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    Books to Read With Your Children in Celebration of Women’s History Month: Part Four

    As Beyonce sings, Run the World (Girls) From Pocahontas to Misty Copeland, Laurie Calkhoven writes about 50 significant women throughout American history in the book, Women Who Changed the World: 50 Amazing Americans. Each two-page biographical overview is listed chronologically and includes a Fact File and highlighted text boxes that explain why these important ladies…

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    10 Awesome Quotes by Awesome Women

    March is National Women’s History Month! What started as just a week in 1980 centered around March 8th has grown into a month-long celebration of the progress and contributions of women in society (but I know what you’re thinking… why not every day of the year?). Celebrate girl power by taking a good look at…

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    7 Books to Spring Into Gardening

    The first day of Spring—also known as the Vernal Equinox—officially began today at 6:29 a.m. EDT. In numerous cultures, this transition marks an opportunity for new beginnings. Here are seven book recommendations from library staff to spring into gardening this year. Plus, we've included a free coloring sheet for you to enjoy at the very…

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    Books to Read With Your Children in Celebration of Women’s History Month: Part Three

    Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation Cokie Roberts, the American journalist and political commentator, adapts her 2007 book, Ladies of Liberty, for children in this non-fiction picture book of the same name. Roberts highlights unsung, yet influential women (writers, educators, reformers) from 1796 – 1828, emphasizing the importance of primary sources like…

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    OCLS is Taking Part in Art is Moving

    This week, if you’re riding on SunRail, look before you sit – is there a little journal labeled “Open Me” on a seat near you? If so, don’t be shy. Open it, grab the writing implement of your choice and write, sketch or draw something that inspires you. The journals were created right here at…

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    Books to Read With Your Children in Celebration of Women’s History Month: Part Two

    Lady Ada’s Algorithm Imagine a baby girl, born in nineteenth century England, who studied music, French, and especially mathematics as a child, growing into a uniquely talented woman who is recognized today as the “world’s first computer programmer.” Her name is Ada Lovelace, and the book, Ada’s Ideas, by Fiona Robinson, beautifully illustrates her life…

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    Vision: 2016’s Best Surprise Graphic Novel

    2016’s best surprise in the graphic novel world has to be Tom King’s sci-fi suburban drama “Vision“. Relatively new to the professional comic scene, King once was an assistant to the legendary “X-Men” writer, Chris Claremont. He put his comic career on hold to become a counterterrorism operations officer for the CIA after the September…

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    Books to Read With Your Children in Celebration of Women’s History Month: Part One

    Dr. Eugenie Clark, Shark Lady Can you say ichthyologist? Merriam-Webster online offers this phonetic spelling for better pronunciation. Go ahead, take a stab at it. \ˌik-thē-ˈä-lə-jist\ This is a fancy word for a fish scientist and Heather Lang, author of Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark, delves into the life of “Little Genie,”…

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    Co-Authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely Inspire Teens

    “We can’t be more loyal to our fears than our futures,” said Jason Reynolds, co-author of All American Boys, during a truly inspirational talk at the Orlando Public Library. He and co-author Brendan Kiely visited Orlando as part of the OCLS Sunshine State Author Series. The authors spoke at two Orange County libraries, two OCPS…

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    National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day!

    It’s National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day! Unlike “Peanut Butter Day” in January, National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day celebrates those who love peanut butter and the different ways they eat it.   When you think of peanut butter, most people think of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. But peanut butter is present in all kinds of…

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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 >