The Orange County Library system (Facebook Website) has announced their event programming for the month of February. Events include step team championships, Chinese New Year celebrations, and the Melrose Creative Expo.

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

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Cuisine Corner: Empanadillas
Orlando Public Library, Cypress Room, 101 E. Central BlvdSaturday, February 3, 11 a.m.

Discover how you can make tasty empanadillas. Yamira Lee Johnson, head chef and founder of Breaking Bread with Mira and certified holistic life coach, will demonstrate how to make empanadillas. Similar to an empanada, empanadillas are lighter and baked. For more information about Breaking Bread with Mira, visit Space is limited. Registration required.

Step Off
Orlando Public Library Saturday, February 3, 2:30 p.m.

Break the Stage! Step up your game for the 13th Annual Step Off competition! Local teams will put their best foot forward in a battle to be crowned the top step team around. Cash prizes sponsored by McCoy Federal Credit Union. Seating is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis.

The Role of Hip-Hop and Its Precursors, the Liberation and Civil Rights Struggles of African-Americans, Past and Present
Orlando Public Library, Albertson Room, 101 E. Central BlvdWednesday, February 7, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a discussion on African music making sensibilities and other related African expressive and visual arts and the pivotal role they once played and how they now play into the African-American’s effort to survive. Presented by Professor Don Harrell of Orisirisi African Folklore and the University of Central Florida Africana Studies.

Chinese New Year Celebration: Year of the Dog
Orlando Public Library, Library Central, 101 E. Central BlvdSaturday, February 10, 10 a.m.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year and enjoy a few Chinese traditions with a Dragon Dance, folk dances, a musical performance and a demonstration of Chinese calligraphy. Presented by the Chinese School of CAACF Inc.

Family History Fair!
West Oaks Branch, 1821 E. Silver Star Road., Ocoee Saturday, February 10, 11–2 p.m.

Join us at the West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center for our Family History Fair. Celebrate the three year anniversary of our grand re-opening. Explore your roots! If you are a beginner, this event can help you get started researching your family history. Experienced genealogists can learn tips about additional resources to aid in your research. The Central Florida Genealogical Society, other local lineage and family history societies and West Oaks Library staff will be available to share information on how to research and document your family history in the 21st century. Bring your family and friends to this day of fun and exploration!

The Many Black Panthers: Building the Saga of the Black Panther from Print to Film
Orlando Public Library, Library Central, 101 E. Central BlvdSaturday, February 10, 12 p.m.

From his debut in 1966 to the new film, the Black Panther has evolved to reflect contemporary dialogue about race and society in the United States. This presentation will address question identity, community and power linked to the Black Panther. In many ways, the Black Panther film is the culmination of a legacy of imagining possible blackness in American popular culture. A talk by Dr. Julian Chambliss, author and professor of history at Rollins College.

African-American Read-In
Orlando Public Library, Library Central, 101 E. Central BlvdSunday, February 11, 2–4 p.m.

Celebrate African-American literature in poetry, story and song, performed by local luminaries in conjunction with the 28th Annual National African-American Read-In. For more information, visit

Cuisine Corner: Date Night for Two
Orlando Public Library, Cypress Room, 101 E. Central Blvd.Monday, February 12, 6:15 p.m.

Award-winning cookbook author, Warren Caterson, shares dozens of kitchen tips, cooking hints and humorous anecdotes about the joys and challenges of cooking. Chef Warren will demonstrate how easy it can be to cook for two, using fresh and readily available ingredients. Book sale and signing to follow. For more information, visit

Youth Art Show
Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central BlvdThursday, February 15, 6:30 p.m.

You are invited to view artwork created by local students. Enjoy these masterpieces and converse with other art enthusiasts. Awards will be presented to the Youth Art Contest winners. Artwork will be exhibited at the Orlando Public Library until February 28.

Mamma Griot and Her Rocking Story Bag!
Hiawassee Branch, 7391 W. Colonial Drive Saturday, February 17, 11 a.m.
Eatonville Branch, 200 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville Saturday, February 17, 2 p.m.

In this interactive, family friendly program, Dr. Naima Johnston-Bush shares traditional folktales and songs that participants choose and create by selecting items from her rocking story bag. Dr. Naima, performing as a griot (musician-entertainers of western Africa) will tell stories and sing songs from her griot bag from countries around the world. This program is an engaging joyous celebration of music, the universal bonding that occurs through storytelling and the beauty of diversity.

Melrose Creative Expo
Orlando Public Library, Melrose Center, 101 E. Central BlvdFebruary 17, 2017, 1–4 p.m.

This open-house style event recognizes some of the best work made using Melrose Center resources. Join us for live music from Beth McKee, Marc with a C and E-Turn. Tour our fab lab, participate in demos in the audio and video studios, meet with vendors from the local maker community, enjoy virtual reality karaoke and more. Free and open to all. 

Music in the Library: Wassalou Band
Orlando Public Library, Library Central, 101 E. Central BlvdSunday, February 18, 2 p.m.

Wassalou is an Afropop band that presents a unique talent to the North American cultural landscape. It’s the only band of its kind in Florida, bringing language, colorful traditional costuming and dance straight out of Africa.

Storytelling in Space
Herndon Branch, 4324 E. Colonial Drive Tuesday, February 20, 7 p.m.

Author and artist Mike Maihack will discuss the origin and creation of the Cleopatra in Space series, the advantages of using historical figures in fiction and how to create your own strong characters whose traits can be used effectively (and humorously!) in a story. Mike will delve into the basic structure of sequential storytelling, background on the real Cleopatra, personal artistic influences and possibly a sneak peek at his upcoming graphic novels. There will be time for Q&A afterward. Ages 7 and up. 

Southwest Nature Walk & Book Talk
Dr. P. Phillips Community Park 8249 Buenavista Woods BlvdWednesday, February 21, 10:15–11:45 a.m.

Do you enjoy taking a walk and love to discuss books? Then join the Southwest Branch for a casual nature walk followed by a lively book discussion of Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Light refreshments will be provided. Meet at the trail entrance of the Dr. Phillips Community Park (Longhorn Steakhouse Loop). Enjoy the benefits of exercising your mind and body! Registration recommended. Ages 18 and up. 

Lorelei’s Lit Lair Presents: Let’s Talk Romance!
Alafaya Branch, 12000 E. Colonial Drive Thursday, February 22, 7 p.m.

Curious about the Romance genre? Looking for new author suggestions and titles? Want to win free books? Lorelei’s Lit Lair will offer recommendations and discuss all things romance, including contemporary, historical, romantic suspense and women’s fiction with romantic elements. Attendees can win door prizes, lots of swag and book giveaways. Reserve your spot today!

Winter Garden’s First Annual Cooking Day Cooking for All Ages!
Winter Garden, 805 E. Plant St., Winter Garden Saturday, February 24, 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Winter Garden’s First Annual Cooking Day! Join us for cooking demonstrations for all ages. We will have basic cooking programs for children and adults. Special guests include Yamira Lee Johnson, head chef and founder of Breaking Bread with Mira and certified holistic life coach.

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