Orange County Public Library System debuts new services, escape room for 100-year celebration

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Orange County Public Library System will have a new way to bring books and materials to the community.


According to a release, the Sorosis of Orlando Woman’s Club donated $100,000 to the library, which will go toward a bookmobile and book bicycles.

OCLS said there has been an increase in the number of people who cannot visit the branch locations.

“As our county grows, we need to look for new and innovative ways to deliver services, especially to areas with transportation needs and other challenges,” said Steve Powell, the library director and CEO. “A bookmobile will go a long way toward addressing those challenges.”

This initiative comes as OCLS celebrates 100 years.

Read: Orange County Public Library System celebrates 100 years

In 1979, the library system canceled the bookmobile service because of home delivery. But the first bookmobile was donated by the same woman’s club in 1949.

Local officials, including Rep. Anna Eskamani and Mayor Buddy Dyer joined the library at its 100-Year Celebration Kickoff event to make the announcement.

At the kickoff event, OCLS held a ribbon cutting and rededication ceremony at the Albertson Public Library.

Photos: Orange County Public Library System celebrates 100 years with ribbon cutting event

In addition to the new services, the library will have branded merchandise and a new card design, and will introduce a virtual reality game escape room to honor the centennial.

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