This post uses copy that was sourced directly from a press release.
Orange County Library System welcomes winter’s shorter days and colder weather with a selection of events to keep you warm and cozy. Learn to cook a new favorite comfort meal, craft a new holiday trinket or décor piece to give as a gift or display for yourself, discover historical wintertime traditions and create new ones of your own. View our events calendar online at ocls.info/classes-events for a listing of all upcoming programs.
As part of OCLS’s upcoming 100 Year Celebration, the library has teamed up with audio- and ebook distributor OverDrive for a goal of 1,923,000 digital checkouts this year through OverDrive’s reading app, Libby. This number was chosen to highlight 1923, the year Orange County Library System was born. Once OCLS hits its goal of 1,923,000 digital checkouts, one library customer who checked out a digital title through Libby will be chosen for a prize, to be announced at the 100 Year Celebration Kickoff at Orlando Public Library on January 7, 2023. Visit the library’s OverDrive page at ocls.overdrive.com for more information.
Computer Science Education Week starts December 5. Take the opportunity to begin your coding journey this winter. You can also find more Winter Break learning opportunities for kids ages 5–17 at ocls.info/schoolbreak.
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.
Chiquiticos / Little Ones
Southeast Branch – Thursday, December 1–29, 10:15 a.m.
Chickasaw Branch – Mondays, December 5–19, 11 a.m.
Learn Spanish through the exploration of original music with a live guitar performance. Reinforce new vocabulary words using visual, auditory, and kinesthetic skills. Recommended for ages 0–8.
Virtual – Cuisine Corner Junior: Flan
Thursday, December 1, 4 p.m.
Flan is a rich custard dessert finished off with caramel that is famous in numerous Latin American nations. Learn how to make this dish with only six ingredients and serve it at your next gathering. This is a virtual event. For more information, visit attend.ocls.info/event/7374541.
Family Art Adventures: Winter Fun
Alafaya Branch – Saturday, December 3, 11 a.m.
Families are invited to paint a snowy scene together. Recommended for families with children 3–12. Registration is required for each family member.
Mindful Start Family Yoga
West Oaks Branch – Saturday, December 3, 11 a.m., Wednesdays, December 7–21, 10 a.m.
Winter Garden Branch – Mondays, December 5–19, 10:30 a.m.
Silly and fun yoga poses designed for kids! Flow through an imaginative journey filled with puppets, parachute games, and relaxing rest time. Recommended for families with children ages 0–7.
Yoga with PLAYologist Yolonda
Eatonville Branch – Tuesdays, December 6–20, 10:15 a.m.
Fun-filled yoga, meditation, and mindfulness sessions with a twist that uses a PLAY-based yoga curriculum that is trauma-informed conscious. Recommended for ages 3–5.
Baby’s First Art
Southwest Branch – Monday, December 12, 10:30 a.m.
First experiences are so incredible to witness! Bring your little one to play, explore and create art pieces that both of you will enjoy.
Mayor Buddy’s Book Club End of Book Party
Orlando Public Library – Wednesday, December 14, 4 p.m.
Mayor Buddy’s Book Club is celebrating the completion of their latest book Katie the Catsitter by Colleen AF Venable! There will be a Q&A with the author. Recommended for ages 8–12. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
I Spy Winter
West Oaks Branch – Tuesday, December 27, 11 a.m.
Explore a winter wonderland through a story and hands-on activities to warm up your little fingers.
Virtual – Little Chef: Little Pig, Little Pig Let Me In
Tuesday, December 27, 11 a.m.
The Three Little Pigs are in trouble and need some help. Build them a house of candy and sticks to keep them safe before the wolf huffs and puffs and gobbles it all up! This is a virtual event. For more information, visit attend.ocls.info/event/7361025.
Book Talk: The Opioid Fix
Orlando Public Library, Albertson Room – Saturday, December 3, 4 p.m.
Barbara Andraka-Christou, author of the award-winning The Opioid Fix, will discuss the legal, cultural, and health service barriers to the use of lifesaving medications that treat opioid use disorder.
A Christmas Carol
Orlando Public Library, Library Central – Sunday, December 4, 2 p.m.
Broadway and film actor Duffy Hudson, without the aid of props and costumes while playing all 30 characters, brings this magical tale to life. Don’t miss this unusual take on a seasonal favorite.
Therapeutic Pottery Program
West Oaks Branch – Tuesday, December 6, 1 p.m.
Learn about the history of clay and the benefits to your body of working with clay while being led through a step-by-step air-dry clay pottery event. Registration required. Recommended for ages 18 and up.
Virtual – Design Holiday Decorations with Inkscape
Tuesday, December 6, 3 p.m., Monday, December 12, 6:30 p.m.
Learn how to design holiday decorations with Inkscape. Once designed you can choose to make your creation by getting access to our 3D printers, Silhouette Cameo, or laser cutter machines. This is a virtual event. For more information, visit attend.ocls.info/event/7395213.
Virtual – Exploring Victorian Holiday Traditions
Thursday, December 8, 7:30 p.m.
Many of our most common holiday traditions have their roots in the Victorian Era. From sending cards to decorating trees, learn about how these traditions were conceived throughout the 1800s. This is a virtual event. For more information, visit attend.ocls.info/event/7339544.
Multicultural Hair Styling 101
South Trail Branch – Saturday, December 10, 4–5:30 p.m.
Learn how to braid and twist natural hair into a protective style. Explore healthy braiding techniques and get advice on the best hair tools for textured hair. Registration required.
Music in the Library: Dickens Holiday Celebration
Orlando Public Library, Library Central – Sunday, December 11, 2 p.m.
Enjoy some fun and festive holiday songs performed by the Orlando Dickens Carolers.
LIFE Information for Elders’ End of Year Celebration
Orlando Public Library, Albertson Room – Thursday, December 15, 12:10 p.m.
Join Orange County Office on Aging and Orange County Library System as we celebrate 2022 Life Information for Elders Series presenters. Learn more about each presenter’s resources and ask questions. To register, email [email protected] or call 407.836.7446. Seating is limited, and registration is required.
Virtual – Writing Satisfying Endings
Friday, December 16, 7 p.m.
A satisfying ending is a crucial, but overlooked element of great fiction. Author and Editor Kristen Stieffel will discuss how to avoid the most common errors and satisfy your readers. This is a virtual event. For more information, visit attend.ocls.info/event/7034725.
OCLS Gaming Expo
Orlando Public Library, Melrose Center – Sunday, December 18, 1–5 p.m.
Join us at the Melrose Center for a day all about gaming. Meet local game developers, network with industry exhibitors, participate in workshops and play the latest in games! Game on.