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.
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.
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.
From 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.
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.
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.
This 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.