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ICYMI – Library News & Notes, October 18, 2017

Assistant Library Director Ryan Johnson answers the age-old question, “What should I read next?” in this week’s O’Fallon Weekly.  We at the library love sharing ideas; and because we have so many, we’ve created a webpage dedicated to Reading Suggestions. From that one page, you can access not only our catalog, but also “links to trusted review sites… Continue reading ICYMI – Library News & Notes, October 18, 2017

Fiction · New Title Tuesday · Reader's Advisory · YA

Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali, New Title Tuesday

  It is no secret that I’m a fan of YA books – especially as a palette cleanser between grim mysteries, but I can heartily recommend Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali for this week’s New Title Tuesday as more than just a place keepe.  It’s light-hearted for the most part, yet Ali tackles serious… Continue reading Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali, New Title Tuesday

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Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

If you’ve seen the film Practical Magic and always wanted to know more about the Owens women, perhaps consider checking out the book, especially since the author, Alice Hoffman just released a prequel, The Rules of Magic, about the aunts learning magic in the 1960’s that provides more details about the Owens family history. So if you’d… Continue reading Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

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ICYMI Library News & Notes Oct. 11, 2017

In this week’s column in the O’Fallon Weekly, Youth Services Manager, Teri Rankin gives several strategies to avoid the lure of Halloween candy. For instance, come to the Library, Saturday, October 14, at 10:30 AM for Incredible Bats, an educational multimedia presentation that includes an opportunity to see live Egyptian and African Straw-colored Fruit Bats. Children 5-years-old and… Continue reading ICYMI Library News & Notes Oct. 11, 2017

New Title Tuesday · non fiction · Reader's Advisory

Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder, New Title Tuesday

This week’s New Title Tuesday recommendation responds to the question too often asked by students from middle school to college. In Why Poetry Matthew Zapruder addresses, as he says, “the necessity of poetry: why it matters, and how in personal and public spheres poetry might be able to help us live our lives.” Publisher’s Summary:   An impassioned… Continue reading Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder, New Title Tuesday

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Before Stephen King, there was Shirley Jackson. Since it’s October and our Halloween Display is up, I thought I’d choose a classic thriller, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Written in the 1950’s, the novel became one of the most influential books in the horror genre. This psychological thriller will make your hair… Continue reading The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson