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From the Director, July 2021
July 1, 2021 | Mary Anne Hodel

There’s nothing that brings a library to life like the smiles we see on the faces of children and families who come to our live events. We haven’t been able to see those smiles in person in nearly a year and a half, as we’ve held nearly all of our events and programs online... READ MORE

Our History Speaks Volumes: Remembering Glenn F. Miller (1937–1996)
June 14, 2021 | Mike Donohue

On November 1, 1970, Library Director Clara Wendel retired having served 27 years as head of Orange County Library System. She was succeeded by Glenn Miller, who became only the third library director in OCLS’ nearly 50-year history.

Originally from Saginaw, Michigan,... READ MORE

International Year of Peace and Trust: Called To Forgive & Resist!
June 11, 2021 | Scottie Campbell

Called to Forgive: The Charleston Church Shooting, a Victim’s Husband, and the Path to Healing and Peace by Anthony B. Thompson with Denise George

Could you forgive the murderer your spouse?

On June 17, 2015, nine Black people were killed during a Bible... READ MORE

Q&A with a Sloth Conservationist. Photo Credit: Justin Mott/Kindred Guardians Project
June 9, 2021 | Marianne Vitale

Monique Pool is the founder of Green Heritage Fund Suriname. The foundation’s mission is to move all Surinamers to make wise decisions for the sustainable use of natural resources. This month, Monique will share her work with sloths in presentation on our Facebook and YouTube... READ MORE

RUSA Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services Award
June 7, 2021 | Sarah Qronfleh

West Oaks Branch and Genealogy Center has been awarded the Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services Award for its genealogy offerings to customers. Presented by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, this... READ MORE


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Emergency Rental Assistance Program Office Hours Available at Library Branches 
August 16, 2021 | Erin Sullivan

Orange County Library System is hosting Orange County Emergency Rental Assistance  Program  “office hours” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at select library branches for the remainder of August. Orange County... READ MORE

Overnight Science Experiments to Try at Home!
August 16, 2021 | Patrick Green

Due in no small part to the slow organic processes of our natural world, some scientific experiments demand more than the prescribed 30 to 40 minutes of a library event. Some require much more time to occur. Listed below are instructions on how to perform three awesome... READ MORE

Lake Nona & Horizon West Library Developments Announcement
August 13, 2021 | OCLS Staff

Orange County Library System’s Board of Trustees, the City of Orlando and Orange County have agreed to pursue a plan to work together to build new library branches in Horizon West and Lake Nona. Both communities have been requesting that the library build new branches to... READ MORE



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