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06 February 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Melrose’s Hope to Encourage Entrepreneurs

The Orlando Sentinel’s Tech Check featured an interview with Mr. Melrose regarding his thoughts on entrepreneurship and what the Melrose Center’s role could be for someone with dreams of becoming an entrepreneur.

Melrose has poured $1.5 million into the Orange County Public Library, establishing a tech center to encourage others to pursue their entrepreneurial ideas.

“It’s a catalyst for people to think beyond documents or think beyond what they thought a library was before,” Melrose, 75, told the Orlando Sentinel. “It spurs the idea of entrepreneurship and makes people more comfortable saying, ‘I’d like to form my own company and do something I’ve never thought of before.’”

The article was published in anticipation of the Melrose Center’s 2nd Anniversary, which takes place Saturday, February 6, starting at 11:00 AM.

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16 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Melrose at Otronicon!


Otronicon is currently underway at the Orlando Science Center, and the Melrose Center is exhibiting for its second year. Our staff get to meet and introduce people to what their local library offers its cardholders…for FREE. At our exhibit, visitors will encounter a retro game theme with a twist. Our Photo and Video stations feature props and settings from popular video games from your childhood. The Audio station features a MIDI controller that can be used to create 8-bit beats. We also provide information about classes and programs offered in the Melrose Center to help design and create costumes…at least, the basics. Players of our staff-created game will get the chance to aim for the High Score to win a prize!  If you come out to Otronicon over the next two days, we hope you’ll stop by the Deluxe Birthday Room on Level 1 to meet us!

If you’ve already visited and had your photo taken, you can view and download images here. (Images will be uploaded at the end of each day.)


Our Photo Instructor, Winny, designed and created a DIY backdrop for the photobooth!


Day 2: a line formed for the green screen around lunch time. So much fun!

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23 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Melrose Awards 2015 – Vote Now!


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05 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Melrose Awards Deadline Extended!


It’s a good day, Orlando! The deadline to enter the Second Annual Melrose Center Awards has been extended to November 15! This is your time to shine! Don’t miss out on a chance to win $1,000!

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06 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Melrose Center First Anniversary Contest

Award Categories

It’s hard to believe that almost a year has gone by since the opening of the Melrose Center. We are in the process of planning its first anniversary celebration which will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from noon to 5pm. We would like to recognize the work produced by the users of the Melrose Center. The Orange County Library System is pleased to announce its first annual Melrose Award in the categories of Film, Audio, Photography, Web & Graphic Design, Maker: 3D Design, Electronics, Engineering, and Gaming & Computer Programming.

We would like to extend this special invitation to you to participate. To submit your work that you have produced in the Melrose Center, please be sure to first read the contest rules to see if you qualify. You can make submissions in one or more categories. Submissions must meet the requirements of the contest rules. A Melrose or Orange County Library card in good standing is required.

The deadline for submission has been extended to January 20 and voting to January 25. You can vote in one or more categories. One vote per category is allowed. A Melrose or Orange County Library card in good standing is required for voting.

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The winners for each category and the overall winner will be announced at the First Anniversary Event: Saturday, February 7, 2015. Don’t forget to also check out the prizes to see what you can win. We wish you all the best in your submission if you do choose to partake in this award opportunity

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