My name is Paolo Melillo and I am honored to serve our community as manager at Southeast Branch. The staff and I are delighted to invite you to the Southeast Branch 25th Anniversary celebration on November 16, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. We will have many interactive and fun events for all our customers such as Music in the Library, Mexican Danza, crafts, face painting for children and a raffle for prizes.
Although Southeast Branch began as a smaller library further north on Semoran Boulevard in 1986, we moved to our current location where we opened the doors 25 years ago, in November 1994. Located in the Gateway Orlando District, we proudly serve the surrounding culturally diverse areas of southeastern Orlando, including Lake Nona and Belle Isle.
We provide many services in English and Spanish to meet, as well as anticipate, our dynamic and diverse community’s needs. Over half the staff are bilingual and include circulation clerks, technology instructors, shelvers, an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) specialist and a librarian. We aim to be a prime location for users to learn, grow, connect. Events at Southeast Branch include weekly storytimes for children birth to preschool, technology classes, book clubs, cultural programs, ESOL classes for all levels and much more.
In addition to events, books, DVDs, Wi-Fi, databases, magazines and audio books, we also have a classroom dedicated to technology education, two meeting rooms and a language learning lab. The language learning lab is equipped with software to help you learn from your choice of more than 40 languages.
I am proud of our staff who continue to model the library’s vision and mission in everything they do. We focus on building relationships, making connections and changing lives. Every customer is our hero. Thank you for the last 25 years. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 16.