This month we shine the spotlight on Dominique B. who joined us May 28 as our Event Coordinator. Her responsibilities are sometimes behind the scenes planning adult and teen activities, but she always wears a warm smile and is quick to help patrons and staff. The next time you see her, be sure and share your favorite poet or shows staring Angela Bassett. Or ask her about Ryan Murphy productions.

I’m a long-time O’Fallon resident and earned a BA in Corporate Communications. After working in retail for 10 years, I was ready to take on something with more responsibility.

The library position happened to open at the right time and was exactly what I was looking for in a job – doing something I love in communications and being apart of my community. I love how relaxed the environment is here versus retail.

One of my goals is to expand the online presence and services of OFPL and create learning tools for teachers, parents, and students.

Regarding literature, I’d say my favorite book is Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree.

I never get tired of reading it. In fact, I read a lot of poetry. Currently, my favorite is Rupi Kaur’s The Sun and Her Flowers. I enjoy writing too and have kept a journal since I was in 5th grade – stories, verse.

I really enjoy watching horror/thriller shows, especially American Horror Story. In fact, I watch everything Ryan Murphy makes. I just love the way he takes historical events and creates unique storylines.

One activity I have fun with related to the ghosts in American Horror Story and zombies in The Walking Dead is doing special effects make-up.

Adventures with Dominique’s Stage Makeup

One of my secret obsessions would be watching ASMR ( which stands for autonomous sensory meridian response) videos of people eating crunchy foods. I usually watch these types of videos before I go to sleep, and I find it so relaxing. This obsession is funny to me because I don’t even like hearing people eat or slurp their food in real life.

More About Dominique’s Recommendations:

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur – Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms. Rupi explores a variety of themes in her work ranging from love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, migration, and revolution. She’s a storyteller and chronicler—a repository of community and history. There’s a simplicity and nuance to her work that has found a home in the hearts of millions. 

American Horror Story Asylum: Season 2 – Step inside a madhouse of horror and experience the chilling new incarnation of TV’s most daringly provocative series. The sins of the past haunt the present at the notorious Briarcliff home for the criminally insane, ruled with an iron fist by Sister Jude.

Forbidden desire and terrifying evil lurk around every corner, from alien abduction to demonic possession to a skin-wearing psychopath known as ‘Bloody Face.’

Waiting to Exhale starring Angela Bassett The story of four African-American women who journey through a modern labyrinth of husbands and lovers, jobs and makeovers.”This story based on the best selling novel by Terry McMillan follows the lives of four African-American women as they try to deal with their very lives. Friendship becomes the strongest bond between these women as men, careers, and families take them in different directions. Often light-hearted, this movie speaks about some of the problems and struggles the modern women face in today’s world.

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