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  • Q&A with Chris Grabenstein - Home Sweet Motel - One Book, One Community - Shelf Centered

    Q&A with Author Chris Grabenstein

    One Book, One Community encourages communities to come together through the reading and discussion of a common book. This year, Orlando Sentinel selected Home Sweet Motel, the first book in Chris Grabenstein’s Welcome to Wonderland series. In anticipation of the event, Chris appeared as a guest on the library’s podcast Shelf Centered. Here are a…

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    Preschool Fun: Monkeys and Jane Goodall!

    In honor of Women’s History Month, each preschool fun blog post this month will tie in with a famous woman! Today we’ll start with Jane Goodall. 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: Do you…

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  • Preschool Fun: Sesame Street!

    Preschool Fun: Sesame Street

    Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? This week, inspired by the library’s weekly Sesame Street Storytime, we’re celebrating our favorite Muppets! 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: Who is your favorite…

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  • Hope Jahren's Lab Girl is This Year's Big Read

    Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl is This Year’s Big Read

    The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire…

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  • International Year of Peace and Trust: The Dog Who Lost His Bark

    International Year of Peace and Trust: The Dog Who Lost His Bark

    In September of 2019, the United Nations adopted a resolution to designate 2021 as the International Year of Peace & Trust. The UN’s resolution “underlined that the International Year constitutes a means of mobilizing international efforts to promote peace and trust among nations on the basis of political dialogue, mutual understanding and cooperation in order…

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  • Six Facts About Braille for Braille Literacy Month 

    Six Facts About Braille for Braille Literacy Month 

    January is Braille Literacy Month, which also honors Louie Braille (born on January 4, 1809), creator of the braille system. Braille created this code system at the age of 12 after an accident left him blind at three-years-old. He discovered a French military code called “night writing” that allowed soldiers to communicate in darkness without having…

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  • Barbershop Books Fosters Reading Among Young Black Boys

    Barbershop Books Fosters Reading Among Young Black Boys

    Alvin Irby was getting a haircut when inspiration struck. One of his students was also at the barbershop, clearly bored. “He should be practicing his reading,” Alvin thought to himself. That thought led to Barbershop Books. The non-profit leverages the cultural significance of barbershops in Black communities by placing bookshelves, stocked with books geared toward…

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    Top 10 Circulating Titles of 2020

    From modern classics, to the latest in popular fiction, Orange County Library System customers read a surprisingly diverse selection of titles in 2020. Here were the most popular checkouts from across the system this year:     1. Where the Crawdads Sing / Delia Owens   Originally published in 2018, Delia Owens’ sprawling novel, Where the Crawdads Sing continues…

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    International Year of Peace and Trust

    In September of 2019, the United Nations adopted a resolution to designate 2021 as the International Year of Peace & Trust. The UN’s resolution “underlined that the International Year constitutes a means of mobilizing international efforts to promote peace and trust among nations on the basis of political dialogue, mutual understanding and cooperation in order…

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  • Preschool Fun: Snowmen!

    Preschool Fun: Snowmen!

    Do you want to build a snowman? I do! Let’s go have some fun! 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: What color are snowmen? What are they made from? What is on their heads?…

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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 >