O'Fallon Weekly

In this week’s O’Fallon Weekly, Teri Rankin provides an overview of clubs offered by Youth Services.

  • Science Club (best for ages 8 and up) is an after-school science program that focuses on STEM and STEAM activities, coupled with general science exploration. From cardboard automata to rain gardens to rubber-band-powered cars, kids will be challenged to design and build, as well as think creatively to solve problems as they “think like scientists.” Emphasis is placed on hands-on learning and problem-solving skills to promote higher-level thinking.  Meets 2nd & 4th  Mondays at 4:30.
  • Lego Club – kids of all ages build from instructions or “freestyle.  Meets selected Sundays at 2:30.  For dates and sign up, click here.
  • Quadricorn Tween Book Club  (ages 9-12) talk about books and participate in fun and creative activities designed around the monthly book selections.  Meets the 4th Wednesday of the Service dogmonth at 4:30.
  • Chess Club for kids of all ages to sharpen their skills and learn new moves.  Meets the 3rd Saturday, 10:30 – 11:30 AM.
  • Fun and Furry Reading Club  Read to a therapy dog; 1st Thursday and 2nd Tuesday at 4 PM.

Teri also reminds patrons that the library will be closed for staff training Friday, March 9.  No items are due that day and our book drop will be available for your convenience.  The library will reopen on Saturday, March 10 at 9 AM.

On March 10, from 1-4 PM, the Lions Clubs will offer FREE vision screening for children and adults.  Spot, a breakthrough vision-screening device, quickly and easily detects vision issues across all ages starting at 6 months old.

Spot detects possible problems such as:Lions Clubs

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Astigmatism
  • Unequal pupil size
  • Unequal refractive power
  • Eye misalignment

Children will need a signed consent form, available on the day of the screening.

Justice makes a DifferenceIf you are interested in helping your child become more socially conscious and community oriented, Teri invites children 5 and older to a reading of Dr. Artika Tyner’s book,  Justice Makes a Difference March 24, at 10:30. Using fun games and activities we will explore ideas of justice and social responsibility. Facilitated by Annetta Works-Salley, community social activist.

Teri said her department is looking ahead to our Summer Reading Program.  She said that each summer, we rely on the 7th and 8th grade volunteers to help set up programs, arts and craft projects, and many other needed tasks.

If your child would like to help, volunteer packets will be available on or after April 11.  These will also be sent to the junior high schools and will be available through our website.

And once again we thank the O’Fallon Weekly for their support of the library. You can check out the next edition on newsstands each Wednesday and online.

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