions that are part of Local Wanderer, Orange County Library System’s culture pass program which provides free access to library card holders across the county. We wanted to get to know them better, so we sat down with Executive Director Karina Bharne to talk…

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  • CFCArts Brings “The Giver” Stage Production to Local Wanderer Program

    As Central Florida Community Arts continuously strives to weave enriching performing arts experiences into the fabric of the Central Florida community, we’re excited to extend a special invitation to you and your family. This month, the CFCArts Youth Theatre program is bringing to life a beloved literary classic, The Giver, at the CFCArts Black Box…

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  • A tile mosaic depicting the Black community of Hannibal Square crossing the tracks to vote. Text reads, "Strength, Learning, Story, Faith, Family, Memory, Unity." "In 1887 the citizens of Hannibal Square joined together and crossed the tracks to vote, electing two African American men." "Winter Park Community Pride in Hannibal Square."

    Q&A with Hannibal Square Heritage Center

    The fabric of Orange County’s history is interwoven with the stories, memories, struggles and victories of the Black community. The Orange County Library System is proud to welcome the Hannibal Square Heritage Center to Local Wanderer, a program that gives library holders access to historic, cultural and educational attractions. To celebrate our new partnership, we…

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  • The book "Once Upon a Time in Florida" on top of a bronze statue of a man sitting on an alligator, located in Heritage Square in front of the Orange County Regional History Center.

    Once Upon a Time in Florida: Capturing Our State’s Rich History on the Page

    This post is brought to you by our community partners at the Orange County Regional History Center. “Generation after generation, Florida has been a collection of cultures, thoughts, and ambitions brought by people from around the world,” writes the executive director of Florida Humanities, Nashid Madyun, in the foreword to a new book, Once Upon…

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  • Questions and Answers – Orlando Ballet’s The Nutcracker

    Questions and Answers – Orlando Ballet’s The Nutcracker

    Founded in 1974, Orlando Ballet is Central Florida’s only fully residential professional ballet company. On top of producing world class stage productions, they also promote dance education and training through the Orlando Ballet School and Orlando Ballet II. As part the ballet’s 50th anniversary, artistic director Jorden Morris and a world-renowned creative team spent three years reimagining this from-scratch, Broadway-caliber…

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  • Orlando Ballet, Reflections, 50th Anniversary Celebratt

    Celebrate Orlando Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Season with Reflections

    Are you ready to be swept off your feet by the enchanting world of dance and celebrate 50 years of Orlando Ballet‘s incredible journey? Get ready to embark on a captivating and inspiring adventure as Orlando Ballet kicks off its 50th Anniversary Season with Reflections: 50th Anniversary Celebration. Reflections: A Glimpse into the Past and…

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  • From the Director, December 2021

    From the Director, December 2021

    Our Local Wanderer program launched with a simple premise: Arts and culture are vital to the health and well-being of a thriving community, and everyone should have access to them. We wanted to ensure that not only were our library cardholders aware of the wealth of enriching experiences available to them here in Central Florida, but that people have…

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    Local Wanderer: Experience More of Orlando With Your Library Card

    You already know your library card means adventure. Dive into the pages of a book you’ve borrowed and you’re off to other worlds. Adventure, though, can be right around the corner and now Orange County Library System (OCLS) is going to help you find it with our Local Wanderer program. Largely inspired by New York…

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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 >