In this week’s O’Fallon Weekly column, Assistant Director, Ryan Johnson looks forward to Spring and reminds patrons that it’s never too early to start reading one of our many books to plan what to plant in the garden, where to go on vacation, or design options for the patio.
Ryan said that this time of year he enjoys reading about Baseball History. Of course we have plenty of books about the Cardinals as well as books on Tony LaRussa, Curt Flood, Ozzie Smith, Yadier Molina, and many others.
But it’s not just the Cardinals. Upstairs, readers can find biographies on Mariano Rivera, David Ortiz, Hank Aaron, and of course Jackie Robinson, Ryan said. And for those who are “really in the mood for a deep dive into baseball lore, you can check out all eleven volumes of the Ken Burns Baseball documentary. It’s an excellent way to get geared up for Spring Training.
In the meantime, Ryan said, enjoy living in the moment by joining us Friday, Feb. 9, 6:30- 8 PM for Library After Dark. This will be a fun Valentine’s event for couples or singles. Come mingle, kid-free, at the library and enjoy some music, socializing, and light refreshments. Jeremy Wright, local country and Americana singer will be performing original and cover songs.
Also on the calendar is an economical way to expand your home library or add to a child’s: mark your calendar for the Friends of the Library Book Sale, Feb 16 and 17.
There’s a wide collection of books, DVDs, and CDs. We’ll have something for every age group, and nearly every subject imaginable. All proceeds benefit the library as they provide materials and programs that help you and your family learn, grow, and enjoy life. And you can’t beat the prices:
- Books $1.00
- Mass Market Paperbacks $0.50
- DVDs $1.00
- CDs $1.00
- Audiobooks $1.00
- Children’s Hardcovers $0.50
- Children’s Softcovers $0.25
Later in the month, February 24, from 3-4 PM, President Abraham Lincoln (expertly played by actor Kevin Wood) will tell stories and recount the history of our 16th President in “A New Birth of Freedom,” a program best for children in kindergartners and up. Beforehand, at 2:30, the celebration begins with birthday cupcakes. Patriotic treat bags will be given to children 12-years-old and under.
We are again partnering with AARP, Ryan reported, to provide free tax aide. Volunteers are here most Tuesdays through Fridays between now and Tax Day. Call the library at (618) 632-3783 or stop in to schedule your free appointment. Last year, this program helped more than 600 individuals in our community prepare their taxes, Ryan said. There is no requirement to be retired or a member of AARP. He said, “This is one of those rare ‘too good to be true’ situations that is actually legit.”
Lastly, Ryan gave a big shout-out to everyone who came out in support of our recent blood drive, January 29. Nineteen units of blood were collected and will be used here in our area to help save lives. Ryan said, “If that doesn’t give you the warm and fuzzies , I’m not sure what will.”
Be sure and check out “Library News & Notes” each Wednesday in the O’Fallon Weekly.