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January 2023 – THE RESULTS ARE IN! Discover the best books of 2022 (as voted by you!), as well as the details about ORLA’s 3rd annual Winter of Reading, in this month’s issue!
February 2023 – THE INCLUSION LIBRARY is a collection of games, sports and outdoor equipment that was developed by The Arc of Clarion and Venango Counties Inc. in collaboration with the Oil Region Library Association. The purpose of the library is to afford everyone with the opportunity to be fully included in the community through activities that promote access, diversity and belonging. Learn more about this exciting new partnership, as well as upcoming events & programs at your library, in this month’s issue!
March 2023 – WE’RE PROUD AND HONORED to be named the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Partner in Business of the Year! We also have some exciting news about new youth programs to share this month, like the new Adulting 101 program at Franklin and the return of Full STEAM Ahead at Oil City! Learn more about our Chamber recognition, as well as upcoming events & programs at your library, in this month’s issue!
April 2023 – WHO IS COLLEEN HOOVER & WHY IS SHE SUDDENLY EVERYWHERE? You’ve most likely heard her name at some point. She has risen to book-fame incredibly quickly, & we’ve compiled a list of read-alikes for those who can’t get enough of her! There’s also information in this issue about supporting your library through the Founder’s Fund, a fundraiser we launched last year to preserve Oil Region library services. Learn more about Colleen Hoover’s rise to book-fame, as well as upcoming events & programs at your library, in this month’s issue!
May 2023 – This May, we’re excited to share the ways we’re growing – many of which directly involve YOU! The Oil City Library is collecting seeds for a Seed Swap program launching in 2024. We’re expanding our book delivery services to more areas in Venango County. We’re adding more items to our collections, like gardening tools! Learn more about the ways your library is growing, as well as upcoming events & programs at your library, in this month’s issue!
June 2023 – Summer is just about here! The Oil Region Libraries have an exciting Summer program coming up for all ages that’s full of crafting, exploding art, food science and other STEAM activities. Learn more about this year’s Summer @ Your ORLA Library, as well as upcoming events & programs, in this month’s issue!
July 2023 – Fight for your right to read! Public libraries play a crucial role in advocating for the freedom to read and upholding its significance in today’s society. We invite you to join us in this fight & challenge yourself to read outside of your comfort zone. Read a banned book. Read something you normally wouldn’t. As the wise author Isaac Asimov once said, “Any book worth banning is a book worth reading”. Learn more about how libraries help protect your freedom to read, as well as upcoming events & programs, in this month’s issue!
August 2023 – Deaf representation in literature has seen significant growth and recognition in recent years. Authors have embraced the importance of authentic representation, crafting narratives that delve into the Deaf experience, highlighting their unique perspectives, culture, and language. This month, we’ve picked out some great reads for you that highlight & inform about the Deaf experience. Learn more about upcoming events & programs in this month’s issue too!
September 2023 – Fall is on its way & we’re gearing up for some new events, programs &, of course, some great new books! 🍂🍁 This month, we’ve picked out some great reads for you that are sure to put you in the mood for fall. Learn more about upcoming events & programs in this month’s issue too!