Greetings from the Children’s Department

This is the third week the library has been closed. We all miss seeing our patrons and the usual hustle and bustle of the library. We thought you all would like to know what your library staff has been up to during the quarantine.

Staff from our children’s department are always very popular, families come to know them well and appreciate all they contribute to the programs at the library. Julie and Becky were kind enough to let us in on what they have been up to:

 From Becky:

Like so many of us my husband, my youngest son, and I are settling into a new “normal.” I miss the kids in my after school clubs so I have kept busy by working on ways to connect online (check out this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbZ5WCR09-8. Deep cleaning, reading, writing, watching too much TV, and taking a few extra naps have been a new part of my routine. While working on an impossible puzzle my friend sent to me, I listened to the audio book A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman on the library’s Libby app and now I’m getting ready to listen to Olive Kitterage, by Elizabeth Strout. On the last day the library was open I grabbed The Dearly Beloved,  by Cara Wall and Look Both Ways, by Jason Reynolds and hope to start reading those soon. I am a quote collector and have been drawing a lot of inspiration from what people are posting on social media. Here is one from Meg Murry and Mrs. Which from Madeleine L’Engle’s,  A Wrinkle in Time: “But what’s going to happen?” Meg’s voice trembled. “Oh, please, Mrs. Which, tell us what’s going to happen!” “Wee wwill cconnttinnue tto ffightt!”
Stay safe friends. Stay home. See you soon!

Greetings from Julie……..While sheltering in place and practicing social distancing, I have become an even bigger fan of picture books found in the Children’s Department at the O’Fallon Public Library.  I was fortunate enough to take an armload of these amazing books home.  As a result, I have developed a love for dragons!!  These magical creatures might have existed wayyyyyy back in olden days and there are plenty of old stories that support this belief. It would be fun if they did exist…….wouldn’t it?  If you talk of a dragon existing in the minds of people the world over, then they most certainly exist! This week, I was fortunate enough to host an online story-time.  Jodi Moore, author of When A Dragon Moves In, took us on an adventure with a family and a very mischievous dragon.  Stay tuned for the sequel, When a Dragon Moves In Again! 

When I am not reading one of the awesome picture books I took home, I can be found walking my four-legged friend Scooby!  My 4-year-old boy has more energy than I do!  He walks briskly and I run behind him and try to keep up!  ­After our walk, Scooby and I have been perfecting our baking skills.  We can be found in the kitchen making peanut butter dog treats!

Scooby

When asked what I miss most about the library the answer is simple………………..EVERYTHING!!!!   I truly miss my HAPPY PLACE!!!!  I miss all my little friends more than words can say!!!   I find myself replaying all the memories in my mind daily!  I miss my babies, my toddlers, my preschoolers and, all my school-aged friends.  I miss hearing my friends talk, listening to them sing and laugh, watching them learn, explore and discover! Most of all, I miss my HUGS and the togetherness we all shared!!   

I am looking forward to togetherness, taking my four-legged friend to the dog park, resuming my Book Babies, Toddler Tales, and Preschool Story-time classes and getting back to my semi-normal life (whatever that is!)  In the meantime…….

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