15 Killer Programs at the Library in July

The Summer Reading Program continues this month with lots of fun events for children of all ages to enjoy. Check out these free programs that takes reading next-level … and beyond. Don’t forget to keep track of all your summer reading, as well as events you’ve participated in, for a chance to win some awesome prizes at the end of the summer.

1. WhizKids: Creating Sound for Film
Explore the process of recording and designing sound effects in film post production. Learn from the ground up how to create and perform the sound of a lightsaber in this new class for children ages 9–12.
  • Orlando Public Library, Melrose Center, 101 E. Central Blvd.
    Mondays, July 2 & 23, 11 a.m.
 
2. DIY Wind Chimes
Don’t throw that away! Learn to make beautiful wind chimes using recycled materials. Ages 6–12.
  • Edgewater Branch, 5049 Edgewater Drive
    Monday, July 2, 1 p.m.
  • Alafaya Branch, 12000 E. Colonial Drive
    Saturday, July 7, 11 a.m.
  • Windermere Branch, 530 Main St., Windermere
    Monday, July 9, 10:30 a.m.
  • Washington Park Branch, 5151 Raleigh St., Suite A.
    Thursday, July 12, 2:30 p.m.
  • Edgewater Branch, 5049 Edgewater Drive
    Monday, July 16, 1 p.m.
  • South Trail Branch, 4600 S. Orange Blossom Trail
    Tuesday, July 17, 2 p.m.
  • Herndon Branch, 4324 E. Colonial Drive
    Wednesday, July 18, 10:30 a.m.
  • South Creek Branch, 1702 Deerfield Blvd.
    Friday, July 20, 10:30 a.m.
  • Southwest Branch, 7255 Della Drive
    Monday, July 23, 3 p.m.
  • Edgewater Branch, 5049 Edgewater Drive
    Monday, July 30, 1 p.m.
3. Moovin’ & Groovin’ to Silly Dance Tunes
Put on your dancing shoes and boogie down to the beat of our favorite dance tunes. Ages 3–12.
  • Southwest Branch, 7255 Della Drive
    Monday, July 2, 3 p.m.
  • Eatonville Branch, 200 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville
    Tuesday, July 3, 3 p.m.
  • Alafaya Branch, 12000 E. Colonial Drive
    Wednesday, July 18, 10:30 a.m.
  • Windermere Branch, 530 Main St., Windermere
    Thursday, July 19, 3:30 p.m.
  • Chickasaw Branch, 870 N. Chickasaw Trail
    Thursday, July 26, Noon
  • North Orange Branch, 1211 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka
    Friday, July 27, 10:30 a.m.
4. Camp OCLS
Join us for a good time with outdoor inspired games, interactive stories and camp songs. Ages 6–12.
  • Windermere Branch, 530 Main St., Windermere
    Tuesday, July 3, 3:30 p.m.
  • South Creek Branch, 1702 Deerfield Blvd.
    Friday, July 6, 10:30 a.m.
  • West Oaks Branch, 1821 E. Silver Star Road., Ocoee
    Sunday, July 8, 2 p.m.
  • Edgewater Branch, 5049 Edgewater Drive
    Tuesday, July 10, 1 p.m.
  • Edgewater Branch, 5049 Edgewater Drive
    Tuesday, July 24, 1 p.m.
 
5. Finger Knit Toys
Create colorful toys with just your hands. Use upcycled fabric and yarn to create plush butterflies, mice, snakes and more.
  • Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.
    Thursday, July 5, 11:30 a.m. (Ages 9–12)
    Tuesday, July 10, 3 p.m. (Ages 6–8)
  • Chickasaw Branch, 1821 E. Silver Star Road., Ocoee
    Wednesday, July 18, Noon (Ages 9–12)
  • Hiawassee Branch, 7391 W. Colonial Drive
    Tuesday, July 24, 5:30 p.m. (Ages 6–8)
  • Southwest Branch, 7255 Della Drive
    Monday, July 30, 4 p.m. (Ages 9–12)
 
6. Orlando Public Library Pokémon League
Calling all trainers! Join the official Orlando Public Library Pokémon League. Battle with the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Pokémon video games and even Pokkén Tournament. Earn cool prizes, meet other trainers and have fun. Trainers of all ages and skill levels welcome.
  • Orlando Public Library, Albertson Room, 101 E. Central Blvd.
    Sundays, July 8 & 22, 3 p.m.
 
7. Reactory Factory Rocks the Library
Kids will rock out to Reactory Factory as they learn about science and sound with Dr. Reacto and DJ Dan. Ages 6–12.
  • Eatonville Branch, 200 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville
    Monday, July 9, 10:30 a.m.
  • Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.
    Tuesday, July 17, 10:30 a.m.
  • Herndon Branch, 4324 E. Colonial Drive
    Friday, July 20, 10:30 a.m.
  • Southwest Branch, 7255 Della Drive
    Friday, July 27, 10:30 a.m.
 
8. BizKids Camp: Develop Your Business Idea
Do you have an idea but don’t know where to start? In this three-day camp, you will develop a business idea, create a business plan and pitch your concept to an audience. Ages 10–12.
  • Southwest Branch, 7255 Della Drive
    Tuesday–Thursday, July 10–12, 4 p.m.
  • Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.
    Monday–Wednesday, July 16–18, 10 a.m.
  • Winter Garden Branch, 805 E. Plant St., Winter Garden
    Monday–Wednesday, July 16–18, 1:30 p.m.
  • Alafaya Branch, 12000 E. Colonial Drive
    Tuesday–Thursday, July 17-19, 3:30 p.m.
  • Windermere Branch, 530 Main St., Windermere
    Monday, July 30, 5:30 p.m.
    Tuesday–Wednesday, July 31–August 1, 4:30 p.m.
9. Early Childhood Resource Fair
Calling all families with young children! Join us as we play, learn and explore the many resources and programs available for early childhood and kindergarten readiness. Gain access to valuable organizations and services from around Orange County along with plenty of fun activities to grow your little one’s mind. Featured groups include Amerigroup, KinderCare, Girl Scouts of Citrus, WUCF, Publix, Orange County History Center and many more! 
  • Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.
    Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m.–Noon
10. K-Pop Dance Party
If you have K-Drama feelings for K-Pop music then the library is where you need to be. Trivia, activities and fandom crafts. Ages 11-18.
  • Alafaya Branch, 12000 E. Colonial Drive
    Saturday, July 21, 2 p.m.
  • Southwest Branch, 7255 Della Drive
    Tuesday, July 24, 3 p.m.
  • South Trail Branch, 4600 S. Orange Blossom Trail
    Thursday, July 26, 2 p.m.
  • Edgewater Branch, 5049 Edgewater Drive
    Saturday, July 28, 2 p.m.
11. The Glen Foster Show
It’s time for mayhem with award-winning comedy magician Glen Foster!
  • Chickasaw Branch, 870 N. Chickasaw Trail
    Monday, July 23, 10:30 a.m.
  • South Trail Branch, 4600 S. Orange Blossom Trail
    Tuesday, July 24, 10:30 a.m.
  • South Creek Branch, 1 702 Deerfield Blvd.
    Wednesday, July 25, 10:30 a.m.
  • North Orange Branch, 1211 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka
    Thursday, July 26, 10:30 a.m.
  • Herndon Branch, 4324 E. Colonial Drive
    Friday, July 27, 10:30 a.m.
  • Washington Park Branch, 5151 Raleigh St., Suite A.
    Monday, July 30, 10:30 a.m.
  • Alafaya Branch, 12000 E. Colonial Drive
    Tuesday, July 31, 10:30 a.m.
12. Family Zumba
Get your family moving with this energizing workout class! Learn basic Zumba moves to help you dance your way to fitness. Zumba uses dance aerobics to create a fun workout. Comfortable exercise clothing and cross training or aerobic style shoes recommended. Ages 4–13 and adults.
  • Chickasaw Branch, 870 N. Chickasaw Trail
    Tuesday, July 24, 1 p.m.
13. SteveSongs Concert
SteveSongs returns for a very special show, just for you! Steve Roslonek has delighted audiences of all ages with his hilarious and entertaining shows at venues like the White House and the Kennedy Center. He has earned numerous awards and is “Mr. Steve”, co-host of the PBS KIDS morning program breaks! Seating is limited. Registration required.
  • Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.
    Wednesday, July 25, 10 a.m.
  • Chickasaw Branch, 870 N. Chickasaw Trail
    Wednesday, July 25, 3:30 p.m.
14. Little Chef: A Full Scoop
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! Mix and sprinkle fun toppings to make a delicious treat to keep cool. This is a “Mommy or Daddy and Me” event. Ages 3–5.
  • West Oaks Branch, 1821 E. Silver Star Road., Ocoee
    Thursday, July 26, 2 p.m.\
  • Winter Garden Branch, 805 E. Plant St., Winter Garden
    Saturday, July 28, 2:30 p.m.
15. Sing & Dance with Alina Celeste
Internationally touring family musician and teaching artist, Alina Celeste, combines classic folk songs with simple and melodic original tunes for an infectious good time. Ages 3–12.
  • Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.
    Saturday, July 28, 11 a.m.
  • Southeast Branch, 5575 S. Semoran Blvd.
    Saturday, July 28, 3 p.m.
  • South Creek Branch, 1702 Deerfield Blvd.
    Sunday, July 29, 3 p.m.
  • Winter Garden Branch, 805 E. Plant St., Winter Garden
    Monday, July 30, 10:30 a.m.
  • Southwest Branch, 7255 Della Drive
    Monday, July 30, 3 p.m.
If you have any questions about the events or information, call 407-835-7323 or visit www.ocls.info for a complete listing of library events.
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