October 22, 2007
November’s here and the holidays are just around the corner. The library is getting a jumpstart on the season and kicking it off in festive fashion. On Friday, November 2 don’t miss Music in the Library featuring a special performance by the Chain of Lakes Middle School Chorus at noon at the Orlando Public Library. Later that same day, come back to our downtown location for the Fantastic Family Fair at 7 p.m. The annual after-hours event is part of Orange County’s celebration of National Family Week. There will be food, fun, face painting, music, prizes and storytelling.
Bring your appetite to the West Oaks branch for a celebration of National Sandwich Day on Saturday, November 3 at 12:30 p.m. Folks from the Ocoee Quiznos Subs will share sandwich-making tips and tasty samples.
Then take a step back in history and spend an unforgettable hour in the company of our nation’s third president when Actor/Playwright J.D. Sutton brings Thomas Jefferson to life. Sutton will be performing for Second Saturday on November 10 at 2 p.m. at the Orlando Public Library. His thought-provoking presentation provides an intimate encounter with a man who helped define American independence.
Liz Murray will be at the Orlando Public Library on Sunday, November 11 to give a powerful talk called From Homeless to Harvard. At 15, Liz found herself living on the streets of New York after her mentally ill, drug-addicted parents could not keep their family together. Instead of crumbling, the troubled but determined teen worked her way out of homelessness and all the way to Harvard University. Hers is truly an incredible true story of hope!
Finally, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to say “thank you” to all our patrons for using the library. I hope you enjoy all we offer! Even more, I wish you all a Thanksgiving holiday filled with family, friends and good food.
Mary Anne Hodel
October 1, 2007
Fall is Here!
The official arrival of fall welcomes a new season and here at the Orange County Library System, we hope to welcome you to one of our 15 locations this month. In addition to bestsellers, the latest DVDs, free computer classes and more, we have plenty of exciting programs on tap in October.
If the photos from your summer vacation are still sitting in a box or envelope, join us for the Creating Memories program at the West Oaks branch on Saturday, October 6 at 11:30 a.m. In this fun and entertaining program, you’ll learn simple tips for creating a beautiful scrapbook. Best of all, it’s free and all materials are provided. Just bring your photos and we’ll take care of the rest!
With all eyes on the environment, there’s never been a better time to become eco-friendly. Learn about “green homes” from Alex Kane of Heritage Green LLC and discover how to make your home more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. This program will be offered at the Herndon Branch on Tuesday, October 16 and at the Edgewater Branch on Monday, October 22. Both programs are at 7 p.m.
The 50th anniversary celebration of Jack Kerouac’s famous novel The Dharma Bums continues with book discussions at the Edgewater and Alafaya Branches. The celebration culminates with a special performance honoring beat icon Ken Nordine. Don’t miss Beat the Move with Voci Dance for a modern performance of the Colors album. It’s happening Saturday, October 20 at 2 p.m. at the Orlando Public Library in the heart of downtown. We hope to see you there.