This month our pick for Meet the Staff needs no introduction. Traci has been at the library for a decade and has brightened the lives of patrons and co-workers alike. Next time you see her, congratulate her on her work anniversary!


Wow!  This month marks my 10 year work anniversary with the library.  This is the longest amount of time I have worked at one place.  Being an Air Force wife, we moved every 2 to 3 years for 20 years, therefore I held many different jobs at many different locations.  Well, now my children are all grown and living their adult lives.  My husband retired from the military, and we ended up staying here in O’Fallon.  I am so glad that all my past experiences landed me at O’Fallon Public Library.  My favorite part of the job is knowing that I make a difference in people’s lives.  I hear all kinds of stories from our patrons in the Adult Services department.  Some of these stories are happy and others not so much, but I always enjoy listening and trying to make their day better. 

Another great advantage to working here is seeing all the library materials that pass across my desk.  I wish I had enough time for all the entertainment that is available.  My favorite genres are thriller, suspense, and horror. Stephen King has always been one of my favorite authors, but recently I have been reading several Lisa Unger & Greg Iles books. I also enjoy Dean Koontz and John Grisham.  My all-time favorite was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larsson. I am behind on my reading wish list because I have been watching too many movies. LOL.   I take full advantage of our DVD collection and always have a stack waiting to watch.  I am a fan of all kinds of films except the tear-jerkers.  I cry enough in real life without doing it watching a movie.

In my spare time I enjoy traveling, boating, jet skiing, fishing, hiking, game-night, solving puzzles, nature crafting, going to Cardinal’s games, and of course reading and watching movies.  Something that might surprise people is I also like to play video games.  I like Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider , Red Dead Redemption and Assassin’s Creed.  It takes me forever to finish a game since I like to complete every single task in the game and I don’t have much opportunity to play. Games sure have come a long way since I was a kid. 

Come visit me at the Adult Services Desk anytime! Traci     

Here are some of my recommendations for your reading pleasure.

Crazy Love You – by Lisa Unger – Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small Upstate New York town, he could feel it. Still, Priss was his best friend, his salvation from the bullies who called him “loser” and “fatboy”…and from his family’s deadly secrets. Now that they’ve both escaped to New York City, Ian no longer inhabits the tortured shell of his childhood. He is a talented and successful graphic novelist, and Priss…Priss is still trouble. The booze, the drugs, the sex–Ian is growing tired of late nights together trying to keep the past at bay. Especially now that he’s met sweet, beautiful Megan, whose love makes him want to change for the better. But Priss doesn’t like change. Change makes her angry. And when Priss is angry, terrible things begin to happen.

The Racketeer by John Grisham –

Who is the Racketeer? And what does he have to do with the judge’s untimely demise? His name, for the moment, is Malcolm Bannister. Job status? Former attorney. Current residence? The Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland.

On paper, Malcolm’s situation isn’t looking too good these days, but he’s got an ace up his sleeve. He knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and he knows why. The judge’s body was found in his remote lakeside cabin. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. And one large, state-of-the-art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied.

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