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May 28, 2010

Join Us in June!

Join us in June to get your summer off to a spectacular start. With the kids out of school for summer break, it's the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors. Florida is home to some of the nation's best hiking trails and the friendly folks from the Florida Trail Association will visit three library locations this month to share information about the many terrific trails in our area. Learn about the Little Big Econ Forest Segment (just 20 minutes outside Orlando) which was recently named one of the top family friendly hikes in the U. S. by the American Hiking Society.

For more family fun, discover the joys of Florida bass fishing. Steve Boyd from Florida Bass Adventures Guide Service will offer some great tips for a dandy day on the water. Boyd will be giving talks at the Alafaya, Windermere and Southwest branch libraries.

Spending all that time in the sun can take a toll on your skin. If you arm yourself with knowledge and learn how to prevent painful sunburn and other summer skin ailments, that doesn't have to be the case. Discover the ins and outs of Summer Skin Care by attending one of two sessions offered by Central Florida Dermatology Associates. They will be at the South Trail Branch on Wednesday, June 16 at 6 p.m. and then at the Washington Park Branch on Wednesday, June 30 at 6 p.m.

Even though school's out for summer, kids shouldn't stop reading. Research consistently shows that children who keep reading over the break return to school fully prepared to take on the next level of learning. Meanwhile, those who don't continue reading often regress in their learning. Throughout the summer, OCLS will offer a wide array of fun, free events and activities as part of our annual Summer Reading Program. Be sure to explore these and have your student participate in as many as possible. You'll be thankful you did come back-to-school time!

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO

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May 1, 2010

It's May!

Two words for May: delicious and nutritious. Start off the month with a special author talk on Saturday, May 1 at the Orlando Public Library. Join us at 11 a.m. to meet Libby Avery, author of Cooking for Food Allergies. Her book contains dozens of delicious egg and dairy-free recipes, vegan specialties as well as fare for carnivores too. Learn how to make fresh appetizers, salads, soups, main dishes and desserts for allergy-sensitive family and friends.

On Saturday, May 8, stop by the Orlando Public Library to meet Lucille O'Neal, mother of basketball great Shaquille O'Neal and author of the inspiring new book Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go: From Mental Welfare to Mental Wealth. Lucille will discuss the personal trials, tribulations and triumphs that made her the determined, compassionate and resilient woman she is today. This free event is rich with emotion, and not to be missed.

May also means Mother's Day and we have several programs at multiple locations planned with Mom in mind. Among them a Mother's Day Tea and a program where kids can make jewelry for Mom. Leaf through this newsletter to discover a program celebrating the occasion at library near you.

You won't want to miss the Friends of the Library May Book Sale which takes place the third weekend in May at the bookstore on the third floor of the Orlando Public Library. Everything from books to music to video games will be 50% off. This is a great chance to stock up on games for the kids as well as summer reading materials.

The next weekend marks the unofficial start of summer with Memorial Day. As a reminder, all library locations will be closed on Sunday, May 30 and Monday, May 31 for the holiday. Enjoy the long weekend and welcome summer.

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO

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