OF WeeklyYouth Services Manager Teri Rankin penned this week’s O’Fallon Weekly column and highlighted some of the upcoming OFPL events and updates.

Teri said that if your children are already showing signs of restlessness since school ended, then the library Summer Reading Program has something for everyone from three-years-old to adults.

“Reading Takes You Everywhere is the this year’s theme,” Teri said, “and we have programs and activities to transport every reader to new destinations.”  There are weekly entertainers, crafts, age-leveled groups and stand-alone activities.

Here are just a few of the upcoming events for children:teddy bear.jpg

Teddy Bear Picnic – June 13, 10:30 AM

Around the World Tea – June 15, 1 PM

International Spy Training  – June 29, 1 PM

What’s Special About My Name? A Program About Heritage  – June 30, 10:30 AM

Spanish for Little Ones – begins June 6, ($36 fee).

Super SmashThere are events for teens, including Anime Club – June 7,  6 PM; Super Smash Brothers Tournament June 8th, from 12:00 – 4:30 PM; and Tabletop Games – June 22, from 12:00 – 4:30 PM.  There are many events for wellness and cooking classes for adults as well.  Just check out our calendar for a full list.

One new twist to the Summer Reading Program this year is the events are tied to badges, prizes, or raffles through our new online reading management system called Beanstack, Teri explained.

“Beanstack keeps track of reading progress, notifies readers when they have earned prizes or badges, and offers reading suggestions,” Teri said.  This helps readers pursue their individual needs and interests.  Logging time spent reading is fast and can be done on any PC, tablet, or mobile phone.

Registration through our website began May 29.  This program is free and open to all.  However, some prizes such as Cardinal Baseball Tickets, are restricted to O’Fallon Public Library cardholders.  Check kids, teens, and adult programs for details.

In addition to the Summer Reading Program activities, there are other events you can find on our calendar, including the O’Fallon Writing Group that meets this Saturday, June 2, at 10:30 AM.

Be sure to check out next week’s Library News & Notes in the O’Fallon Weekly on newsstands and online each Wednesday.

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