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ADULT SUMMER READING
July is the last full month to participate in the Adult
Summer Reading Challenge! Register today through
Beanstack for a chance to win great prizes. With each
challenge completed, a digital ticket will be earned to
redeem towards entry into the prize drawing. Don’t
forget, our prize drawings will close on Sunday, August 1.
For more information visit ocls.info/asr.
SUNSHINE STATE AUTHOR
by Jessica Pinkowski,
Youth Services Assistant Manager
Pet Photo Frames
Wednesday, July 7, 3 p.m.
Create customized photo frames for your pet with Scratch Art.
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Deborah Hopkinson is the award-winning
author of more than 60 books for young
readers including picture books, middle
grade historical fiction and nonfiction. In
2020, she won the Sunshine State Young
Reader Award for her grade 3–5 novel, How
I Became a Spy: A Mystery of World War II
London. This month, Mayor Buddy’s Book
Club will have a virtual visit with Deborah
to celebrate the End of Book Party on
Thursday, July 15, 3 p.m.
CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING SELECTED AS A
SUNSHINE STATE AUTHOR! HOW DID IT FEEL TO
GET THAT NEWS?
I was thrilled to find out How I Became a Spy was
selected. And so was the real LR, my dog Little Rue!
I’m a big fan of history and mysteries, and I hope
this book encourages young readers from Florida
to keep reading.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A WRITER?
I wanted to be a writer since the fourth grade,
mostly because I LOVED to read. And I still do.
HOW I BECAME A SPY COMBINES HISTORY WITH
FICTION; THAT SOUNDS LIKE IT COULD BE A
HELPFUL WAY TO LEARN. WHAT RESOURCES DID
YOU USE TO WRITE HOW I BECAME A SPY?
Writing How I Became a Spy was easier because
of the research I’ve done for several nonfiction
books about WWII, including D-Day: The World War
II Invasion that Changed History and We Had to Be
Brave: Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport. For
both historical fiction and nonfiction, I rely on oral
histories, resource books and museum websites.
WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED
Just keep trying and practicing – and don’t give
up. Writing is so rewarding because it is hard. But,
as I remind students, so are pursuits like music and
sports. After all, every baseball season starts with
MAYOR BUDDY’S BOOK CLUB
END OF BOOK PARTY
Thursday, July 15, 3 p.m.
Join Orlando Mayor Buddy’s Book Club
to celebrate the completion of the
book, How I Became a Spy, by Deborah
Hopkinson! There will be a live Q&A with
the author. Recommended for ages 8–12.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR?
I’ve written a picture book entitled Ordinary,
Extraordinary Jane in tribute to my favorite author,
Jane Austen. We read her books 200 years later
because she worked so hard to make them
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS THIS SUMMER?
This summer I’ll be working on a picture book
about Dr. John Snow, who also appears in my
other historical fiction novel set in London, The
Great Trouble. And I’m writing another nonfiction
book about World War II.
WHO WERE YOUR READING/WRITING
INFLUENCES GROWING UP?
I grew up in the historic industrial town of Lowell,
Massachusetts. Perhaps that’s why I was drawn
to writers like Charles Dickens, who was forced to
work in a factory as a boy. I think it’s also why I got
interested in reading and writing about ordinary
people of the past.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG
READERS AND FAMILIES THIS SUMMER?
I like to encourage parents to read the same books
as their kids, or to use a book as a springboard for
discussion. For instance, How I Became a Spy could
inspire further reading about World War II, or even
watching some fun spy films as a family. Choosing
a summer theme for reading, audiobooks and
movies is a great way to learn together.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU’RE
I love to read, of course! I also love working in the
garden. My most recent picture book, Butterflies
Belong Here, is about growing milkweed to help
attract monarch butterflies. I haven’t seen a
monarch yet but I am growing milkweed!
HOW DO YOU SELECT THE NAMES OF
It often takes a long time to select the right names.
In How I Became a Spy, I knew that Eleanor should
be named for Eleanor Roosevelt (who I’m also
writing about). I also look at names popular during
the time in which the book is set, and Bertie just
seemed to fit.
Just keep trying and
practicing – and don’t
give up. Writing is so
rewarding because it
This author virtual visit is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture in
conjunction with the City of Orlando Mayor’s Matching Grant.
Washi Tape Bird Cards
Thursday, July 8, 3 p.m.
Birds of a feather create washi cards together. Library staff will
demonstrate how to create unique cards using washi tape. We’ll
also create a card using your favorite photograph.
Origami Animals with Al Aki
Monday, July 12, 11:15 a.m.
Origami instructor Al Aki will teach you how to create origami
(paper folding) animals. Recommended for ages 15 and up.
Qigong Summer Cooldown
Tuesday, July 13, 10:30 a.m.
Jasmine Win shows basic qigong techniques and how using
them in your daily life can benefit your health. Qigong is a crucial
tool in Chinese medicine which involves movement, breathing
Create a Backyard Ecosystem
Tuesday, July 13, 2:30 p.m.
Turn your yard into a haven for birds, small mammals and
beneficial insects. Start attracting birds right away by learning
how to make a simple bird feeder.
Wednesday, July 14, 3 p.m.
On a wild adventure you’ll learn how to create your own animal
felties! Explore how to hand sew or use glue for assembly.
South Creek Social Crafters Meetup
Thursday, July 15, 4 p.m.
Explore your creativity with a fun craft or bring your own project
while meeting new people. This month, create customized photo
frames for your pet with Scratch Art. Recommended for ages 18
Fairy Garden on a Budget
Thursday, July 15, 4:30 p.m.
Create your own enchanted fairy garden using budget friendly
items. This mini decorative garden will certainly spark your
Thursday, July 22, 7 p.m.
Tell us your favorite folktales from childhood. We’ll talk about
folktales from the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Appalachia and other
places. We’ll also read a folktale or two.