This post uses copy that was sourced directly from a press release.
Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off on September 15 and celebrates the diverse histories and cultures of people of Hispanic descent. Join Orange County Library System as we highlight Hispanic Heritage with programs that explore and celebrate Hispanic culture. Library branches will host in-person and virtual events throughout the month, from crafts and cooking classes to art history lessons and retrospectives. Traditional folk performances from Mexican Danza and Viva Mexico Folklore as well as up-tempo party music from Latin pop band La Calle Band will keep the celebration going. For more information, visit ocls.info/hispanic-heritage-month.
The 5th Annual Melrose Film Festival premieres Friday, September 9. This year’s festival features selections chosen from over 2,000 submissions from more than 90 countries. The festival is entirely virtual, with categories including animation, documentaries, shorts, music videos and more. Melrose Center staff will also offer virtual and in person events on all things film worthy. Visit ocls.info/melrose-film-festival for screenings, information about virtual events, and to vote for the audience choice award.
OCLS continues to offer conversations with award-winning writers with its Author Talk series. In September, featured authors include child development expert Dr. Michele Borba and her book Thrivers: Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Thrive; prolific New York Times bestselling author and journalist Simon Winchester; and Pulitzer Prize finalist Hernan Diaz, who will discuss his new novel, Trust. Check the calendar of events at libraryc.org/ocls for more information and a full listing of Author Talk events.
Registration is strongly recommended for all in-person events due to limited capacity. If you have any questions about the information shared below, call 407-835-7323. Visit us online at ocls.info to register, or to view a complete listing of both virtual and in-person library events.
Virtual: 5th Annual Melrose Film Festival
Screenings will premiere Friday, September 9 at noon, and will remain accessible through Saturday, September 24, 6 p.m. This is a virtual event. For more information, visit ocls.info/melrose-film-festival.
Music in the Library: Shannon Rae
Orlando Public Library – Saturday, September 10, 2 p.m.
Seasoned vocalist Shannon Rae will perform adored classics from our past. Hear songs every generation will enjoy, you might even catch yourself singing along.
Music in the Library: La Calle Band
Orlando Public Library – Saturday, September 17, 11 a.m.
The Latin pop band, La Calle Band delivers the quintessential Latin street party – a seamless blend of music and dance. The energetic, up-tempo music is always sure to get a crowd moving.
You Have a Movie Script Idea: Now What?
Orlando Public Library, Albertson Room – Sunday, September 18, 4 p.m.
If you have an idea for a movie script, what are the next steps? Screenwriter and professor Jennie Jarvis will discuss how to develop and sell your movie script.
Orlando Public Library – Sunday, September 18, 2 p.m.
Southeast Branch – Thursday, September 22, 11 a.m.
Chickasaw Branch – Friday, September 30, 11 a.m.
Experience a live Mexican folkloric dance performance. Enjoy colorful costumes and traditional Mexican music.
Puerto Rican Arts & Culture Five Years After Maria
Chickasaw Branch – Tuesday, September 20, 5 p.m.
Learn how Hurricane Maria affected the cultural expression of people in Puerto Rico and in the diaspora through language, music, performance, and literature from a panel of four Puerto Rican speakers.
Virtual Cuisine Corner: Papas Rellenas
Wednesday, September 21, 6 p.m.
Yamira Lee Johnson, head chef and founder of Breaking Bread with Mira, will show us how to make papas rellenas. Learn how to make this dish with potatoes and a yuca version using alternative fillings. Registration required. This is a virtual event. For more information, visit attend.ocls.info/event/6739532.
The Basics of Beekeeping with Winter Park Honey
Orlando Public Library, Albertson Room – Friday, September 23, Noon
Winter Park Honey visits the library to help you get started in beekeeping. Learn about equipment, safe habits and the best type of hive for your needs. Part of the Sustainability Series sponsored by the Friends of the Orange County Library System. Registration required.
Music in the Library: Viva Mexico Folklore
Orlando Public Library- Sunday, September 25, 3 p.m.
Embark on a musical journey from the coastal Veracruz region of Mexico to the northern border states of Monterrey and Tamaulipas. Experience traditional Mexican folklore and culture in song and dance.
Virtual: Author Talk with Hernan Diaz
Tuesday, September 27, 4 p.m. – Join us for an afternoon with Pulitzer Prize finalist and PEN/Faulkner Award-winner Hernan Diaz, author of In the Distance and Trust.
This is a virtual event. For more information, visit attend.ocls.info/event/6879053.