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Orange County Library kicks off it's Annual Summer Programs 2023 with fun for everyone

Orange County Library System’s annual summer program begins this year on June 3 with a varied program of things to do!


Orange County Library Annual Summer Programs

Participate in Orange County Library System's annual summer program, All Together Now: Kindness, Friendship and Unity taking place from June 3 - July 29, 2023.


This year’s Summer at Your Library theme is All Together Now: Kindness, Friendship and Unity. Classes, programs and events for all ages that explore gratitude, friendship, community and compassion will be offered in-person at all branches and virtually.



Here's what to do:

  • Spread your love for reading with a book from our Summer Booklists for Early Learners, Kids and Teens.

  • Read for at least 20 minutes every day!

  • Sign up for Beanstack and log your minutes online, or use the English, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Spanish paper reading tracker.

  • Starting July 15, kids ages 0-18 who complete 300 minutes of reading can visit their local branch for a Goodie Bag, while supplies last.

  • Learn more about the youth Grand Prize Giveaway at the End of Summer Celebration!

  • View the online calendar to register for upcoming programs and events.


Orange County Library Annual Summer Programs

Summer at Your Library Pograms and Events


Summer Fun Events For Everyone:

That Black Girl Art

Eatonville Branch

On Display Through June

Experience the works of fiber artist Lauren Austin through the realities of African American history with photographs, beadwork and other mediums combined into her signature narrative quilts.


SAYL Away to Adult Summer Camp

Orlando Public Library, Albertson Room

Sunday, June 4, 2–4 p.m.

Experience summer camp vibes as an adult. Spend an afternoon creating cool crafts and making memories. Supplies are limited. Registration required.


Music in the Library: Ravon Rhoden

Chickasaw Branch

Thursday, June 8, 11 a.m.

In honor of National Caribbean American Heritage Month enjoy a live performance by steel pan musician Ravon Rhoden. Ravon is an energetic pannist with an extensive musical repertoire.


Meet the Artist: Lauren Austin

Eatonville Branch

Saturday, June 10, 10:30 a.m.

Learn how Lauren Austin’s experience as a human rights lawyer led to her becoming an artist who merges various mediums to reflect African American family life and its connection to the nature.


Introduction to Belly Dance

Orlando Public Library, Albertson Room

Saturday, June 10, Noon

Join professional belly dancer Helen Blondel as she teaches the fundamentals of belly dance using a step-by-step approach. Learn about its history, social significance and fun creative art form.

Melrose Pop Festival

Orlando Public Library, Melrose Center

Saturday, June 10, 2 – 7 p.m.

The Melrose Pop Festival will feature seven musical acts performing on the Melrose Stage. Attendees must already be in the Melrose Center at 6:00pm to see the final act at 6:10pm.


Cuisine Corner: Jamaican Barbecued Jerk Pork

Virtual Event

Monday, June 12, 6:30 p.m.

Join culinary expert Dianne Morin as she teaches how to infuse the wonderful flavors of homemade Jamaican jerk seasoning with homemade barbecue sauce.


Postcards 101

Orlando Public Library, Albertson Room

Tuesday, June 20, 5:30 p.m.

DIY your own postcard to connect with a pal.


Music in the Library: Ravon Rhoden

Orlando Public Library, Library Central

Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m.

In honor of National Caribbean American Heritage Month enjoy a live performance by steel pan musician Ravon Rhoden. Ravon is an energetic pannist with an extensive musical repertoire.


Veteran Resources

Virtual Event

Tuesday, June 27, 11 a.m.

A representative from the Orlando VA will present suicide prevention and resources available to our veterans. Learn how to access VA and community emergency services.


How to Live to 100: Habits of the World’s Healthiest People

LIFE Information for Elders Branching Out Series

West Oaks Branch

Wednesday, June 28, Noon

Join Robin Rountree, with the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center, for a discussion on what people who are living the longest in the “Blue Zones” can teach us about living a longer life.


Cusine Corner: Spring Rolls

Virtual Event

Wednesday, June 28, 6 p.m.

Yamira Lee Johnson, head chef and founder of Breaking Bread with Mira, will guide us through the process of making spring rolls. Learn how you can make this delicious dish at home.


Author Talk with Tananarive Due

Virtual Event

Wednesday, June 28, 8 p.m.

Join us for a chat with Tananarive Due about her newest work, The Wishing Pool and Other Stories.



Summer Fun Events For Under 18's:

Bridge the Gap

Southeast Branch

Friday, June 2, 4 p.m.

Hiawassee Branch

Tuesday, June 6, 4:30 p.m.

South Creek Branch

Saturday, June 17, 2 p.m.

Build bridges with new friends. Work as a team and test your engineering skills as you solve puzzles that require you to bridge the gap. Recommended for families with children ages 5 and up.


Escape From the Cosmos

Windermere Branch

Saturday, June 3, 11 a.m.

West Oaks Branch

Saturday, June 10, 3 p.m.

Hiawassee Branch

Tuesday, June 20, 4:30 p.m.

Your family is stuck on Mars! Work together to tackle cosmic challenges and puzzles. Will your family discover the launch code to blast home to earth? Recommended for families with children ages 6–14.


Kick-off Summer with Katie Nguyen

Orlando Public Library, Library Central

Saturday, June 3, 2 p.m.

Participate in science, have fun, and laugh as Katie from Mega Wow experiments with color! This interactive show explores the science behind color and color mixing. Recommended for ages 0–12.


Prideful Faces: Makeup Masterclass

Windermere Branch

Saturday, June 3, 2 p.m.

Orlando Public Library, Albertson Room

Saturday, June 10, 2:30 p.m.

Alafaya Branch

Saturday, June 17, 3 p.m.

Celebrate Pride or your love of costume makeup! Makeup artist Danielle Ziss teaches teens how to apply rainbow makeup in a quick and easy way, creating happy looks that are full of color. Recommended for ages 11–18.


Amazing Animals

Washington Park Branch

Monday, June 5, 10:30 a.m.

Winter Garden Branch

Tuesday, June 6, 10:30 a.m.

Windermere Branch

Wednesday, June 7, 10:30 a.m.

North Orange Branch

Thursday, June 8, 11 a.m.

South Creek Branch

Friday, June 9, 10:30 a.m.

West Oaks Branch

Monday, June 12, 11 a.m.

Hiawassee Branch

Wednesday, June 14, 10:30 a.m.

Chickasaw Branch

Friday, June 16, 10:30 a.m.

Fairview Shores Branch

Wednesday, June 21, 10:30 a.m.

Southeast Branch

Thursday, June 22, 11 a.m.

Southwest Branch

Friday, June 23, 10:30 a.m.

Meet rare, threatened and endangered species. Learn about interesting animals that can be found throughout different lands and animal conservation. Recommended for ages 0–12.


Spheres Bubble Show

Fairview Shores Branch

Monday, June 5, 10:30 a.m.

Orlando Public Library, Library Central

Tuesday, June 6, 10:30 a.m.

Southwest Branch

Wednesday, June 7, 10:30 a.m.

Southeast Branch

Thursday, June 8, 11 a.m.

Chickasaw Branch

Friday, June 9, 10:30 a.m.

South Trail Branch

Monday, June 12, 10:30 a.m.

Winter Garden Branch

Tuesday, June 13, 10:30 a.m.

Alafaya Branch

Thursday, June 15, 10:30 a.m.

South Creek Branch

Friday, June 16, 10:30 a.m.

Windermere Branch

Wednesday, June 21, 10:30 a.m.

North Orange Branch

Thursday, June 22, 11 a.m.

Eatonville Branch

Friday, June 23, 10:30 a.m.

West Oaks Branch

Monday, June 26, 11 a.m.

Hiawassee Branch

Wednesday, June 28, 10:30 a.m.

Watch Blaise Ryndes, master bubble performer, blow gigantic bubbles and create “liquid fireworks.” Listen to fun music as you are amazed by this bubble and light show. Recommended for ages 0–12.


DIY Pride

South Creek Branch

Thursday, June 8, 2 p.m.

South Trail Branch

Thursday, June 8, 3 p.m.

North Orange Branch

Wednesday, June 14, 2:30 p.m.

Washington Park Branch

Thursday, June 15, 10:30 a.m.

Chickasaw Branch

Monday, June 26, 10:30 a.m.

Hiawassee Branch

Thursday, June 29, 12:30 p.m.

Celebrate Pride with all the colors of the rainbow! Learn about the history of the rainbow flag and put your new knowledge to use by creating rainbow-themed crafts. Recommended for ages 6–8.


Music with Evan and Vanessa

Southeast Branch

Monday, June 12, 11 a.m.

Orlando Public Library, Library Central

Tuesday, June 13, 10:30 a.m.

Southwest Branch

Wednesday, June 14, 10:30 a.m.

Enjoy an award-winning bilingual children’s band. Sing along, tune in and listen to peaceful music recently named one of the “Best New Latin Kid’s Music Groups” by Billboard. Recommended for ages 0–8.


Fyütch

Eatonville Branch

Friday, June 16, 10:30 a.m.

Library Pop-Up: Horizon West

Saturday, June 17, 10:30 a.m.

The Grammy-nominated artist hosts a special Juneteenth-inspired concert with songs about community, Black history and culture, through a blend of hip-hop, soul, R&B and pop! Recommended for ages 0–12.


Vision Board Workshop with Sumer Strawbree

Orlando Public Library, Albertson Room

Saturday, June 17, 2:30 p.m.

Learn how to take your written goals from paper to a decorated vision board that actually works! Manifest positivity in your life at school and at home. Recommended for ages 11–18.


Los Niños Escuchan Cuando Tú Escuchas

Southeast Branch

Wednesday, June 21, 4 p.m.

La comunicación es importante para que sus hijos sepan que sus padres los están escuchando. Aprenda sobre las técnicas de escucha activa y el cambio de perspectiva del habla: qué decir y cómo decirlo.


NB Hip-Hop Academy Workshop

Orlando Public Library, Albertson Room

Saturday, June 24, 2:30 p.m.

Learn about hip-hop, rhythm notation, how to chop samples, stacking drums, recording live instruments and how to build a track with hip-hop music instructor Chris Burns. Recommended for ages 11–18.


Patty Shukla’s Super Music & Movement

Southeast Branch

Monday, June 26, 11 a.m.

Orlando Public Library, Library Central

Tuesday, June 27, 10:30 a.m.

Southwest Branch

Wednesday, June 28, 10:30 a.m.

Move and shake along with award-winning performer and YouTube sensation, Miss Patty! Stand up and dance to fun, engaging and original education-based songs. Recommended for ages 0–5.


Orange County Library Annual Summer Programs

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