5 Star Fridays · Fiction · Reader's Advisory

Five Star Friday War Dances by Sherman Alexie

While waiting for Sherman Alexie’s newest title, my Five Star Friday recommendation is War Dances, the 2010 winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award for fiction.  While we have many titles of of his to choose from (see below), this collection of short stories, poems, and short works is one of my favorites. Publisher’s Summary: Sherman Alexie delivers a… Continue reading Five Star Friday War Dances by Sherman Alexie

Fiction · New Title Tuesday · Reader's Advisory

New Title Tuesday, So Much Blue by Percival Everett

OK, this New Title Tuesday recommendation, So Much Blue by Percival Everett, is an absolute must-read!  It’s one part modern-midlife crisis, one part funny social commentary on class and academia, one part secret-solving, and one part thrill-ride in El Salvador of 1979. Publisher’s Summary: Kevin Pace is working on a painting that he won’t allow anyone… Continue reading New Title Tuesday, So Much Blue by Percival Everett

5 Star Fridays · movie or tv · Reader's Advisory

Call the Midwife – Five Star Friday

My Five Star Friday recommendation,  Call the Midwife,  is perfect for summer binge-watching.  The BBC series that has aired on PBS for six seasons is on hiatus until the Holiday Special later this year.  Thank goodness, your library has all six seasons, so if you haven’t yet discovered this gem, you’ve got plenty of time to… Continue reading Call the Midwife – Five Star Friday

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ICYMI Library News & Notes June 14, 2017

Wednesday’s Library News & Notes in the O’Fallon Weekly, focused on the many exciting activities children can enjoy as part of our Summer Reading Program, Reading by Design. Youth Services Manager reminded us, “The library is THE place to be this summer and you do not want to miss the fun activities we have planned.”   Every… Continue reading ICYMI Library News & Notes June 14, 2017

Fiction · New Title Tuesday · Reader's Advisory

New Title Tuesday: In the Name of the Family by Sarah Dunant

The New Title Tuesday recommendation this week, In the Name of the Family by Sarah Dunant, is proof that we love nothing more than sweeping sagas of the rich and powerful regardless of the time period.  Plus, it’s hard to stop reading the inner thoughts of the fictionalized Niccolo Machiavelli in the Prologue: “The gap between the… Continue reading New Title Tuesday: In the Name of the Family by Sarah Dunant

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ICYMI OFPL News and Notes June 7, 2017

Assistant Director Ryan Johnson penned this week’s column in the O’Fallon Weekly and reported that the Summer Reading Kickoff last Saturday at the Katy Cavins center was a success with the carnival games, balloon animals, and science demonstrations. Even if you missed the kickoff, it’s not too late to register your children for the Summer Reading… Continue reading ICYMI OFPL News and Notes June 7, 2017

5 Star Fridays · Fiction · Reader's Advisory

Five Star Friday: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

The Five Star Friday recommendation this week is My name is Lucy Barton  by Elizabeth Strout.  This had been on my ‘to be read’ list for nearly a year; and knowing it is the seed to her new best-selling novel Anything is Possible, I knew it was time.    Publisher Summary: Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what… Continue reading Five Star Friday: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout