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April 1, 2010

Celebrate National Library Week

National Library Week will be April 11 - 17. This year's theme is "Communities thrive @ your library." We certainly believe that's the case here in Orange County.

Our library system serves more than 1.3 million Orange County residents
and during FY 2009, 5,722,573 people walked through our doors system wide. They checked out 11,613,119 items including 43,836 digital downloads as well
as physical items. In addition, our free computer classes offer the opportunity
to increase your skill level for the workplace by enrolling in classes for the
Microsoft Office suite of programs such as Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher and Word. Classes are also available for other extremely useful programs such as Quickbooks, Gantt Project and Photoshop.

There's something for everyone at the library. I'll bet you did not know that for every dollar of public support spent on public libraries in Florida, the gross regional product (GRP) increases by $9.08.

Join us to celebrate our libraries and all they offer. Explore our website and you're sure to find something right up your alley. We also invite you to shop at the Whole Foods Market at Phillips Crossing on Thursday, April 15. When you do, 5% of all sales come back to the library system as part of special 5% Day in support of our annual Summer Reading Program.

We take pride in providing a wide array of innovative resources and services
that add value to the community and encourage lifelong learning. During tough economic times, it is good to know that the library provides valuable but free resources for the entire family.

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director and CEO

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