In this week’s O’Fallon WeeklyAdult Services Manager Renny McBride thanks those who attended the stellar Eclipse Viewing Party.  Patrons received free eclipse glasses and ate Moonpies on the grassy lawn. Dare I say, it was outta this world!

Eclipse Viewing Party (2)

Another star-studded event occurred last week – the big reveal of the OFPL Adult Writing Contest winners.


Renny offers her thanks to all who submitted entries, our judges for reading over 80 submissions, and Assistant Director Ryan Johnson for organizing and coordinating the contest. Booklets will be printed and available for purchase (details forthcoming!). Visit our website to read the winning entries.

Soon, another stellar opportunity will occur between September 1 and October 1 in the Children’s Department.  Put your name in for the chance to win a free travel bag full of new or soon-to-be released books “that will tickle your science bone,” Renny reported.

Congratulations to all of the writers who participated, including Laura Griffin who won in the Best Short Story Category for “The Interview.” Frances Lewis’s “Symphony of the Sea” was chosen as Best Poem.  The Best Essay was by composed by Keena Simpson, “Living with My Consumption,” and Anthony Mays won Best in Show for “Halfway to MMXX.”

Children’s book publisher, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky has provided a cool tote bag full of advanced reading copies of titles including Rocket Science for Babies, Goodnight Lab, The Messy Alphabet Book, The List, Shadow Weaver, and more!  The lucky winner will be drawn October 1.


Renny is also happy to announce that story times are starting back up in September! This includes our all our regular story times: Book Babies, Toddler Tales, Boards and Builds, and Story Time with Gail.  Fun and Furry: Read to a Dog will also be happening on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Be sure to check our event calendar, newsletter, or sign up for our e-newsletter for a complete list of dates and times.

Also, Renny writes that September is National Library Card Sign Up Month, so be sure to check our social media (Facebook and Instagram) for any special announcements about how OFPL will be celebrating what your library card can do for you!



As always, look for the O’Fallon Library News & Notes in the next issue of the O’Fallon Weekly on newsstands, in your mailbox, or online every Wednesday.

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