The Orange County Library System held a special celebration over the weekend in recognition of 100 years of service, during which, it made an announcement that it would be bringing back a mobile book service care of the Sorosis of Orlando Woman’s Club.

The club helped to found Orlando’s first circulating library in 1893 and launched the Orange County Bookmobile in 1949 which brought books to county residents who couldn’t make the trip downtown. The service ended in 1979 when the library system launched its free home-delivery service.

The word “sorosis” means an “aggregation” and was used to describe an association of women or a “sisterhood.” The club recently sold its 7,500 SF building in Lake Eola Heights to a developer, which made it possible for them to donate $100,000 to the library system in order to bring back the bookmobile as well as a number of “book bicycles.”

Donating funds to help the library realize their plans brings us full circle,” said Sorosis of Orlando Vice President Susan Piner. “It is with great pleasure that the Sorosis of Orlando Woman’s Club presents this check for $100,000 to the library.”

A timeline for the launch of the new services is not available at this time.

Brendan O'Connor

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