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March 30, 2009

Chairs at Southwest Get a New Look

MVC-001F.JPG The beautification and remodeling projects continue at Southwest Library thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club. The chairs in the reading area recently received new upholstery. The great color and easy-to-clean fabric are winners with staff and customers. MVC-002F.JPG

March 17, 2009

Child Safety For You and Your Kids

Pho_ChildSafety_BikeKids.jpgJoin us for a fun, interactive learning program that will teach your young child important safety tips. We will cover several safety topics, including Bike, Fire and Car safety. Your child will have a great time coloring and playing games while learning! We will also show a short video in which McGruff the Crime Dog teaches children how to protect themselves from dangerous strangers. And, not to leave out the parents, at the end we will give away a free Child Identification Kit to each parent. The Child Identification Kit includes a DNA swab kit, fingerprinting, growth chart, dental chart, and area for your child's other personal information. All materials will be provided...just bring yourselves.

For more information call: 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Saturday, April 4
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch

March 12, 2009

Peace Corps Stories March 18

peacecorpslogo.jpgListen to returned volunteers currently residing in Central Florida talk about their individual experiences abroad as part of the Peace Corps.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship.
The Peace Corps' mission has three simple goals:
Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women
Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served
Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans

At this program, you also will learn how to apply to be a part of this prestigious 48-year-old federal service agency.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Wednesday, March 18
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch

March 9, 2009

All About Animals Program March 14

allaboutanimalsprogram.jpgLearn about animals and make your own wild collage with artist and animal enthusiast, She Venezia.

Recommended ages 6-12.
Registration is required.
For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Be sure to enter the "Guess How Many Animals are in the Picture" contest. Guess the right amount (or close to it) and win a prize! The animal collage used in the contest was created by She.

And don't forget to see She's "Safari, Faithful Friends and Nature" exhibit on display at the Southwest Library through March 31st.

All About Animals Program
Saturday, March 14
10:30 A.M.
Southwest Branch

March 3, 2009

WorkForce -Retrain for a New Career Program March 5

workforcecentralflorida.gif Looking for a new career?
Wanting to retrain for a different career?
Feeling left behind?

As industries change over time, so do the jobs available in the workforce. If you are feeling behind the curve, here is your chance to learn about the Workforce Investment Act and other programs that can help you get back on your feet. Presented by Workforce Centeral Florida.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Thursday, March 5
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch

National March into Literacy Month March 1-31

Celebrate National March into Literacy Month by visiting the Southwest branch of the Orange County Library System. National March into Literacy Month is intended to raise awareness of literacy in the United States. The Library offers a wide range of books and online programs supporting improving literacy in Central Florida. Alphabet Bites is one online program the Library currently offers. This program promotes literacy by providing different activities for children ages 3 to 5 in five exciting categories. The categories include listen, play, read, watch, and do. Children can choose a letter to work with then they can decide whether they want to listen to the letters being sounded out, play a game with the letter, read a story that the title starts with the letter, or do an activity featuring the letter. You can experiment with Alphabet Bites or find out what other programs the library has to offer through our website www.ocls.info under Virtual Library and NetLinks or Databases.