Cowboy Poetry

Join us for what is sure to be a memorable event with Larry Maurice on May 25th, 2017!

Book sale spring 2017


Honey Bee Festival 1

Stop by the Olivarez Honey Bee Festival – Everybody is having a great time!

Honey Bee Festival 3

The Friendly Garden Club is here!

Honey Bee Festival 4

Honey Bee Festival 5

Honey Bee Festival 6

Orland Rotary Club has drinks!

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Orland is now the 40th official Bee City!

Bee Festival giveawayStop by the Library’s table at the Olivarez Honey Bee Festival April 8th, 2017 to be entered in a prize drawing to win these books!  Did you know that the City of Orland has been declared the 40th Bee City USA in the nation?!

President Trump’s initial budget proposal eliminates all funding for federal cultural agencies, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Why are these funds important to you? -the Orland Free Library has been a recipient of these funds that have helped our community in many ways, including increased public computer access, literacy, job help services, and children’s and adult programming.
The President’s budget proposal is the beginning of negotiations between the House, the Senate and the executive branch. Below, you will find a link to help you contact your representative in the House to ask them to sign two important letters, addressed to the Appropriations Committee, that are now making the rounds.  The more members of Congress who sign these “Dear Appropriator” letters, the less likely the funds are to be eliminated or cut. But they won’t sign unless you, their constituent, demands it.

Click here to help save library funding: http://cqrcengage.com/ala/

From Greg Lucas, California State Librarian:
A buck spent on a library comes back ten-fold, as any number of studies show.
But it’s not just an economic benefit – the dividends libraries pay are also in human capital.
“Libraries are an essential part of the nation’s education system and spur economic growth in numerous ways, improving reading skills being the most obvious. A stronger reader secures a better paying job, reducing the need for government support of that reader and their family. A stronger reader is better able to retool and adapt in the wake of increased workplace automation. A stronger reader is more productive and more collaborative.
“The bottom line is that stronger readers improve the bottom line.”
We all know libraries do all kinds of amazing things but their role as economic engines might be unfamiliar to some…
From the American Library Association:
“Libraries leverage the tiny amount of federal funds they receive through their states into an incredible range of services for virtually all Americans everywhere to produce what could well be the highest economic and social “ROI” in the entire federal budget.
America’s more than 120,000 public, school, college and university and many other libraries aren’t piles of archived books. They’re trusted centers for technology, job counseling, retraining, veterans services, entrepreneurship, education, teaching and learning and free inquiry at the core of communities in every state in the country – and in every Congressional district. And they’re staffed by the original search engines: skilled and engaged librarians.”

library commission agenda March 14 2017

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Join us for a fun and interesting evening of discussion on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.  We will explore “pushing the limits of connection with “Thunderstruck” by Erik Larson while enjoying refreshments and a videotaped interview with the author.  Discussion will focus on the ways that people connect across time and across space.  We have an inherent need to reach out to others, to feel that we’ve been heard and seen, and to feel a connection with people and the larger world around us. Whether through art, technology or the restoration of land for future generations, we each find ways to “push the limits of connection”.

You can pick up a free copy of the book at the Orland Free Library or join us for the discussion even if you haven’t read the book yet!


Thank you to all of the attendees at our February program for the interesting discussion!

Rural Gateways, Pushing the Limits of Science

Informal, open discussions centered on how humans interact with science in our everyday lives, with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Come to share ideas, food and community!

Pushing the Limits is a reading, viewing and discussion program for adults in communities served by rural libraries, made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The program is the work of a team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers from organizations including Dartmouth College, the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, the Califa Library Group, Public Library Association, Dawson Media Group, Institute for Learning Innovations, Goodman Research Group, and Oregon State University.