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!!!
Who knew a world-renown artist was born in O'Fallon? This week's topic is the artwork and life of Bernie Fuchs. This man became one of America's most notable artists. Bernie Fuchs was born in O'Fallon, Illinois in October 1932, attended O'Fallon Township High School, and enrolled in Washington University. Fuch's main passion was actually music, … Continue reading Famous Friday- Bernie Fuchs
In this month's steamy episode, we get the inside scoop on the real lives of Ripley and Stevie, a pair of mix-matched half-siblings that live with Circulation Assistant Kasey. Will Ripley continue to be the reliable one or will jealousy cloud his judgement? Will Stevie's adventurous spirit put her at risk - again? Here's Kasey's … Continue reading The Real Pets of OFPL
Have you requested a copy of Animal Crossing New Horizons yet? Still not sure if this game is for you? Kasey from circulation was nice enough to give us an island tour! Check it out: One of the very first things I did was put up a giant Godzilla statue, just a benevolent titan to protect the new town from sea … Continue reading Animal Crossing-Part 2
Temperatures are rising and options for entertainment are limited for families this summer due to social distancing measures. Many are turning to the simple pleasures of getting back to nature and learning more about the world around us. One of my “happy places” is the zoo. I grew up in central Illinois with a small zoo … Continue reading Enjoying Nature in Many Different Ways
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!)