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March 27, 2012

Celebrate National Poetry Month!

William Wordsworth once said, "Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge." And April marks National Poetry Month, a celebration established by the Academy of American Poets. OCLS will be joining with the academy to widen awareness to the art of poetry, to living poets, to historic poets, and to poetry books and resources. Discover your inner poet by attending one of the many related programs offered at the Orlando Public Library this month.

With this month also comes National Library Week which runs from April 8 - 14 this year. As part of the celebration of libraries, we're inviting people to become a member of the Friends of the Library or upgrade their current membership. By doing so, they'll automatically be entered in a drawing to win great prizes. The Friends of the Library support OCLS with additional funds for programs and other community resources. Help the library by joining the Friends and you may even end up a prize winner!

Another highlight of this time of year is our Annual Author Event at the Southwest Branch hosted in conjunction with the Dr. Phillips Rotary. This is our 7th annual such event and it promises to be a real treat featuring Florida author Tim Dorsey. The author of 15 books, Dorsey is known for titles such as Pineapple Grenade, Hurricane Punch and Atomic Lobster. His speaking is as spirited as his writing so don't miss the chance to hear from a Florida favorite. Hope to see you there.

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO

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March 1, 2012

Spring Is Just Around the Corner!

Spring is just around the corner and it's the perfect time to check out the library. This month, authors from all over Florida will discuss their books and experiences as writers. Join us at the Orlando Public Library and our branches to meet a New York Times best-selling author, a former U.S. Army officer turned author, and even a mother who managed to turn her hobby into a career. Attend these programs to learn more about our All About Authors series.

As tax season continues, OCLS is pleased to offer free income tax assistance at four library locations. To find tax help at a library near you, please visit www.ocls.info for locations, dates and times. Best of all, the free assistance will be offered right up until tax day. So what are you waiting for? There may be a refund in your future.

Lastly, special thanks to all the kids who checked out and read 11 books as part of last month's contest. Thanks also to the Glen "Big Baby" Davis Foundation for donating tickets to Orlando Magic games as prizes. To the lucky winners, please keep reading and enjoy the game.

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO

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