We’re just past the half-way point in February and we’ve already enjoyed so many fun events here at the library. In this week’s O’Fallon Weekly column, Adult Services Manager Renny McBride said, “We’ve arm-knitted, toned our muscles in Zumba, burned calories, meditated, stretched in yoga poses, learned how to use our phone cameras, and hosted a blood drive, all while having AARP volunteers doing your taxes!”
Oh, and there was an adult’s social evening. Renny wrote about the lively Library After Dark evening last Friday. “We had the lights down, had some (battery operated) candles, snacks, and listened to some fabulous live music,” she said. Musicians Jeremy Wright and Curt Copeland entertained. “Our crowd of around 30 made some noise clapping and singing along!”
To make sure you don’t miss out on the upcoming Library After Dark or any of the Library’s excellent activities, Renny said you can sign up for the email version of our newsletter here. We will still have our print newsletters available at the Library, but they will only be updated every two months.
Renny also reminded patrons that it’s not too late to sign of for tax aide with the AARP volunteers. Appointments are Tuesdays – Fridays, from 9 AM to 2 PM through April 17. Call the library at (618) 632-3759 to book an appointment soon because they are filling up quickly. As of this blog post, the first available appointment is March 15.
Priority given to seniors and individuals making less than $80,000/year. You must bring a valid photo ID, Social Security card for yourself and each dependent, last year’s completed tax returns, and proof of health insurance.
Renny also invites patrons to check out the Black History Month display for interesting reading and exploring titles you may have missed.
There are many new titles including Real American, a memoir by Julie Lythcott-Haims and An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz. We also have a new graphic novel, Six Days in Cincinnati by Dan Mendez Moore about the riots of 2001. Young adults will enjoy learning about Lynda Blackmon Lowery in Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom, her memoir of fighting for equal rights in 1965.
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.
Again, we thank the O’Fallon Weekly for helping get the word out on the many exciting events and resources here for you to enjoy.