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16 Things to Do at the Downtown Orlando Library In October




Booktoberfest: The Wizard of Oz

Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.

Friday, October 4, 6:30 p.m.–9 p.m.

Booktoberfest takes over the library for one night every year. Sample a tasty variety of beers from local brewers, and enjoy some light bites from Roque PubPom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria and more. Challenge your friends to a game of Jenga, play trivia, and learn about the brewing process. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Orange County Library System, which helps fund important library programs and initiatives.



Write a Novel in a Month, presented by Orlando NaNoWriMo

Orlando Public Library, Albertson Room, 101 E. Central Blvd.

Saturday, October 5, 1–5:30 p.m.

Join National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) veterans to discuss plot, character, world building, an overview of NaNoWriMo 2019 and tips for making it through. Registration required.



Orange County Public Schools Transportation Job Fair

Orlando Public Library, Albertson Room, 101 E. Central Blvd.

Monday, October 7, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

OCPS Transportation will be accepting applications and conducting interviews for bus driver and mechanic positions.



Recollections of an Atomic Bombing Survivor

Orlando Public Library, Library Central, 101 E. Central Blvd.

Tuesday, October 8, 6:30 p.m.

A lecture organized by the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.



The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

West Oaks Branch, 1821 E. Silver Star Road., Ocoee

Wednesday, October 9, 6:30 p.m.

Study and discuss Chapters 1–6 in The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy (Second Edition) by Blaine T. Bettinger.



Understanding Mental Health

Herndon Branch, 4324 E. Colonial Drive

Thursday, October 10, 6 p.m.

Join us on World Mental Health Day to learn about mental health and ways to improve it.



Know Your Rights

North Orange Branch, 1211 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka

Thursday, October 10, 6:30 p.m.

This workshop is designed for immigrants, both documented and undocumented, and those who are interested in learning more about how to defend the constitutional rights of the immigrant community.



The Labyrinth of Cuban Culture

Orlando Public Library, Library Central, 101 E. Central Blvd.

Thursday, October 10, 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Luis Martinez-Fernandez, professor of history at the University of Central Florida, will explore Cuban culture through illustrations, audio clips and historical footage.



Día de los Muertos

Alafaya Branch, 12000 E. Colonial Drive

Saturday, October 12, 11 a.m.

UCF Professor Dr. Beatriz Reyes Foster celebrates the Mexican day of rememberance Día de los Muertos! Learn about the history, art and cultural importance of this often misunderstood holiday.



Technoween

Orlando Public Library, Melrose Center, 101 E. Central Blvd.

Sunday, October 13, 1:30–4:30 p.m.

Experience a terrifyingly good time for the whole family. With appearances from The Tourist City Ghostbusters, a performance from Phantasmagoria - Orlando’s Original Steampunk Storytelling Troupe, a horror movie trivia contest, and a children’s costume contest. We'll also have haunting activities in our Audio, Video, and Photography Studios as well as our Fab Lab and Sim Lab.



Victorian Horror Troupe – PHANTASMAGORIA

Orlando Public Library, Library Central, 101 E. Central Blvd.

Sunday, October 13, 4 p.m.

Enjoy a performance from the critically acclaimed Victorian Horror Troupe, Phantasmagoria, as they present a variety of selections from their stories, poems, sideshow and dances.



Basics of Horror Makeup

West Oaks Branch, 1821 E. Silver Star Road., Ocoee

Saturday, October 19, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

The Vocational Academy of Makeup & Prosthetics (VAMP) go over the essentials of horror makeup. Create ghastly injuries and take your costume to the next level. Ages 18 and up.



Trick or Treat Safe Zone

Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.

Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.

Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Young ghouls and goblins enjoy trick or treating throughout the Orlando Public Library and the Orange County Regional History Center along with creepy crafts, candy and a scavenger hunt!



Women in Theater

Orlando Public Library, Melrose Center, 101 E. Central Blvd.

Sunday, October 27, 4–5:30 p.m.

Professional theater performers and educators will share their experiences, give demonstrations and offer words of encouragement for women working in the Central Florida theater community. Presenters include Alina Alcantara, Elaine Pechacek, Sara Olivia, Melanie Leon and Paxton Brock.



Meet the Authors: Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos

Fairview Shores Branch, 902 Lee Road, Suite 26.

Tuesday, October 29, 6:30–8 p.m.

Meet Sunshine State Award-winning authors Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos, co-writers of the book The Adventurers Guild! The Adventurers Guild tells the story of two best friends as they battle monsters to protect one of the last surviving cities in the world. Come meet the authors for a special presentation, Q&A and book signing! Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.



Cuisine Corner: Fig & Flour Bakery

Orlando Public Library, Cypress Room, 101 E. Central Blvd.

Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 p.m.

Fall for delicious plant-based autumn treats. Fig & Flour Bakery is a small batch bakery that uses fresh, local ingredients. To learn more, visit figandflour.com.

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