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September 26, 2006

Where is the Library Growing?

With our new fiscal year starting this month, we embark on a growth project that will bring five new branches into the Library System over the next dozen years. These new buildings will supplement the existing fifteen locations that are spread throughout Orange County.

The Branch Master Plan, a result of two years of study, calls for branches in the east, southeast, west and northwest part of the county. The specific areas targeted are Chuluota Road /SR 50; Chickasaw Trail/SR 50; Moss Park/Narcoossee Road; Horizon’s West and Northern Beltway/Apopka. While we see the first two as immediate needs, based on three criteria including density, distance from other Library facilities and projected growth, the next three would help position ourselves for the future.

We have some standard site considerations for our new branches. We want to be visible on a well-traveled road. In order to be as helpful and useful as possible, a library needs to be close to public transportation so people of all ages and incomes can reach us. We also want to be near other businesses that attract people.

As we reach the design phase, these buildings will take shape to support the future. The space will be open and flexible for developing technology to uphold both traditional and 21st Century services. Interiors will be open, welcoming and attractive for all generations.

Throughout the summer we’ve been working on acquiring a property for the first branch in the series. I anticipate there will be exciting news I’ll be able to announce to you!

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO

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September 6, 2006

Welcome to Library Leader

Welcome to the Orange County Library Systems' Library Leader weblog. Each month I’ll be sharing information with you regarding plans and aspirations for the Library, the Library staff and you, our valued customers.

This month I’d like to recognize our Friends of the Library organization for their contributions to the Library and encourage you to become a friend. An active group of over 700 volunteers and members the FOL sponsor the Library's popular Second Saturday programs at our Main Library, operate our Third Floor Bookstore and Gifts and Greetings also both at the Main Library.

One recent program of the FOL was the Candidate's Forum. The forum was moderated by FOX-35 TV Reporter Shannon Butler and questions came from a media panel comprised of Orlando Sentinel Government Reporter David Damron, Central Florida News 13 Anchor Scott Harris,and WFTV-TV Reporter Tim Wetzel. The audience of over 160 visitors was also given the opportunity to ask questions of candidates.

Jackie Green, president of the Friends of the Library Board, said the forum provided a platform to educate and enlighten the public. “We hope citizens will take full advantage of this opportunity to discover where candidates stand on key issues,” she said.

The Library hopes this is just the first in a long tradition of providing such opportunities. It certainly continues the long tradition of the Friends of the Library providing connections for the community to timely and relevant Information, Inspiration and Imagination!

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO

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