OF WeeklyMolly Scanlan, Library Director, wrote this week’s column in the O’Fallon Weekly.  She invites everyone to come in tonight (April 26) at 6 pm for O’Fallon Before O’Fallon: A Prehistory.

This presentation will explore the history of the area that would eventually become O’Fallon, Illinois.  O’Fallon was founded in 1854 and incorporated in 1874, but the area boasted a rich history before that time.  Join Will Shannon, Curator of the St. Clair County Historical Society, as he discusses Native American settlements, early American settlers, and early landmarks in the area.

Anybody who’s anybody came to the OFPL stuffed toy sleepover, Friday, April 20.

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Molly also said to mark your calendars for upcoming events in May.  The last book sale of the year begins at 1 pm, Thursday, May 10 and runs through Monday, May 14.Bud Summers

On Friday, May 11, come to the next Library After Dark, featuring originals and covers by local musician Bud Summers.  The fun starts at 6:30 pm for those 21 and up.  Molly says, “Come mingle, kid-free at the library and enjoy some music, socializing, and light refreshments.”

Join the O’Fallon Library as we kick off our Eco Club meetings! Eco Club is an all-ages, family-friendly club focusing on green living and helping our community get in touch with nature by encouraging both individuals and groups to get outside, take action, and improve the environment around them. We will learn how to reduce our environmental footprint, care for natural spaces and wildlife, and become an ally for Earth.

Eco Tree with environment symbolsThe first meeting is May 6, at 2 pm.   Additional Eco Club dates are:

  • Sunday, May 6th 2-3pm  Eco Club Intro and Evaluating Your Environmental Footprint
  • Saturday, May 19th 1-2pm  Power of Pollinators and O’Fallon Garden Club
  • Saturday, June 2nd   Our Wild Places and Guide to Getting Outside
  • Friday, June 22nd  Take a Hike! Rock Springs Park Clean-up Day and Trail Walk
    (Will be held at Rock Springs Park)

Come help us discuss what we can do both as individuals and as a community to better our world– we would love to hear your ideas and suggestions!

Reiki for Beginners will be Sunday, May 20, at 2 pm.  Learn how to use your breath and ease stress with Reiki, a natural self-healing method. Reiki.png

Reiki is a Japanese term for Universal Life Force energy and is a technique for amplifying our innate ability to gently heal the energetic system of the body that affects our cells and organs. Using the breath and intention, we deepen our awareness of our bodies and the energy around us.  This is also a wonderful way to start learning meditation or building upon an existing meditation practice.

Reiki can contribute to holistic healing through stress reduction and relaxation, enhancing immune function, and increasing physical energy.  In this workshop, Jen will guide participants through energy awareness exercises and you’ll be ready to continue practicing Reiki after this class.  Reiki is not affiliated with any religious belief system.

The O’Fallon Writing Group meets again May 5, Saturday, 10:30 – noon.  We welcome adults who want to write, whether you are a published author or a novice.  We offer a designated place to think, consider, explore, create, learn and, of course, write.  Grab your favorite pen or laptop and join us.

As always, you can read Library News & Notes in the O’Fallon Weekly online and in newsstands each Wednesday.

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