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From the Director, November 2019

From the Director November 2019

November is a month to be grateful, so I’d like to take a moment to extend my sincerest thanks to those who helped us make this year’s Booktoberfest such a great success. Every October, the Friends of the Orange County Library System host this fundraising event that helps support our libraries. Every year, the event grows, and this year our Wizard of Oz-themed celebration sold 235 tickets and raised more than $10,000 for the Friends.

None of this would have been possible without the support of our staff, sponsors, vendors, donors and volunteers, who helped us make this one of the best Booktoberfests yet. We are particularly thankful to Bungalower, our media sponsor, Jon Busdeker, our DJ and master of ceremonies, as well as the local brewers, who donated their unique brews for attendees to sample, food vendors who served delectable treats to accompany the beer, and the many local businesses who donated items for our silent auction. Such a fun and unique event can only be made possible through the hard work of our library staff and volunteers – you may have seen them in their Wizard of Oz costumes, bringing a little bit of the Emerald City to the library – so I would also like to recognize them for giving their all to make Booktoberfest magic happen.

Most importantly, we would like to thank everyone who attended the event, took part in the trivia, sampled the delicious food and beer, bid in the silent auction, participated in our costume contest and made it a real party somewhere over the rainbow.

On this page, you will find a list of people and businesses that helped us lead Booktoberfest down the Yellow Brick Road to success. Thank you all for your support!


Friends of the Orange County Library System would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their support of Booktoberfest 2019. This year’s event raised more than $10,000 and it wouldn’t have been possible without their contributions.

4 Rivers Smokehouse
ABC Liquor
Adjectives Market
Bok Tower Gardens
Brendan O‘Connor
Busch Gardens
Central Florida Accordion Club
Cheesecake Factory
Cooper‘s Hawk
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Eleven 11 Communications
Enchantra‘s Treats
Enzian Theatre
Ethos Vegan Kitchen
Florida Dairy Farmers
Florida Technical College
Foxtail Coffee
Hampton Inn
Harry P. Leu Gardens
Hop Life Brewing
Howl at the Moon
Ivanhoe Park Brewing
Jersey Mike‘s Subs
Jon Busdeker
Katie Johnston

Lazy Moon Pizza
Legoland Florida
Mad Cow Theatre
Marlow‘s Tavern
Mennello Museum of American Art
Meson Sandwiches
Misty Heath
Morse Museum of American Art
Motorworks Brewing
OCLS Staff Volunteers
Oriental Trading Company
Orlando Pride
Orlando Repertory Theatre
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
Orlando Solar Bears
Park Ave CDs
Peach Valley Cafe
Pom Pom‘s Teahouse & Sandwicheria
R. Nichols
Ravenous Pig Brewing
RDV Athletic Club

Rifle Paper Co.
Rockpit Brewing
Roque Pub
Sideward Brewing
Sleuth‘s Mystery Dinner Show
Stephanie Griffin
Tapa Toro
Tasty Chomps
Ten10 Brewing
The Boheme
The Florida Aquarium
The Glass Knife
The Greenery Creamery
The Hammered Lamb
The Melrose Center
The Melting Pot
The Salt Room
Tibby‘s New Orleans Kitchen
UCF School of Performing Arts
Universal Studios
What Ales Ya Podcast
Whole Foods Market
WonderWorks Orlando
And, of course, everyone who attended!