Hello O’Fallonites and Friends of the Library: It’s time for the city’s 13th annual food drive!

Please help out our furry friends during this special time of the year. Times are hard, but if you can spare a few dollars, it could really help out the Spencer Animal Shelter, a non-profit no kill dog and cat rescue serving the O’Fallon, Illinois area. The kennel was established in 1998 and are now foster-based.

You can read more about the shelter on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SpencerPetRescueIL/

This is a no kill shelter, so they rely on donations from us. Since they are no longer labeled as a non-profit animal shelter, the donations are not tax deductible. Despite this, they are still in need of the items listed below, though monetary donations to the kennel will also be accepted.

Where do you bring the items?

There will be two bins at the library (120 Civic Plaza) and two bins at O’Fallon City Hall (255 S Lincoln Ave) for the dates of November 8-19.

The following items are what they need:

  • Clumping Cat Litter
  • Purina Kitten Chow
  • Canned Dog Food
  • Canned Cat Food
  • Purina One Smart Blend Adult Dog & Cat Food
  • Raw Hide Chews (not made in China)
  • Collars & Leashes
  • Milk Bone Brand Milk Bones
  • Paper towels/Bleach

Note: the animals do not prefer Wal-Mart brand food. Any other brand of dog or cat food will be accepted.

Thank you for your time and generosity!

Friends of the Library Book Sale

A big thank you to the approximate 1,000 people who turned out for the MEGA Friends of the Library Book Sale that took place this past week.

A few notes from our library director, Ryan Johnson, about what happened to the leftover books:

  • A large portion was donated to the Metro East Literacy Project, local schools, and Little Free Libraries throughout the area.
  • Another was shipped off to Better World Books, an organization that collects and sells books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide.
  • The Friends’ off-site storage unit remains at max capacity for now — even after the five day sale and generosity of the community. (Thank you again!)
  • A company out of St. Louis is buying the bulk leftovers from the Friends of the Library and recycling the paper into post-consumer products.
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