This week I would like to discuss Joseph W. Schmitt. He was born and raised in O'Fallon, Illinois. Before discovering his career with NASA, he worked at a barber shop in downtown O'Fallon while furthering his high school education and then joined the Army Air Corps. Schmitt's father, Benjamin B. Schmitt of O'Fallon, had been … Continue reading Famous Friday
Today I would like to discuss William Franklin Beedle Jr. and his lasting legacy in the cinema. Perhaps almost every resident of O’Fallon already knows of his existence. Within the celebrity realm, he was known famously as William Holden. His contribution to Hollywood and the history of O’Fallon is beyond fascinating. As a long term resident of neighboring Breese, I … Continue reading Famous Friday
Before I started working at the library I was a school teacher for 18 years. At the beginning of each school year I would spend 4-6 weeks assessing and often reteaching material that was covered the year before. This year parents and educators are especially concerned about lost academic gains due to the extended quarantine at the end of school. Good news! There … Continue reading Promote Summer Learning (And Have Fun!)
Even if you are not into video games, you may have heard something about Animal Crossing New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch. It released on March 20 – just as Illinois (and many other places) were ordered to shelter in place. Conceptualized and developed before the pandemic, New Horizons is the newest in a series of relaxing life-simulation games. You play … Continue reading Animal Crossing
We are open again and happy to introduce our new Adult Services Assistant, Jenna A. She is moving into Traci's spot now that Traci has transitioned to her new administrative post. When you see Jenna, be sure and ask her about restoring that 1966 Mustang Coupe! Hello, my name is Jenna. Having started in December, … Continue reading Meet the Staff – Jenna A.
Our newest blog returns, and we get the inside scoop on the beloved creatures who live with library staff. In this latest reveal, learn the secrets and latest news on the crew who live with Stephanie. When she is not spending time with her family and pets, Stephanie works in Adult Services. Her oldest pet, … Continue reading The Real House Pets of OFPL
Summer Reading is here! It may look different from past summers, but the emphasis is still on digging into some great books and fun summer experiences. You can earn tickets for reading (books, audio-books, newspapers, magazines, or even bedtime stories), going on scavenger hunts, writing book reviews, creating a nature journal, writing a story and much more! These tickets can … Continue reading Dig Deeper, Read, Investigate, Discover!
It has been 5 days since the library has re-opened. Now, that sounds like a short amount of time but let me tell you, it's been great! I am so happy to be back to one of my favorite places. I know I am not the only one that feels that way. Long before I … Continue reading We’re Back!
This is the sixth week the library has been closed. We all miss seeing our patrons and experiencing the usual hustle and bustle of the library. We thought you all would like to know what your library staff has been up to during the quarantine. There are so many people that keep the library going. … Continue reading Greeting’s from the Top
This is the fourth week the library has been closed. We all miss seeing our patrons and experiencing the usual hustle and bustle of the library. We thought you all would like to know what your library staff has been up to during the quarantine. The front desk staff, including adult services (the help desk … Continue reading Greetings from Circulation