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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. 😋
#14 Biz Kids Club: Budding kid entrepreneurs, ages 9-14, are encouraged to sign up for the instructor-led OCLS’s Biz Kids Club. Participants develop a business plan, design marketing materials, and pitch their biz ideas in the twice-a-week meetings.
#15 Fun GIFs: Add an OCLS gif to your next Insta story. When you’re creating a story on Instagram – or through the GIPHY app – search “OCLS” to find an array of digital stickers you can send to your book-loving peeps.
#16 Colorful art: Have you seen the west facade of Orlando Public Library? Light Waves, by artist Christopher Janney, is a glass sculpture made of four colored bands that cover the building with a splash of color.
#18 Storyline: Set up some milk and cookies and then give (407) 835-7333 a call. Follow the prompts to hear an interactive story told by professional storytellers – you can choose from fairytales, folktales, or fables in English or Spanish.
#19 Learning spanish: Join the library for Basic Spanish on July 1. The vocab workshop is geared for beginners.
#20 Making Hot Dog Roasters: Unleash your inner engineer and use the energy of the sun to roast a hot dog using a Pringles can (yes, a Pringles can) plus a couple other materials. RSVP here.
#21 Citizenship Inspired: OCLS empowers immigrants to be fully prepared to pass the U.S. Naturalization Test by providing help with citizenship questions, practicing the citizenship interview, and offering information about the citizenship process. If you or someone you know would like to sign up, the next four-week session starts tomorrow.
#22 The library’s architecture: “Love that the downtown library is a prime example of Brutalism in architecture. It looks so unwelcoming on the outside but has an instant charm when you go in” Thanks to @winterparkhoodlums for this suggestion. To learn more about the history of the library’s architecture head over to their blog post.
#23 Recipe ideas: Here’s a dinner idea for this week – Rainbow Seafood Stir Fry. Tune in today at 6:30 p.m. for a virtual event with Chef Ha Roda and see how to prepare this tasty meal featuring shrimp, calamari, and peppers.
#24 Book recommendations: Three of OCLS’s Collection Development Librarians put together a list of a dozen book ideas to add to your summer reading list.
#25 Local Wanderer Lapel Pins: The brilliant folks at @secretsocietygoods just launched an amazing lapel pin to celebrate the library’s award-winning culture pass program, Local Wanderer. Order yours online for $10 and rock the pin proudly knowing that proceeds support the Friends of the Orange County Library System.
#26 Free Lynda.com access: Lynda from Linkedin – the ultimate video-based educational resource to help with just about anything related to software, creative, or business – can be costly. Luckily, with your OCLS Library Card, you get free access.
#27 Video Production Camp: Alert your kids obsessed with TikTok and Youtube – this five-day virtual video production camp is geared toward kids 13-to-17 years old. Starting July 20, they’ll learn the principles and techniques of creating a video from the professionals at The Melrose Center.
#28 David Buckley Mural at Alafaya: The library shared this timelapse video of artist David Buckley creating a mural on the wall of the Alafaya Branch. He’s also the artist of the popular mural at the Fairview Shores Branch.
#29 Melrose in the Mix: The live recording series by WUCF highlights local artists recording an album in front of an intimate audience and really highlights OCLS’s Melrose Center space. Jump into AMiAM’s performance – he shares some slick dance moves and also goes into his musical inspirations.
#31 Mobile check out: Not in the mood to talk to anyone while visiting the library in person? Try cloudLibrary. It’s an app that allows your phone to scan books for you to check out. Just be sure to stop by the Fastlane check out station to deactivate your items.
#32 Interview Like a Pro: Hear super practical tips to help you practice and prepare for your next job interview. Register in advance for Tuesday’s session.
#33 Farm-to-Cup Coffee: Jarrett Johnson of Lineage Coffee will share how he and his coffee-loving crew picks the perfect bean. RSVP for this caffeinated class.
➡️ 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 add them to our list above.