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April 1, 2013

It's a Natural

For the last several years, the Orange County Library System has been pleased to offer Citizenship Inspired, a multi-week program to help local immigrants prepare for the U.S. Naturalization (Citizenship) Test and Interview. The free program has enjoyed a high pass rate with many participants going on to successfully become U.S. citizens. This month, we will honor new citizens with a special Naturalization Ceremony on Tuesday, April 16 at 10 a.m. Come share the joy with new U.S. citizens as they take the Oath of Allegiance at the Orlando Public Library.

It was in April 1513 when Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon made his historic landing on Florida's east coast. And this month, the celebration of Viva Florida 500 continues with programs and events at all library locations. A highlight this month is our cover feature, a Second Saturday program Claiming La Florida for King and Cross. Actor Chaz Mena will portray Pedro Menendez de Aviles--the Founder of St. Augustine, Governor of La Florida and acclaimed Spanish Admiral.

National Library Week also falls in April. So what better time to join the Friends of the Library? To sweeten the deal, the Friends are hosting a membership drive. Anyone who joins as a new member or upgrades his or her current membership is entered in a drawing to win great prizes. Yes, April marks National Library Week, but I encourage you to enjoy our many resources 365 days a year.

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO

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