December 31, 2012
Happy New Year!
The year 2013 marks the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de León's landing on Florida's east coast. Throughout the year, the library system will host a series of programs, performances and special events to commemorate Florida's rich heritage and diverse cultural history. We invite you to celebrate this major milestone with us beginning on Saturday, January 12 when a Ponce de León re-enactor visits the Orlando Public Library for a special performance.
If saving money is among your New Year's resolutions, we have a new service for you. The Orange County Library System now offers more than 250 e-magazine titles through Zinio for Libraries. The e-magazines can be read on your computer and a variety of mobile devices. Please check out this amazing new way to save on magazine subscriptions.
Finally as the Orange County Library System's director and CEO, of course I've "liked" OCLS on Facebook and encourage you to do the same in order to see and participate in the institution's dynamic programming, special events and community outreach. And Facebook isn't the only place for friends. If you're not already a member of the Friends of the Library, please consider joining in 2013. You'll help the library and enjoy some great special benefits at the same time. Here's to a great year.
Mary Anne Hodel
December 3, 2012
Happy holidays! This special season is upon us and OCLS is here to help you celebrate. This month, we have a host of holiday programs to bring the season to life.
The holiday theme continues throughout the month with programs at multiple library locations. Representatives from the University of Florida Extension Service will offer instructions for making gifts from the kitchen this holiday season. What could be more personal than a home-made gift crafted with love? Learn how to create such gifts by attending one of the programs offered at six different branches this month.
Our Gifts & Greetings shop at the Main library has plenty of stocking stuffers and gifts for everyone on your list. Still stumped on what to get? Then pick up one of our convenient gift cards. You can't go wrong when the recipient selects his or her own gift! Finally as 2012 comes to a close, you have our warmest wishes for a joyful holiday season and a bright new year.
Mary Anne Hodel