Sharon M. Draper will read from and discuss Out of My Mind, the Sunshine State Young Readers Award winner for 2011 for both elementary and middle grades. On the New York Times bestseller list for two years, Out of My Mind is the story of brilliant and witty 10-year old Melody Brooks who can't speak or walk due to severe cerebral palsy. Draper has won numerous awards for her children's and teen fiction; she is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Awards, has been the National Teacher of the Year, and received the Margaret Edwards Award for lifetime literary achievement from the American Library Association. Draper's latest book is Stella by Starlight. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
What are my parking options for the event?
Please see the City of Orlando's parking page for information about parking. OCLS does not validate parking. The closest parking garage is the "Library Garage," which is not owned by the library. Metered street parking is not enforced after 6 p.m.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes! Please bring your printed ticket to the event. This will expedite the check-in process. Seating opens at 5:15 p.m.
Do I need a library card to attend?
We encourage all of those eligible for an OCLS library card to obtain one though it is not required for admittance. Residents of Orange County (outside of Winter Park and Maitland) can register for a library card online or at any Orange County Library Location. Those who do not have an OCLS library card may still register for this event.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Any child under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Parent/guardian must also have a valid ticket in their name to accompany a child.
My daughter is ten years old and I must accompany her to the event per library rules. Since I am not the one interested in attending, will I need a ticket?
Yes, each person will need their own ticket in their own name to be admitted. Children under age 11 will not be admitted without a parent/guardian with a valid ticket.
I am bringing my whole family. Does each person need a ticket?
Yes. Each person attending will need their own ticket in their name.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
If you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration to allow others the opportunity to attend. Tickets cannot be directly transferred to another person.
Will the event be videotaped?
The event is being recorded; by your presence you grant permission to appear in person or in voice, video or photographic presentation for radio, television, website or print media reports and/or media campaign(s) resulting from participation in an Orange County Library System event. Highlights of the event may be featured on the library's YouTube channel.
Can I bring my own book for signing?
Yes. Sharon Draper will personalize copies of Stella By Starlight at the book signing. She will also autograph up to one backlist favorite per person.
Will books be for sale?
Yes. Sharon Draper's most recent book, Stella By Starlight, will be on sale, along with copies of previously published books.
I will be arriving late. Will my seat be held for me?
Patrons who arrive after 6 p.m. will not have seats held, even if they have registered in advance. To ensure that you are able to be seated, we recommend planning to arrive by 5:30 p.m. Patrons arriving after 6 p.m. will be allowed into the area on a space-available basis.
What time does the event end?
Sharon Draper will read from Out of My Mind and answer questions. This portion of the event is expected to last approximately one hour. Once the presentation has concluded, audience members who would like their books signed will line up according to the row in which they are seated. Although the library closes at 8 p.m., those who are in line by 8 p.m. will be allowed to remain in the library past closing until their book is signed.
Event Sales have ended. I don't have a ticket. Can I show up and see if there is space available?
Yes, we will accept walk-ins at the event on a space-available basis. Walk-ins are not guaranteed a seat, and will only be allowed into the area after registered attendees have been seated.
I still have questions. How can I contact the library?
Please call 407.835.7323.