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We are excited to launch a summer project that you will definitely want to check out.
Over the next few months, we’ll be declaring our love for the Orange County Library System with a series we’re calling: 101 Things We Love About The Library.
Why 101 reasons? To celebrate 101 E. Central Blvd — the headquarters for OCLS.
Kicking things off…
#1 Free library cards: Access to the system is free (!!!!) and takes two minutes to register. Here’s where to sign up or replace your lost card.
#2 Committed to creating an inclusive environment: Earlier this week the library released a statement to reaffirm their opposition to hatred, racism and intolerance. They help engage the public through their Read to Understand Catalog List includes books like Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice, The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World, and a couple dozen additional titles.
#3 Virtual Summer Reading Program: This year the annual program is going virtual. The Summer Reading Program is broken down by age groups and includes reading lists, virtual events, online classes, and more. It started earlier this week, but you still have time to join.
#4 The library is open: As of June 1, all locations are open at 25% capacity for essential services, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
#5 Engaging digital events: The library hosted a Star Wars Readers Theater, a virtual event where kids acted out Star Wars books and learned how to make their own props. Check out their upcoming events.
#6 Free home delivery: Offered as a service since 1974, OCLS will deliver nearly any item available for physical checkout to your mailbox. Requesting home delivery is easier than ordering a pizza – just hit “Request Home Delivery” at checkout. When you’re ready to return, drop off your items at any library location. Thanks to Pulptown reader Adly S. for sharing this tip.
#7 Shelf Centered podcast: The library added the Shelf Centered podcast to their lineup in April. Think of it as your backstage pass on all things OCLS with features on authors, library staff, book recommendations, and more. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher.
#8 OCLS Writer’s Group: Have a goal of writing a book this year? OCLS Writer’s Group is your local place to share pieces for critique and discussion. Check the upcoming schedule for virtual meetings and RSVP in advance.
#9 Interactive Digital Events: The library hosts dozens of digital events every day. Add Shakespeare LIVE! to your calendar for Monday and you’ll get the chance to learn about and perform in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
#10 These Three Things: Every Monday, OCLS posts a weekly video that highlights three things you should know about happening this week or general fun tips. It’s one of the ways we stay in the know of what’s happening at the library – and this week’s episode is no different. Btw, you ARE following the library on Insta, right?
#11 Unique partnerships: PBS Books, along with the University of Michigan Penny Stamps Speaker Series, is bringing creative leaders and their stories to various libraries across the country.
#12 Virtual Spanish classes for kids: Like the Hola Amigos class on Monday (Lunes). The class will cover colors, numbers, days of the week, and then some.
#13 Your health is top of mind: If you tune into OCLS’s Instagram on Tuesday, you can watch Chef Yamira Lee Johnson walk you through how to make summer detox drinks. 😋
➡️ What do you love about the library? What are some of your favorite resources, programs, or groups? Have an amazing tip you wanna share? Submit your thoughts and we’ll include them on the list above.