Each newsletter has information on special events, displays, art exhibits, and bookstore news. There are also special features on library departments, staff and resources. In addition, each monthly newsletter included an inserted calendar of events for library branches. View the calendars below under Documents.
As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the library in 2022, these publications preserve the history of the Friends of the Library, special events, programs, art and innovation shared with the people of Orange County through the years.
Friends of the Library Newsletters
Friends of the Library Newsletters published in the 1990s heralded exciting happenings throughout the entire Orange County Library System. The once simple one-page multi-fold newsletter has blossomed through the years into the current full color monthly magazine called Books and Beyond.
Note words in blue are links to the monthly magazine. Some editions are not available at this time.
July 1990 Friends of the Library Newsletter
In 1990 the library was selected to be a depository of the EPA reports, and the library system hit a milestone by circulated over 2,000,000 materials in six months from October 1, 1989 to March 31, 1990.
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July 1991 Friends of the Library Newsletter
The 13th annual Dinner with the Authors featured Jill McCorkle, Judge Ellen Morphonios, Susan Isaacs. Newsletters promote the new home delivery service initiated in December 1990 – MAYL – Mailbox Access to Your Library and the Drive-Up Window service at the Orlando Public Library.
From June 1991 FOL Newsletter
Sponsored by the Friend’s, the University of OCLS conducted “Infopower” courses for staff.
On April 27, 1991, Florida Representatives Reddick, Feeney, Grindle, McEwan, Sindler, Starks, Stone and Webster passed a resolution commending Glenn Miller for his leadership in innovative library services. The Resolution was present to Mr. Miller by Alzo Reddick in May 1991.
February 1992 Friends of the Library newsletter.
In March, library volunteers from our sister city in Urayasu, Japan, visited OPL and were treated to a luncheon by the Friends.
The 14th annual Dinner with the Authors featured Barbara Taylor Bradford, Carl Hiaasen, and Robert Stone, the annual FOL Author’s Brunch featured Jake Vest, and columnist and public radio essayist Ed Hayes ended the year with a program in December.
From the April 1992 FOL Newsletter.
The South Orange Library opened in April at Waterbridge Downs Shopping Center. The InfoPower suite was completed in August for InfoPower courses and InterNos – staff meeting with director Glenn Miller. Friends donated 700 books to the newly formed library at the Coalition for the Homeless as part of a project coordinated by the OPD.
February 1993 Friends of the Library Newsletter.
The 1993 newsletters featured each of the 11 branches during the year, beginning in February. The eleven branch visits can also be viewed under Images, below.
In addition, the April newsletter announced that OCLS had been awarded a National Achievement Citation from the Public Library Association for its Info Power seminars program for staff. The June newsletter featured the Silver Summer Scrapbook Vacation Reading Program. The August newsletter features the Talking Books program and new positions for Sally Fry, Marilyn Hoffman, and Laura Murru.
The October newsletter describes the duties of the staff who work in the newly formed “Black Watch” department headed by Sally Fry. The department was named “Black Watch” as staff worked during the overnight hours on projects that might impact customer service if conducted during the day. The November newsletter announced the sad news that former staff member Judy Mucci had passed.
October 1994 FOL Newsletter.
The January 1994 newsletter announced the appointment of Debbie Moss as the new Assistant Director and retirement of Carolyn Peterson. The feature story in March is the celebration of the 7th anniversary of the opening of the Friends Bookstore. In April, new and retired members of the library Board of Trustees were announced, along with a recently installed plaque to honor Trustee Emeritus John B. Newsom.
The May newsletter features a letter to the Friends from library director Glenn Miller. The August newsletter shines the spotlight on the Genealogy department and announces that the wood chairs from the 1966 library were for sale in the bookstore for $25 each! The October edition announced the Friends “Booked for Supper” event with authors Judith Rossner, Dennis McFarland, and Roy Blount, Jr.
In the November edition, Children’s Department manager Sue Wright, introduces three new storytellers: Jane Tracy, Crystal Sullivan, Stefani Koorey.
May 1995 FOL Newsletter
The March 1995 newsletter includes the retirement of library director Glenn Miller and the selection of the new director Dorothy Field. The April edition includes a special message from the new director; the May edition features her on the front cover, and the June edition invites everyone to an open forum with the new director. The September newsletter reported the passing of James R. Spence, president of the Board of Trustees, long time staff member Mercedes “Merci” Stephens, FOL volunteer Eddie Hardman.
January 1996 FOL Newsletter Tribute to Clara Wendel.
Clara Wendel’s passing in December 1995 was eulogized in the January newsletter. The library launched online service with computers in all branches and an online catalog.
FOL’s Second Saturday programs included a Celebration of Black History with Evelyn McGee Stone and Jesse Stone, Genealogy for Generations with Gregg Gronlund, Katherine Ronan Cooper and Mary L. Jackson Fears, Libraries Change Lives with new director Dorothy Field.
May 1996 FOL Newsletter contains a letter in the “Libraries Change Lives” section from an amazing African American author, genealogist and historian Mary L. Jackson Fears.
Above from January 1996 FOL Newsletter.
In 1996 the Friends of the Library Newsletter was replaced by the Orange County Library System Books & Beyond – a monthly library news and information publication sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Above: Early Spring 1997 Friends news.
The first edition of Books and Beyond found thus far is October 1996.
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Calendar - February 1991
Calendar - May 1991
1991 Summer Safari
Calendar - November 1991
Calendar - December 1991
Calendar - January 1992
Calendar February 1992
Calendar - March 1992
Calendar - April 1992
1992 Vacation Reading Program
Calendar - September 1992
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1993 Vacation Reading Program
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Calendar - January 1994