In the most recent O’Fallon Weekly column, “News and Notes” Michael King, circulation manager, proudly reported that the local students took full advantage of our new study spaces to study for final exams. In fact, over 120 OTHS students attended the semi-annual study night last week. The library stayed open until 10 PM and provided snacks and beverages.
Thanks to the recent renovation project, we have more study spaces for individuals and groups. Upstairs, there is a study bar with outlets at each seat and also several study tables. In addition, there is a quiet room on the opposite end of the second floor. Downstairs, in addition to The Hub for teen use, there are three study rooms available on a first-come-first serve basis, study tables in the Marketplace, as well as a vending machine for snacks and cold beverages.
The library will be closed both Saturday and Sunday, Dec 24 and 25 for the holidays. We will resume normal hours Monday, Dec 26.
We will also be closed Saturday and Sunday, Dec 31 and Jan 1 for New Years. We will reopen Monday, Jan 2.
You may not know, but we now have new release video games for adults, teens, and children as well as new arrivals of DVDs in the Marketplace and in Youth Services. Wait-times have decreased due to the self-checkout stations. Michael reminds us that book recommendations appear on the screens based on the materials we are checking out. Returning items is a snap with our drive-up book return located at the far end of the newly paved parking lot between two yellow poles.
In addition to serving students, the library takes great pride in our service to adults seeking assistance with technology or using the Internet. Ryan Johnson, adult services manager, explained how the library helped a patron navigate the confusing government website in order to renew a green card – a task that can no longer be performed in person at the federal administration building in St. Louis. Many adults are not familiar with the process of creating and verifying accounts or what fields must be entered.
It is our pleasure to help patrons apply for online jobs, download account statements, scan, fax, and email documents, or any other task they have.
For more library “News and Notes,” read our column in the next issue of the O’Fallon Weekly.
Also, check our OFPL website or Facebook page for weather or holiday related closings and upcoming events.
We wish all in the community a warm and safe holiday!