December 1, 2014

Bring On The Holidays!

The holiday season is officially upon us. Whether you're looking to create a holiday ornament or keep your pet safe during this festive season, the library has a program for you. We are offering a wide array of holiday happenings to add some extra joy and cheer to this special time of year.

Celebrate Florida's environment and unique habitats with nature photographer Larry Allan. Join Allan at South Creek Branch Library on Sunday, December 7 and 2 p.m. He'll be sharing stunning photos of Florida wildlife with nature providing a glorious backdrop.

It's also the time of year to look back and reflect on all that was accomplished throughout the year. Certainly a highlight of 2014 was the opening of the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity at the Orlando Public Library. The 26,000 square-foot high-tech hub is on the second floor of the library, and offers the latest and greatest technologies available. If you haven't visited yet, we invite you to do so. Happy holidays!

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO

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November 3, 2014

Take time to reflect

With the holidays approaching, it is a fine time to reflect on friends, family and all the things that make life meaningful. Why not take in one of the programs offered as part of our line-up of Fall Family Fun? Or get jumpstart on planning your holiday feasts by attending a holiday-themed Cuisine Corner program.

OCLS makes it easy to capture and preserve history in a variety of ways. You can share important memories and moments through our Orlando Memory project. Meanwhile, our EPOCH (which stands for Electronically Preserving Obituaries as Cultural Heritage) allows people to create lasting legacies for deceased loved ones.

In the spirit of the season, the library is pleased to present Thanksgiving in the Colonies at the Orlando Public Library on Sunday, November 23, at 3 p.m. Local author Mark Daniels will share a colorful portrait of a colonial Thanksgiving. Daniels is the author of A Call to Arms and Sleeping in the Middle of the Bed. Join Benjamin Hewes, the main character of both of Daniels' latest books, for a trip back in time to early harvest celebrations. Happy Thanksgiving!

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO

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October 1, 2014

Something's Brewing at the Library!

Books and beer ... an unlikely pair? No so. Join us at the Orlando Public Library on Friday, October 17 for Booktoberfest. This special tasting event offers the chance to sample beers donated by America's Oldest Brewery--some of which are not available in Florida. Live entertainment and German fare provided by Schumann's Jäger Haus are also part of the festivities.

October also brings one of my favorite holidays--Halloween. And we have plenty of Halloween happenings on tap at the library as well. The fun starts with a Halloween Costume Swap at the West Oaks Branch Library on October 4. Halloween "Spooktacular" programs will be offered at multiple locations for the kids. For the adults, there will be paranormal discussions plus a talk by the American Ghost Hunters Team on Haunted Hotels. Happy October. Happy Halloween.

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO

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September 3, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month!

September is Hispanic Heritage Month and the library is celebrating the occasion. Our Second Saturday program features a talk by Dr. Martha Garcia, professor of Spanish Medieval and Golden Age Literature at the University of Central Florida. Two flamenco dance performances at the Main Library and the South Creek Branch Library are also on tap this month.

High school seniors may just be starting out the academic year, but college application season is just around the corner and the library is here to help. Multiple sessions of College Bound: Practice Test will be offered at three library locations this month.

If you're looking for great deals on books, you're in luck. The Friends of the Library will host their Fall Book Sale September 19 - 21 and everything in the entire Bookstore will be 50 percent off. This is a great chance to enjoy big bargains on books of all genres. The Friends Bookstore is located on the third floor of the Orlando Public Library. Hope to see you there!

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO

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August 1, 2014

Where has the summer gone?

It's hard to believe that kids are already heading back to school this month. The Orange County Library System is here to help. We have free online tutoring, homework help, test prep and many other resources for back-to-school success. If you haven't finished your summer reading, there's still a little time left to do so. Stop by your nearest library and pick up one of the required titles before it's too late.

The foodies out there will not want to miss Food Network Chef Emily Ellyn who will giving a cooking demo at the Orlando Public Library on Sunday, August 10. Ellyn's appearance at the library is part of the new Cuisine Corner cooking series.

As children head back to school, adults might want to commit to something scholarly by joining one of the library's book clubs. This is your chance to meet new people and discover new books. Happy reading!

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO

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July 8, 2014

Want to write a blog but not sure where to start?

You're in luck. The library has expert advice for you. Local author Rik Feeney is presenting a blog workshop at four library locations this month. Come learn the latest techniques for developing and marketing a blog.

Little music lovers are in for a treat this month. Back by popular demand, Mr. Steve Songs returns to the Orlando Public Library on July 23 for two performances. The well-liked co-host of the Mr. Steve show on PBS Kids will take to the stage at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. to share silly songs that leave audiences laughing and dancing.

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO

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June 2, 2014

Welcome Summer!

Why not get the season started with a party? Our North Orange Branch Library is celebrating a milestone anniversary --25 years. On Saturday, June 7, the branch will host a daylong celebration with musical entertainment, refreshments and raffles. The festivities begin at 10:15 a.m.

The season also brings the library's annual Summer Reading Program with nine weeks of fun and entertaining programming for kids of all ages. Even better, here at the Orange County Library System, summer reading isn't just for kids. We are pleased to be offering an Adult Summer Reading Program again this year. Adult Summer Reading promises a season full of reading with programs on tap at multiple library locations.

Finally, if you missed last month's kick-off of the library's new Cuisine Corner program series, not to worry! The series continues in June with an exciting line-up of culinary events. This month, we are featuring programs on everything from cupcakes to kitchen tools to quick summer meals. There is something delightful and delicious for every taste. Bon appétit!

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO

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