Teacher Connect

A teacher's guide to OCLS resources.

Connect with the Library!

As part of our Children’s Initiative, every Orange County Public Elementary School has a dedicated staff liaison from the Orange County Library System (OCLS). Liaisons can answer questions about library services and make school visits. Call 407.835.7323 to connect to your liaison or email us at youthservices@ocls.info. Middle and high schools can also e-mail Youth Services at youthservices@ocls.info with questions or requests for services.


License to Learn

In fall, at the start of a new school year, OCLS holds its annual library card sign up contest, License to Learn. All elementary school teachers and their classes can participate. For more information, please visit http://www.ocls.info/licensetolearn.


Honor Roll

Every year OCLS recognizes outstanding schools that partner with the Library by publishing its honor roll. Library liaisons nominate their schools for the Honor Roll based on the following criteria:

1. The school must have participated in License to Learn during the current academic school year.


2. The school must have satisfied at least one of the following requirements:

  • Invited OCLS staff to participate in a school event
  • Placed a link to the Library on the school’s website
  • Distributed/displayed the Library’s promotional materials in classrooms or the media center
  • Made other strong efforts to promote the Library through a variety of means


Library Outreach Services

The library makes strides each year to promote literacy and create greater awareness of the services we offer. Invite the library to your next school/community event! Contact Youth Services at youthservices@ocls.info

  • Storytelling
    Our professional storytellers are available free of charge to make school visits for large groups of students. They combine songs, stories, and popular books in fun sessions for all ages. Call 407.835.7323 to schedule a date for this popular service.
  • School Visits
    Library staff can visit your school for family nights, open houses and more. Email youthservices@ocls.info or call 407.835.7323 to request a visit.

Field Trips to the Library

A field trip to the library is a great way to celebrate literacy any time of year. The Orlando Public Library offers several programs for your school to choose from including library tours, storytimes and database classes. Branch locations offer storytimes and general library tours as well as tours that may highlight a specific part of the collection. Tours of a branch are available by special arrangement with the particular location of interest. The best part is all library field trip services are free of charge.

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