March Books & Beyond 2019 - Page 5

When you think of the library, what comes to mind?
Perhaps you think of it as the place you visited
as a child, where you learned to sit quietly while
you listened to adults reading you stories. Maybe
you think of it as the place you went in college to
escape the din of your dorm room so you could
study for exams. Or maybe you think of it as a place
where you brought your children to teach them
the value of books and reading.
The library is still all of these things, but now I
want to challenge you to think of it as something
more. What if the library were a place where you
could go to learn to use Adobe Illustrator and take
the first step on your path to becoming a graphic
designer? What if it were a place where you could
grow your small business using free resources
you can access in person or from the comfort of
your own home? What if it were a place where you
could connect with people like you – parents with
young children, creatives who want to network
with other professionals, book lovers who want to
attend book discussions and meetups?
The Orange County Library System is all of those
things and more. Starting this month, we’ll be using
the tagline Learn. Grow. Connect. to talk about
our services and to show you how much more
the library has to offer than you may know. Even
if you’re a voracious library user, I bet there are still
things you’ll be surprised you can do using your
library card – all for free.
Browse this publication to find something new
happening at a library location near you. From
Spring Break Camps, where kids can learn about
dinosaurs to our new Hooks and Books crochet
and book club, to genealogy programs where
you can connect to the past, we’ve got plenty of
opportunities for you to learn, grow and connect
with us.
Blakemore School of Music
Orlando Public Library, Library Central
Sunday, March 3, 2 p.m.
Enjoy a live performance by the students of
the Blakemore School of Music. Students of all
ages will perform classical music.
To learn more, visit
Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO
By Sara Gonzalez, Branch Manager
My name is Sara Gonzalez and I am honored to be the Branch
Manager at your Southwest Branch. My staff and I are so excited
to invite you to our branch’s 30th Anniversary Celebration on
Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m. We have many interesting events
scheduled for our friends of all ages, much of which will
celebrate the rich history of our location.
In February 1989, the Southwest Branch opened its doors
to the public. Located in the historic Dr. Phillips community,
the Southwest Branch’s building is owned by the Dr. Phillips
Foundation and is leased to OCLS. Della Drive, the road that the
library is located on, is named after Dr. P. Phillips’ wife, Della. You
can learn more about the Dr. Phillips family at our presentation,
Della’s Roses, hosted by the authors of the book of the same
We have provided a variety of services to meet the desires
of our dynamic community. From early literacy programs for
babies and young children, to homeschool group programs,
technology classes, knitting, crochet and fiber arts classes,
meditation, stress buster art and our Smarter Senior Series, we
truly have something for everyone.
I would be remiss to discuss our services without thanking
the dedicated teen and adult volunteers who help us with a
variety of tasks, including making our branch a welcoming
and community-minded environment for our customers.
In addition to wonderful programs, you can find books,
audiobooks, magazines, newspapers and more at our location.
We also offer computer, Wi-Fi and printer access. Our helpful
staff are happy to assist you with your information search.
On March 30th, please join us in celebrating throughout the
day, starting at 11 a.m. with our Music in the Library series with
pianist and vocalist JJ Speights, crafts and games for children, an
interactive scavenger hunt, and a tai chi program for teens and
I am proud of our staff who continue to model our mission
and vision in all that they do. We truly change lives at the
Southwest Branch. Thank you for letting us be part of your lives
for the past 30 years.
Matthew Gurnsey – The Kilted Man
Orlando Public Library, Library Central
Sunday, March 10, 2 p.m.
Chickasaw Branch
Monday, March 11, 12 p.m.
Matthew Gurnsey will delight you with
rousing performances of Irish and Scottish
music using traditional Celtic instruments
paired with his stirringly rich bass voice. To
learn more about Matthew Gurnsey, visit
Pianist Shirley Wang
Orlando Public Library, Library Central
Friday, March 29, 4 p.m.
This performance is a great introduction
to classical music for new comers, yet the
selections and performance are sophisticated
enough to tantalize the most seasoned
classical connoisseurs.
JJ Speights
Southwest Branch
Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m.
Pianist and vocalist JJ Speights will be
performing as part of the Southwest Branch’s
30th anniversary celebration. Hear classics
that are sure to get you moving. For more
information about JJ, visit
Orlando Public Library, Library Central
Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m.
From deep within the urban forest of Pittsburgh’s
East End, the Squirrel Hillbillies emerge to share their
eclectic mix of acoustic roots music, spanning folk,
country and blues.
Orlando Public Library
On Display March 9–April 23
The annual Celebrating the Genius
of Women art exhibition features
local, national and international
artists who have entered artwork for
consideration in the annual Women
in the Arts Inc. competition. Winners
of the competition will be announced
at the Women in the Arts Awards
on Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m.
For more information, visit
The Printer’s Journey
Southwest Branch
On Display Through March
The incredible patterns, lines, shapes and
textures that define our natural environment
became the primary basis for Kusuma’s prints
and book arts. Her work draws attention to
parallels between natural and man-made
objects and has been exhibited at several
locations including the Orlando Museum of
Art’s First Thursdays, the SOBO Gallery,
the Hyatt Regency Orlando and more.

Music in the LibraryJJ SpeightsArt & DisplayWomen in the ArtsThe Kilted Man

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