West Orange Branch 1964
In November 1964, the West Orange Branch at 155 West Maple Street in Winter Garden replaced the former Winter Garden bookmobile station. Within a year, the City of Winter Garden purchased two lots on Cypress Street to hold as a site for a new branch library building. In August 1967, the Orange County Commission acquired the land from the City of Winter Garden. The building was dedicated on April 20, 1969, at One East Cypress Street, Winter Garden. The library’s 1966-1967 Annual Report gives the history of how the branch came to be.
The West Orange Branch was featured in the November 1993 Friends of the Library Newsletter.
Read more about the West Orange branch and branch manager Glenda Houck.
Winter Garden Branch 2005
The West Orange branch was replaced in 2005 by the new Winter Garden branch. The new branch sits at the westernmost part of Orange County. It is the only branch built on donated land. The family of former citrus grove owner, Sylvester C. Battaglia donated two acres for construction of the library and the official branch name – S. C. Battaglia Memorial Branch – honors his contributions to the community.
August Calabrese, the newly assigned manager arrived at the Winter Garden Branch of the Orange County Library System on Monday June 22, 2009. Mr. Calabrese was the former assistant manager of the Herndon and South Creek Branches. He replaced Glenda Houck who recently retired in 2009.