Every Hero Has a Story is this year’s nation-wide Public Library Summer Reading theme. There are plenty of FREE events and a couple of thought-provoking contests this summer at MPL!


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Every Hero Has a Story Summer Movie Series: Tuesdays @ 2 p.m

Join us to watch a movie every Tuesday featuring a hero (or of sorts) on the library’s big screen! If you have read the original story of the novelization, join us for a discussion on the movie vs. the book – or just stay for the movie!

Upcoming Movies: Movie selections cover a range of heroes including superheroes, everyday heroes, underdog heroes, historical heroes, and more!

  • Tues, July 14, 2 p.m.: One for the Money
    Unemployed Stephanie Plum lands a job as a bounty hunter where her first assignment is to track down an ex-boyfriend.
    Rating: PG-13; Run Time: 91 mins
    Book: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
  • Tues, July 21, 2 p.m.: Heaven is for Real 
    The four-year old son of a Nebraska pastor slips from consciousness and enters heaven during emergency surgery.
    Rating:PG; Run Time: 99 mins;
    Book: The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven by Kevin Malarkey
  • Tues, July 28, 2 p.m.: The Monuments Men 
    An allied group, The Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program, are requested to find and save pieces of art before they are destroyed by Hitler during World War II.
    Rating: PG-13; Run Time: 118 mins;
    Book: The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes,Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel
  • Tues, Aug 4, 2 p.m.: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 
    Young hobbit Frodo Baggins is entrusted with the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, and with a fellowship of eight others, embarks on a quest to destroy it.
    Rating: PG-13; Run Time: 178 mins;
    Book: The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

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Everyday Heroes Evening Series: Most Thursdays @ 7 p.m.

We have invited local organizations and individuals whom we deem to be ‘everyday heroes’ to present a seminar or a drop-in showcase:

  1. Thurs, June 25, 7 p.m.: Saving the Manatees: Our Adventures
    Did you know that famed singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffet & former senator Bob Graham joined forces to form Save the Manatee Club back in 1981? Get informed about Florida’s endangered manatees, why they’re in trouble, and how YOU can help.
    Local hero: Save the Manatee Club representative, Mina Reale
  2. Tues, July 7, 7 p.m.: Preventing & Dealing with Fire Danger! Did you know that the behaviors of adults in the USA account for 78% of residential fires? That’s scary! Maitland Fire Department will share fire prevention and safety tips, and fire prevention programs on offer to help keep you safe.
    Local hero: Maitland Fire Department
  3. Tues, July 21, 7 p.m.: Parenting: Super-effective Self-Soothing (Superpowers not required!)
    Being a Mom or Dad is rewarding! But ever wish you have superpowers to deal with challenging situations? Self-soothing is psychologically proven to help your child deal with frustration, fear, stress & more. Learn skills like self-comfort, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation & more!
    Local heroes: Jessica Dobbs, M.A. & Jennifer Gasparri, M.A. from Insight Counseling Group
  1. Thurs, July 23, 7 – 8:45 p.m.: Hidden Treasures! Valuables Showcase
    Did you know that The Central Florida Metal Detecting Club (CFMDC) has found rare coins, wedding bands, rings, and incriminating evidence! View their incredible finds and chat with the CFMDC President and fellow club members to hear neat stories of discovery!
    Local heroes: The Central Florida Metal Detecting Club
  1. Thurs, August 6, 7 p.m.: ‘Met Her on the Mountain’ – Local Author Talk
    Meet Mark Pinsky! This local, former Orlando Sentinel journalist spent 4 decades investigating the murder of federal antipoverty worker, Nancy Morgan. Mark will discuss his award-winning book – and the trials and tribulations he faced to find answers.
    Local hero: Mark Pinsky

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Hero-themed Leisure:

Join us this summer for our regular programs, which have been spiced with a dash of heroism:

Tues, July 28, 7:30 p.m.: ‘Books To Die For’ Book Club: Richard Castle’s Heat Wave
Join our friendly group for a lively discussion. Enjoy tea, coffee, and a treat related to the story!
Part of: Book Clubs

Wed, July 22, 1:30 p.m.: ‘Contemporary Authors’ Book Club: Anne Tyler’s Spool of Blue Thread
Join our group for a lively discussion. Enjoy tea, coffee, and a treat related to the story!
Part of: Book Clubs

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End of Summer Party!

Sunday, August 2, 2 – 4 p.m.

If you had fun at our Summer Reading Kickoff Picnic, you will have a blast at our End of Summer Party!

Gain greater cultural awareness learning about the Haitian culture by Anderson Dovilas. Then enjoy his talented Haitian drumming!

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