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orlando library update may 25th openings and services amid coronavirus

Orlando Library Services and Opening Update As of May 25th, 2020

Information Regarding COVID-19
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Posted 5/20/2020 3:30 p.m.

The Alafaya Branch will reopen on May 26.

Posted 5/18/2020 11 a.m.

Beginning this week, Questline, the library’s call center, is available for customers Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Posted 5/15/2020 9 a.m.

The Alafaya Branch book drop has reopened. Library materials may be returned to any library location.

Posted 5/12/2020 2 p.m.

Please only return library materials to our locations. We are not accepting book donations at this time.

Posted 5/8/2020 5 p.m.

Orange County Library System Begins Phased Reopening

In the weeks we have been closed to the public, Orange County Library System has been evaluating best practices for cleanliness and sanitation, so we are prepared to open to the public with health and safety in mind. Like many businesses and government agencies, our plan to resume regular services will happen in phases. Below is the plan for restoring services to the public, which began on May 6 with the opening of the library’s call center. Our home delivery service resumes on May 11, and on May 18 the following branches will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, for essential services only:

Southeast
Winter Garden
South Trail
North Orange
South Creek
The Alafaya Branch is undergoing a refresh and will reopen when the project is complete.

Essential services will be limited to returns, grab-and-go service and computer usage for up to one hour. Seating areas, charging stations and meeting rooms will not be accessible.

All customers will be required to wear face coverings while in the building.

Capacity will be limited to 25 percent.

On Tuesday, May 26, the following branches will also reopen, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, for essential services only:

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Eatonville
Fairview Shores
Hiawassee
Southwest
Washington Park
West Oaks
Windermere
On June 1, the Orlando Public Library will reopen, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, for essential services only. Customers will be able to visit service points at the Information Desk, Children’s Library, Library Central, 3rd Floor and 4th Floor for staff retrieval of material and use public computers on the 4th floor for up to one hour per session. Restrooms will be open on the 1st floor only. The Melrose Center will remain closed.

Library administration will monitor these openings closely, and may make adjustments to the plan as necessary.

View the library’s complete phased reopening plan.

Posted 5/5/2020 10 a.m.

In the weeks we have been closed to the public, Orange County Library System has been evaluating best practices for cleanliness and sanitation, so we are prepared to open to the public with your health and safety in mind.

Like many businesses and government agencies, our plan to resume regular services will happen in phases.

During Phase 1, we will reopen Questline, the library’s call center, for calls and chat on Wednesday, May 6. Questline operators will be available for customers Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. When our libraries open to the public, the call center will be open during library open hours.

Our home delivery service will resume on Monday, May 11. On that date, staff will begin processing holds and our courier service will start delivery on May 12. Customers who have designated one of our locations for picking up their holds will have their requested items delivered via USPS.

A Beautiful Tribute and A Story of Love

Here is a beautiful tribute to a man who loved his wife dearly and misses her immensely.

As I began my second seminar, What You Should Know About HEALTH, one of the attendees was a familiar face. That familiar face was a neighbor of mine. As I pass by his home during my daily walks, if the garage door is open I will meander in to visit with him for 15-30 minutes. He looks forward to that because he has become very lonely. Keep in mind, this familiar face from three to four years ago use to spend time at the community pool swimming laps until his doctor recommended he not because he was experiencing ear problems. Today, he gets around using a walker or is pushed around in a wheelchair for precautionary reasons.

The reason why this man is lonely is that he has recently lost his wife of 45+ years. They lived together up to the end in their home with around the clock staff to take care of the both of them. They made a pact to live in their home under their conditions up to the end or until the money ran out. The money never ran out, to this day he still lives in their home of course with less staff and without her.

He would share with me during those occasional visits about the times he and his wife made their annual trek for 1-3 months at a time visiting their favorite place Barcelona, Spain. He spoke about the friends they made over the years, the times they spent at the beach, and the excellent cuisine they would experience but never did he share a particular talent his wife had. I found out about that particular talent the day I began my second seminar.

I thought that he heard about my seminar and was there to participate and learn ways to stay healthy. He has always amazed me with the spunk and fire he has at his age. He was not there for the seminar as we learned later he was there to sit and view what was on the wall in that section of the library. On the wall were oil paintings and those oil paintings were done by his wife with scenes from their many trips to Barcelona. This was her special talent.

He left early and apologized that he crashed my party. I was thrilled that he was there.  As he and his caregiver were leaving, I found out he was there to view the oil paintings in peace on his birthday. Yes, his birthday, 96th to be exact. He was there to sit in solace on his birthday to view these magnificent paintings his wife had done while they vacationed in Spain and to reminisce on his 96th birthday the love and times that he spent with his wife who by the way passed recently at 101 years of age.

This remarkable man is very lonely as he misses his wife and partner immensely.

5 Questions Florida Seniors Should Ask Before Picking an Assisted-Living Home

Buying a house is challenging. If you’re just beginning your search, you might not even know exactly where you and your family want your new home to be. Your St. Cloud realtor will be able to help you narrow down your choices between neighborhoods and also find the perfect school for your family. If you’re looking for more information on schools in St. Cloud, that can be found by clicking here. Below you’ll find some important steps that you should take with your St. Cloud realtor to get ready for the journey of buying a home.

  1. Determine how much you can afford to spend on a new home. The first step in any significant investment is determining your budget and being comfortable with the money involved in buying a house. Your St. Cloud realtor can help you figure this budget out, as well as find homes that work within that budget. Buying a home should be a pleasant experience so we won’t push you. Along with the budget, you’ll want to get prequalified for a mortgage, this will make the process a lot easier when it comes to putting in an offer.
  2. Shop around with your St. Cloud realtor and find a home you love. You’ll want to make lists of pros and cons, and weigh all of the options. Do you want to do renovations inside before you move in or shortly after? Or do you want something move-in-ready? Is the home close to schools and parks? What about entertainment? These are things you’re going to want to keep in mind and tell your St. Cloud realtor about.
  3. Once you and your realtor in St Cloud find the right home for you and your family, it is time to put an offer in on the home. This is the intimidating part because, in many cases, you’re left waiting for a bit while the paperwork is shuffled around. Being preapproved will help you here.
  4. If the offer goes through, you and your St. Cloud realtor will sign all of the documents and all you have to do now is pack and move into your new home on closing day!

Buying a home doesn’t have to be a scary process. With the right St. Cloud realtor, the process will be challenging, but will end in a new home for you and your family! For further reading, you can visit your realtor website and read some news about the current market and find more advice on the process here. Or call your St. Cloud realtor for more personalized information and guidance.

St. Cloud, Florida – Tips to Finding Your Local Realtor

Buying a house is challenging. If you’re just beginning your search, you might not even know exactly where you and your family want your new home to be. Your St. Cloud realtor will be able to help you narrow down your choices between neighborhoods and also find the perfect school for your family. If you’re looking for more information on schools in St. Cloud, that can be found by clicking here. Below you’ll find some important steps that you should take with your St. Cloud realtor to get ready for the journey of buying a home.

  1. Determine how much you can afford to spend on a new home. The first step in any significant investment is determining your budget and being comfortable with the money involved in buying a house. Your St. Cloud realtor can help you figure this budget out, as well as find homes that work within that budget. Buying a home should be a pleasant experience so we won’t push you. Along with the budget, you’ll want to get prequalified for a mortgage, this will make the process a lot easier when it comes to putting in an offer.
  2. Shop around with your St. Cloud realtor and find a home you love. You’ll want to make lists of pros and cons, and weigh all of the options. Do you want to do renovations inside before you move in or shortly after? Or do you want something move-in-ready? Is the home close to schools and parks? What about entertainment? These are things you’re going to want to keep in mind and tell your St. Cloud realtor about.
  3. Once you and your realtor in St Cloud find the right home for you and your family, it is time to put an offer in on the home. This is the intimidating part because, in many cases, you’re left waiting for a bit while the paperwork is shuffled around. Being preapproved will help you here.
  4. If the offer goes through, you and your St. Cloud realtor will sign all of the documents and all you have to do now is pack and move into your new home on closing day!

Buying a home doesn’t have to be a scary process. With the right St. Cloud realtor, the process will be challenging, but will end in a new home for you and your family! For further reading, you can visit your realtor website and read some news about the current market and find more advice on the process here. Or call your St. Cloud realtor for more personalized information and guidance.

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Paint Your Home Right to Get it Sold!

Many people who are trying to sell their homes don’t realize how important the color of the walls is. Learn the importance of choosing to paint to sell here.

It seems like the most minute detail that most people will probably change when they purchase the house, but it is one of the main things they use to determine how they feel about the house, whether they realize it or not. It’s important to paint to sell because buyers want to picture themselves in your home. Regarding price, it might cost a few hundred dollars to paint to sell and take and a day or two to finish the job, but this usually guarantees a 100% (if not more) return on the investment. People will feel like the home is more put-together and well taken care of when there is a fresh coat of paint on the walls.

The rule of thumb when painting your house before putting it on the market is to stick with neutral colors. You want to start with a mostly clean plate as well, so when you are getting ready to sell it’s usually best if you move most of the “clutter” out of your home so potential home buyers aren’t overwhelmed with some things in the home. To paint to sell, put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. Are bright green walls something that you want to come into? Of course not. It makes it easier for them to be able only to focus on the things that are important to them, such as the structures and layout of the home, rather than be smothered by a brightly colored room or a gallery wall of the things your kids have painted for you in school. Blank neutral walls usually help them envision what the house will look like with their things in it and their photos on the wall.

A common mistake that is often made is painting the entire house white. This is not a neutral color and is considered a “bright” color, harsh on the eyes. The best colors to go with include colors like the typical “eggshell” or anything similar to that. Off white colors or tans are always the best and safest bet. It’s never a good idea to go with a darker color on the walls because it makes the room seem darker, which is the opposite of what you want to do when trying to sell your home. Your rooms should feel light, airy, and full of space.

When it comes to renovating your house before you sell painting is one of the easiest things you can do in your home. Whether every room in the house needs a fresh coat or just the rooms that are more “lived in” it is one of the easiest ways to get potential buyers more interested. It will be one less job for them to worry about when they buy and it will allow them to move in and enjoy the house faster. I would highly recommend taking the time to paint to sell your home.

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3 Helpful Spring Cleaning Tips!

Don’t let annual spring cleaning sneak up on you! These tips will help you get closer to relaxing and enjoying St. Cloud in no time.

With February here we’re all thinking about the month filled love and Valentine’s. But there’s something else that some people might already be dreading… Spring cleaning. Let’s plan ahead and make this year’s edition of spring cleaning the best one yet. According to Groundhog Day, we’re going to be experiencing an early Spring which is great for us non-Winter people, but bad for the people procrastinating your Spring cleaning. And while we haven’t experienced a whole lot of Winter in St. Cloud we’re just looking forward to getting our 80-degree weather back. Whether you’re in St. Cloud, Florida or New York City, these simple tips will make spring cleaning a breeze so that you can go out and enjoy the breeze.

  1. Plan ahead. Take a walk around your house and outside to soak up the St. Cloud winter, but grab a notepad and a pen. Write things down that you know you want to clean, reorganize or get rid of. That way, when the weather in St. Cloud starts to warm up, you won’t be thinking “So, where do I start?”
  2. Make it fun. Take a vacation day and enjoy the morning alone. Make a nice breakfast and ease into spring cleaning. Take a walk around your beautiful St. Cloud neighborhood. By making it an enjoyable day without being rushed, it’ll feel more like a mental health day than a spring cleaning nightmare.
  3. Work smarter not harder. By planning ahead and taking a vacation day from work, you’ll already have saved so much time. But, your realtor and trusted source in St. Cloud is here to tell you that you don’t have to move every bit of furniture you have. Take care of the stains that have been bothering you for month, invest in a vacuum or sweeper that rotates almost flat so that you can get into spaces underneath furniture without having to move them. Use an all-purpose cleaning solution so that you don’t have to keep switching back and forth. Incentivise spring cleaning for your family too, so they’ll be more excited to help.

These tips are just the beginning, but will really make a difference if you’re trying to cut down the time spent cleaning and increase your time spent outside in St. Cloud.

April-2020-Newsletter

April Newsletter

April 2020 Newsletter (1)
Coronavirus Makes Orlando library suspends home delivery

Orlando Library Suspends Home Delivery

Here at YourFloridaHaven and Smarter Senior Seminar Series works hard to keep you updated about all that’s new and critical to YOU!

Today we learned the following and wanted you to know right away, especially if you a bibliophile like we are!

LIBRARY SUSPENDS HOME DELIVERY
The library suspended home delivery service after Thursday afternoon, March 26. As a result, some requested materials were not processed for delivery. We apologize for the inconvenience.

While the library regrets having to make this difficult decision, we must do our part in following Orange County, Florida Government’s directive to halt all non-essential services and to protect the health and well-being of our staff.

If you have a question about the status of an item you placed on hold, the best indicator is that if it has been checked out to you, it is in route to be delivered. If the item has not been checked out to you, delivery for that item has been suspended.

At this time, you can continue placing new requests online and once the library resumes normal business, the new and suspended requests will be processed and delivered.

During this time, our call center is closed. If you need any assistance, please Any person requiring special accommodations to participate in any class or program due to a disability may arrange for accommodations by contacting the location at which the event is held at least seven days prior to the event.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone at 407-835-7323 or by writing to: 101 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL 32801.

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