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May 31, 2013


It's official. School lets out for summer on June 5 in Orange County. And just a few days later on June 8, the library system will kick off its annual Summer Reading Program. Entertaining learning events will be offered at all library locations all summer long. Children and teens can earn rewards for reading and more. It doesn't matter what you read but it does matter that you keep reading so you return to school refreshed and ready to take on the next grade level.

Ready to put the textbooks away and pick up something lighter such as a comic book? You're in luck! OCLS has a new Comic Book Club at the West Oaks Branch Library. The club's next meeting is at the end of the month on Saturday, June 29 at 2 p.m. Please join us to read and discuss some great graphic novels from the past and present.

We're almost halfway through 2013, the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon's landing on Florida's east coast. We've been celebrating all year, and the festivities continue this month with two very special performances by the Talako Indian Dancers. Stop by to see them at the Herndon Branch on Friday, June 14 at 11 a.m. or at the Edgewater Branch the following Friday, June 21, also at 11 a.m. We hope to see you there.

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO

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May 1, 2013


It's hard to believe it's already May. And May 12 is Mother's Day. So first and foremost, Happy Mother's Day to all the "Moms" and of course "Grandmoms" out there. Here at the Orange County Library System, we continue to celebrate Viva Florida 500, the milestone anniversary of Ponce de Leon's historic landing on the state's east coast in 2013. As part of the celebration, the Flamenco Puro Dance Troupe will perform at the Orlando Public Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. Why not treat your Mom to this free performance as a special way to celebrate Mother's Day?

May is also Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month which coincides with the library's program series The Big Read in honor of Asian American author Amy Tan. Throughout the month, we will host events at multiple locations celebrating the many and proud accomplishments of Asian Americans. There are entertaining programs ranging from crafts and Chinese kites for kids to Tai Chi demos, book discussions and a Japanese Taiko drum performance for all to enjoy. Come learn about the healing spices of Asia or explore local Asian eateries with food blogger and author Ricky Ly.

We invite you to make the most of May with OCLS. As always, we endeavor to enlighten, enrich and entertain. See you at the library!

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Visit www.neabigread.org for more information.

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO

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