In this week’s column for the O’Fallon Weekly, Library Director Molly Scanlan reminds OTHS students to check out their summer reading books before school begins on August 14. “Check out one now while we have a good selection. The day before school starts might be too late,” Molly warns.
There’s still time, also, to learn a new skill. Join us Monday, August 6, at 1 pm, and learn the basics of crocheting, Molly said. “Kathy Wagner will provide step-by-step instructions for getting started. Bring yarn and a crochet hook with you, or we will provide these to use during the class if you don’t.” A basic crochet pattern will be provided. To learn more and RSVP, click here.
Do you ever see or hear an owl in your neighborhood and want to experience more of these beautiful birds? Well, award-winning naturalist Mark H.X. Glenshaw aka “The Owl Man” will be at the library, Thursday, August 9, 6-8 pm to explain How To Find an Owl in Your Neighborhood, Molly said. Mark has studied Great Horned Owls in Forest Park since 2005. He gives dozens of lectures on the owls all over Missouri and Illinois and leads scores of owl-prowls in Forest Park each year.
In addition to this, he helps people all over the St. Louis metro area find owls in their neighborhoods whether in subdivisions, city neighborhoods, pocket parks or large public parks. Mark’s talk will show which owls you are most likely to see or hear, where to look for them, how to look for them, what to listen for, and the importance of research and collaboration. How To Find an Owl in Your Neighborhood is free, family friendly, and open to the public.
Speaking of the great outdoors and the remaining weeks of summer, the Eco Club will meet again Saturday, August 11, at 1:00 PM. Space is limited and registration is required for this family-friendly club that focuses on green living and helps our community get in touch with nature by encouraging both individuals and groups to get outside, take action, and improve the environment around them. This meeting will focus on the impact of single-use plastics on our environment. Following a brief presentation and kid-friendly discussion, we will decorate reusable shopping totes to take home. If you want to make a tote, registration is required.
Molly reminds parents and caregivers that Book Babies and Toddler Tales will start again on August 16, at 9:15 and 10:15 respectively. You can sign up by clicking the links for Book Babies or Toddler Tales.
This Saturday, August 4, from 10:30-Noon, adult authors or wannabes are invited to join the O’Fallon Writing Group for an opportunity for a time to write and discuss the pieces other group members have written. The group meets monthly and we hope to provide the structure and routine of a welcoming writing community. We hope you will check out our diverse community of writers.
- Come prepared to write and occasionally share your work (at your comfort level)
- Be willing to provide constructive feedback to group members following established protocols
- Bring your own writing materials (favorite pen, paper, etc.). Bring your own laptop if you wish.
And once again, let’s give the O’Fallon Weekly a big shout-out for supporting the “Library News & Notes” column each Wednesday.