The Orange County Library system (Facebook Website) has announced their event programming for the month of December. Events include the the Human Library, one-minute film festivals, and a book swap.

For more information about events, call 407-835-7323. You can also check for more library events online at

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Lincoln Center at the Movies Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Orlando Public Library, Library Central, 101 E. Central Blvd.
Friday, December 1, noon

Enjoy a screening of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker performed by the New York City Ballet. This screening is brought to you by the Lincoln Center. For more information about Lincoln Center productions visit


Family Holiday Festival
West Oaks Branch, 1821 E. Silver Star Road., Ocoee
Saturday, December 2, 1–3 p.m.

Holiday Cheer is here! You are invited to a day filled with fun, photos and food. Bring the whole family to have a holiday photo taken, make a holiday bracelet and enjoy holiday stories and crafts for the kids. Apple cider and popcorn will be served while you have the chance to mingle and meet others. Enter to win a fantastic family prize! Registration required.


Trends in the Children’s Book Market: Rule-breaking, Reinventing and Resisting
Orlando Public Library, Albertson Room, 101 E. Central Blvd.
Sunday, December 3, 3–5 p.m.

Lisa Wheeler, author of more than 35 children’s books, will discuss how to navigate trends in the Children’s Book Market. Learn how to have a long-lived, stable career in the ever-changing world of books for kids. Presented by the Florida Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.


Cuisine Corner: Gourmet Hot Chocolate
Orlando Public Library, Cypress Room, 101 E. Central Blvd.
Tuesday, December 5, 6:30 p.m.

Ditch the packet and upgrade your hot chocolate with these gourmet twists on a holiday favorite. Library staff will introduce you to deluxe hot cocoa recipes to keep you warm all winter long.


Writing Workshop with James Ponti
South Trail Branch, 4600 S. Orange Blossom Trail
Wednesday, December 6, 4:30 p.m.

Calling aspiring writers, ages 9–14! Edgar-award winning writer James Ponti presents a writing workshop for kids and teens with interactive writing exercises and writing tips. Ponti is the author of Framed! and the Dead City trilogy. Ponti has a degree in screenwriting from the University of Southern California and has written and produced television shows for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, PBS, History Channel and Golf Channel. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Registration required. Register at


Melrose Meetups: Creative Community Meetup
Orlando Public Library, Melrose Center, 101 E. Central Blvd.
Wednesday, December 6, 5:30–7 p.m.

Collaborate and network with other digital media creatives in Central Florida. Bring your portfolios, business cards and flyers to share. Hobbyists, enthusiasts and self-starters of all skill levels are encouraged to attend. This meetup is hosted by Melrose Staff, including Audio, Design, Photo and Video instructors, to bring creatives from different fields together.


Human Library™ Orlando
Orlando Public Library, Albertson Room, 101 E. Central Blvd.
Saturday, December 9, 1–4 p.m.

Join us for an open dialogue among community members aiming to foster a better understanding within our community. Volunteers with different backgrounds will act as books that you as a reader can check out. Launched in Denmark, the Human Library™ was designed to challenge stereotypes through positive dialogue. For more information about the Human Library™, visit Ages 18 and up.

Meet the Author: Peter Telep
Chickasaw Branch, 870 N. Chickasaw Trail
Monday, December 11, 6:30 p.m.

#1 New York Times’ bestselling author Peter Telep has penned over 40 novels and has collaborated with legendary thriller author Tom Clancy. Peter is also a writing instructor at the University of Central Florida and loves to share his knowledge with students and fans. Enjoy a discussion about his experiences and his latest science fiction book series, Doc Harrison. A book sale and signing will follow the event.


Star Wars Trivia
Alafaya Branch, 12000 E. Colonial Drive
Wednesday, December 13, 6 p.m.

Test your knowledge of all things Star Wars. This is a family event where everyone can work together and have fun. All ages.


Hark! The Figgy Pudding! The History of Carols
Orlando Public Library, Library Central, 101 E. Central Blvd.
Thursday, December 14, 6:30 p.m.

This musical program is an interactive storytelling event that uncovers the histories behind the most beloved carols and songs. What is a “carol” anyway? Who is the true love in The Twelve Days of Christmas? Why was the song Santa Claus is Coming to Town based on a tragic event? What is a welkin and what does it have to do with angels harking? Discover the secrets behindDeck the Halls and so much more! Audiences will be treated to dynamic solos and several chances to sing along during this festive seasonal event.


Star Wars Celebration
Alafaya Branch, 12000 E. Colonial Drive
Saturday, December 16, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Join us at the Alafaya Library for an all day Star Wars celebration! Visit Mos Eisley Cantina to watch Star Wars movies on the big screen and for a galactic storytime with the last Jedi herself. In between the entertainment, travel to the Niima Outpost for crafts and snacks throughout the day. These events are for all ages, so we hope to see both Padawans and full Jedi alike. May the Force be with you all.


Dickens Holiday Celebration
Orlando Public Library, Library Central, 101 E. Central Blvd.
Saturday, December 16, 11:30 a.m.

Enjoy some fun and festive holiday songs performed by the Orlando Dickens Carolers.


Local Author Festival
Orlando Public Library, Library Central, 101 E. Central Blvd.
Sunday, December 17, 2-4 p.m.

Meet and greet local authors at our Local Author Festival. Authors from a variety of genres will share their experiences and books. Each author will have books available for purchase and signing.


Southwest Book Club: Meet Author Selina Siak Chin Yoke
Southwest Branch, 7255 Della Drive
Tuesday, December 19, 7–8:45 p.m.

Join the Southwest Book Club to meet author Selina Siak Chin Yoke and discuss her Malayan Series: The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds (Book 1, 2016) and When the Future Comes Too Soon (Book 2, 2017). Each book, which can be read independently and in any order, follows a different generation of the Wong family and tells not only their human story but also the story of the country in which they live, British Malaya. Ages 18 and up.

YouTube Live Production for Families
Orlando Public Library, Melrose Center, 101 E. Central Blvd.
Wednesday, December 27, 1–4 p.m.

Does your child show interest in becoming a YouTube vlogger, but you don’t know where to begin with helping them get started? Team up with your child in this three-hour video production workshop to get a jump start on your first YouTube channel video. Parent/Guardian must sign up with at least one child. Ages 6 and up.

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