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October 28, 2010

Serving up plenty to be thankful for...

Believe it or not, the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird is 50! To celebrate this milestone, the Orange County Library System is bringing Mary Murphy, director of the documentary film Hey Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird to the Orlando Public Library for a special presentation. Get a sneak peak of the documentary as well as the chance to buy a signed copy of Murphy's new book Scout, Atticus & Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird. Join us Thursday evening November 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Orlando Public Library.

We also invite you to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping with incredible bargains on audio books in the Friends of the Library Bookstore this month. The Friends are hosting an amazing Audio Book Sale with the opportunity to purchase five audio books for $1. Members of the Friends of the Library reap twice the savings, and can get 10 audio books for just $1. The Bookstore is located on the third floor of the Orlando Public Library.

November also brings Thanksgiving, and OCLS is here to help with a scrumptious series of holiday cooking programs offered at multiple library locations. As a reminder, the Orange County Library System will be closed Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We wish you a joyful holiday among family and friends.

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO

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October 1, 2010

October Means Opera and More at OCLS!

Welcome to October and the final quarter of 2010. Here at the Orange County Library System, we intend to go out with a bang! This month, we'll bring some stunning mini-opera performances to the library, and give our customers a glimpse of UCF's upcoming shows. We've partnered with the University of Central Florida to share the grandeur of opera with the community. Many people think of opera as an elite form of entertainment for which only certain people can acquire a taste. In reality, opera is an art form that deals with basic human emotions and events that everyone can relate to and enjoy.

On a more practical note, fall's cooler temperatures will mean lower utility bills. But nature's forces aren't the only way to decrease your bill. Attend 33 Ways to Lower Your Energy Bill at the Orlando Public Library on October 16 at 11:30 a.m. and discover many ways you can take charge of your monthly bill. If you want to see lower bills in your future, don't miss this valuable workshop.

In the spirit of Halloween, we invite you to stick around that day for America's Haunted Road Trip at 2 p.m. on October 16 at the Orlando Public Library. Author Dave Lapham will take you on a haunted road trip that explores the scariest spots in the Sunshine State. Enjoy a ride on a rollercoaster of fear that visits more than 30 legendary haunted places. All are open to the public so maybe - just maybe - this talk will inspire you to visit in person and test out your own ghost-hunting skills. Happy Halloween!

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO

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