West Oaks Branch Library & Genealogy Center

Orange County Library System

Remembering Mom: Family History Crafts for Adults and Kids


On May 9th, patrons of all ages came to the library to have fun and remember their mothers with family history crafts. Children designed family trees out of scrapbook materials, making sure to leave space to add photographs once they got home. Adults created beautiful vases, plates, and candle holders using repurposed materials like jam jars, tissue paper, twine and ribbon, and old family photos. This interactive program got the whole family involved in crafting while honoring their roots. Held the day before Mother’s Day, the event was intended as a way to remember moms. It ended up being a fun, lighthearted, and messy program full of artistic expression and familial love. Participants said they would definitely return for more family history craft programs.

Orlando Memory

Orlando Memory

Are you interested in sharing your stories, old family photographs, or historic documents with the world? Add them to Orlando Memory.

Developed by the Orange County Library System, the Orlando Memory site is a community based digital archive designed to preserve the stories, images, and memories of life in Central Florida. It is the story of Orlando told by its people. Recent additions to the site include oral history interviews with longtime Ocoee, College Park, and Pine Castle residents, as well as a 1911 newspaper article about the Catholic Church from the Sanford Herald.

Share your story today. Upload photos or video clips, and add audio recordings or other memorabilia.

May the fourth be with you.

May4th            It’s May the 4th and we are celebrating “May the Fourth Be With You” here at the West Oaks Branch and Genealogy Center! Come check out all of our amazing Star Wars material and get invested in Genealogy while you’re here. We have Star Wars soundtracks, graphic novels, movies, books, and more. While you’re here you can access one of our many public computers and create a family tree for your favorite Star Wars characters! Stop by and see us today Star Wars fans and remember… May the Fourth be with you!