Meet Stephanie, a public service leader at the library, mother of four and wife to an Air Force 20-year veteran (now retired). Attentive readers of the O’Fallon Public Library blog know in addition to streamlining digital processes for library patrons, she is also a cookbook aficionado.

Need help scanning, faxing, formatting a document? Stephanie is your go-to for technical questions. You can find her in the computer lab area with Susan and Julianne, and everyone else who braves the help desk in adult services.

Stephanie has a real succulent behind her desk. If she’s not busy, she might show it to you.

Many of the food-related posts you’ve seen from the library blog were imagined and created by Stephanie! To see her work, check out the category on this blog entitled, “Stephanie Suggests…”

Case in point, the lead display in the library this month which Stephanie designed and implemented: Cozy Mysteries and Cookbooks. Perfect reading (and eating) now that the weather has shifted.

Stephanie’s Display

In Her Own Words

As a homeschooling mother of four, the library was an active part of my family’s school experience. The circulation staff was always helpful and consistently ready to recommend new and interesting books to my kids. This was not always easy since they were all avid readers and constantly looking for something new.

Just as my homeschool career was ending, I was happy to find myself working in the library first in circulation and then at the adult services desk.

After being a patron for so long, I understand how tremendous it is to receive great service. It’s rewarding to be in a position that allows me to now be of service to the O’Fallon Public Library community.

To say that I love the library is an understatement. As an Air Force brat who moved quite a bit growing up, books were very grounding for me.

In addition, I was fortunate to have a mother who never said no to all the books I asked to buy. When the Scholastic book sale pamphlets were given out in school, I would excitedly take mine to my room and circle all the books I wanted.

I have always been a fan of true crime, horror, and memoirs. I have been so educated over the years by emotionally-moving memoirs. Some titles I love are:  You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie, The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami.

When I am not at the library, I enjoy spending time with my family. I am also an avid baker, scrapbooker, memory keeper, quilter and I crochet too. I would definitely describe myself as a maker.

Usually you will find me doing all the things that need to be done as a mother and wife – the two titles I am most proud of.

For Families: Halloween Snacking Made Easy

Stephanie created these beautiful, healthy Halloween treats for the librarians. She says it’s simple if you want to make the same for your kiddos before they race out the door to fill their bags with sugary (but delicious) treat-or-treats!

The Latest from Adult Services

Speaking of Stephanie’s sphere of influence: Did you know the O’Fallon Public Library now has its own app?

It’s easy to manage multiple accounts, keep track of checkouts and due dates, and renew items from your mobile device using the SHARE Mobile Library, O’Fallon’s new app! Search for books, DVDs, video games, audiobooks, e-books, and more.

Find it in the Apple App store or Google Play Store. 


Brought to you by O’Fallon Public Library and the SHARE library consortium, a division of Illinois Heartland Library System.

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