Social and emotional learning (SEL) has always been a significant part of a child’s development. Last week the Wall Street Journal published an article about the importance of SEL which is “the process by which children learn to understand and manage feelings, develop empathy for others and acquire problem-solving skills.” With remote learning and the ever changing reality, teaching and practicing social and emotional skills are both extremely challenging and vitally important. … Continue reading Books to Promote Social Emotional Learning
Mary Wickes was born Mary Isabella Wickenhauser in St. Louis on June 13th, 1910. She graduated from Beaumont High School in St. Louis and then graduated from Washington University with a double major in English literature and political science. Acting and drama was not a career consideration for her until her later years of college. As … Continue reading Famous Friday-Mary Wickes
This is where we give OFPL staff members an opportunity to write about some of their favorite books - or in this case, movies. This month, Sean in Circulation suggests a laugh-out-loud film sure to entertain. FYI, Sean makes the Binge-Boxes of DVDs, so let him know your appreciation and requests. A Million Ways to … Continue reading OFPL Staff Recommends – Sean B.
Rosalind Keith was born on December 6, 1916 in Belleville, Illinois. Little details are known about her private and professional life. However, she starred in several Columbia and Paramount films from 1934-1944. Despite her being adored for her roles in these films, she went on to become a singer after her filming days were done. She … Continue reading Famous Friday-Rosalind Keith
This is where we give OFPL staff members an opportunity to write about some of their favorite books. This month, Angie in Circulation shares some thrilling suggestions. Next time you're in the library, be sure to ask Angie for more pulse-quickening titles. One of my favorite parts about pandemic reading has definitely been the thrillers … Continue reading OFPL Staff Recommends
Are you holding on to the last bits of summer? Do you want to enjoy the sights of the ocean without getting sand everywhere? Do you need some ideas for helping your student with learning at home? The new Special Selections in the Children’s Department is full of books about the ocean and creatures that live there. … Continue reading Under the Sea
On this day in history, Imperial Japan surrendered and brought the Second World War to an end. It has been 75 years since this day occurred. The Second World War lasted almost six years and an estimated 75-85 million people perished worldwide. It is considered the deadliest military conflict in modern history and yet I realize there are so many aspects … Continue reading VJ Day-75th Anniversary
Believe it or not, this Beverly Hillbilly was born in nearby Belleville, IL. In 1908, actor Buddy Ebsen was born Christian Ebsen Jr. When Ebsen was young, his family left the area and moved to Florida. During his youth, Ebsen learned to dance, a skill that would soon prove useful in his acting career and … Continue reading Famous Fridays- Buddy Ebsen
This blog allows OFPL staff members to share suggestions for reading, viewing, or listening. Our cataloger Shawnna shares some of her favorite titles. Although she spends her time adding new books to our collection, many of you will remember her from her years in Circulation. Shawnna's fondness for manga is one reason our collection upstairs … Continue reading OFPL Staff Recommends – Shawnna M.
It is almost time to get back to school and no matter what that looks like for you and your family this year you will want to prepare meals and snacks that are healthy for your family. A great way to do this is to get everyone involved in the cooking. The library has some great … Continue reading Cookin’ With STEAM!!!