ofallon-weeklyAssistant Library Director Ryan Johnson answers the age-old question, “What should I read next?” in this week’s O’Fallon Weekly.  We at the library love sharing ideas; and because we have so many, we’ve created a webpage dedicated to Reading Suggestions.

From that one page, you can access not only our catalog, but also “links to trusted review sites like BookPage, NPR Books, and the New York Times Book Review,” Ryan said.

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Also on the page are videos on how to use NoveList, a powerful tool to search for books based on genre, appeal, reading level, and other factors such as date of publication or “for fans of….”

There are two videos to help you learn how to use NoveList to find your next quirky, suspenseful, or heartwarming read.

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Ryan also reminds patrons that that the Library is partnering with SIUE and AmeriCorps to provide tutoring in a wide variety of subjects to students K-8 at no charge.  Call the Youth Services Department at 618-632-3783 ext. 2 to schedule an appointment.  Sessions are thirty minutes and available Monday-Thursday 4-8 PM, Saturday 9 – 4PM, and Sunday 1 – 5PM.

PumpkinIt’s not too late to get in on the Library’s pumpkin decorating contest. You can pick up a plastic pumpkin from the Adult Services; decorate it with fabric, paint, glitter, sequins, yarn, felt, any non-perishable item to transform your pumpkin into a literary figure, book, or theme.  Bring in your creative masterpiece between October 15-31 for a chance at winning a prize.

Ryan also gives a big thank-you to all who donated blood during our recent blood drive to support area blood banks.  Mayor Herb Roach was first in line, Ryan said.

As always, we are grateful for the O’Fallon Weekly and their support of the Library.  Check out the latest edition on newsstands or online.


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