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  • Make Your Own Candy Science Experiments!

    Make Your Own Candy Science Experiments!

    Likely the most important development in the area of science remains the ability to make everyone’s favorite snack: candy. In this post, you will learn about three different types of candy that you can make from the comfort of your kitchen. Just be careful. These experiments will involve heating up sugar to very hot temperatures,…

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  • Overnight Science Experiments to Try at Home!

    Overnight Science Experiments to Try at Home!

    Due in no small part to the slow organic processes of our natural world, some scientific experiments demand more than the prescribed 30 to 40 minutes of a library event. Some require much more time to occur. Listed below are instructions on how to perform three awesome experiments at home over the course of a…

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  • Q&A with a Manatee Conservationist

    Q&A with a Manatee Conservationist

    Photo Credit: Save the Manatee Club   We Floridians love manatees and, since the theme for the Summer Reading Program this year is Tales & Tails, you can participate in several manatee-focused programs. This month, Save the Manatee Club will present Manatee Conservation about sea cows and how you can protect them. To pique your…

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  • Q&A with a Sloth Conservationist. Photo Credit: Justin Mott/Kindred Guardians Project

    Q&A with a Sloth Conservationist

    Monique Pool is the founder of Green Heritage Fund Suriname. The foundation’s mission is to move all Surinamers to make wise decisions for the sustainable use of natural resources. This month, Monique will share her work with sloths in presentation on our Facebook and YouTube Live. She was kind enough to answer some questions for…

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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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  • Preschool Fun: Wash Your Hands!

    Preschool Fun: Wash Your Hands!

    There are gross germs everywhere! Let’s wash our hands to stay healthy. QUESTIONS: Why do we wash our hands?  What are germs?  How do we wash our hands?   LEARN: What are germs? Germs are tiny organisms that can cause us to be sick. They’re so small they can’t be seen without a microscope. To…

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  • 3ScienceExperiments-01

    Three Fun Science Experiments to Do at Home

    Science is an essential tool for understanding how the world works. It is the process of analyzing data through experimentation and predictions. It can also give a middle school student the ability to make a paper-mache volcano that can spew vinegar, baking soda, and food coloring all over a nice kitchen floor. In this article,…

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  • Preschool Fun: Clouds!

    Preschool Fun: Clouds!

    Welcome to another edition of Preschool Fun! This week we’re going to have fun with … clouds! First, go outside and look up. Do you see clouds? If so, ask your child: Are the big or small? Are they puffy or flat? What do they look like?   What is a cloud? What color are…

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  • Preschool Fun Puppies!

    Preschool Fun: Puppies!

    Practicing social distancing, but needing new activities to do with your toddler or preschooler? We’ve got you covered! Welcome to another edition of Preschool Fun! This week we’re celebrating puppies. Start by asking your child a few questions about puppies, just for fun! It’s always fun hearing their answers. What does a puppy sound like? …

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  • Preschool Fun: Colors!

    Preschool Fun: Colors!

    You’re home with your child and you don’t know what to do next. You want something educational, but fun, and you’ve watched far too much Paw Patrol. We get it! Though you can’t come to the library for one of our awesome programs, we can bring library ideas to you. Each week I’ll post a…

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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 >