Orange County Library System Spring Book Sale Takes Place May 18-21, 2017

Orange County Library System Spring Book Sale

Enjoy super savings at the Orange County Library System‘s annual Spring Book Sale in downtown Orlando the weekend of May 18-21, 2017.

The book sale, hosted by the Friends of the Orange County Library System, takes place at the downtown branch of the library, and features a great selection of fiction and non-fiction, recorded books, DVDs, CDs, and more for 50% off.

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The Friends of the Library Winter Book Sale Takes Place January 22-25, 2015

Orange County Library SystemEnjoy super savings at the Orange County Library System‘s annual Winter Book Sale the weekend of January 22-25.

The book sale takes place at the downtown branch of the library, and features a great selection of fiction and non-fiction, recorded books, DVDs, CDs, and more for 50% off.

There is a members-only preview sale January 22, from 5-7pm. Members also get an additional 10% off all purchases. Not a member? You can join at the door for a $15 annual membership.

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OCLS to Open The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity to Open on February 8, 2014

The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity

The Orange County Library System will open The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity to the public on Saturday, February 8 with a ribbon cutting at noon.

The 26,000-square-foot digital technology center is located on the second floor of the Orlando Public Library downtown.

In addition to a large interactive media wall, it offers sound, video and photography studios along with flight simulators and a fab lab with 3D printers. There are also driving simulators and construction simulators that allow workers to gain skills in the building trades.

There will be demos and festivities throughout opening day. For a full schedule or more information, visit tic.ocls.info.

Enjoy Free Admission to Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando First Monday of Each Month

A day at Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando is worth the price of admission, but admission is free the first Monday of every month.

harrypleugardenslogoFrom 9am to 5pm (last admission is at 4pm), enjoy complimentary daytime admission to the gardens.

Bring the kids, too, because first Mondays are also Story Time at Leu Gardens, hosted by the Orange County Library System. Infant time (up to 18 months) is from 10am to 10:15am, Toddler Time (18 Months to 2 year olds) is from 10:20am to 10:35am, and Preschooler Time (3 to 5 year olds) is from 10:40am to 11am.

For more information, visit leugardens.org.

Out and About: South Creek Branch of Orange County Library System Hosts Gatorland Trainer with Animals

As part of the Orange County Library System‘s summer reading program for kids, the South Creek branch invited a trainer from Gatorland to visit and he brought some of reptiles with him for the kids to check out.

He started with a tarantula, and showed a scorpion, a bearded dragon, a Colombian Red-tailed boa, and a couple of gators (of course).

Our family reporter Carol Garreans attended with her kids, and reports that all the children had fun, and the trainer stressed that most of these animals do not make good pets for kids.

She took some photos to share with you readers:

Carol's son Matt holds a baby gator.
Carol’s son Matt holds a baby gator.

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Orange County Library System Summer Reading Program 2013 Starts June 8 for Kids, Teens and Adults

Orange County Library SystemLooking for some fun, free, and educational activities to do with your family this summer? Then you should check out the Orange County Library System Summer Reading Program.

The 2013 program starts June 8 and runs through August 10, and has a wide variety of programs, contests, and events for all ages.

The Children’s Summer Reading Program is called Dig Into Reading, and kids can choose from over 50 programs to attend featuring science, animals, arts and storytelling at all 15 Library locations.

The Teen’s Summer Reading Program is called Beneath the Surface, and they can learn a variety of things from learning how to develop their creativity to how to survive a gnome attack.

The Adult’s Summer Reading Program is called Ground Breaking Reads, and the library is giving away prizes for attending programs and reading and reviewing books.

And for the first time ever, there will be Geocaching at the library.

For more information on any of the programs, click the above links to register, or visit ocls.info.

Cirque du Soleil Visits the Orange County Library System Downtown For a Free Performance on May 14, 2013

quidamCirque du Soleil’s Quidam will be performing at the UCF Arena from May 15-19, but on May 14, you can catch a free mini-performance at the Orange County Library System‘s downtown Orlando branch.

This is a great chance for your family to see and meet a Cirque performer.

The event starts at 10:30am, and is free for all. OCLS card holders will receive priority seating, on a first come basis.

Registration is required, so call 407-835-7323 to register.

Orange County Library System Celebrates Asian-American Heritage Month with The Big Read featuring The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan in May 2013

Join the Orange County Library System in May 2013 as they celebrate The Big Read featuring The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan and Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

joyluckclubThis special celebration highlights themes from the novel and Asian culture throughout the month of May, but of special note are these events at the main branch downtown:

May 04 – The Big Read Kick Off Celebration
This celebration begins with a presentation by Li Wei, Chinese Studies Coordinator at the China Center and faculty member of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Rollins College. As a first-generation Chinese American, Li Wei will talk about some of the common issues confronted by Chinese newcomers, such as identity, ethnic stereotypes, and cultural compatibility. He will also share his research experience about a folk music tradition of the Dong in Guizhou, an area that has attracted Amy Tan in recent years for its unique folk choral music. The event ends with an exciting performance featuring the Chinese Lion Dancers from the Hung Fut Hung Man Fei Martial Arts Dragon and Lion Dance Association. This event begins at 11am.

May 25 – The Book, the Movie and the Author of The Joy Luck Club: A Discussion
This Big Read Keynote event features Guiyou Huang, Ph.D., Professor of English & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Norwich University, Vermont and author of over ten books, including The Columbia Guide to Asian American Literature since 1945 and Asian American Literary Studies, as he presents a highly informative presentation on The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. He will delve into this highly acclaimed title whose story was also expertly told on film. Immerse yourself in the world of Amy Tan as he takes the audience through her multilayered novel. This event begins at 11am.

Read, eat, enjoy art, watch movies, go on an online scavenger hunt and most importantly learn with the library this month. For further details, please visit www.ocls.info/bigread.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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