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06 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Kendrick B. Melrose: 1940-2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing this week of Kendrick B. Melrose, son of Melrose Center namesake Dorothy Lumley Melrose. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

It was eight years ago last month that Mr. Melrose presented Library Director/CEO Mary Anne Hodel with a $1,000,000 check from the Kendrick B. Melrose Family Foundation, providing the spark that made the Melrose Center a reality. In subsequent years, the Foundation provided two additional $500,000 donations, further supporting the Orange County Library System’s efforts to a provide state-of-the-art technology space for community creatives.

In his speech during the 2012 presentation ceremony, Mr. Melrose recalls his mother saying that the purpose of life is to serve others. The Melrose Center serves as a remarkable example of how influenced he was by that philosophy. We are exceptionally fortunate that Mr. Melrose decided to honor the memory of Dorothy Melrose and her love of the Orlando Public Library with these generous gifts. Since the Melrose Center opened in 2014, it has been our privilege to connect Orange County Library System customers to resources and technology they might otherwise be unable to access. We owe that privilege to Kendrick Melrose.

13 March 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Melrose Film Festival Accepting Submissions March 1 – May 1

The 2020 Melrose Film Festival is a daylong celebration of the creativity in filmmaking. From March 1 to May 1, the Melrose Center will be accepting submissions from categories including short film, animation, music video and more. The festival will be held on September 19, 2020 and will feature free screenings from selected films, Q&A discussions and industry panels.

Last year the Melrose Film Festival attracted 1,980 film submissions. Film lovers gathered to watch documentaries, animated films and music videos submitted from around the world. The film festival featured question and answer sessions with filmmakers and guest speakers.

18 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

2020 Melrose Awards Winners

The 2020 Melrose Creative Expo was staged on February 15, with live performances on the Melrose Stage and in the Audio Studio, VR, green screen and simulator experiences, Fab Lab demos and Photo Studio portrait opportunities for visitors to enjoy.  The Expo began with the presentation of the 2020 Melrose Awards, honoring the top projects created in the Melrose Center over the past year.  This year’s winners:

Grand Prize and Music Recording  – Kevin Meehan and Evan Taylor Jones

Voice Recording – Ben Eisen

Video – Kim Honnell

Photo – Catelyn Richard

Digital Media Design – Jeremiah Garcia and Nicholas Walton

Maker – Danielle Kerkes

Director’s Pick – Laura Leandra

Congratulations to all the winners and category finalists!  The 2021 Melrose Awards contest will open for submissions in September.


22 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Melrose Creative Expo – February 15

Join us on Saturday, February 15 for the 2020 Melrose Creative Expo, celebrating the 6th anniversary of the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity!  The Expo will begin with the 2020 Melrose Awards presentation, honoring the top projects created by patrons using Melrose Center resources over the past year.  Awards will be presented in six categories: Digital Media Design, Maker, Music Recording, Photography, Voice Recording and Video.

The Melrose Creative Expo also features live performances, VR, studio and simulator experiences, Fab Lab fun, photo portraits, community exhibitors and more.  It’s the perfect day to see everything the Melrose Center has to offer!

22 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Melrose in the Mix – The TV Show!

The Orange County Library System and WUCF have partnered to bring our Melrose in the Mix live recording series to TV!  Tune in to WUCF on Thursday, January 23 at 8:30 p.m. for the premiere episode featuring Orlando singer-songwriter Terri Binion.  The Melrose in the Mix series will feature a new episode on the third Thursday each month from February through June, with each episode also starting at 8:30 p.m.  The schedule will feature The Pauses on February 20, Steve Garron on March 19, AMiAM on April 16, The Vapor caves on May 21, and Beth McKee on June 18.

And of course, you can sign up to attend a live Melrose in the Mix session by completing the form at this link.