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April 1, 2009

National Library Week

It's no secret that during down economic times, library usage tends to go up. And why not? Where else can frugal families find free sources of information and entertainment like books, DVDs, video games and fun library programs? Out-of-work people can take advantage of job search tools or take free computer classes to polish their resume or brush up on technology skills. April 12 -18 is National Library Week and this year - given the tough economic times - there's cause to celebrate all that public libraries offer more than ever. In fact, library use is up nationwide among all types of library users, and the library remains the number one point of Internet access for those without access at home, school or work.

The Orange County Library System invites you to celebrate National Library Week by joining us for one of the special events we have on tap. To discover how you can take full advantage of your library, be there for the OCLS Innovation Presentation on Thursday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Orlando Public Library. You'll see the unveiling of innovative OCLS resources and services including an Ambassador Tool Kit, Guide By Cell and the announcement of the Create A Commercial Contest winner. Or help us wrap up the week on a sweet note with our participation in the Books2Eat Festival and join us to taste literary-themed cake entries from local bakeries on Friday, April 17 at 11 a.m. at the Orlando Public Library. That same night, you are invited to hear Florida author and environmentalist Bill Belleville speak at the Southwest Branch at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

In light of the poor economy, OCLS has launched a special program series called H.O.P.E. which stands for Helping Others Persevere and Endure. Take advantage of programs like Lowering Health Care Costs, Maximizing Your Energy Costs and many more offered as part of the H.O.P.E. series. In closing, as we look to the future with optimism, please keep in mind the words of the late Christopher Reeve who said, "Once you choose hope, anything's possible."

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO

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