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    A Conversation with Delilah S. Dawson, Orlando Book Festival Closing Keynote Speaker

    The Orlando Book Festival is a day-long celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library. Join us for panels, writing workshops, book signings and more from bestselling authors from all over the country. Delilah S. Dawson, Closing Keynote Speaker for the Orlando Book Festival, is the award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: PHASMA…

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    A Conversation with Daniel José Older, Orlando Book Festival Opening Keynote Speaker

    The Orlando Book Festival is a day-long celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library. Join us for panels, writing workshops, book signings and more from bestselling authors from all over the country. Daniel José Older, Opening Keynote Speaker for the Orlando Book Festival, is the New York Times best-selling author of the Middle Grade historical…

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    Orlando Book Festival – A Conversation with S. Jae-Jones

    S. Jae-Jones, called JJ, is an artist, adrenaline junkie, and New York Times best-selling author of Wintersong and Shadowsong. A southern California native, she now lives in North Carolina. Jae-Jones will be delivering the opening keynote for the upcoming Orlando Book Festival, an annual celebration of books including author panel discussions, writing workshops and book…

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    A Conversation with Jeff Zentner

    Jeff Zentner is the author of The Serpent King, which received the William Morris Award for best young adult debut book and appears on the 2017–18 Florida Teens Read list. He is also the author of Goodbye Days, published in 2017. Zentner’s writing career began as a songwriter. He is an accomplished guitarist and singer, having…

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    A Conversation with James Ponti

    Local author James Ponti continues the momentum for the Orange County Library System’s Sunshine State Author Series with an author event on November 18 at our North Orange Branch, followed by writing workshops at the library’s West Oaks Branch and South Trail Branch on November 30 and December 6 respectively. Library staff member Lorrie Taylor got a few minutes with…

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    Build A Better World: Inclusion in Young Adult Fiction

    While the Summer Reading Program is drawing to a close and we have a lot to look back on with fond memories, one of our most poignant events held this summer was Love YA.: A Celebration of Diverse Young Adult Literature. Young Adult authors Alex Sanchez, Shaun David Hutchinson and Jenny Torres Sanchez came together…

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    9 LGBTQ Titles for Young Readers

    In honor of LGBTQ pride, here is a show-stopping book list that describes the lives, struggles, and strengths of LGBTQ characters and people, fact or fiction. These books—ranging from children’s picture books to works of fiction—all celebrate the spirit of the movement and implore us, at any age, to build a better world.   Beyond…

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    Book Buzz Recommendations: May

    (Ages 1-3) Rhymoceros by Janik Coat A blue rhinoceros unabashedly subjects himself to undignified elements in order to demonstrate 16 pairs of rhyming words, from "caring" and "daring," to "stinky" and "inky." (Pre-K –K) Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn Every Tuesday, Lola and her mother visit their local library to return and check…

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    Book Buzz Recommendations: April

    (Ages 1-3) Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett Chameleon tries to fit in by changing colors and shapes. (Pre-K –K) Black Cat, White Cat by Silvia Borando This cheerful story of juxtaposed personalities brings to light the adventure of sharing discoveries with a friend. (Grades 1-3) Telephone by Mac Barnett A string of birds on a…

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    YA Books for Adults

    YA novels have exploded in popularity within the last few years. From Hunger Games to The Fault in Our Stars, they cover a range of topics and offer a new look at the teenage years. Though they’re written with  a teenage audience in mind, that doesn’t mean adult readers don’t enjoy them as well. Here…

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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 >